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Blessed Virgin Mary  |  Catholic Family Fun  |  Family Activities  |  May

A 30-Minute May Crowning for Toddlers

May begins next week, a perfect time to plan a May Crowning with your littles. My two-year-old daughter Ellen and I put together a super simple and quick May Crowning activity. We did most of it during my son's nap time while I was still unshowered and in my PJs. What is it that G.K. Chesterton famously said (and I use it as a crutch far too often)? “If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”

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Blessed Virgin Mary  |  prayer  |  rosary

Mother of Grace, Mother of All

I was introduced to the Blessed Mother almost thirty years ago before I became Catholic, while working at a psychiatric hospital as a mental health technician. My supervisor at the time had noticed that the demands of the stressful job were taking their toll on me and offered the “Hail Mary” prayer as a way to ease some of the tension in my life. “I am not trying to push anything on you,” she explained, “I just think you may find it soothing and relaxing.” Having grown up Episcopalian, I had heard of the prayer, but never gave it any serious consideration. Nevertheless, given the state of my life at the time, I was happy to give it a try.

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Blessed Virgin Mary  |  Intercessory Prayer  |  Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Hasten to Help Us

In June 1983, Poland's Solidarity movement seemed crushed beyond hope. Pope John Paul II bravely traveled to his native land to become its great unifier. Consoling his fellow countrymen, he prayed for the patroness of Poland's intercession. "Mother of Jasna Gora, you who have been given to us by Providence for the defense of the Polish nation, accept this call of Polish youth together with the Polish pope, and help us to persevere in hope.” (His Holiness: John Paul II and the Hidden History of Our Time, pp. 379-380.)

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Blessed Virgin Mary  |  Christmas Season  |  family prayer

Mary the Mother of God

Today in addition to welcoming another year, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. If unfamiliar with the phrase, ‘Mother of God,’ it would seem to imply some supernatural or divine being. It seems a little daunting to imagine ‘Mother of God.’ Perhaps the title brings to mind some supremely far away, celestial, or an unreachable person. However, in truth, the ‘Mother of God,’ refers to the Mary, the young girl from Nazareth, who by her Fiat, brought to the world the Incarnation of God, Jesus...

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Blessed Virgin Mary  |  Christmas Season  |  family prayer

Pondering Mary's Words

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Blessed Virgin Mary  |  Catholic  |  Christmas Season

Christmas and a New Birthday Perspective

Alleluia! Jesus is born! The Emmanuel is here! Christmas has always been an important date on my calendar. Growing up, I used to celebrate it surrounded by family and friends, prayers, and good food. Christmas novenas were a tradition in my family as well. We used to gather with our neighbors for novenas in preparation for Christmas. At church, I loved all the happy songs of praise and the bright decorations. The lights at night made me think of how Jesus brought light to the world when He was born. Ultimately it has always been a magical season for me.

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