Hop to it

A Jesuit formator who guided me in my spiritual journey before I joined the Marian Fathers had a favorite saying. It was, "HOP to it!"
By "HOP," he meant "humility," "obedience," and "poverty."

In the Middle of Her Wounds

By Theresa Bonopartis

For close to 30 years now, I have had a deep devotion to Our Lady under the title of Our Lady of Czestochowa. I did not go looking for her. She sought me out.

At first it was subtle. I had never encountered her before, and then I started seeing her everywhere I went - in churches, in pictures, and then as a penance in the form of a novena during the Sacrament of Confession. The famous image of Our Lady of Czestochowa is so peculiar, you cannot help but be curious. Her dark skin, sad look, and facial scars beg to be questioned.


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