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Friday, November 03, 2006

Loving The Bride, vol. 2

Something old...

God says to each of us: "Give me your heart, that is, your will." We, in turn, cannot offer anything more precious than to say: "Lord, take possession of us; we give our whole will to you; make us understand what it is that you desire of us, and we will perform it." If we would give full satisfaction to the heart of God, we must bring our own will in everything into conformity with his; and not only into conformity, but into uniformity also, as regards all that God ordains. Confirmity signifies the joining of our own will to the will of God; but uniformity signifies, further, our making of the divine and our own will one will only, so that we desire nothing but what God desires, and his will becomes ours. This is the sum and substance of that perfection to which we ought to be ever aspiring; this is what must be the aim of all we do, and of all our desires, meditations and prayers. For this we must invoke the assistance of all our patron saints and our guardian angels, and, above all, of our divine mother Mary, who was the most perfect saint, because she embraced most perfectly the divine will.

--Saint Alphonsus Liguori, (1696-1787) from The Redeeming Love of Christ

Something new...

U.S. Bishops discuss guidelines for receiving communion.

The cause for beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Something borrowed...

From Fr. Stan Fortuna's site, a video blessing from Poland!


Don’t you know how to spell family? F.a.m. = forget about me -- I.l.y.= I love you*

from his great lyrics from his song: World F.A.M.I.L.Y. World F.A.M.I.L.Y..

Want that message in a wristband or button form? Go here.

Something blue....

I must admit, the Catholic understanding of Mary as "ever virgin" has often been hard for me to explain in short order. And yet, Catholic Answers does a very good job in this article. I love the historical references that show that even the earliest Christians seemed to have understood this concept, much better than we might. For instance, this historical record from Origen in 248 AD:

"The Book [the Protoevangelium] of James [records] that the brethren of Jesus
were sons of Joseph by a former wife, whom he married before Mary. Now those who say so wish to preserve the honor of Mary in virginity to the end, so that body
of hers which was appointed to minister to the Word . . . might not know
intercourse with a man after the Holy Spirit came into her and the power from on
high overshadowed her. And I think it in harmony with reason that Jesus was the
firstfruit among men of the purity which consists in [perpetual] chastity, and
Mary was among women. For it were not pious to ascribe to any other than to her
the firstfruit of virginity" (Commentary on Matthew 2:17 ).

Copyright 2006 Patricia W. Gohn

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