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Assumption BVMA Sermon of St. Laurence of Brindisi
In honour of Our Lady

Mary is the light of the world, the cause of all consolation and joy, as Queen Esther was to the Jews, who saw her as a new light rising in gladness and triumphant glory. It gave the keenest delight to the Jews to have beside so great a king, so powerful a ruler, a queen like Esther: for she was Jewish by birth, she risked her own life to save her people, and there was nothing she could not obtain from that very powerful prince, who loved her beyond measure for her extraordinary charm and almost divine beauty.  (more…)

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A Woman of Might

BVMA Sermon by S. Bernard for the
Octave Day of the Assumption

Whom but Mary did Solomon search after, when he said: ‘ Who can find a Woman of might? Of a truth, the wise man knew the weakness of womankind, the frailness of their bodies, the inconstancy of their minds. Yet, because he had read, and because it seemed fitting, that he, who had overcome through the woman, by the woman should himself be overcome, he burst out into exceeding wonder, and exclaimed: ‘Who can find a Woman of Might?’  (more…)

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Assumption BVMA Sermon of St. Bonaventure
in honour of Our Lady

We see from our reading that in scriptural times three things in women were regarded by men as blessings: that beautiful thing physical integrity, the gift of faithfulness, and courage. The Virgin Mary, we find, was three times declared blessed—by the archangel Gabriel, by St. Elizabeth and by holy Simeon—because she possessed these three qualities to an eminent degree. There was reason and order in that. It was fitting that an angel should remark on the boon of her virginity; the pregnant Elizabeth was the right sort of person to praise her fruitfulness; Simeon, an upright man, could appreciate the brave and manly element in her conduct. (more…)

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Assumption BVMA sermon of S. Bernard for the
Assumption of Our Lady

To-day, the Virgin Mother mounted up glorious into the Heavens, and, doubtless, abundantly increased the joy of the citizens on high. For this is she, the voice of whose salutation makes even them to leap for joy, who still are enclosed within their mother’s womb. But, if the heart of a little one not yet born was melted at the sound of Mary’s voice, what, think ye, must have been the exulting joy of the inhabitants of Heaven, when it was their reward both to hear her voice, and to see her face, and to enjoy her blessed presence.  (more…)

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Mary, the perfect Virgin

The Virgin MaryFrom a sermon of S. Ambrose for the Saturday of Our Lady

Let, then, the life of Mary be as it were virginity itself, set forth in a likeness, from which, as from a mirror, the appearance of chastity and the form of virtue is reflected. From this you may take your pattern of life, showing as an example the clear rules of virtue: what you have to correct, to effect, to hold fast.  (more…)

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St Lawrence, MartyrA Meditation for the Feast of S. Laurence
By a monk of the Cistercian Abbey of Sept-fonts

I. Point.

“He was full of faith and of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts VI, 3.)

The Church honors two holy levites, one at Jerusalem, the other at Rome, between whom there is found so marvelous a resemblance in courage, in virtue and holiness, that the eulogy of the one may be justly applied to the other. St. Laurence truly appeared “full of faith and of the Holy Ghost,” by his ardent love for Jesus Christ. This fulness of faith and of the Holy Ghost was his peculiar characteristic. By his love and his faith, animated by the secret inspiration of the Holy Ghost, he stripped himself of all the goods of this world; by his love, stronger than death, he despised tortures; by the sacred fire of the Holy Ghost, with which he was filled, he seemed insensible to the flames that burned his body; finally, he aspired only to Jesus Christ, he sighed only for Him. O divine fire which burned St. Laurence more intensely within, than the flames by which he was surrounded burned him without! O fire of the Holy Ghost, more powerful than that which was kindled by the executioners! O Divine Spirit! Burn, inflame, consume my heart with the fire of Thy holy love; extinguish the flames of my vices, as Thou didst enable St. Laurence to conquer those of the material fire. (more…)

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Transfiguration of Our LordA sermon for the Transfiguration
by the Rev. John Mason Neale, D.D.

Our Lord, taking with Him Peter, James, and John, brought ‘them up into an high Mountain apart, and was transfigured before them.’ ‘And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him.’ S. Peter, transported with the glory of this Vision, cried out, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.’  (more…)

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