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  • Perpetual virginity

    03/12/2016 9:36:07 AM PST · by Salvation · 1,123 replies ^ | 03-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Perpetual virginity 3/9/2016 Question: I am a lifelong and devout Catholic and have always considered Mary to be ever virgin. But recently, I read in my Bible that Joseph had no relations with Mary “before” she bore a son (Mt 1:25). Now, I wonder if our belief does not contradict the Bible.— Eugene DeClue, Festus, Missouri Answer: The Greek word “heos,” which your citation renders “before,” is more accurately translated “until,” which can be ambiguous without a wider context of time. It is true, in English, the usual sense of “until” is that I am doing or not doing something...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Woman Wrapped in Silence A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

    03/25/2015 7:08:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn preparation for today’s Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives)  by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a very brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner. I must say that I have always been moved, and intrigued, by the faith of the Blessed Mother, for she is “a woman wrapped in silence,” a phrase that forms the...
  • The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa [Catholic Caucus]

    08/31/2014 6:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies ^ | August 2014 | Sarah Reinhard
    The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa Sarah ReinhardI never wanted to be a mom. It was never in my goals or my plan for life.And yet here I am, watching my three-year-old “mow”as I type away in the comfort of a camp chair in the shade of the garage. Right now this kid is the focus of most of my photos and social media efforts. He’s immensely quotable, hilarious, and spontaneous. It’s something that I can’t help but share (lest it drive me crazier than I already am).But don’t get me wrong. Three is not my favorite age. And...
  • Some Biblical Roots of the Teaching on the Assumption of Mary

    08/15/2013 2:21:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 146 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 14, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    While the actual event of the Assumption of Mary in Heaven is not recorded in the Scriptures, nevertheless there is a biblical basis for the teaching that, considered as a whole, confirms Catholic teaching as both fitting and in keeping with biblical principles. Let’s ponder this feast in three stages:1. Explained – To be “assumed” means to be taken up by God bodily into heaven. As far back as the Church can remember we have celebrated the fact that Mary was taken up into heaven. We do not just acknowledge that her soul was taken to heaven, as is the...
  • Worlds largest Marian statue unveiled in Bolivia

    02/04/2013 4:33:22 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 72 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February - 4 - 2013
    La Paz, Bolivia, Feb 4, 2013 / 12:09 pm (CNA).- The largest statue of the Virgin Mary in the world, dedicated to Our Lady of Socavon, was inaugurated at a Feb. 1 ceremony in the city of Oruro, Bolivia. Rolando Rocha, the lead sculptor for the project, told reporters that more than simply a work of engineering and art, the monument is an act of faith that strengthens our traditions. Towering at 149 feet, the statue is located on a 12,000-foot mountain south of La Paz, the countrys second largest city. It stands 22 feet taller than the Christ the...
  • Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate Conception

    12/07/2012 8:28:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 78 replies ^ | April 2003 | David M. Bristow
    Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate ConceptionDAVID M. BRISTOWWhy do Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception? The belief means that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was preserved without sin for her entire life. It was Mary's closeness to Christ that made her receive God's "fullness of grace" to be sinless. Without God's grace, it would have been impossible for Mary to be sinless, and she too would be like the rest of humanity. However, because of her decision to say, "yes" in giving birth to Christ, she was given a special privilege by having no sin touch her. Catholics believe...
  • Court docs: Previous abortion triggered mental illness of mother almost forced to abort again

    News services were quick to pick up the story last week of a Massachusetts Appellate Court overturning a ghastly decision by Probate Judge Christina Harms (pictured right) that would have forced a 32-yr-old mentally ill pregnant mother to get a late-term abortion (at 21 weeks) against her will and also be sterilized. Womens groups and pro-abortion politicians, eager for the unusual opportunity to demonstrate they were pro-choice and not just pro-abortion, piled on. Pro-abortion website Jezebel called Harms a horrible judge. Robin Marty at RH Reality Check lectured, Just as we will condemn those who force women to continue pregnancies...

