Keeping a Mary Spirit Throughout a Martha Day

Keeping a Mary Spirit Throughout a Martha Day – 5 CD set Gleaned from 19 years as a Third Order Carmelite, this is a 3- Day retreat led by Donna at the Palisades Retreat Center in Federal Way, WA. This 5 disc set will help to explode your prayer life. The topics covered are: Disc 1: Desire, Rule of Life, Attachments, Goal of Love, Ora Et Labora, Morning Offering Disc 2: Bonus – A Vision of Heaven Disc 3: Method, Purity of Intention, Meditation, Liturgy of the Hours, Resolutions, Perseverance, Examination of Conscience Disc 4: Neglect of Prayer, Mass, Suffering, Temptations,… Continue Reading

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St. Teresa of Avila

My favorite saint, St. Teresa of Avila, doctor of the church, 1515-1582 has her feast day today, Oct. 15. Charming, witty, determined, candid, outspoken, passionate (sounds like a New Yorker, no wonder I feel an affinity toward her), she experienced mystical visions and miraculous events, but she also talked with God in an almost conversational tone, frankly speaking her mind on everything. Her “Bookmark” is one of the most famous prayers written EVER. We don’t even know for SURE if she is the one who wrote it, but we DO know that it was found written on a bookmark that… Continue Reading

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St. Therese’s Song

My second favorite saint (my most favorite is also this month), St. Therese of Lisioux, doctor of the church, 1873-1897 has her feast day, Oct. 1. She became a saint not by performing great miracles but by doing little things with great love – putting up with frustrating companions, obeying superiors, finishing the laundry. So ordinary did she appear, some of the sisters in her convent were completely unaware of her remarkable prayer life until after her death. Some even thought she wasn’t special at all. She wrote this prayer: My life is an instant, a fleeting hour. My life… Continue Reading

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St. Augustine

St Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430), who’s feast day is today, was born in Thagaste in Africa of a Berber family. He was brought up a Christian but left the Church and embraced the Manichaean heresy, later seeing how nonsensical it was and becoming a Neoplatonist instead. He led a wild and dissolute youth. He took a concubine by whom he had a son, Adeodatus. He had a brilliant legal and acedemic career. At length, through the prayers of his mother, and the teaching of St Ambrose of Milan, he was converted back to Christanity. He was baptized in… Continue Reading

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My “Pushy” Jewish Mother in Heaven

Though I am primarily of Italian descent (1/4 Greek), I, like the rest of you, have a Jewish mother in heaven.  Her name is Mary. Why would I call Jesus’ mother and Our Lady “pushy”?  How could I be so bold?  Well, that’s a good story and tells of how this whole apostolate, Golden Arrow Music, ever got off the ground. When Mary told the waiters in John 2:5 to “Do whatever He tells you” it was probably with a  knowing wink and a nod in her heart to Jesus, confident that he “wouldn’t “let her down.”  Mothers, by nature,… Continue Reading

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Four EXCELLENT Reasons to Pray the Stations of the Cross Daily

The Stations of the Cross is one of the most neglected devotions in daily Catholic prayer. Often we are encouraged to pray the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Liturgy of the Hours (which are all great suggestions) but I do not remember anyone suggesting to me to pray the Stations of the Cross on a daily basis. This is unfortunate as many of the saints have derived great benefit from accompanying Jesus on his Way to Calvary and many were inspired to compose their own versions of the ancient devotion. So here are four reasons (in no particular order) why… Continue Reading

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Our Lady of Lourdes

OUR LADY OF LOURDES (1858) Feast of the Church But some may say, “Why pray to Mary at ALL?” Our answer is found in scripture. Listen to a 2 min. explanation with many references to scripture at: https://donnacorigibson.com/OurCatholicFaith.html TRACK #6 Even more cool, hear the aplogetics SUNG in this catchy song: https://donnacorigibson.com/OurCatholicFaith.html TRACK #7 Share these with your friends. They’ll be glad you did. Back to Lourdes… In the fourth year after the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, when a certain girl named Bernadette asserted that she had seen the Immaculate Mother of God many times in… Continue Reading

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Contemplation!

Contemplate!  We were meant to discover beauty and love. Spend time meditating on how our Great God made himself so little by coming to this earth.  The CD ” A Traditional Christmas” will lead you in contemplating the mystery of the Incarnation.  Get it for FREE, when you purchase any of my CDs.  Order from www.donnacorigibson.com/CatholicMusic.html. Select your CD, also put a Christmas CD in your cart, and enter coupon “freeChristmas” at checkout. Get free music downloads and listen to all songs there as well. Keep praying. Keep singing. Donna