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Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Assumption of Mary
CatholicApologetics.org ^ | 1985-1991 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan

Posted on 05/11/2010 11:38:04 PM PDT by Salvation

Catholic Biblical Apologetics


Apologetics without apology!


What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why?

This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries.

This is a set of lecture notes used since 1985 to teach the basis for key doctrines and dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church. The objectives of the course were, and are:

The course grew out of the need for the authors to continually answer questions about their faith tradition and their work. (Both authors are active members of Catholic parish communities in the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Robert Schihl was a Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Communication and the Arts at Regent University. Paul Flanagan is a consultant specializing in preparing people for technology based changes.) At the time these notes were first prepared, the authors were spending time in their faith community answering questions about their Protestant Evangelical workplaces (Mr. Flanagan was then a senior executive at the Christian Broadcasting Network), and time in their workplaces answering similar questions about their Roman Catholic faith community. These notes are the result of more than a decade of facilitating dialogue among those who wish to learn more about what the Roman Catholic Church teaches and why.

The Assumption of Mary

The Assumption of Mary

For Roman Catholic Christians, the belief in the Assumption of Mary flows immediately from the belief in her Immaculate Conception. Catholic Christians believe that if Mary was preserved from sin by the free gift of God, she would not be bound to experience the consequences of sin--death--in the same way we do. Mary's assumption shows the result of this freedom from sin--the immediate union of her whole being with her Son Jesus Christ with God at the end of her life.

Catholic Christians believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the end of her earthly life, was assumed both body and soul into heavenly glory.

Rom 5:12
Therefore, just as through one person sin entered the world, and through sin, death, and thus death came to all, inasmuch as all sinned ...
Rom 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Cor 15:21-26
For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the first fruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Since sin and death are the fruits of Satan, the freedom of Mary from the original sin of Adam also frees her from the consequences of sin also. Then Mary best fulfills the scripture of Genesis.

Gen 3:15
I will put enmity between you (the serpent, Satan) and the woman (Mary), and between your offspring (the minions of Satan) and hers (Christ); He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.

The constant faith (paradosis) of the Church affirms the belief in the Assumption of Mary.

From the 5th Century:
The Feast of the Assumption of Mary was celebrated in Syria.
5th and 6th Century:
The Apocryphal Books were testimony of a certain christian sense of the abhorrence felt that the body of the Mother of God should lie in a sepulcher.
6th Century:
The Feast of the Assumption was celebrated in Jerusalem (and perhaps even in Alexandria).
From the 7th Century:
Clear and explicit testimony was given on the Assumption of Mary in the Eastern Church; The same testimony is clear also in the Western Church (Gregory, Tours, 538-594).
9th Century:
The Feast of the Assumption was celebrated in Spain.
From the 10th - 12th Century:
No dispute whatsoever in the Western Church; there was dispute over the false epistles of Jerome on the subject.
12th Century:
The Feast of the Assumption was celebrated in the city of Rome, and in France.
13th Century to the present:
Certain and undisputed faith in the Assumption of Mary in the universal Church.
1950
Pope Pius XII, declared infallibly, ex cathedra: "Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory." (The Magisterium has stayed cospicuously silent regarding whether this process entailed Mary's physical death. The teaching merely states that Mary's body and soul were assumed at the completion of the course of Mary's life.)


TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: apologetics; catholic; catholiclist; mothermary
Continuing the discussion and apologetics concerning the Blessed Virgin Mary.
1 posted on 05/11/2010 11:38:04 PM PDT by Salvation
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May Devotion: Blessed Virgin Mary
The Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Grace

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Toward the end of the eighteenth century a zealous Jesuit priest, Father Lalomia, started among the students of the Roman college of his Society the practice of dedicating May to Our Lady. The devotion, which others had promoted in a small way, soon spread to other Jesuit Colleges and to the entire Latin church and since that time it has been a regular feature of Catholic life.

INVOCATIONS

Thou who wast a virgin before thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
Thou who wast a virgin in thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.
Thou who wast a virgin after thy delivery, pray for us. Hail Mary, etc.

My Mother, deliver me from mortal sin.
Hail Mary (three times).

Mother of love, of sorrow and of mercy, pray for us.

Remember, O Virgin Mother of God, when thou shalt stand before the face of the Lord, that thou speak favorable things in our behalf and that He may turn away His indignation from us.
Roman Missal

Thou art my Mother, O Virgin Mary: keep me safe lest I ever offend thy dear Son, and obtain for me the grace to please Him always and in all things.