    08/25/2011 12:55:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies ^ | 8/25/2011 | Morgana's BVM Vanity
    "A dress cannot be called decent which is cut deeper than two fingers' breadth under the pit of the throat;; which does not cover the arms at least to the elbows; and scarcely reaches a bit beyond the knees. Furthermore, dresses of transparent material are improper." (The Cardinal vicar of Pope Pius XI) Marylike is modest without compromise, "like Mary", Christ's Mother. Marylike dresses have sleeves extending at least to the elbows; and skirts reaching below the knees. Acceptable Marylike Standards have been revealed in many private revelations since 1917 throughout the world. One of these standards is the dress...
  • Immaculate Mary: "Trust Jesus, he will save you" (Catholic Caucus)

    12/08/2010 8:16:26 AM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies
    You Tube ^ | December 08, 2010
    Immaculate Mary: "Trust Jesus, he will save you" December 08, 2010Pope Benedict XVI marked the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary by reciting the Angelus in St. Peters Square and by reminding us Mary's immaculate heart tells you to trust Jesus, who will save you. The Holy Father said the mystery of the dogma proclaimed by Pius IX in 1854, is "a source of inner light, of hope and comfort" . In the midst of life's trials and contradictions, which man experiences within himself and around him, Mary, Mother of Christ, tells us that grace is...
  • [ECUMENIC] Our Lady of Good Success - Approved Prophecies and Devotions for Our Times

    08/17/2010 6:00:47 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Our Lady of Good Success.Com ^ | Kathleen M. Heckenkamp
    Our Lady of Good Success By Kathleen M. HeckenkampApproved Prophecies and Devotions for Our Times In the years between 1594 and 1634, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a cloistered Conceptionist sister in Quito, Ecuador named Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres. During these forty years, Our Lady appeared to her asking that she wished to be known under the title of Nuestra Senora del Buen Suceso which in English translates to Our Lady of Good Success She spoke to Mother Mariana about the future times that were to come for the Catholic Church particularly during the 20th Century....
  • 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...
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    04/26/2010 10:00:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies · 194+ views ^ | not given | Zsolt Aradi
    Our Lady of Good Counsel by Zsolt Aradi The majesty of the Roman countryside has remained unchanged for centuries. Just to the south of the city rise the famous Castelli Romani, the Roman Castles, the popular name given to the hills and townships in Rome's immediate neighborhood. These hills are studded with the palaces of the once rich nobility of Rome who leave the city whenever the depressive and humid scirocco hits the Eternal City. The Castelli Romani are still a part of Rome, yet once we enter that district around Palestrina, popularly called Ciociaria, we are in a...
  • The Lady of Fatima: Has Mary Appeared in Visions?

    02/19/2010 11:32:44 PM PST · by bogusname · 184 replies · 1,470+ views
    THE LADY OF FATIMA- Introduction Some Roman Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Christ, has actually appeared to people in places like Fatima and Medjugorje. Well, did she? THE LADY OF FATIMA- Biblical? In evaluating the alleged appearances of Mary, our primary concern would be to determine whether these apparitions are indeed biblical. Interestingly enough, these Marian apparitions (as they are commonly referred to) are inextricably woven together with the official Catholic teachings about Mary which, by the way, is known as Mariology. In fact, it would be fair to say that Catholic Mariology is the very foundation of...
  • Nuts and Bolts - By Tim Staples: Mary Worshippers Need Not Apply

    02/15/2010 9:07:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 1,593 replies · 8,838+ views
    Envoy ^ | Tim Staples
    The Scenario: Ever have one of those days when youre feeling full of energy and vigor? I mean, youre feeling just obnoxiously happy? Well, this is one of those days. Driving home from work, you switch on the radio to see whats happening, and you tune in to a local Protestant radio station just in time to hear a preacher speaking against various Catholic doctrines concerning Mary. The show is called Pastor Bobs Bible Hour. Pastor Bob proclaims: Jesus knew Catholics would come along and begin to worship His mother and call her perpetual virgin and absurd things like that....
  • Catholic Caucus: Our Lady of Guadalupe: She Who Smashes the Serpent

    12/12/2009 3:13:07 AM PST · by GonzoII · 24 replies · 642+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Monday, 30 November 2009 | Cesar Franco
    Our Lady of Guadalupe: She Who Smashes the Serpent Written by Cesar Franco    Monday, 30 November 2009 11:59 Pope Pius XII gave Our Lady of Guadalupe the title of “Empress of the Americas” in 1945. Since December 12 is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, this is a propitious moment to recall how she reigns over our nation from Heaven, protecting and guiding us with motherly solicitude and tenderness. The constant miracle memorialized on Saint Juan Diego’s tilma and the context of the apparitions remind us that Our Lady is victorious over the serpent, intervenes in history and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Why the sign of Our Lady reigns over Europe

