Besides Mary, Mother of Jesus, the other well-known Mary in the New Testament is Mary Magdalene. These two prominent figures in the Catholic Church share the same name, but that’s where their similarities end. Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene couldn’t be more different. The Blessed Virgin Mary was born without original sin and was pure, while Mary Magdalene was a sinner and a prostitute.
Or was she?
As with many figures in the Bible, Mary Magdalene’s life is up to much debate and interpretation. Mary Magdalene is often confused with another Mary—Mary of Bethany (sister of Martha and Lazarus) and is often believed to be the penitent woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears and hair.
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For her feast day, we offer a prayer to the Blessed Mother of Mount Carmel.
Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in my necessity. Oh Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity (insert your request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. Sweet Mother I place this cause in your hands. Amen.
During a recent Mass at his Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis warned in his homily,
“The devil is here…even in the 21st century! And we mustn’t be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan.”
Pope Francis reminds us that:
- Temptation is constantly around us
- The devil is always looking for ways to steer us away from the right path.
- The devil is sneaky and is unrelenting in his attempt to make us sin.
- We must constantly be vigilant and not give in even to the smallest temptations.
- We must rely on the Scriptures to teach us how to fight the devil
- Pray to God for his protection
We can also pray to St. Benedict—protector against evil spirits—for his intercession and protection from the snares of the devil.
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Pope Francis Gives His First Angelus Blessing
Lord, even in chaos and commotion, you are there. Gather us into your perfect stillness and give us peace.
As the school year winds down, school uniforms and backpacks will soon get banished to the backs of closets as bathing suits, suitcases and beach bags see the light of day once again. Kids aren’t the only ones longing for vacation–adults usually wait all year to take a much-needed break from their hectic schedules during the summer months. As you plan your vacation, you probably have some sort of packing list close by to make sure you don’t leave anything important behind. As you’re planning this summer’s getaway, don’t forget to add Jesus to your packing list! You read that correctly–don’t leave Jesus or your faith behind.
One thing you should never take a break from is your faith.
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Lord, when my soul thirsts and wilts, lead me to places where I can rest in your shadow and drink from your fountain.
June 27 is an important day. Can you guess what it is? Hint: it doesn’t have to do with the World Cup or the end of school year and the start of summer vacation. What is it? It’s the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As a Catholic, you’ve seen the image of Jesus depicted in many ways–kneeling in prayer, surrounded by children, as a child in the arms of St. Anthony, and dying on the cross. One of the most recognizable images is the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It’s the image of Jesus with His heart exposed, surrounded by thorns, with flames and a cross emerging from the top. This image of Jesus is striking and powerful. In honor of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, let’s take a look at the meaning of this image. What does it symbolize? Why do we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Also, who was Margaret Mary Alacoque and what was her connection to the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Read More →
Are you feeling weighed down, exhausted, uneasy with the world?
Perhaps it’s time for a thorough examination of conscience.
Admit your faults and praise God joyfully!
God, as gardens reach their fullness in the long summer, I trust that you are slowly transforming me, too.