Free Republic 1st Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $83,415
Woo hoo!! And now less than $4.6k to go!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: blessedmother

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Why Was Christ Born of a Woman?

    12/21/2016 9:57:37 AM PST · by Salvation · 45 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-20-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why Was Christ Born of a Woman? Msgr. Charles Pope • December 20, 2016 • As Christmas draws closer, we continue to ponder the approaching mysteries. Today we will consider some of the things St. Thomas Aquinas taught regarding the Incarnation.Why did the Lord choose to come to us through a woman, Mary? He could have come in any manner He pleased. Yesterday, we pondered why He took true flesh and a human nature to Himself rather than just coming as a kind of ghost or simply as God. But even in becoming truly and fully man, He could...
  • Can There Have Been Two Annunciations?

    04/03/2016 11:21:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | April 2, 2016 | Ralph Sidway
    In addition to being Good Friday for Western Christians, last Friday was March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, recounted in the Gospel according to Luke (1:24-38). This event is pivotal, marking the beginning of the Incarnation and Gods plan of salvation. From Lukes Gospel: Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgins name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said...
  • Catholic Caucus: Unveiling the Beauty of Our Lady of Help

    03/21/2016 5:20:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies
    Knights of Columbus ^ | 12/1/2013 | Pietro Zander
    Unveiling the Beauty of Our Lady of Help The Madonna del Soccorso, a revered fresco that is considered the preeminent Marian icon in St. Peters Basilica, is pictured before and after its restoration. (photos by M. Falcioni, Fabbrica di San Pietro) During the Year of Faith, following the February restoration of the Vaticans Madonna of the Column, the Knights of Columbus was proud to support a sister initiative to refurbish the most important and beloved image of Mary in St. Peters Basilica. Situated above the altar of the Gregorian Chapel, the freshly unveiled Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help)...
  • The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    01/18/2015 8:33:58 AM PST · by ADSUM · 316 replies
    The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary CUF Issue: What does the Church teach concerning the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary? Response: The teaching is aptly summarized in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 974: The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up [assumed] body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Sons Resurrection, anticipating the resurrection of all members of His Body.
  • The Immaculate Conception: 8 things to know and share . . .

    12/08/2014 2:32:24 PM PST · by NYer · 103 replies ^ | December 8, 2014 | Jimmy Akin
    December 8th is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.It celebrates an important point of Catholic teaching, and in most years it is a holy day of obligation.Here are 8 things you need to know about the teaching and the way we celebrate it. 1. Who does the Immaculate Conception refer to? There’s a popular idea that it refers to Jesus’ conception by the Virgin Mary.It doesn’t.Instead, it refers to the special way in which the Virgin Mary herself was conceived.This conception was not virginal. (That is, she had a human father as well as a human mother.) But it was special...
  • Mary Leading the March for Life [Catholic Caucus]

    01/22/2014 5:57:46 AM PST · by mlizzy · 13 replies
    The Gregorian Blog ^ | 1-20-14 | Tom Hoopes
    Students say it is no coincidence that Benedictine College was chosen to lead the March for Life in the year of its consecration. “I think Mary has definitely had a hand in us taking eight buses and the overall success of our trip to the March for Life,” said Kathryn Brown, the college’s Ravens Respect Life student coordinator. The signs of Mary’s involvement are everywhere, she said. Taking a quarter of the student population more than 1,000 miles is expensive, but Kathryn  said she got a call over Christmas break from the college’s advancement office that they had found...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] In the Midst of Much Blood God extended a Rose. A Meditation on Guadalupe

    12/13/2013 2:17:11 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12/12/2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Reflecting on this evening of the great feast of our Lady of Guadalupe, I am mindful of the first reading we had today from the book of Revelation the 12th chapter. A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems....
  • On Mary's Maternal Presence at Pentecost (Catholic Caucus)