    12/05/2009 8:17:34 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies · 680+ views
    Catholic ^ | 4 Dec 2009 | Angelo Stagnaro
    When secularists parade with the European Union flag they are unwittingly honouring the Immaculate Conception Belgium is a wonderful country but one cant always tell that when in Brussels. This city is the least example of how wonderful the country as a whole is. I dont think even the residents of Brussels want to be there. I walked across one of the many plazas scattered throughout this, one of the three capitals of the European Union, when I spied a shop festooned completely, in and out, with the European Union flag. The EU symbol is so ubiquitous throughout Europe that...
  • Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion (Catholic / Orthodox Caucus)

    11/21/2009 4:46:40 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 686+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | November 21, 2009 | Brother John M. Samaha, S.M.
    In the various Christian traditions Marian doctrine and devotion take shape in manifold and diverse ways. Since the Second Vatican Council the Church has striven to promote a new and more careful study of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the mystery of Christ and of the Church; to encourage theological faculties in the pursuit of knowledge, research, and piety with regard to Mary of Nazareth. The Mother of the Lord is understood as a "datum of revelation" and a "maternal presence" always operative in the life of the Church. [1] The history of theological reflection witnesses...
  • Radio Replies First Volume - Devotion to Mary

    11/20/2009 9:29:10 PM PST · by GonzoII · 25 replies · 627+ views ^ | 1938 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Devotion to Mary 1411. It is unscriptural to attribute power to Mary. That is a very unscriptural statement. At His mother's request Jesus changed water into wine at Cana, though He had said, "My time is not yet come." St. James tells us that "the prayer of a just man availeth much." Jas 5:16. How much more the prayer of Mary! 1412. Does the Bible sanction such prayers to Mary? Yes. All through the Bible you will find God conferring favors through the prayers of others. In the Old Testament we read of the prayers of Abraham, Moses, and of...
  • Unexpected Joy Icon of the Mother of God (Cath-Orth caucus)

    11/06/2009 7:13:44 PM PST · by annalex · 12 replies · 757+ views
    Unexpected Joy Icon of the Mother of God Unexpected Joy Temple of the Holy Trinity in Listy Unexpected Joy Icon of the Mother of God The icon is written in commemoration of the following event: one sinner, as he was on his way to commit a sin, said a prayer for his success to the Mother of God. In response she, in anger, pointed at the immediately opened wounds on the hands and feet of the Divine Child sitting on her lap, and explained to the sinner that every time when someone falls into sin, the wounds begin to torment...
  • Virgin Mary statue found without head

    04/14/2009 6:12:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 187 replies · 2,957+ views
    CALIFORNIA AVE. Santa Monica Police are investigating an alleged hate crime after officials with St. Monica Catholic Church discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary beheaded shortly before Easter services commenced. A priest found the 55-year-old marble statue, which stands on the corner of Seventh Street and California Avenue, decapitated around 5:45 a.m. on Sunday, spotting the head on the ground just a few feet away. The top of the statue was covered with a white plastic bag before service began. Even though it was a sad event, it didnt take away from the joy of Easter and celebrating...
  • "Playboy never meant to offend anyone..."

    12/16/2008 1:42:22 PM PST · by NYer · 78 replies · 2,529+ views
    Deacon's Bench ^ | December 16, 2008 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Some of you by now may have heard about the cover of Mexico's Playboy magazine. To wit: A nude model resembling the Virgin Mary on the cover of the Mexican edition of Playboy magazine, published only days before a major Mexican festival dedicated to the mother of Jesus, prompted the company's U.S. headquarters on Friday to apologize. The magazine, which hit newsstands on Dec. 1 as ceremonies began leading to Friday's pilgrimage to the Mexico City shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, showed a model wearing nothing but a white cloth over her head and breasts. She is standing...
  • Our Lady of Las Lajas - September 16 [Catholic Caucus]