FOR THE HELP OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, 0 Lord, by the worshipful intercession of Thy glorious Mother, the ever-Virgin Mary; that we, who have been enriched by her perpetual blessings, may be delivered from all dangers, and through her loving kindness made to be of one heart and mind: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Roman Missal

THE SALVE REGINA

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus! O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Roman Breviary

PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

O blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay thee thy just dues of praise and thanksgiving, thou who by the wondrous assent of thy will didst rescue a fallen world? What songs of praise can our weak human nature recite in thy honor, since it is by thy intervention alone that it has found
the way to restoration? Accept, then, such poor thanks as we have here to offer, though they be unequal to thy merits; and, receiving our vows, obtain by thy prayers the remission of our offenses. Carry thou our prayers within the sanctuary of the heavenly audience, and bring forth from it the antidote of our reconciliation. May the sins we bring before Almighty God through thee, become pardonable through thee; may what we ask for with sure confidence, through thee be granted. Take our offering, grant us our requests, obtain pardon for what we fear, for thou art the sole hope of sinners. Through thee we hope for the remission of our sins, and in thee, 0 blessed Lady, is our hope of reward. Holy Mary, succour the miserable, help the fainthearted, comfort the sorrowful, pray for thy people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may all who keep thy holy commemoration feel now thy help and protection. Be thou ever ready to assist us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it thy continual care to pray for the people of God, thou who, blessed by God, didst merit to bear the Redeemer of the world, who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.
Saint Augustine

PETITION TO MARY

Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day. I venerate thee, great queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou hast bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly for ever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also. I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God, I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope. Amen.
Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Blessed Virgin Mary Magnificat Prayer
My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my savior,
For he has looked upon his servant in her lowliness; all ages to come shall call me blessed.
God who is mighty has done great things for me,
holy is his name; His mercy is from age to age on those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm; he has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts. He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places. The hungry he has given every good thing, while the rich he has sent empty away. He has upheld Israel his servant, ever mindful of his mercy; Even as he promised our fathers, promised Abraham and his descendants forever.
(Lk 1:46-55) 

Seen above is the Blessed Virgin Mary, portrayed as Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
It was she who was chosen by God, to provide His Son with His Sacred Humanity.
She did so in humble and total cooperation with the Holy Spirit and the Divine will of the Holy Trinity; providing God's Son with the Blood He shed for us on the Cross.

TO MARY, REFUGE OF SINNERS
Hail, most gracious Mother of mercy, hail, Mary, for whom we fondly yearn, through whom we obtain forgiveness! Who would not love thee? Thou art our light in uncertainty, our comfort in sorrow, our solace in the time of trial, our refuge from every peril and temptation. Thou art our sure hope of salvation, second only to thy only-begotten Son; blessed are they who love thee, our Lady! Incline, I beseech thee, thy ears of pity to the entreaties of this thy servant, a miserable sinner; dissipate the darkness of my sins by the bright beams of thy holiness, in order that I may be acceptable in thy sight.

FOR THE GRACE OF LOVE
O Mary, my dear Mother, how much I love thee! And yet in reality how little! Thou dost teach me what I ought to know, for thou teachest me what Jesus is to me and what I ought to be for Jesus. Dearly beloved Mother, how close to God thou art, and how utterly filled with Him! In the measure that we know God, we remind ourselves of thee. Mother of God, obtain for me the grace of loving my Jesus; obtain for me the grace of loving thee!
Cardinal Merry del Val

TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY FOR MAY

O most august and blessed Virgin Mary! Holy Mother of God! glorious Queen of heaven and earth! powerful protectress of those who love thee, and unfailing advocate of all who invoke thee! look down, I beseech thee, from thy throne of glory on thy devoted child; accept the solemn offering I present thee of this month, specially dedicated to thee, and receive my ardent, humble desire, that by my love and fervor I could worthily honor thee, who, next to God, art deserving of all honor. Receive me, 0 Mother of Mercy, among thy best beloved children; extend to me thy maternal tenderness and solicitude; obtain for me a place in the Heart of Jesus, and a special share in the gifts of His grace. 0 deign, I beseech thee, to recognize my claims on thy protection, to watch over my spiritual and temporal interests, as well as those of all who are dear to me; to infuse into my soul the spirit of Christ, and to teach me thyself to become meek, humble, charitable, patient, and submissive to the will of God.

