I am traveling too early to do the show this week, but I didnât want to leave you hanging. So how about a Fearless freebie: the Intro and Chapter 1, before itâs available on Amazon, iTunes, and Audible!
Mary âmagnifiedâ the Lord, not because of the words she said or sang in praise of Him, but because Mary fulfilled Godâs purpose for her to the fullest possible degree. Completely unhindered by sin, Mary evolved completely into the person God created her to be, and in so doing, her whole life magnified the Lord. Mary, herself, is the Magnificat.
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Maryâs name is from the root for myrrh, meaning bitter. The tree sap that produces myrrh gathers in âtears,â when the bark is deeply scored, which are cherished and collected for their extreme value. Myrrh is the balsam of suffering, purification, and death, as it was used as an antiseptic, an opiate to deaden pain, and in the embalming and preparation of bodies for burial.
See how your Mother loves you? She helps ease your suffering, and purify and prepare your soul for eternal life.
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What happens when a prayerful young peasant receives a whisper so powerful that she dares not tell it? She hugs the secret close. And it is incarnated.
Going over and over the reality in her mind, she touches it timidly and unwraps it with equally unspeakable thrill each time. Looking at its significance from every possible angle, replaying the words repeatedly, jumping up and down and twirling around in her soul until sheâs dizzy with the implications, she âponders it in her heart.â
And when someone else, a cousin, reveals that she too knows and understands and believes what unspeakable thing has happened, the riot of praise and poetry and stupendous irony fizz out of her, spreading out in a pool of song that runs up the sides of the hills of history like a wave.
This is Maryâs Magnificat. This is Maryâs Song. Hers is the song of the Church.
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When my sister was little, she ran to my mother after a nightmare. Attempting to soothe her fears, my mother told her she should pray to Jesus and remember He is always with her. With worry wrinkling her forehead, my sister replied, âBut Mama, I need somebody with skin on âem!â
The tabernacle and its Ark of the Covenant were the Old Testament expression of Godâs desire to be present with His people. Jesus, our new Covenant, and Mary our new Ark, carry this expression forward into the Church, where God is still present on His throne.
The stunning vintage samplers crafted by my motherâs respectful fingers might take your breath away.
Hundreds of thousands of colorful hand-stitches and hours of painstaking concentration and deliberation go into these linensÂ of love, such as this Quaker Sampler called Vierlande 1826. Doesnât it make your soul sigh just to look at the joy that left her hand? Delicate finery is fearfully,Â wonderfully made.
The Old Testament tabernacle veil teaches that you, Dear One, are also uniquely âstitchedâ together with a similar unrepeatable purpose, careful respect, and wondrous appreciation. Do not doubt your wonderful nature, for you are âfearfully and wonderfully madeâ (Psalm 139:14).
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My pastor loves the liturgy; he uses incense like a fumigator when itâs called for. By the end of the weekendâs MassesÂ you have to part the smoke with your hands to see the altar. The old ladies cough and sneeze and dab their rolling eyes, but I love the way it gets in my clothes and hair. I take it home and inhale the scent of prayer for the rest of the day. Combining incense, liturgy, sacrifice, and prayer was Godâs idea!
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The fulfillment and interpretation of all Old Testament things, Jesus is present in the Eucharist. He feeds us; we can live forever with God by becoming one with, eating, this new Bread of the Presence.
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Like Moses, his priesthood and elders, and the Jewish Sanhedrin after them, the Church is âwatched overâ and illuminated by the ministry of the priestly and apostolic Magisterium. The Deposit of Faith, which includes the Bible and Sacred Tradition, has been guarded and preserved for us for two millennia by the teaching authority of the Church.
As Saint Paul commands, we need both Scripture and Tradition: âSo then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth [tradition] or by letter [scripture]â (2 Tim 2:15). The world needs this light and truth. âThere is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas. Dogmas are lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure. Conversely, if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faithâ (CCC 89).
The Old Testament laver teaches us that cleansing and purity is necessary for all those who would approach God. The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus when John baptized Him in the Jordan River. The dove was real, not symbolic; the Holy Spirit was real, not symbolic. John the Baptist was a witness that Jesusâ baptism was literal, physical, and spiritual. I can know with certainty that through baptism in water the Holy Spirit descends upon me, follows me as the water-Rock in the desert, and reconfigures me into a ânew creationâ of Christ.
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Mike Allen Show 11/02/16 HOUR TWO - All Souls edition - Guest: Leslie Knopf with the newest from Catholic Bytes - the troubling drama in the Philippines
On Wednesday's show, All Souls edition, Leslie Knopf with the newest from CatholicÂ Bytes, the grace of purgatory, a look back at game 6 inÂ Cleveland, pro-lifeÂ provocationÂ and persuasion, a tellingÂ wordÂ about "motherless" embyros, and the troublingÂ dramaÂ in the Philippines.
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Â Â Â Author and blogger Cari Donaldson is the first to tell you she didn't grasp Christianity when she was a kid. Sure she attended church each week and prayed to God, but the understanding of the Holy Spirit evaded her.Â
Â Â Â Believing that Jesus was a created being, like a human son, she branched out into the New Age movement in hopes of discovering the answers to all of life's tough questions. The quest for knowing the Creator lead her to Christ. Hear her tell her fascinating story of discovery on this week's edition of Our Catholic Way!
Brief Show Notes:
-- Cari is the author of Pope Awesome and Other Stories. You can find it on Amazon HERE.
-- Check out Cari's website HERE.
-- Find out more about the Catholic Charismatic Renewal HERE.
-- Share an example of how the Holy Spirit has worked in your life. Call 731-4-OURWAY. Will try to share comments during the next episode!
I have found in explaining my conversion that nothing irritates people like the priesthood. The priest is usually a personâs first direct exposure to Church hierarchy, and letâs face it, authority just rubs us all the wrong way when it doesnât conform to what we think or want.
Institutional priesthood is Godâs idea.
Rest, worship, and celebration are not luxury, they are spiritual discipline. Our liturgical feasts help us re-participate in the saving action of God in Christ by making the past events of His life present to us through our observance, by interrupting and ordering all our doing, and by inherently connecting us to all past, present, and future saints. Whose great idea was the liturgical schedule? It was Godâs!
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