Brad Kronen Explores Mystical Catholicism in his book “The Mysticism of Mary”

Did you know the Virgin Mary has a special kind of haunting called a “Marian Apparition”? Did you also know many of those whom the Mother of Christ appears before end up being “incorruptible”, meaning their bodies don’t rot after they die? Rip my heart out and call me incorruptible! This non-decomposing fun fact and so much more is covered in Brad’s latest book, “The Mysticism of Mary” a fascinating and detailed look at the Catholic Church’s force of the ancient feminine better known as Mary.

And who wants to make a bet about their knowing the correct definition of the term “Immaculate Conception” but after reading Brad’s book they now know better?

Organized Religion…..never a dull moment.

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Jupiter Transits Sagittarius: A Blizzard of Blessings and Good Fortune Approaches – Part II

Heads up, everyone! Not only will the King of Planets’ upcoming transit through its own sign of Sagittarius be affecting the hyper lucky, in the second installment of this Jupiterian series Brad provides his predictions as to which areas of society will be the benefactors of the Great Benefic’s bestowments of both blessings and bounty during the calendar year of 2019!

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Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth in a World devoid of Light, Part II

The Pontiff of the Catholic Church who canonized Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a man who lived in the vicinity during the time when St. Teresa’s martyrdom took place, the Polish Pope, John Paul II. His homily given on the day Edith Stein was made a saint sums up this extraordinary woman’s life quite fittingly:

“A woman in search of the truth has become a saint and martyr through the silent workings of divine grace…With her whole being she sought the truth, of which she wrote: “No spiritual work comes into the world without great suffering. It always challenges the whole person”. For a long time Edith Stein was a seeker. Her mind never tired of searching and her heart always yearned for hope. She traveled the arduous path of philosophy with passionate enthusiasm. Eventually she was rewarded: she seized the truth. Or better: she was seized by it. She discovered that Truth had a name: Jesus Christ.”

May each of us, no matter our creed, follow Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’s example by giving our best to seek and hopefully find our own version of divine Truth.

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Edith Stein: Seeker of Truth in a World devoid of Light, Part I

I have always been fascinated by authoritative figures within the realm of organized religion who come from backgrounds that are anything but religious or where they begin life following a faith with a foundation that seems almost diametrically opposed from the one they come to eventually embrace. Thus is the case with a Jewish woman born as Edith Stein who would eventually become the Catholic saint named Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

Within Catholicism’s School of Saints, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross is truly unique. Although reaching the highest level of Catholic spirituality, as a canonized saint Edith’s identity is still closely intertwined with her religion of birth given the fact Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross’ life ended in Auschwitz, the most notorious of Nazi extermination centers established during the Second World War which were built with the intent of annihilating the Jewish people as a whole.

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The Mysticism of Mary: The Ancient Feminine Force of the Catholic Faith, Part I

Throughout the Catholic Church’s history Mary has been a point of contention where some have said the woman who bore the mortal manifestation of Christ is inconsequential and still others have equivocated devotion towards the Blessed Mother to the worshipping of a pagan goddess.

The Blessed Mother may have begun life as a mortal being but her role in the Catholic Faith is to embody and sustain that mystical force known as the ancient feminine. This in turn elevates Mary’s status well beyond being merely a mortal woman who gave birth to the Messiah. As the force of the ancient feminine Mary serves as Catholicism’s fiercest defender of faith by being its most powerful form of protection against the forces of darkness and evil and Our Lady sustains the importance Catholicism still holds for humanity as the 21st century unfolds by her institution of the power of prayer.

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