May my heart bum with the love of thy Divine Son, and of thee, His blessed Mother, not for a month alone, but for time and eternity; may I thirst for the promotion of His honor and thine, and contribute, as far as I can, to its extension. Receive me, 0 Mary, the refuge of sinners! Grant me a Mother's blessing and a Mother's care, now, and at the hour of my death. Amen.

TO OUR LADY

Saint John Vianney, better known as the Cure of Ars, when asked how long he had loved Mary, said: "I loved her almost before I could know her." In this prayer he expresses that love.
O thou most holy virgin Mary, who dost evermore stand before the most holy Trinity, and to whom it is granted at all times to pray for us to thy most beloved Son; pray for me in all my necessities; help me, combat for me, and obtain for me the pardon of all my sins. Help me especially at my last hour; and when I can no longer give any sign of the use of reason, then do thou encourage me, make the sign of the cross for me, and fight for me against the enemy. Make in my name a profession of faith; favor me with a testimony of my salvation, and never let me despair of the mercy of God. Help me to overthrow the wicked enemy. When I can no longer say: "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands," do thou say it for me; when I can no longer hear human words of consolation, do thou comfort me. Leave me not before I have been judged; and if I have to expiate my sins in purgatory, oh! pray for me earnestly; and admonish my friends to procure for me a speedy enjoyment of the blessed sight of God. Lessen my sufferings, deliver me speedily, and lead my soul into heaven with thee: that, united with all the elect, I may there bless and praise my God and thee for all eternity. Amen.
Saint John Vianney

ACT OF REPARATION

O blessed Virgin, Mother of God, look down in mercy from heaven, where thou art enthroned as Queen, upon me, a miserable sinner, thine unworthy servant. Although I know full well my own unworthiness, yet in order to atone for the offenses that are done to thee by impious and blasphemous
tongues, from the depths of my heart I praise and extol thee as the purest, the fairest, the holiest creature of all God's handiwork. I bless thy holy name, I praise thine exalted privilege of being truly Mother of God, ever virgin, conceived without stain of sin, co-redemptrix of the human race. I bless the Eternal Father who chose thee in an especial way for His daughter; I bless the Word Incarnate who took upon Himself our nature in thy bosom and so made thee His Mother; I bless the Holy Spirit who took thee as His bride. All honor, praise and thanksgiving to the ever-blessed Trinity, who predestined thee and loved thee so exceedingly from all eternity as to exalt thee above all creatures to the most sublime heights. 0 Virgin, holy and merciful, obtain for all who offend thee the grace of repentance, and graciously accept this poor act of homage from me thy servant, obtaining likewise for me from thy divine Son the pardon and remission of all my sins. Amen.

Prayer Source: Prayer Book, The by Reverend John P. O'Connell, M.A., S.T.D. and Jex Martin, M.A., The Catholic Press, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 1954

 

Memorare of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessed Virgin Mary

 

Remember O Most Gracious Virgin Mary!

That never was it known
That anyone who fled to thy protection,
Implored thy help or sought thy intercession
Was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto Thee!
O Virgin of virgins, My Mother!

To Thee I come before Thee I stand,
Sinful and Sorrowful,
Oh Mother of the Word Incarnate,
Despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy,
Hear and answer me.


Amen

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2 posted on 05/11/2010 11:39:01 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 05/11/2010 11:39:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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"Never apologize for the

Blessed Virgin Mary!"

~~Mother Angelica


4 posted on 05/11/2010 11:40:53 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Pray the Rosary. 
Pray without ceasing.

5 posted on 05/11/2010 11:41:25 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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From a previous thread:

 
From the earliest of Church Councils (the Council of Rome, 993; defined by the Council of Trent) the distinction was made between worship and honor. Catholics believe that worship is due to God alone. Catholics honor those saints who have gone before us as a sign of faith and victory in living the Christian life.
 
And from another previous thread:
 
The truths about Mary are important because they are still truth, since they are based in the Bible. But they are not central to the primary gospel message of our salvation through Jesus Christ.

6 posted on 05/11/2010 11:42:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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7 posted on 05/11/2010 11:43:52 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

To be honest with you..all of that stuff means so little if we are not forgiving and patient with all of lifes irritations. It just becomes more knowledge...as in the original fall to the knowledge of good and evil. We need to return to our wordless holy spirit..as shown at www.fhu.com!


8 posted on 05/11/2010 11:44:13 PM PDT by fabian
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To: Salvation
Here she is:

19 ... the temple of God was opened in heaven: and the ark of his testament was seen in his temple, and there were lightnings, and voices, and an earthquake, and great hail.

1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: 2 And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered. 3 And there was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems: 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son. 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne.