    09/16/2008 12:26:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 437+ views
    Da Mihi Animas ^ | September 16, 2008 | Fr. Stephen Leake
    Another fantastic miracle story that I heard about from the Columbian Salesians that I met when I was in Quito is Our Lady of Las Lajas. This story is really miraculous! Some of it might remind you of Our Lady of Guadalupe, but Las Lajas is a lesser known miracle. The Feast of Our Lady of Las Lajas is on September 16. Historians and scientists are at a loss to explain this fabulous image on the wall of a Colombian cave. It may forever remain a mystery. Back in the eighteenth century, María Mueses de Quiñones, a local woman from...
  • Wait! I Thought He Was The Messiah? (Rev. Wright compares Obama to the Virgin Mary)

    09/10/2008 10:09:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies · 189+ views
    CMR ^ | September 10, 2008 | Matthew Archbold
    I know we've all had it a little up to here with the whole Messiah complex from Obama. From the pictures of him with halos, to the electric crosses burning brightly behind him, to the "Jesus was a community organizer" motif. But now it seems they're changing things up a little bit. Obama, according to the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, is now just like...(drumroll please)...The Virgin Mary. This from The New York Times: Twenty years ago,” he (Wright) told the crowd at Elmwood’s branch here on Clinton Avenue, “a scrawny little kid, pointed nose, big-eared, mama from Kansas, daddy from Kenya...
  • Vatican to host world premiere of musical about life of Mary [Catholic Caucus]

    06/12/2008 4:12:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 129+ views
    CNS ^ | June 10, 2008 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican has thrown its support behind an Italian musical highlighting the life of Mary. The Vatican also will host the show's world premiere in the Paul VI audience hall June 17. "Mary of Nazareth: A Story That Continues" is being sponsored by the pontifical councils for Culture and for Social Communications; the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone; the Italian Senate; and Rome's city and regional governments. Some 40 actors, 12 dancers, and a 60-piece orchestra will bring the story of "the most important woman in the history of humanity" to the stage, according...
  • Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    06/07/2008 9:30:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies · 1,396+ views ^ | not available | FishEaters
    Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Luke 2:19: But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:35: And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed. Luke 2:51: And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus focuses mostly on His divine love for mankind and encourages our humility, gratitude, obedience, and adoration; devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary focuses on...
  • Saturdays and the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    06/07/2008 9:17:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies · 531+ views ^ | Summer 2003 | Kathryn Mulderink, O.C.D.S.
    Saturdays and the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Kathryn Mulderink, O.C.D.S.Summer 2003I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.Most of us are familiar with these words of our Blessed Mother, spoken to Lucia, one of the three young visionaries of Ftima, at her convent in Pontevedra, Spain. This...
  • Rosary Is a School of Mary, Says Pope: Encourages Recitation [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    06/05/2008 6:34:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies · 405+ views ^ | June 1, 2008 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Rosary Is a School of Mary, Says Pope Encourages Recitation of the Prayer VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2008 ( The rosary is a school of Mary in which Christians can learn to let the lamp of faith shine brighter in their hearts, says Benedict XVI. The Pope said this Saturday evening at a gathering in St. Peter's Square marking the conclusion of May, the month dedicated to the Mary. The candlelight event, attended by cardinals, bishops, priests and the laity, is one of a number of events honoring Mary that the Pontiff participated in this May. On the first Saturday...
  • China's Catholics visit shrine under watchful eyes

    05/27/2008 1:55:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 83+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 24, 2008 | Joseph Chaney
    Bells clanged, children played and police kept watch as pilgrims clutching rosary beads flocked to one of China's most revered Catholic shrines on Saturday, the day Pope Benedict XVI designated World Day of Prayer for China."There are fewer people than last year," said a 30-year-old seminary student surnamed Wu as he welcomed worshippers into the 150-year-old Sheshan Cathedral, which sits atop a scenic hill about a 45 minute drive from downtown Shanghai."The government made sure to keep order this year," Wu added.May is the month Chinese Catholics celebrate the Virgin Mary, and it is the peak season for the country's...
  • Rosary Rallies Planned for Fatima Anniversary [Catholic Caucus]

