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Prudence and Discernment

Prudence and Discernment

"The devil often purveys objects to the senses, affording to the sense of sight images of saints and most beautiful lights ...  He does all of this so that by enticing persons through these sensory objects he may induce them into many evils." - St John of the Cross I...

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Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows

"..And a sword will pierce Your own Heart, too.." - the Prophecy of SimeonVeneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of ‘Our Lady of Sorrows’ goes back many centuries. She is also known as ‘Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows’ and those sorrowful events are as...

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With Mary, Through Mary

With Mary, Through Mary

"One thing is clear; although the repeated Hail Mary is addressed directly to Mary, it is to Jesus that the act of love is ultimately addressed, with Her and through Her." - St John Paul, 'Rosarium Virginis Mariae'A Rosary is a very tactile object. There is something...

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Full Of Grace

Full Of Grace

“Woman! above all women glorified,  Our tainted nature's solitary boast..” - 'The Virgin' (William Wordsworth)   The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was a singular grace and privilege granted to Her by God in anticipation of the merits of the Divine...

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Mary Our Queen

Mary Our Queen

“Mary is the Queen of heaven and earth by grace as Jesus is King by nature and by conquest.. So we may call Her, as the saints do, Queen of our hearts.” - St Louis de Montfort, 'Treatise On The True Devotion' The notion of the Blessed Virgin Mary as ‘Queen’ is an...

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A Nation Given To Mary

A Nation Given To Mary

“Tell everyone that God grants graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that they are to ask Her for them.” - Saint Jacinta of FatimaThree years ago, we celebrated the Centenary Year of the appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, where She had shown...

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The Homeland Above

The Homeland Above

“With God, nothing is lost! In Mary, the goal has been reached and we have before our eyes the reasons why we journey: not to gain the things here below, which are fleeting, but the homeland above, which is for ever.” - Pope FrancisWith these words issued today, our...

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Our Lady’s Martyr

Our Lady’s Martyr

“If anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his Mother, he will not have Christ for his Brother.” - St Maximilian KolbeSome Saints of the Church seem to really stand out from the crowd - the crowd of normal and everyday humanity, but also the ‘crowd’ of the...

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Her Little Gifts

Her Little Gifts

"O Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of Hell, and lead all souls to Heaven - especially those in most need." - Our Lady of Fatima Like all good mothers, the Blessed Virgin Mary cares very deeply for Her children. She is concerned for our welfare - in...

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A False Devotion

A False Devotion

For all who profess a devotion to the Mother of God, it is a salutary - in fact, a necessary - task to stop from time to time and to compare the practice of our devotion to those descriptions given by the Church, by the Popes and by the great Marian saints such as...

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Appeal To The Heart

Appeal To The Heart

"Almost at the same time, there came out of the interior of the grotto a golden coloured cloud, and soon after a Lady, young and beautiful, exceedingly beautiful, the like of whom I had never seen before, came and placed Herself at the entrance of the opening, above...

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Clothed With The Sun

Clothed With The Sun

"My soul magnifies the Lord,and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;for, behold,henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;because He who is mighty has done great things for meand holy is His name."Some of...

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