6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her a thousand two hundred sixty days. 7 And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: 8 And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. 9 And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying: Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of the testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell therein. Woe to the earth, and to the sea, because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, knowing that he hath but a short time. 13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman, who brought forth the man child: 14 And there were given to the woman two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the desert unto her place, where she is nourished for a time and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. 15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth after the woman, water as it were a river; that he might cause her to be carried away by the river.

16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the river, which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

(Apoc. 11-12)

9 posted on 05/12/2010 5:36:16 AM PDT by annalex
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To: fabian
wordless holy spirit

He is not wordless.

the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what you must say. (Luke 12:12)

10 posted on 05/12/2010 5:38:19 AM PDT by annalex
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To: Salvation

Did Mary have to be sinless to conceive a sinless child? Why or why not.


11 posted on 05/12/2010 7:47:13 AM PDT by dartuser ("Palin 2012 ... nothing else will do.")
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To: annalex

No, it speaks to us in a silent light, unlike the devil which speaks to our minds with words and tries to sound like us. That is exactly how he spoke to Eve in the garden and now he does it in religious words to people and you are falling for it my friend.


12 posted on 05/12/2010 8:34:56 AM PDT by fabian
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To: dartuser

Have you ever heard of the Ark of the Old Covenant — how it was kept so holy. The High Priest could only enter at a certain time, etc. Anyone who touched it would die. All biblical quotes.

Mary is considered to be the Ark of the New Covenenat. Christ was the New Covenant and was within her womb, a very holy, Ark.


13 posted on 05/12/2010 8:51:17 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
Have you ever heard of the Ark of the Old Covenant

yes ...

how it was kept so holy.

ok ...

The High Priest could only enter at a certain time, etc.

The High Priest entered the the holy of holies (the inner sanctuary in the Temple), the Ark was stored in that inner sanctuary and contained the ten commandments, manna, etc.

Mary is considered to be the Ark of the New Covenenat

By who? Where does that come from? Because she bore Christ, and the Ark was holy ... by analogy Mary was sinless?

Is there any direct biblical evidence? My 5th grader is asking what Catholics believe and I would like to be able to answer him ... but I genuinely dont know how Catholics get to Mary being sinless.

14 posted on 05/12/2010 9:13:32 AM PDT by dartuser ("Palin 2012 ... nothing else will do.")
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To: dartuser
Did Mary have to be sinless to conceive a sinless child? Why or why not.

No. I believe this was addressed in the proclamation of the dogma, but obviously if Mary had to be sinless than St. Anne had to be sinless and right on back to Adam--destroying the whole concept of Original Sin.

It was certainly fitting that Mary be sinless, but it was not strictly necessary.

15 posted on 05/12/2010 11:33:50 AM PDT by Claud
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To: Claud

Where could I find the proclamation of the dogma ... I assume thats where the rationale for the belief is laid out ... ??


16 posted on 05/12/2010 11:43:05 AM PDT by dartuser ("Palin 2012 ... nothing else will do.")
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To: dartuser
I assume thats where the rationale for the belief is laid out ... ??

Well, sorta. That's where the official statement is, but the rationale sort of precipitates out of centuries of conversation and some disagreement -- including misunderstandings of embryology(!)

Here is the Encyclical Ineffabilis Deus

Here is the outline of the thinking in the Catechism.

17 posted on 05/12/2010 11:57:53 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (O Maria, sine labe concepta, ora pro nobis qui ad te confugimus.)
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To: dartuser; Salvation
The High Priest entered the the holy of holies (the inner sanctuary in the Temple), the Ark was stored in that inner sanctuary and contained the ten commandments, manna, etc.

Exactly. Now draw it out further. Christ is the living Word. Christ is the living Manna. And so Mary is the living Ark. This is not a new analogy either--Christian writers in the first few centuries often made this point.

Is there any direct biblical evidence? My 5th grader is asking what Catholics believe and I would like to be able to answer him ... but I genuinely dont know how Catholics get to Mary being sinless.

When the angel Gabriel salutes Mary he calls her "kecharitomene". We translate that "full of grace", but it really is a Greek passive perfect verb: "the one who has been graced". The Greek usage here indicates an action that was completed and perfected in the past: i.e. Mary received grace so completely and fully that she is no longer in need of any more. That's why "full of grace" is sometimes used to translate it.

That's not exactly proof, but it explains why you see early Christian writers (who knew Greek very well) referring to Mary as "immaculate" and "all-holy".