    07/25/2007 4:26:18 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 15 replies · 915+ views
    Christian Newswire ^ | 7/25/07 | Christian Newswire
    Contact: John Horvat, Organization: The American TFP, 717-225-7147 ext. 227, HANOVER, Penn., July 25 /Christian Newswire/ -- Ninety years after the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, Catholics are gearing up to commemorate its jubilee anniversary with two thousand public square rosary rallies. The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP) and its America Needs Fatima campaign are coordinating the event set for October 13, the day of the Miracle of the Sun. "So far the campaign has received enthusiastic support. Over 537 Catholic activists already volunteered to hold peaceful rosary rallies in their respective cities,"...
  • The Immaculate Conception [Catholic Caucus open to invitation]

    05/18/2008 6:19:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 113+ views ^ | Wade L. J. Menezes, C.P.M.
    The great Auschwitz martyr, St. Maximilian Kolbe (d. 1941), during the 1920s, translated from the original French into Polish the official depositions given to both state and Church officials by Bernadette Soubirous, the visionary of Lourdes, France. Between the dates of February 11th and July 16th, 1858, 14-year-old Bernadette claimed to have seen, a total of eighteen times, a lady wearing a lovely white dress with a bright belt who had on each of her feet a pale yellow rose, the same color as her rosary beads. Following strict investigations, these sightings were approved by the Church as apparitions of...
  • Famous author slams adult Catholics who say they dont need Mary

    05/11/2008 4:58:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies · 180+ views
    CNA ^ | May 9, 2008
    CNA).- Vitorrio Messori, the most popular Italian Catholic writer has slammed so-called adult Catholics who want to minimize the role of the Virgin Mary, just days before the presentation of his new book Hypothesis About Mary in Spain. The best-selling author of books such as Crossing the Threshold of Hope, addresses who Mary is for believers in his new work, the credibility of apparitions in Lourdes and Fatima and Marys role in Christian belief. The new book has yet to be translated into English.Messori confesses that years ago he was asked to write a book about Mary, but the proposal...
  • Child cured of anencephaly, through intercession of Virgin of Lujan, completely normal

    05/09/2008 5:41:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 338+ views
    CNA ^ | May 5, 2008
    A picture of little Lujan Buenos Aires, May 5, 2008 / 02:16 pm (CNA).- The Catholic magazine Cristo Hoy in Argentina has published an article on a mother who entrusted her daughter to the intercession of Our Lady of Lujan once she was diagnosed with an incurable disease before she was born. The little girl, Lujan, is now three years-old and living a normal life.Marcela is an eye doctor and mother of three. During the eighth month of her last pregnancy, doctors found her baby to be suffering from anencephaly, a condition in which the brain does not develop...
  • Expert explains Churchs criteria for confirming Marian apparitions (Catholic Caucus)

    05/08/2008 1:46:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies · 1,019+ views
    CNA ^ | May 8, 2008
    Salvatore M. Perrella Rome, May 8, 2008 / 03:33 pm (CNA).- Salvatore M. Perrella, an expert in dogma and Mariology from the Mariunum Pontifical School in Rome, explained this week the criteria used by the Church to determine the legitimacy of Marian apparitions. His explanation comes in the wake of the Churchs approval of the apparitions of Our Lady of Laus in France.In an article for LOsservatore Romano, Perrella cited Jesuit Father Giandomenico Mucci to explain the difference between a vision and an apparition. The first is of a spiritual nature, while the second is of a physical one....
  • May Crowning (Catholic Caucus)

    05/06/2008 4:49:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 1,774+ views
    As are all flowers, the month of May is dedicated to the Mary, whom we celebrate as Queen of Heaven on the last day of this month. Early in May, a statue of the Virgin at church is crowned with a wreath of roses, and the same are laid at her feet. Little girls and boys dress up in their best, often in blue; one child carries the crown on a cushion to the statue and another child is chosen to crown the statue. The selection process varies -- sometimes a boy is chosen to bear the wreath,...
  • Mary: Mother of Humanity?

