Articles Tagged ‘Blessed Mother’

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Fanny Price, the heroine in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, makes a striking comment one evening while waiting for a carriage. She says the time between dinner and the carriage passed in a “quick succession of busy nothings.” Even though Fanny was only remarking on the passing of a few short hours, I think the line illustrates perfectly how easily life can become dull and boring. We wake up, go to work, eat, watch TV, surf the net, and go back ... (Continue reading)

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The Pope Francis effect (or why I’m having a tough time)

I have a confession. I'm having a tough time adjusting to Pope Francis. I admit that I'm a Pope Benedict XVI fan girl and I'm still getting over Pape Bene's understandable departure. It's like when your best friend moves far away and no matter how hard you try, you can't help but compare all your other friends to him. Or when you're at an extended family gathering and both your grandads are there and even though you respect both of them, ... (Continue reading)

How to be a crazy (for Christ) Catholic

Do you make the Sign of the Cross and bow your head in prayer before eating at a restaurant? On Ash Wednesday do you walk into work after lunch with an ashy smudge on your forehead? When asked by your colleagues what you did on the weekend do you say you went to Mass? Do you speak out in defence of the Catholic Church? Have you ever held up a sign that said "Abortion is Murder" on a busy street ... (Continue reading)

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Our imperfect family rosary

When I was growing up, my immature self believed that the family rosary was something that had to be endured. Through no fault of my parents, the nightly ritual was anything but idyllic. My siblings and I were called into our parents' bedroom where we knelt facing the crucifix. My older brother and I would sneak jabs and pokes at each other and then my mother would scold and separate us. I would often rush through the responses hoping that ... (Continue reading)

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The rosaries of our lives

Sometime before Christmas I made the upsetting discovery that I had lost one of my favourite rosaries. People lose rosaries all the time, I know, but this particular one was very special to me. This was the rosary that accompanied me to work each day, sized perfectly so that I could finger the beads while driving. Its small, oval, burgundy beads were on a strong silver chain. The attached St. Benedict medallion and detailed crucifix, both made ... (Continue reading)

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