This idea runs through Christian literature since almost the very beginning--and I am not aware of anyone saying the contrary-: "Mary was a sinful person just like us." The Church, therefore, felt comfortable defining the dogma because no serious challenges to it were made until very late--the time of the Reformation I believe.

18 posted on 05/12/2010 12:00:39 PM PDT by Claud
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To: Mad Dawg

Thanks Mad Dawg...good stuff. :)


19 posted on 05/12/2010 12:01:49 PM PDT by Claud
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To: Mad Dawg

Poor Aquinas always gets beat up on for his embryology!

Especially his bit about the female being an “occasioned” male. Sometimes, when I am feeling cheeky, I remind people about Y chromosomes. >:)


20 posted on 05/12/2010 12:08:24 PM PDT by Claud
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To: Mad Dawg

That helped alot ... thanks.


21 posted on 05/12/2010 12:11:16 PM PDT by dartuser ("Palin 2012 ... nothing else will do.")
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To: Claud
OK, I see what you are saying. At this point my question would be ... why did she say "God my savior?" Since she was sinless, she did not require the atoning work of Christ to save her, she had committed no sin. She was perfect like Christ (albiet not divine like Christ). You dont need a savior from sin if you have no sin.

Is it possible that she was sinless without her recognizing that she was?

22 posted on 05/12/2010 12:17:50 PM PDT by dartuser ("Palin 2012 ... nothing else will do.")
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To: dartuser

I’ve heard it explained this way: There’s two ways to save a person from a pit. You can pull them out after they’ve fallen in, or you can keep them from falling in in the first place.

Mary needed a savior just like the rest of us. Only, she was saved at conception, before sin even had a chance to contaminate her soul. She is perfect not because she didn’t need a savior, but because she was already saved.

About being sinless and not recognizing it, I’m not sure. My theological education isn’t deep enough to ponder questions like that. Maybe someone else on here knows?


23 posted on 05/12/2010 1:50:10 PM PDT by Claud
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To: fabian

I just read what’s in the Bible.


24 posted on 05/12/2010 4:48:33 PM PDT by annalex
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To: Claud
I don't spend a lot of my thinking on Mary, (though I do spend a lot of devotion on her.)

But I don't think that being sinless necessarily means being unusually insightful.

To be precise, I think that PART, maybe even a big part, of the reason we sinners are so lacking in self-understanding is that we are afraid of what we might see, and don't want it to be true.

I'm guessing Mary would not have had that problem. But if she was sinless, she was probably humble. And I think C.S. Lewis is probably right about humility, in that humble folks tend to find other people more interesting than themselves.

So I can readily understand Mary's just not thinking about being sinless, but thinking about her family, her community, her friends, and her God.

25 posted on 05/12/2010 5:10:13 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (O Maria, sine labe concepta, ora pro nobis qui ad te confugimus.)
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To: annalex

I see. Wouldn’t you like to get more out of religion than just learning it like you learn math or science? You know, the people that wrote the new testament had the same holy spirit that you have within you.


26 posted on 05/12/2010 9:19:48 PM PDT by fabian
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To: dartuser

Wasn’t that all discussed in yesterdays’s thread on the Immaculate Conception. Maybe you can read through that with your son.


27 posted on 05/12/2010 9:47:19 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: dartuser

The Blessed Virgin Mary knew at the very announcement of the Angel Gabriel that her son would be born for a special purpoose. She was even more aware of it at the prophecy of Simeon at the Presentation of the Infant Jesus in the temple.

May knew that Christ was God. She knew that she was human. Like all humans, we WORSHIP God. And soo did Mary.


28 posted on 05/12/2010 9:50:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Am I allowed to ask why Roman Catholicism is taking over Free Republic?

This is not a Roman Catholic forum.


29 posted on 05/12/2010 9:53:37 PM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: Salvation

Seriously, “Salvation,” maybe you could talk about Jesus once in a while, rather than these peculiar Roman Catholic doctrines. That would promote unity within Christ’s Church — the body of those who believe in Him and who’ve been adopted into His family — rather than division because of these biblically unsubstantiated doctrines.


30 posted on 05/12/2010 9:58:08 PM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: fabian
Wouldn’t you like to get more out of religion than just learning it

Of course. I am, you know, Catholic. I get eternal life from it.

31 posted on 05/13/2010 7:03:19 PM PDT by annalex
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To: Theo; Salvation

Members of any confession are free to make posts of interest to them as well.


32 posted on 05/13/2010 7:04:37 PM PDT by annalex
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To: Theo

Some unity you Protestant mariophobes have.


