Why Catholics Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the great praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son. There can be no doubt that whatever we say in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son.”
-Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Father and Doctor of the Church

“Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour.”
-Saint Padre Pio

“In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear.”
-Saint Therese of Lisieux

“Mary, give me your Heart: so Beautiful, so Pure, so Immaculate; your Heart so full of Love and Humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life and love Him as you love Him and serve Him in the distressing guise of the poor.”
-Blessed Mother Teresa

“We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour His Mother, and we honour Her simply and solely to honour Him all the more perfectly. We go to Her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, Her Son.”
-Saint Louis Marie de Montfort

Written during the festivity of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in September 8, 1994, this article remains one of the most clear explanations of why we Honor our Heavenly Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary:

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Just a little reminder for Today

Each morning when I open my eyes, feeling thankful for the new day, I am going to tell myself:
I, at the edge of the circumstances, have the power to be Happy, or unhappy today.
I am who decides which of the two options will prevail.
Yesterday is past, tomorrow is uncertain. I only have one day, today.
And I choose to be Happy!

Blessings!

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Coconut Oil: The Fountain of Youth

In the summer of 2014, I went to Peru on a business trip to visit a copper mine sitting at about 13,000 feet above sea level. Before the trip, I had to do a blood test as part of a physical examination required to go to a high place on earth. There are serious health risks at high altitudes.

After receiving the lab results I found out my levels of cholesterol and triglycerides were, to my surprise, unhealthy high. And the doctor made me feel more worried after he showed me how my blood would look like in one of his lab tubes. No wonder why I got my arms numb easily sometimes; my blood was not flowing naturally. During the following month I really watched what I ate and I was able to lower the levels to normal, without medication, just before my trip. I did drink some Yerba Mate teas at the mine site to lessen the effects of the altitude.

My way of thinking about food changed from those lab results. At age 38 then, I stopped being a teenager. I could not continue eating in the same manner, and not exercise anymore.

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Red Wine every day Improves your Health

Do you enjoy a cup of good red wine every day, but hate to think about the calories it contains? A recent investigation has discovered that an antioxidant substance in red wine called Resveratrol, has similar benefits to your health to those of exercising.

The investigation, done by a research team from the University of Alberta, suggests that Resveratrol will especially help those persons not able to exercise. During some tests, the antioxidant improved physical performance, cardiac function, and muscular strength in the same way a gym session would.

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4 Important Elements in Great Parents

The most rewarding and fulfilling part of your life is being a great parent. Being a great parent does not come naturally with the birth of a child. It requires you to consciously learn and put into practice certain knowledge that seems to remain hidden under the rocks these days.

A family is the nucleus of society and parents have the sacred responsibility of forming a Christian family. They must inculcate, with love and discipline, the values that will make their children good persons.

Consider these 4 important elements for your success in becoming a great parent:

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10 Benefits of Eating Hot Salsa

Capsaicin is the name of the key ingredient present in hot chili peppers. It is responsible for that burning feeling in your lips and tongue, but it is also the reason why chili peppers are so healthy. The strength of the pepper or its hotness is measured in “Scoville heat units” (SHU). The current hottest pepper in the world is the “Carolina Reaper” with 1,500,000 – 2,200,000 SHU.

Fresh chili peppers, red and green, are rich source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a potent water-soluble antioxidant. It is required for the collagen synthesis inside the human body. Collagen is one of the main structural protein required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps protect from scurvy, develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity), and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

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A Positive Attitude will make you Happier

My little brother Andres just recently shared with me the following message, which after reading it, I could not agree more with what it says.

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How to Eat Healthy: The Dietary Guidelines

The dietary guidelines are health suggestions that can be used with the food groups and looking at the food labels. They are designed to help you improve your diet and lifestyle.

Get the most value from your calories.

The average adult consumes about 2,000 calories a day. Make the most of these calories. Choose foods that are rich in nutrients and choose from all the food groups every day. Just don’t eat more than your body needs.

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How to Eat Healthy: The Food Groups

The United States Department of Agriculture created the Food Groups Pyramid in 2005 to help Americans make healthy food choices. Each of six food groups is represented by a band in the pyramid. The following guidelines are based on a 2,000-calorie diet as described by MyPyramid. More information can be found at: foodpyramid.com

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The Holy Season of Lent

(Article written by Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, on February 21, 1996. Published in the CMRI website)

Dearly Beloved in Christ,

The holy season of Lent begins the Church’s solemn preparation for the glorious feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and there are many spiritual and doctrinal aspects of Lent which we should consider in order to properly benefit from this penitential season.

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