The Easter season is fifty days long, affording us plenty of time to
ponder this fantastic mystery of our faith: Jesus made it possible for
us to live forever. We celebrate the death/rising phenomenon employing
various symbols that point to new, abundant life: eggs, rabbits, lilies,
the sun, spring. I’ve thought of a new Easter symbol for our modern
world. The other day my computer “died.” For no apparent reason, the
screen became dark. No amount of clicking and pushing buttons brought
back the manuscripts I was working on, the artwork I saved, and access
to my email account and Facebook. After several long minutes of panic, I
pulled out all the plugs and replugged them, and then turned off the
power on the surge protector and turned it on again. Miraculously the
computer came back to life. You can imagine my relief and joy. This
experience, like other metaphors, limps. Yes, what was dead was revived.
But on Easter, Jesus came back different—with a new and glorious life.
He could walk through walls, appear and disappear, and he would never
die again. Alas, after dying, my computer is not improved at all. It
still has a virus, and it still won’t let me view certain videos.
Moreover, I know that someday it will konk out again. Click to continue
This popular prayer, a favorite of many Catholics, dates back to the 15th century and takes its name from the first Latin word of the prayer, "memorare," which means "remember." The Memorare is of unknown authorship, although it has been attributed to St. Augustine (354-430), St. John Chrysostom (c. 347-407) and, with more reason, to St. Bernard of Clairvaux (c. 1090-1153). St. Bernard's sermons on Mary were famous, and it was his Cistercian monks in the monastery of Citeaux in the 12th century who popularized the name "Our Lady" for Mary. The Memorare has also been attributed to the French cleric Claude Bernard (1588-1641), known as the "poor priest" of Paris, whose homilies contain passages that echo its words. No matter who wrote this prayer, it was Father Bernard who did much to popularize it, teaching it in hospitals and prisons, where Mary's intercession was effective in working miracles of grace. The first manuscript of the Mem
Hello everyone, I am writing to let you all know that we are at 49 authors! This is a very exciting thing for Association of Catholic Women Bloggers! We get emails quite often from Catholic women who would like to contribute to the site, and I wish we could accept everyone who asks, but Blogger sets the limit at 100, and we are half way there! If anyone knows of authors who no longer contribute, authors who have stopped blogging all together, please let me know, like any good gardener knows pruning is the best way to make things bloom! Blessings
I recently received the gift of tickets to see Andre Rieu. The concert isn’t scheduled for another six months so I've stored the tickets away until I need them. Imagine if I lose them! Or if I forget I even had them! I will never experience the true joy the gift was intended to bring me. Nor could I genuinely show appreciation to my generous gift giver. God has provided us with spiritual gifts with which to live the spiritual life. Over the next 7 months, the 10 Minute Daily Retreat will reflect on 7 of these gifts; one every month. In June, we will reflect on the gift of Wisdom. 'Don't turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you.' Proverbs 4:6 Join us on our journey! Reflections can be sent by email. Details on: 10 Minute Daily Retreat Blog