33 posted on 05/13/2010 7:05:47 PM PDT by annalex
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To: annalex

But you need to live the bright spirit now to gain entrance to the Kingdom..and that cannot come from your mind.


34 posted on 05/13/2010 8:43:32 PM PDT by fabian
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To: fabian
Yes, indeed. Intellect, emotion and spirituality need to be in a mix. St. Peter said is thusly:

2 Grace to you and peace be accomplished in the knowledge of God and of Christ Jesus our Lord: 3 As all things of his divine power which appertain to life and godliness, are given us, through the knowledge of him who hath called us by his own proper glory and virtue. 4 By whom he hath given us most great and precious promises: that by these you may be made partakers of the divine nature: flying the corruption of that concupiscence which is in the world. 5 And you, employing all care, minister in your faith, virtue; and in virtue, knowledge;

6 And in knowledge, abstinence; and in abstinence, patience; and in patience, godliness; 7 And in godliness, love of brotherhood; and in love of brotherhood, charity. 8 For if these things be with you and abound, they will make you to be neither empty nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he that hath not these things with him, is blind, and groping, having forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore, brethren, labour the more, that by good works you may make sure your calling and election. For doing these things, you shall not sin at any time.

(2 Peter 1)


35 posted on 05/14/2010 5:29:19 AM PDT by annalex
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To: annalex

Yes, but the knowledge must come from the holy spirit and is NOT to be remembered and learned because it is everpresent. Big mistake to learn and memorize the truth, sorry!


36 posted on 05/14/2010 7:29:38 AM PDT by fabian
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To: annalex

Um ... “mariophobes”? I’m not afraid of Jesus’ mother. I am grateful that she said “yes” to God, and all humanity is blessed because of her obedience.


37 posted on 05/14/2010 11:12:16 AM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: fabian

All knowledge of God comes from God, but I don’t understand your hostility to “learn and memorize the truth”.


38 posted on 05/15/2010 8:03:13 AM PDT by annalex
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To: Theo
Good, because as the Holy Scripture teaches us, where is Mary there is the peace and unity of Christ:

these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. (Acts 1:14)

39 posted on 05/15/2010 8:05:26 AM PDT by annalex
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To: annalex

No, I am sorry but you do not understand the mechanisms of evil. It came as a good originally to Eve and it was the KNOWLEDGE of good and evil that God said to not eat of! The holy spirit teaches us naturally in a flash, if you would be still and know. Fhu.com...if you have the courage to get out of your thoughts. And I am not hostile in the least.


40 posted on 05/15/2010 8:14:43 AM PDT by fabian
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To: annalex

You’re fine to look to Mary for peace. I’ll look to the Prince of Peace and His Comforter, the Holy Spirit.


41 posted on 05/15/2010 8:26:04 AM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: fabian

Ah, it is a website you are promoting. Very well, when I find the time, I’ll visit.


42 posted on 05/15/2010 9:06:41 AM PDT by annalex
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To: Theo

And in whose company do you think you will find Him?


43 posted on 05/15/2010 9:07:38 AM PDT by annalex
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To: annalex

well, yes..it is trully the lost art of prayer. It will make your whole religion come trully alive...believe me..no bs and it is not weird stuff. Roy is a reformed Jew.


44 posted on 05/15/2010 9:14:56 AM PDT by fabian
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To: Theo
My apologies to you. Jesus Christ was discussed in many of these apologetics threads. I just forgot to post them.

So here they are just for you:

Foundation

Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Foundation: Apologetics Without Apology
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Foundation: An Incomplete Picture
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Foundation: Dearly Beloved Catholic Brothers and Sisters

Being Catholic and Christian: Faith and Salvation

Catholic Biblical Apologetics:Being Catholic & Christian:Faith and Salvation-Authoriative
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Being Catholic & Christian: Apostolic Confessions of Faith
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Post-Apostolic Confessions of Faith
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Salvation: A Biblical Portrait
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Salvation: "Being Saved"
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Catholic Response to "Are You Saved?"
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Knowledge of Salvation
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Faith and Works
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Process of Christian Initiation

