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The Everyday Saints

The Everyday Saints

"I see the holiness of the Church militant. Very often it a holiness found in.. those who, living in our midst, reflect God's presence. We might call them 'the middle class of holiness'."- Pope Francis, 'Gaudete Et Exsultate'Celebrating All Saints Day, we might be...

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A Woman Pre-Figured

A Woman Pre-Figured

“And a great sign appeared in the Heavens, a Woman clothed with the Sun, with the Moon beneath Her feet and upon Her head, a crown of twelve stars..” - Revelation 12:1A beautiful woman - a queen, no less - disobeys the King, who issues a decree banishing her from his...

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Catherine and the Medal

Catherine and the Medal

"Let all the children of the Catholic Church, who are so very dear to us, hear these words of ours. With a still more ardent zeal for piety, religion and love, let them continue to venerate, invoke and pray to the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, conceived...

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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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