Sometimes we forget that the Apostles faced challenges that are similar to ours. For example, when St. Paul is preaching to the Athenians, he is speaking to people who had a foundation of pagan culture.
Hearing of Paul and Silas singing God’s praises in jail makes me want to talk about a song I know. A song we all know. It goes: “Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you.” It is a prayer, of course, but in fact it is a song. There have been thousands of musical settings created to sing it. But none compares to the incomparable sounds that Mary heard though the voice of Gabriel speaking the Words of God Himself!
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In 1917, the world was at war and Europe was the battlefield. On the periphery, far from the centers of power, Our Lady chose to reveal her message of peace to three young shepherds in the Portuguese countryside. On another part of that periphery, in rural western Ireland, lived another boy about the same age. He too was being schooled in that message in his poor but happy home as they prayed the Holy Rosary every night.
Recently, I’ve seen a commercial for a cable TV and the internet provider. It shows two friends moving heavy boxes looking pretty worn out, while their friend who is moving--is sitting comfortably--having a cool drink looking at her phone.
A line in today’s first reading always fascinates me. An angry crowd attacks Paul and drags him out of the city, and stones him, leaving him for dead. But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and went into the city! Did he dust off his toga and sandals and rush back into the fray? Somehow, the peace of Christ had energized him and filled him with the courage to face down all adversity.
Saint Louis de Montfort highlights ten imitation-worthy virtues of Our Blessed Mother in his writing, True Devotion to Mary. Some virtues we may recognize in ourselves, others offer an opportunity to grow in not only awareness but also holiness.