The Church: A Biblical Portrait - A New Testament Apologetic

Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Church: A Biblical Portrait - A New Testament Apologetic: Jesus Christ preached a Reign or Kingdom, the Kingdom of God (or of heaven).
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Jesus preached an end-times kingdom but one already existing on earth
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Jesus preached that the kingdom was primarily spiritual and internal but also visible and external.
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Christ called and founded an exclusive, inner core group of twelve men called the "apostles."
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Christ committed His very mission to this twelve man inner core group, his Apostles, alone.
Christ gave to the Twelve, the Apostles, the power of ruling, teaching and sanctifying.
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: This same church Christ willed to endure until the end of the world.
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Christ instituted only one church, and that society was both formally and specifically a visible one.
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Marks of the Church, One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Labels Among Christians
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Genealogy of Christian Faith Communities, Roman Catholicism
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: American Christian Branches Among European Founded Churches
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Modes of Transmitting Authoritative Doctrine

The Church: A Biblical Portrait - A New Testament Apologetic

Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Church: A Biblical Portrait - A New Testament Apologetic: Jesus Christ preached a Reign or Kingdom, the Kingdom of God (or of heaven).
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Jesus preached an end-times kingdom but one already existing on earth
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Jesus preached that the kingdom was primarily spiritual and internal but also visible and external.
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Christ called and founded an exclusive, inner core group of twelve men called the "apostles."
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Christ committed His very mission to this twelve man inner core group, his Apostles, alone.
Christ gave to the Twelve, the Apostles, the power of ruling, teaching and sanctifying.
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: This same church Christ willed to endure until the end of the world.
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Christ instituted only one church, and that society was both formally and specifically a visible one.
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Marks of the Church, One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Labels Among Christians
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Genealogy of Christian Faith Communities, Roman Catholicism
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: American Christian Branches Among European Founded Churches
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Modes of Transmitting Authoritative Doctrine

Divine Revelation "By Letter" (2 Thes 2:15) The Bible

Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Divine Revelation "By Letter" (2 Thess 2:15): The Bible
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Divine Revelation
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Bible: Written Revelation
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Hebrew Scriptures: Books of the Old Testament
Historical and Geographical Background for the Development of the Two Old Testament Canons
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Background Chart: Development of the Old Testament Canons
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Chronology of the Apostolic Age and the Development of the New Testament Canon
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Comparison of Terms for Disputed Books
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Inspiration of the Bible
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Hermeneutics: Understanding Revelation
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Hermeneutics: Understanding Revelation: Literal Sense
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Hermeneutics: Literary Form and History of John 6:25-69
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Hermeneutics: Interpretation of John 6:25-69
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Hermeneutics: Fuller Sense (of Scripture)
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Hermeneutics: Typical Sense (of Scripture)
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Major Church Pronouncements on the Bible

Divine Revelation "By Word of Mouth" (2 Thess 2:15): Handing On

Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Divine Revelation "By Word of Mouth" (2 Thess 2:15): Handing On
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Paradosis: Handing On Divine Revelation (Orally)
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Biblical Model for Handing On Truth and Refuting Error: Acts 15, The Council of Jerusalem
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Acts 15 Model: General or Ecumenical Councils of the Church Universal
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: General Councils of the Church, 49-870
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: General Councils of the Church, 1123-1545
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: General Councils of the Church, 1870-1962
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Apostolic Fathers of the Church
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Post-Apostolic Fathers of the Church
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Doctors of the Church
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Handing On Divine Revelation: Vatican Council II

Truth Handling and Teaching Authority

Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Truth Handling and Teaching Authority
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Peter: A Biblical Portrait
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Matthew Chapter 16, Verse 18: The Primacy of Peter
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Charism of Truth Handling: Infallibility
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishop of Rome
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, First and Second Centuries
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Third and Fourth Centuries
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Third and Fourth Centuries
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Seventh and Eighth Centuries
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Ninth and Tenth Centuries
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Bishops of Rome: Popes, Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Charism of Infallibility: The Magisterium, Vatican Council II, The Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Chapter 25

The Sacraments: The Life of The Christian

Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Sacraments: The Life of The Christian
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Sacraments: Opportunities of Grace
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Baptism: Initiation and Regeneration
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Sacraments: Opportunities of Grace: Reconciliation
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Opportunities of Grace: Confirmation
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Opportunities of Grace: The Eucharist: The Lord's Supper
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Opportunities of Grace: Healing/Anointing of the Sick
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Opportunities of Grace: Matrimony
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Opportunities of Grace: [Holy] Orders

The Communion of Saints

Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Communion of Saints
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Communion of Saints: A Biblical Portrait of Saint
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Communion of Saints: The Canon of Holiness
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Communion of Saints: The Role of the Saints
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Communion of Saints: The Intercession of the Saints: How Do Saints Hear Us
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Canonization of Saints: Current Canonization Process, Biblical Description of Miracles
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Images and Relics of the Saints. The Incorruptibles
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Communion of Saints: Praying to the Saints/Praying for the Dead

Mary the Mother of Jesus: Saint

Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Mary the Mother of Jesus: Saint
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Mary: An Introduction
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: A Biblical Portrait of Mary
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Mary: Virgin and Ever Virgin
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Immaculate Conception of Mary
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Assumption of Mary
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Private Devotions to Mary: The Rosary
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Apparitions of Mary

45 posted on 05/15/2010 9:34:07 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: annalex

Mine.