    05/24/2010 11:43:11 AM PDT · by Coleus · 18 replies · 318+ views
    zenit ^ | MAY 30, 2004
    Pentecost marks a time when Mary's presence is of singular importance, says a specialist in Marian studies. In this interview with ZENIT, Discalced Carmelite Father Jess Castellano Cervera, who is also a consultor for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, elaborated on the Blessed Virgin's presence at the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Q: The time we are now living is the conclusion of Eastertide and of the month of May. Is it of special Marian relevance? Father Castellano Cervera: I think the time extending from the Ascension to Pentecost is a particularly Marian time. The fact emphasized...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The 40th anniversary of Humanae Vitae

    05/25/2010 6:55:01 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 4 replies · 135+ views
    StudiO'brien ^ | 1-1-09 | Michael D. O'Brien
    This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Pope Paul VIs encyclical Humanae Vitae. It is hard to believe that so many years have passed, more than a generation. How swiftly it has gone, and how changed is the face of our world. Let us not blame war or economic trouble or abortion for the current state of the world, for this would be to blame symptoms and ignore the source of the disease. It is, in fact, contraception that is destroying Western civilization. In many of the documents of Vatican II and in subsequent papal encyclicals, the...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The 3:30 Beads!

    05/14/2010 10:11:57 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 77 replies · 1,017+ views
    Vanity ^ | 5-14-10 | MLizzy
    The 3:30 Beads A few days back, on May 10, Irisshlass commented to me; Maybe we Catholics here can form a prayer group and at a certain hour of the day or night, we all say our rosaries in our home. Even though we are not together we are in heart ... Although I am not a speck Irish, my husband's roots (he's a "Grogan-O'Toole") have worn off on me a bit, and I could hardly think of denyin' the suggestion of an "Irisshlass." So without further ado[s], here are the "rules." Join us in saying a Rosary every day...
  • Beginning Our Lady's Month [Catholic Caucus]

    05/01/2010 1:48:22 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 2 replies · 183+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 5-01-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    For the first day of the month of Mary, ponder this beautiful passage from the Sermon of Saint Germanus on the Dormition of the Holy Mother of God. I have added a few comments in italics. Just as Our Lady was in communion with heaven during her life on earth, so too is she in communion with the earth -- that is, with her children in this valley tears -- from her place in the glory of heaven. Saint Germanus says that Our Lady continues to communicate with us spiritually. Could it ever happen, most holy Mother of God, that...
  • Mary: Holy Mother

    06/18/2009 4:26:48 PM PDT · by bdeaner · 99 replies · 1,348+ views
    Catholic Pages ^ | 6/18/09 | Scott Hahn
    As you probably know, this is our third installment in a series of five sessions that we are spending together discussing how to answer common objections, questions regarding key tenets that are distinctive to the Catholic Church. We have focused upon the Pope and yesterday we looked at purgatory. This morning we want to focus on Mary and the Marian doctrines and devotions of the Catholic Church to see where in scripture do we see, not necessarily logical demonstrations that are brought forth from proof texts that kind of force the mind against the will to give in and...
  • Mary is contrary in politically correct year - (Christmas song about Mary deemed too religious)

    12/27/2007 8:49:24 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies · 200+ views
    Telegraph ^ | December 27, 2007 | Laura Clout
    For decades, children have enjoyed singing about the little donkey which is said to have carried the pregnant Mary to Bethlehem.   The calendar features Lord Nelson forced to wear a life jacket But one group of young singers was ordered to change the traditional lyrics of the Christmas song - because they were said to be "too religious".Instead of "Little donkey, carry Mary safely on her way", the youngsters were told to sing "carry Lucy" for fear of offending non-Christians. The incident, at the school's Christmas concert, appears on a new calendar alongside 11 other examples of extreme political...
  • Scott Hahn on Our Lady

    01/17/2007 1:57:52 PM PST · by stfassisi · 25 replies · 737+ views
    Scott Hahn on Our Lady The following is the transcript of Scott Hahn's audio and video tape presentation, "Mary: Holy Mother" as it appears in the "Catholic Adult Education on Video Program" with Scott and Kimberly Hahn. This morning we want to focus on Mary and the Marian doctrines and devotions of the Catholic Church to see where in scripture do we see, not necessarily logical demonstrations that are brought forth from proof texts that kind of force the mind against the will to give in and to acquiesce in these beliefs, but where do we find in scripture the...
  • Mary, the Blessed Virgin(History)