    02/23/2008 2:46:18 AM PST · by Manfred the Wonder Dawg · 213 replies · 181+ views
    Take Heed Ministries ^ | 12 Feb 2008 | Cecil Andrews
    Should Mary be declared co-redemptrix? One of the items posted by the Roman Catholic Zenit News Agency for Monday 11 February 2008 read as follows Cardinals Hoping for a 5th Marian Dogma To Declare Mary as Mother of Humanity ROME, FEBRUARY. 11, 2008 ( Five cardinals have sent a letter inviting prelates worldwide to join them in petitioning Benedict XVI to declare a fifth Marian dogma they said would "proclaim the full Christian truth about Mary."The text, released last week, includes the petition that asks the Pope to proclaim Mary as "the Spiritual Mother of All Humanity, the co-redemptrix...
  • The Akathist Hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos

    02/17/2008 4:37:32 PM PST · by Kolokotronis · 30 replies · 609+ views
    "Rejoice, unfading rose. Rejoice, the only one who budded forth the unfading apple. Rejoice, birth-giver of the aromatic balm of the King of all. Rejoice, 0 Bride unwedded, the world's salvation." The Akathist Hymn is a profound, devotional poem, which sings the praises of the Holy Mother and Ever-Virgin Mary. It is one of the most beloved services in the Orthodox Church. It was composed in the imperial city of Constantinople, "the city of the Virgin," by St. Romanos the Melodist, who reposed in the year 556. The Akathist Hymn has proven so popular in the liturgical life of...
  • "Theotokos" sums up all that Mary is

    12/16/2007 4:05:55 PM PST · by NYer · 193 replies · 567+ views
    Insight Scoop ^ | December 15, 2007 | Carl E. Olson
    God has a mother and she was chosen before the beginning of time. This is an amazing belief, one that is sometimes mocked and often misunderstood, and misrepresented, sometimes even by Catholics. Yet this truth is at the heart of Advent and Christmasas well as at the heart of the entire Christian Faith. This belief is also captured in a short phrase in the Hail Mary: "Holy Mary, Mother of God." They are just five simple words, but words bursting with mystery and meaning. They tell us many things about Mary and about the Triune God and His loving plan...
  • New Mexico statue brought by conquistadors still inspires Catholics

    11/04/2007 4:23:00 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies · 68+ views
    The Pilot ^ | October 26, 2007 | Noel Fletcher
    SANTA FE, N.M. (CNS) -- Little did the Spanish conquistadors and Franciscans who came to what is now New Mexico in 1625 realize that the same wooden statue of Mary they brought with them to help instill the Catholic faith would still be a symbol of love and devotion today. Originally called the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the statue is little more than 3 feet high, made of wood and hollow in the middle -- so it might fit atop a staff when displayed on horseback -- but it continues to inspire the faithful as La Conquistadora. Her...
  • Scriptural View of Mary

    10/08/2007 6:08:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 415 replies · 3,160+ views
    Catholic Pages ^ | Dr. Scott Hahn
    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. 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...
  • News - Our Lady of America at Ground Zero

    09/11/2007 7:55:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 271+ views
    Air Maria ^ | September 10, 2007
       The Statue of Our Lady of America will be at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday 9/11 on the 6th annual commemoration of the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. This is the same statue that was blessed by Archbishop Burke at the November 2006 Bishop’s Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and was until yesterday enthroned at the Old Cathedral of St. Louis, MO. The crowds attending the devotion to Our Lady of America are expected to be large because for the first time the actual Ground Zero site will be closed...
  • Popes Marian devotion keeps clear focuses on Christ

    09/09/2007 10:59:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 325+ views
    CNS ^ | September 9, 2007 | John Thavis
    MARIAZELL, Austria (CNS) -- When Pope Benedict XVI came to the Austrian Marian shrine of Mariazell, he spoke a lot about Jesus Christ and said relatively little about Mary. That was indicative of the style of this popes Marian devotion, which Vatican officials have described as prudent, thoughtful and very Christocentric. In general, the pope sees attachment to Mary as a wonderful way for the faithful to draw closer to Christ, but has been wary of anything that tends to exaggerate or over-sentimentalize her role in the church. We rest awhile with the mother of the Lord, and we pray...
  • Angelus - Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (2007)

    08/15/2007 9:53:03 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies · 406+ views
    Papa Ratzinger Forum ^ | August 15, 2007 | Benedict XVI
    Here is a translation of the words of the Holy Father at the Angelus in Castel Gandolfo today: Dear brothers and sisters! We celebrate today the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is an ancient feast, which has its ultimate foundation in Sacred Scripture which shows us the Virgin Mary closely united to her divine Son and always one with him. Mother and Son appear closely associated in the battle against the infernal enemy until full victory is achieved over him. This victory is expressed, particularly, by overcoming sin and death, a victory over those enemies...
  • Chinese Catholics (Gov't set to dynamite shrine)