46 posted on 05/15/2010 2:06:01 PM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: Theo
Annalex: in whose company do you think you will find [Jesus]?

Theo: Mine.

Where did Mary go?

Where did the Holy Apostles go? Where did the Good Thief go? All the saints?

All these were persevering with one mind in prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren (Acts 1:14)

29 ...I dispose to you, as my Father hath disposed to me, a kingdom; 30 That you may eat and drink at my table, in my kingdom: and may sit upon thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Luke 22)

this day thou shalt be with me in paradise. (Luke 23:43)

we also having so great a cloud of witnesses over our head, laying aside every weight and sin which surrounds us (Hebrews 12:1)


47 posted on 05/16/2010 7:23:37 AM PDT by annalex
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To: annalex

Of course, all who’ve been adopted into Christ’s family will be in the company of Jesus.

Consider Luke 8:19-21, where Jesus’ mother and biological brothers wanted to see Jesus. His response? He diminished the importance of biological relatives, and emphasized the importance of “those who hear the word of God and do it.” In other words, Jesus said “no” to Mary’s request, pointing out that spiritual relation to Jesus is more important than biological relation to Jesus. That was a very radical thing for Jesus to do, as “family” was of utmost importance at the time.

Mary was an important woman, but Jesus owes her no special allegiance. He’s told her “no,” and said “yes” to those of us who have been adopted into His family by grace through faith.


48 posted on 05/16/2010 11:32:48 AM PDT by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: Theo
He’s told her “no,” and said “yes” to those of us who have been adopted into His family by grace through faith

He never "told her no". That episode indeed shows that all the saints are family of Christ through spiritual adoption, and therefore it would be wrong to venerate Mary but not other saints because of that verse. But the problem with the Protestants is that they do not venerate any saints at all. This point to lack of serious faith in Christ.

49 posted on 05/17/2010 6:48:42 PM PDT by annalex
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To: All
Why do we believe in the Assumption? (Catholic Caucus)
[CATHOLIC/ORTHODOX CAUCUS] Understanding The Assumption of Mary Into Heaven
Don't Assume the Assumption (Catholic Caucus :-)
Catholic Biblical Apologetics: The Assumption of Mary
On Mary, Mother of Priests (Assumption)
The Assumption/Dormition: Mystery of Mary, Meaning of Life
From Eden to Eternity: A Homily on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: 15 August [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
The Assumption and the World by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
The Early Church Fathers on the Assumption [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]
THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY: A BELIEF SINCE APOSTOLIC TIMES [Ecumenical]
August 15, Feast of the Assumption - Did Mary's Assumption Really Occur? [Ecumenical]
Assumption Sermon of Rev James Bartoloma 8/16/07 (on Summorum Pontificum)
Angelus - Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (2007)
In Charm City, 100K Have Seen the Light
The Assumption of Our Lady
Solemnity of the Assumption

Solemnity of the Assumption
Mary’s Assumption is hope for today’s society, says Pope
Meditations for this Feast Day of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
HOMILIES PREACHED BY FATHER ALTIER ON THE FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION
Why Catholics Believe in the Assumption of Mary
St. John Damascene: Homily 3 on the Assumption/Dormition
St. John Damascene: Homily II on the Assumption/Dormition
St. John Damascene: Homily I on the Assumption/Dormition
Catholic Caucus: The Assumption of Mary - Marcellino D'Ambrosio, PhD
Today's the Feast of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven

Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15th.
Maronite Catholic: Qolo (Hymn) of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
St. Gregory Palamas: On the Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
Maronite Catholic: Qolo (Hymn) of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Catholic Caucus: A NOVENA OF FASTING AND PRAYERS/ASSUMPTION/DORMITION
St. Gregory Palamas: On the Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
The Fourth Glorious Mystery
Archbishop Sheen Today! -- The glorious assumption
The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary Reflections For The Feast 2003
A Homily on the Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
The Assumption Of Mary

50 posted on 08/14/2010 12:55:09 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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