    12/15/2006 10:21:08 AM PST · by stfassisi · 38 replies · 775+ views
    Mary, the Blessed Virgin by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. Mary, the Blessed Virgin, mother of Jesus Christ and, according to Roman Catholic theology, the greatest of the Christian saints. The title “Mary” occurs only once in the Old Testament as the name of Moses’ sister (Exodus 15:20). Its etymology has been variously traced to mean beautiful, bitter, rebellion, illuminatrix, lady, and beloved of God. Scholars prefer the last meaning, derived from the Egyptian, which may be explained by the four centuries’ sojourn of the Israelites in Egypt. Life. The Gospel account of Mary's life begins with the appearance of...
  • Shalom lakh Miryam

    12/19/2006 5:53:14 PM PST · by Tefilo · 21 replies · 555+ views
    Folks, recently I was perusing some publications stored in the Association of Hebrew Catholic's website, when I stumbled upon the Hail Mary in Hebrew. As I read through the transliteration I was struck by its inner rhythm and coherence. It's poetic and beautiful. It is, in fact, probably as close as we are going to get to what the Archangel Gabriel actually said to the Blessed Mother provided he didn't speak to her in Aramaic, which he probably did. Here's the prayer in Hebrew: Here's the transliteration:Shalom lakh Miryam habtulah hakdoshah m'leah khesed. Elohim imekh. At m'vorekhet beyn kol...
  • Heaven's Key To Peace (Video on line)

    09/30/2006 12:05:59 PM PDT · by murphE · 11 replies · 998+ views
    WATCH THE VIDEO HERE A Message from Heaven Gave us the Only Key to World Peace The message was confirmed by the stupendous Miracle of the Sun witnessed by 70,000 people. God performed this miracle so that we would believe the Message and act on it before it is too late. Otherwise "various nations will be annihilated", perhaps even our own. At Fatima Pope John Paul II warned of the "almost apocalyptic menaces looming over the nations." Since then wars, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, tsunamis, the threat of global pandemics, and Russia's deployment of new "defense-proof" nuclear missiles have only...
  • Mary: The Ark of the New Covenant

    02/26/2006 11:29:18 AM PST · by NYer · 69 replies · 2,016+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 24, 2006 | Steve Ray
    Why do Catholics call Mary the Ark of the New Covenant? Answering that question will take us on a journey through the Old and New Testaments.For example, Luke wove some marvelous things into his Gospel that only a knowledgeable Jew would have understood a Jew who knew Jewish Scripture and had eyes to see and ears to hear. One of the things he would have understood is typology. So what is typology? We all know that the Old Testament is full of stories, people, and historical events. A type is a person, thing, or event in the Old Testament...
  • "Who Are You, Immaculate Conception?"

    12/07/2005 12:17:56 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 23 replies · 950+ views
    Lourdes Magazine ^ | December 2004 | Fr Andr Cabes
    Who Are You, Immaculate Conception?Mary, mother of GodFr. [now Saint Maximilian] Kolbe asked this question during a meditation on February 17 1941, the same day he was arrested, just before he left for the concentration camp at Auschwitz, where he would die on August 15. Immaculate Conception : these very words crossed the lips of the Immaculate herself. So they must show just how important they were in describing who she is. Fr Kolbe remembered Marys declaration to Bernadette on March 25 1858. Fr Peyramale, the parish priest of Lourdes, had been astonished by the name Our Lady gave to...
  • THE MIRACLE OF THE SUN - This Day in History - October 13, 1917

    10/13/2005 8:47:06 PM PDT · by murphE · 5 replies · 390+ views
    The Miracle of The Sun October 13, 1917(1) Here are briefly the facts; starting from the day after the events, by a reporter who cannotpossibly be accused of partiality in this matter and for a good reason! We refer to Avelino deAlmeida, the chief editor of "O Seculo," the large "liberal" anticlerical and masonic daily ofLisbon. He writes, "From the road, where the carriages were crowded together and where hundreds of persons hadstayed for want of sufficient courage to advance across the muddy ground, we saw the hugecrowd turn towards the sun which appeared at its zenith,...