    06/23/2007 3:44:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 524+ views
    OpenBook ^ | June 23, 2007 | Amy Welborn
    Several points of discussion this week. First, the Chinese government to destroy a shrine: Next July 16th pilgrims and faithful from Henan will not be allowed to go on pilgrimage to the sanctuary in Tianjiajing. The government from the province of Henan has in fact decreed that the historic sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Mount Carmel will be blown up with dynamite; a complete ban on Catholics organizing their annual pilgrimage; a complete ban on any religious gathering or function being celebrated in the area. A statue of the Virgin, over one hundred years old, is destined to be...
  • What Marian Name Should the USA Have? [Catholic Caucus]

    06/06/2007 7:07:52 PM PDT · by Macoraba · 32 replies · 630+ views
    Like England is "Our Lady's Dowry". I think that Lithuania is "Terra Mariana" and Hungary is "Regnum Marianum". So what should the USA be called? Since Our Lady under the title of Immaculate Conception is patroness of the USA what about TERRA IMMACULATA?
  • Happy Mother's Day to Mary - the Mother of God

    05/13/2007 5:14:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 649+ views
    Various | May 13, 2007
    Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Luke 1:28 "And coming to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you." The Greek kecharitomene means favored by grace, graced. Its tense suggests a permanent state of being "highly favored," thus full of grace. Charity, the divine love within us, comes from the same root. God is infinite Goodness, infinite Love. Mary is perfect created goodness, filled to the limit of her finite being with grace or charity. Blessed art thou among women Luke 1:41-42a "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in...
  • The Early Church Fathers on The Mother of God - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    02/17/2007 4:17:16 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies · 940+ views
    The Early Church Fathers had no problem referring to Mary as the Mother of God. They saw it as a natural consequence of the Incarnation.IrenaeusThe Virgin Mary, being obedient to his word, received from an angel the glad tidings that she would bear God (Against Heresies, 5:19:1 [A.D. 189]). Hippolytus[T]o all generations they [the prophets] have pictured forth the grandest subjects for contemplation and for action. Thus, too, they preached of the advent of God in the flesh to the world, his advent by the spotless and God-bearing (theotokos) Mary in the way of birth and growth, and the manner...
  • The Early Church Fathers on the Immaculate Conception - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    02/11/2007 2:54:59 PM PST · by NYer · 24 replies · 1,695+ views
    The Early Church Fathers believed that Mary was full of grace and thus sinless. Justin Martyr[Jesus] became man by the Virgin so that the course that was taken by disobedience in the beginning through the agency of the serpent might be also the very course by which it would be put down. Eve, a virgin and undefiled, conceived the word of the serpent and bore disobedience and death. But the Virgin Mary received faith and joy when the angel Gabriel announced to her the glad tidings that the Spirit of the Lord would come upon her and the power of...
  • Virgin Mary said to appear to an American; bless opposition to unity [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/08/2007 7:01:33 AM PST · by kawaii · 41 replies · 733+ views
    interfax ^ | 2/8/07 | interfax
    08 February 2007, 11:26 Virgin Mary said to appear to an American lover of foul language and bless opposition to ROCORs unity with the Church in Russia New York, February 8, Interfax - The anonymous creator of the ROCORNEWS website has stated that the Virgin Mary with a host of saints appeared to him during his night walk with his dog in the Central Park in New York. The vision is now given all kinds of interpretation by irreconcilable opponents of unity between the Russian Church Abroad and the Moscow Patriarchate, who see in this statement a sign of heavenly...
  • The Early Church Fathers on Marys Perpetual Virginity - Catholic/Orthodox Caucus

    02/02/2007 4:40:13 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies · 981+ views
    The Early Church Fathers believed that Mary remained a virgin her entire life. Origen The Book [the Protoevangelium] of James [records] that the brethren of Jesus were sons of Joseph by a former wife, whom he married before Mary. Now those who say so wish to preserve the honor of Mary in virginity to the end, so that body of hers which was appointed to minister to the Word . . . might not know intercourse with a man after the Holy Spirit came into her and the power from on high overshadowed her. And I think it in harmony...
  • 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...