Immaculate Conception Novena: Seventh Day

By John M. DeJak / December 6, 2011 /

He who loves mankind and knows anything at all about history cannot doubt the importance of pure women to the world. Pure women must mother the race. In the days of men’s young and fierce temptations pure maidens must be the cool protestations against passion and the inspirations that turn men to pure love. The…

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Immaculate Conception Novena: Sixth Day

By John M. DeJak / December 5, 2011 /

“Like Mother, like child,” runs the ancient saw. He who accepts the Savior as His Lord and God cannot doubt the perfect sinlessness that was Christ’s. It is blasphemy to imagine for a second that Christ could have been in the power of Satan, that His soul lacked the fullness of divine life, that He…

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Immaculate Conception Novena: Fifth Day

By John M. DeJak / December 4, 2011 /

Nothing else had been so holy among the chosen people as had the ark of the law. Within this sacred tabernacle had rested God’s promise to his people. Yet within this ark there rested only a few things that God had touched or designed. The table of the law, precious writings of God’s dictation, the…

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Immaculate Conception Novena: Fourth Day

By John M. DeJak / December 3, 2011 /

Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with Thee, blessed art thou among women. The immortal words, spoken prayerfully every day by millions of Catholics in millions of rosaries, were not of human thought. They were spoken by the Archangel Gabriel, who came straight from the throne of God. These words were an angelic echo…

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Immaculate Conception Novena: Third Day

By John M. DeJak / December 2, 2011 /

What does this mean, the Immaculate Conception? Through sin Adam and Eve threw away the divine life that we call grace. And since they were the ancestors of all of us, we lost through them the inheritancethat should rightfully be ours. All men, the children of Adam and Eve, were born without grace, without divine…

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Immaculate Conception Novena: Second Day

By John M. DeJak / December 1, 2011 /

Dark were the days that preceded the birth of the Savior. Sin had thrown over mankind the pall of ignorance and error, despair of God, and distrust of man. Even the chosen people knew that they were waiting in the dark night of their race for the coming of the new dawn that was to…

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Christmas Novena Begins Today

By John B. Manos / November 30, 2011 /

Pious legends, especially those carrying the imprimatur, are relished around here. One of the better ones is the St. Andrew Christmas Novena. It is pious tradition that whoever recites the following prayer 15 times per day each day from November 30 (Feast of St. Andrew) until Christmas will receive what is asked. The prayer: Hail…

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Immaculate Conception Novena: First Day

By John M. DeJak / November 30, 2011 /

Two Eves figure in the history of mankind. The first was called Eve by God himself when he made his first daughter. The second was called Ave, Maria, when God’s messenger told her how deeply beloved she was by God and God’s Son. The first Eve, born sinless, brought sin to the world by the…

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Now That You’ve Heard the New Translations: Why?

By Cindy Paslawski / November 28, 2011 /

(Editor’s note: The italicized words are the questions asked by an educated 30-something Catholic, who attends Mass regularly.) “Why are they doing this to us? Why are they changing the words of the Mass? What’s the big deal about a few words here and there?” The person asking these questions is a victim of over-preparation…

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