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Apostle of the Two Hearts

Apostle of the Two Hearts

“You must never separate what God has so perfectly united. So closely are Jesus and Mary bound up with each other that whoever beholds Jesus sees Mary; whoever loves Jesus, loves Mary; whoever has devotion to Jesus, has devotion to Mary.” – St John Eudes (Statue...

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The Light From Her Hands

The Light From Her Hands

"Tell everybody that God grants graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; that people are to ask Her for them." - Saint Jacinta MartoThe story of Fatima is a broad catechesis of the Catholic Faith. The Angelic appearances in 1916 taught the children the reality of...

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Assumed Into Heaven

Assumed Into Heaven

"And a great sign appeared in the Heavens, a Woman clothed with the sun" - Rev.12Each year on 15th August, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady into Heaven. In fact, the Church declared the Assumption to be a Dogma of the...

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The Light Of A Candle

The Light Of A Candle

"As our whole perfection consists in being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus Christ, it follows that the most perfect of all devotions is clearly the one which conforms, unites and consecrates us most perfectly to Jesus Christ. Now, as Mary is of all...

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The Power Of This Prayer

The Power Of This Prayer

"The Church has always attributed particular efficacy to this prayer, entrusting to the Rosary, to it's choral recitation and to it's constant practice, the most difficult problems. At times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, it's deliverance was attributed...

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Our Everyday Acts

Our Everyday Acts

"The Church has always attributed particular efficacy to this prayer, entrusting to the Rosary, to it's choral recitation and to it's constant practice, the most difficult problems. At times when Christianity itself seemed under threat, it's deliverance was attributed...

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Lead Kindly Light

Lead Kindly Light

'Our everyday acts, which are offered up in union with Mary, those acts which form the woof and warp of even the most humdrum existence - these can be made to surrender unspeakable spiritual worth for the salvation of souls and for the relief of the souls in...

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A Visit Home

A Visit Home

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to pray in the private Oratory of Cardinal John Henry Newman, at Oriel College in Oxford. The tiny Oratory is immediately behind the pipe organ of the College Chapel, out of sight of prying eyes. Very simple, it contains only a...

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An Act of the Will

An Act of the Will

The Lady Chapel in Saint John's Cathedral, Southsea, Portsmouth A recent last-minute decision to visit Southsea allowed me the opportunity to spend a little time at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist in Portsmouth. This magnificent Church, opened in 1882, is...

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Pray For Sinners

Pray For Sinners

"And Mary said -  My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my Saviour" - Luke 1:46-47 It is tempting to think that for Mary, everything came very easily. I suspect the reality is somewhat different. The fruit of Her Immaculate Conception...

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A Century of Devotion

A Century of Devotion

The Mother of God has a definite love for poor sinners - which, of course, includes every single one of us. At Her appearances at Lourdes in 1858, sinners were on Her mind - "Pray for poor sinners", She told Bernadette. In the course of focussing on Lourdes as a place...

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In Her Honour

In Her Honour

Sister Lucia prays silently in front of a statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary given to her convent in Portugal. In the grand scheme of things, one hundred years is really nothing at all - no more than a blink of an eye - although to us, it is more than the length...

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