I have to remind myself–it’s the year of consecrated life as designated by Pope Francis from Nov. 30, 2014 to Feb. 2, 2016. So, it’s really about a year and 2 months. In general, the promotion of such a thing falls upon consecrated individuals and communities. Pope Francis is asking religious to “wake up the… Read More »
Purchase info: buy here. This little book is worth its weight in gold. As a Marian of the Immaculate Conception (which is not related to the Schoenstatt movement, but we can certainly appreciate it), I am just blown away by the profound insights of Fr. Joseph Kentenich. The book consists in conferences from 1924 and… Read More »
Purchase info: buy here. I’ve just discovered the writings of Fr. Joseph Kentenich, founder of the Schoenstatt movement. Wow. He has some incredible insights. And, his Mariology is quite practical, focusing on Our Lady’s intercession today, here and now, with us, including the idea of her educating us. This book is quite helpful, since it… Read More »
A meditation for Holy Saturday… From Volume II of the book by Rev. Henry Coleridge. London: Burns and Oates, 1876. Still there was no provision made for the solemn entombment of our Lord. The disciples were still scattered and in hiding. St. John alone was there, with our Blessed Lady, St. Mary Magdalene, and some… Read More »
Book: Mary Foreshadowed; or, Considerations on the Types and Figures of Our Blessed Lady in the Old Testament Author: Rev. F. Thaddeus, O.S.F. (Francis Hermans) R. Washbourne London, 1885. This has some great examples and great quotes, including a number from Raymond Jordan (Idiota). Here is an example in the comparison of Our Lady to… Read More »
Full Title: The Holy Ways of the Cross; or A Short Treatise on the Various Trials and Afflictions, Interior and Exterior, to which the Spiritual Life is Subject, and the Means of Making a Good Use Thereof. Author: Henri-Marie Boudon Year Published: 1875 Link to complete book: Holy Ways of the Cross Link to PDF
This is from a work by Idiota (Raymundus Jordanus) Now… an improved translation! This is actually the beginning of a longer tract on Our Lady. The text that is traditionally called the “contemplations of the Virgin Mary” is much shorter. A complete translation of it exists in English, and I hope to “bring out” this… Read More »
The powerful thoughts of Cardinal Berulle (founder of the French School of Spirituality, which included St. John Eudes and St. Louis Marie de Montfort) are, for the most part, not translated into English. I’ve put together a rough translation from an Italian text concerning a reflection on the Annunciation: In Nazareth is a small house… Read More »
Raymundus Jordanus, or Raymund Jordan, styled himself “The Idiot,” or in Latin “Idiota.” He lived in the 14th century. Yet this author had some profound reflections. Let’s look at a few: Here’s one about the Blessed Virgin as a Spring. Thou, O most pious Virgin, art properly called “a Spring”; for as a spring issues… Read More »
From a 1633 printing of a book of the poems of John Donne. The original can be found here.
This is from a letter of St. John of Avila, a new Doctor of the Church. The original book from 1631 is found here.
I’ve got a book filled with great quotes from St. Maximilian Kolbe (Maria Was His Middle Name). Here’s an example: “[Mary’s] will does not differ from the will of God. Calling upon Her without reserve, you manifest a love for the will of God, for Her will is so perfect that in nothing does it… Read More »
The Devout Client of Mary by Paul Segneri, a translation of Il Devoto della Vergine (Original Edition) published in 1677. This book could be called “True Devotion before De Montfort’s True Devotion.” It actually has a section called “The Motives Which May Help Us To Obtain True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.” A brief… Read More »
I was born in 1970, so my understanding of the Catholic Church before that comes from various media and talking with people from that time. However, I think it can be said that the average Catholic in the U.S. in the early and mid-20th century followed the basic precepts laid down by the Church authority… Read More »
This is an excellent little video on St. Bernadette: