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  • Catholic Caucus: The Immaculate Conception of Mary helps us to see how God’s grace is revealed

    01/20/2014 6:39:50 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies
    Columbia Magazine ^ | 12.01.13 | Father Frederick L. Miller
    Reproductions of a 1925 painting that hangs above the main altar in the Basilica-Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Québec are serving as the centerpiece of the Knights of Columbus Marian Prayer Program currently underway. From 2013-2015, blessed images of the Immaculate Conception are traveling throughout K of C jurisdictions as the faithful gather for prayer programs, rosary recitations and holy hours. During Advent each year, on Dec. 8, Holy Mother Church invites us to reflect on the meaning of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God. Some of the faithful incorrectly think that the Immaculate Conception refers...
  • PETA billboard coming down -Virgin Mary cradling a dead chicken (W/pic)

    12/19/2003 6:42:11 AM PST · by chance33_98 · 11 replies · 196+ views
    PETA billboard coming down The co-owner of the sign company, responding to phoned complaints and two acts of vandalism, says his firm is not in "the debate business." 07:57 AM EST on Friday, December 5, 2003 BY KAREN A. DAVIS Journal Staff Writer EAST PROVIDENCE -- The company that owns the billboard on Route 195 that a national animal-rights group rented to promote vegetarianism as "An Immaculate Conception" -- complete with the image of the Virgin Mary cradling a dead chicken -- has decided to take down the advertisement. The owners from Murray Outdoor Communications, of Shrewsbury, Mass., informed...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MARY'S SINLESSNESS, 04-01-13

    04/01/2013 8:51:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 04-01-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MARY'S SINLESSNESS The belief that the Mother of Jesus was never stained with any sin, original or personal, and was also free from all unruly desires or concupiscence. By itself, deliverance from original sin does not mean liberation from the defects that are the result of sin. Mary, like Christ, was not exempt from those limitations which imply no moral imperfection. She lived a normal human life, had to labor, and was subject to pain and fatigue. But concupiscence implies moral blemish because it may lead to sin by exciting the passions to act against the...
  • Pope's Immaculate Conception Address At The Spanish Steps (Catholic Caucus)

    12/19/2012 9:49:21 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Zenit ^ | 12.08.12
    Dear brothers and sisters! It is always a joy to gather together here in the Piazza di Spagna on the Feast of Mary Immaculate. Finding ourselves together – Romans, pilgrims, visitors – at the feet of the statue of our spiritual Mother creates in us a feeling of unity in the sign of faith. I would like to underscore this in this Year of Faith that the whole Church is observing. I greet you with affection and would like to share with you some simple thoughts, suggested by the Gospel reading for this solemnity: the Gospel of the Annunciation. First...
  • THE LIFE OF BLESSED JOHN DUNS SCOTUS, Defender of the Immaculate Conception [Catholic Caucus]

    11/08/2010 3:38:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    EWTN.com ^ | not given | Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate.
    THE LIFE OF BLESSED JOHN DUNS SCOTUS Defender of the Immaculate ConceptionHere you will find a brief biography of Bl. John Duns Scotus, Franciscan Priest and Theologian of the Thirteenth Century. Next to St. Bonaventure, Bl. John is perhaps the most important and influential theologian in the history of the Franciscan Order. He was the founder of the Scotistic School in Theology, and until the time of the French Revolution his thought dominated the Roman Catholic faculties of theology in nearly all the major universities of Europe. He is chiefly known for his theology on the Absolute Kingship of...
  • Blessed John Duns Scotus Champion Of Mary's Immaculate Conception (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    09/11/2007 5:13:37 AM PDT · by stfassisi · 3 replies · 407+ views
    Champion Of Mary's Immaculate Conception Blessed John Duns Scotus by Brother John M. Samaha, S.M. The year 2004 marks the sesquicentennial of the dogmatic definition of the Immaculate Conception of Mary by Blessed Pope Pius IX in 1854. To celebrate the centenary of the infallible proclamation of this dogma of faith, Pope Pius XII, a great apostle of Mary, declared 1954 a Marian Year, the first. In 1858 Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes, France. When Bernadette asked the beautiful lady who she was, Mary identified herself in these words: "I am the Immaculate Conception." This happened...
  • Why Catholics Believe in the Immaculate Conception

    12/07/2012 8:28:45 PM PST · by Salvation · 77 replies
    CatholicEducation.org ^ | 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...
  • Anthony Weiner’s Wife, Huma Abedin, Is Pregnant

    06/08/2011 3:36:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 08, 2011
    Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York and his wife, Huma Abedin, are expecting a child, ABC News has learned. News of the pregnancy, which was first reported by the New York Times, comes as the couple has vowed to stay together despite Weiner’s admission of risqué online chats and photo swaps with at least six other women. "I love my wife very much, and we have no intention of splitting up over this," Weiner said Monday during a press conference.
  • Breaking: Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards Indicted by Federal Grand Jury

    06/03/2011 7:17:47 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 149 replies
    Fox News ^ | 03 JUNE 11
    <p>Breaking: Federal Grand Jury Indicts Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards.</p>
  • On the Immaculate Conception

    12/08/2010 9:58:32 PM PST · by ELS · 6 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 8, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On the Immaculate Conception "Grace Is Greater Than Sin ... God's Mercy Is More Powerful Than Evil" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 8, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, when reciting the midday Angelus with several thousand pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters: Today our meeting on the occasion of the prayer of the Angelus acquires a special light, in the context of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. In the liturgy of this feast, the Gospel of...
  • 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. Peter’s 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...
  • I Love that Woman! My Unworthy Reflections on The Immaculate Conception

    12/08/2010 5:59:13 AM PST · by mlizzy · 64 replies · 1+ views
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 12-8-06 | Tom O'Toole
    ...a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful that the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instant of her conception, was, by a unique grace and privilege of Almighty God in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, preserved exempt from all stain of original sin. –Ineffabilis Deus Today's feast day is more than Pope Pius IX's 1854 infallible proclamation, as important as that Dogma was and is. Today's feast day, which issues not only from the Papal Bull Ineffabilis Deus but its echo...
  • An Unfathomable Marian Richness [Catholic Caucus]

    05/17/2010 12:55:38 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 154+ views
    studiO'brien ^ | 5-15-10 (republished) | Michael D. O'Brien
    In the storm of confusion and misinformation which has greeted the question of a papal definition of the dogma of Mary Coredemptix, Mediatrix, and Advocate, St. Maximilian Kolbe's well known question regarding the Mother of God, "Who are you, O Immaculata?" takes on new poignancy and urgency. Who is she? Who is she really, and what is God doing through this unique woman? Mary is both Mary of Nazareth and "the Woman" of Revelation. But how can this be? Is she two persons? Alternatively, is she perhaps one person in two religious "costumes"? Is she only a model of fidelity,...
  • Extraordinary Form, Basilica of the National Shrine [Washington, DC], Upper Church (Catholic Caucus)

    01/20/2010 7:46:25 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 3 replies · 402+ views
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | 01/19/2010 | Jeffrey Tucker
    Dario Cardinal Castrillón Hoyos, President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," is the Celebrant and Homilist at an extraordinary form Mass at the National Shrine, Upper Church, Saturday, April 24, 2010, 1:00pm. This is surely the first time in the post-conciliar period (corrections welcome). Here is the item....
  • I Love that Woman! My Unworthy Reflections on The Immaculate Conception [Catholic Caucus]

    12/08/2009 6:20:24 AM PST · by mlizzy · 9 replies · 343+ views
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 12-08-06 | Tom O'Toole
    Today's feast day is more than Pope Pius IX's 1854 infallible proclamation, as important as that Dogma was and is. Today's feast day, which issues not only from the Papal Bull Ineffabilis Deus but its echo at the Grotto in Lourdes four years later, demonstrates that the Virgin Mary, with all Her wonderful titles, wants to be known by that name. And the reason is not so much that she was conceived without sin, but that through her humility before God She continued without sin until the day She was assumed into Heaven. It is for this reason Her prayer...
  • Scientists May Have Found How Life Began

    05/14/2009 8:19:44 PM PDT · by AngieGal · 255 replies · 4,152+ views
    Fox News ^ | May 14, 2009 | Fox News
    British scientists said on Wednesday that they had figured out key steps in the process by which life on Earth may have emerged from a seething soup of simple chemicals, according to Agence France-Presse.
  • And It Was Night. The Real Story of Original Sin [Ecumenical]

    12/11/2008 7:26:21 AM PST · by NYer · 37 replies · 615+ views
    Chiesa.com ^ | December 11, 2008 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, December 11, 2008 – Three times in eight days, Benedict XVI has insisted on a dogma that has almost disappeared from ordinary preaching, and is rejected by the neomodernist theologians: the dogma of original sin. He did this on Monday, December 8, at the Angelus for the feast of the Immaculate Conception; on the previous Wednesday, December 3, at the weekly audience with thousands of faithful and pilgrims; and again at the general audience on Wednesday, December 10. At the Angelus for the Immaculate Conception, pope Joseph Ratzinger said: "The mystery of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, which...
  • Catholic/Orthodox Caucus: The Immaculate Conception: A Marvelous Theme - Novena Starts Nov. 30

    11/30/2008 4:04:29 AM PST · by GonzoII · 16 replies · 1,107+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Sunday, December 19 2004 ( Last Updated Thursday, May 29 2008 ) | Plinio Corręa de Oliveira
    The Immaculate Conception: A Marvelous Theme Written by Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira    Sunday, December 19 2004 ( Last Updated Thursday, May 29 2008 ) This year the Church celebrates the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception which affirms that Mary was conceived without Original Sin. For centuries, the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady was defended by saints, theologians and laymen. However, it took centuries of theological debate to establish a consensus in the Church. Only in 1854, did Blessed Pope Pius IX, after consulting with the bishops of the whole world, proclaim this...
  • Ark of the new covenant

    04/27/2008 6:33:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 103 replies · 128+ views
    This Rock ^ | 12/1991 | Patrick Madrid
    His face stiffened, and his eyes narrowed to slits. Until now the Calvary Chapel pastor had been calm as he "shared the gospel" with me, but when I mentioned my belief in Mary’s Immaculate Conception, his attitude changed. "The problem with you Roman Catholics," he said, thin forefinger stabbing the air a few inches from my face, "is that you’ve added extra baggage to the gospel. How can you call yourselves Christians when you cling to unbiblical traditions like the Immaculate Conception? It’s not in the Bible--it was invented by the Roman Catholic system in 1854. Besides, Mary couldn’t...
  • 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...
  • Three Reasons the Church’s Enemies Hate The Immaculate Conception

    12/12/2006 10:51:32 PM PST · by Coleus · 772 replies · 5,415+ views
    TFP ^ | 12.08.06 | Plinio Corręa de Oliveira
    The following text is adapted from a lecture Prof. Plinio Corręa de Oliveira gave on June 15, 1973.  It has been translated and edited for publication without his revision.  Note, in this text, he uses the words Revolution and Counter-Revolution as he defined them in his book Revolution and Counter-Revolution.  In this sense, the Revolution is a centuries-old process, motivated by pride and sensuality, and therefore egalitarianism and liberalism, that dominates the modern world and seeks to destroy Christian civilization.  Counter-Revolutionaries are those dedicated to defeating this process and defending the rights of God. –Ed.…One of the truly Counter-Revolutionary acts...
  • Her saving grace - the origins of the Immaculate Conception

    12/09/2006 2:14:47 PM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 819+ views
    David Scott Writings ^ | December 8, 2006 | David Scott
    Lea Marie Ravotti “Immaculate Conception” (2004) By David ScottIn November 1848, the specter of revolution sweeping through Europe finally reached Rome.On Nov. 15, extremists executed Pellegrino Rossi, the newly named governor of the Papal States. Angry mobs roamed the streets, surrounding the papal palace on the Quirinal Hill.Besieged for nine days, Blessed Pope Pius IX finally fled under cover of night, disguised as an ordinary priest, taking refuge in Gaeta in the Kingdom of Naples.He was in the third month of his papacy in exile when, on February 2, 1849, he finished a letter to all the world’s bishops....
  • Mary Is a Model Who Works With Us and in Us

    12/08/2006 2:19:33 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 373+ views
    Zenit ^ | 12.08.06 | Fr. Raneiro Cantalamessa
    Here is a translation of a commentary by the Pontifical Household preacher, Capuchin Father Raneiro Cantalamessa, on liturgical readings for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. * * * Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:26-38 "Chosen to Be Holy and Immaculate" So that we see how the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is not simply a celebration of the privileges of Mary but touches us and involves us in a profound way, we have to understand it in the light of the words of Paul in the second reading: "God the Father chose...
  • Catholic Novena to Defeat the Missouri Cloning Amendment

    10/31/2006 2:50:29 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies · 303+ views
    Human Life International ^ | 10/31/2006 | n/a
    Please Pray and Sign! Prayer to Defeat Missouri Amendment No. 2 on Human Cloning to be recited for 9 days God and Author of Life, We humbly ask you to hear our prayer and stop Amendment 2 for Missourians, which would deceptively protect the practice of human cloning, and those who would use human beings for science experiments. Grant us the wit and strength to say NO on 2 and promote the moral values you have implanted within us. We ask this through the intercession of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, who free from Original Sin reminds us of the...
  • Republican No More, I joined this forum got a ZOT!

    04/30/2006 7:25:29 AM PDT · by Sara F · 430 replies · 11,737+ views
    Life long republican - Drive by troll
    All my life, I believed in Republican values -- individual responsibility and limited government. Then it happened; I found myself with a small child, unemployed and disabled. I turned to my church, and after years of regular tithes, suddenly I just wasn't their problem. My Republican friends? I was now a pariah to them. My only relief was to turn to government assistance for housing, food, and other needs and I was able to survive with dignity. So chalk me up as one who no longer drinks the GOP koolaid.
  • Saint Bernadette of Lourdes (Sermon from 1934)

    04/28/2006 6:28:55 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 286+ views
    The Angelus ^ | February, 1980 | Msgr. Ronald A. Knox
    Saint Bernadette of Lourdes A Sermon by Msgr. Ronald A. Knox, preached February, 1934. ABOUT three thousand years ago, a man stood, thrilled with religious awe, on the slopes of Mount Sinai 'in Arabia. He was a shepherd, feeding on those barren pastures the flocks of his father-in-law; his attention had been aroused, at a distance, by the unwanted sight of a fire in the desert scrub. And now that he had drawn nearer, he saw that this was not merely something beyond the ordinary, but something beyond nature itself; the bush before which he stood burned continually, but was not...
  • Darwin smacked in new U.S. poll (69% of Americans Want alternate theories allowed in class)

    03/07/2006 2:34:37 PM PST · by SirLinksalot · 952 replies · 7,130+ views
    WorldnetDaily.Com ^ | 03/07/2006
    Darwin smacked in new U.S. poll Whopping 69 percent of Americans want alternate theories in classroom -------------------------------------------------------- Posted: March 7, 2006 5:00 p.m. Eastern © 2006 WorldNetDaily.com A new poll shows 69 percent of Americans believe public school teachers should present both the evidence for and against Darwinian evolution. The Zogby International survey indicated only 21 percent think biology teachers should teach only Darwin's theory of evolution and the scientific evidence that supports it. A majority of Americans from every sub-group were at least twice as likely to prefer this approach to science education, the Zogby study showed. About 88...
  • On Solemnity of Immaculate Conception - "In Mary Shines the Eternal Goodness of the Creator"

    12/08/2005 6:58:04 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 589+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 8, 2005
    Dear Brothers and Sisters! Today we celebrate the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is a day of intense spiritual joy, in which we contemplate the Virgin Mary, "in lowliness/ Surpassing, as in height, above them all,/ Term by the eternal counsel pre-ordained," as the supreme poet Dante sings ("Paradise," XXXIII, 3). In her shines the eternal goodness of the Creator who, in his plan of salvation, chose her to be mother of his Only-begotten Son, and, in anticipation of his death, preserved her from all stain of sin (cf. Collect Prayer). Thus, in the Mother of Christ and our...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-05, Solemnity, Immaculate Conception/Bld Virgin Mary

    12/08/2005 8:27:21 AM PST · by Salvation · 37 replies · 557+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 12-08-05 | New American Bible
    December 8, 2005Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Psalm: Thursday 52 Reading IGn 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”He answered, “I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself.”Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”The...
  • "Tota pulchra es, Maria, et macula originalis non est in te" (The Immaculate Conception)

    12/08/2005 10:31:55 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 17 replies · 1,682+ views
    Tota pulchra es, Maria, et macula originalis non est in te ["Thou art all fair, O Mary, and the original stain (of sin) is not in thee" - Antiphon from the First Vespers for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, pre-Vatican II Breviary] The Catholic Church, and all Her faithful, owe a particular debt to the Franciscans. It was this "seraphic order," as Dom Guéranger called them, that propagated and defended the teaching that the Blessed Mother of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was preserved from original sin from the first moment of her life. This ministry of theirs...
  • The Belief of Catholics concerning the Blessed Virgin: the Second Eve

    12/08/2005 10:13:53 AM PST · by gbcdoj · 1 replies · 240+ views
    Newman Reader ^ | Dec. 7, 1865 | J. H. Cardinal Newman
    From A Letter Addressed to the Rev. E. B. Pusey, D.D. on Occasion of his Eirenicon Pages 31-62 As regards the Blessed Virgin then, I shall postpone the question of devotion for a while, and inquire first into the doctrine of the undivided Church (to use your controversial phrase), on the subject of her prerogatives.1.What is the great rudimental teaching of Antiquity from its earliest date concerning her? By "rudimental teaching," I mean the primâ facie view of her person and office, the broad outline laid down of her, the aspect under which she comes to us, in the writings...
  • "Who Are You, Immaculate Conception?"

    12/07/2005 12:17:56 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 23 replies · 950+ views
    Lourdes Magazine ^ | December 2004 | Fr André 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 Mary’s declaration to Bernadette on March 25 1858. Fr Peyramale, the parish priest of Lourdes, had been astonished by the name Our Lady gave to...
  • Graces Will Be Abundant (175th Anniversary of Miraculous Medal)

    10/28/2005 11:58:04 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 16 replies · 1,629+ views
    Immaculata Magazine ^ | Oct./Nov./Dec. 2005 | Ada Locatelli, FKM
    Graces Will Be Abundant by Ada Locatelli, fkm On November 27, 1830, 175 short years ago, Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in the chapel of the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity, at 140 Rue du Bac, Paris, entrusting the young novice with a mission and with a gift. Our Lady showed herself as the Immaculate Conception: her feet resting on a globe and crushing a twisted serpent, rings on her fingers and rays - symbol of graces - flowing from her hands. St. Catherine recounted: "Her height was medium and her countenance, indescribably beautiful... A frame... formed...
  • Project on the origins of life launched; Harvard joining debate on evolution

    08/14/2005 8:06:45 AM PDT · by CarlEOlsoniii · 124 replies · 1,527+ views
    Boston.Com ^ | August 14, 2005 | Gareth Cook
    Harvard University is launching a broad initiative to discover how life began, joining an ambitious scientific assault on age-old questions that are central to the debate over the theory of evolution. The Harvard project, which is likely to start with about $1 million annually from the university, will bring together scientists from fields as disparate as astronomy and biology, to understand how life emerged from the chemical soup of early Earth, and how this might have happened on distant planets. Known as the ''Origins of Life in the Universe Initiative," the project is still in its early stages, and fund-raising...
  • Pope Benedict XVI's Letter to Spanish Bishops: 19 May 2005

    06/08/2005 7:16:01 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 23 replies · 598+ views
    The Holy See ^ | 5/19/2005 | Pope Benedict XVI
    LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI ON THE OCCASION OF THE NATIONAL PILGRIMAGE TO THE SHRINE OF NUESTRA SEŃORA DEL PILAR OF SARAGOSSA Beloved Brothers in the Episcopate, Dear Priests and Deacons, Men and Women Religious and Catholic faithful of Spain, I am pleased to address my cordial greeting to you and I spiritually join you on the national pilgrimage to the Shrine of Nuestra Seńora del Pilar of Saragossa, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the definition of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception and to renew the consecration of Spain to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which took...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 12-08-04, Solemnity, Immaculate Conception, Bld. Virgin Mary

    12/08/2004 8:15:23 AM PST · by Salvation · 18 replies · 442+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 12-08-04 | New American Bible
    December 8, 2004Solemnity of the Immaculate Conceptionof the Blessed Virgin Mary Reading IGen 3:9-15, 20 After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,the LORD God called to the man and asked him, "Where are you?"He answered, "I heard you in the garden;but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself."Then he asked, "Who told you that you were naked?You have eaten, then,from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!"The man replied, "The woman whom you put here with me—she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it."The LORD God then asked...
  • Pope commends Iraq and the world to the Immaculate’s protection

    12/09/2004 4:14:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 1 replies · 112+ views
    AsiaNews ^ | 8 December, 2004
    Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, the Pope spoke about the attacks in Mosul calling for ‘reconciliation and peace’ in Iraq. In the morning, he presided over the Eucharistic celebration in St Peter’s.Vatican City (AsiaNews) – John Paul II has called for the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin for the “dear people of Iraq”. In the Marian prayer of the Angelus, he expressed his “spiritual closeness” to the Christian faithful when he spoke about yesterday’s attacks against an Armenian Catholic church and the Chaldean Bishop’s Palace in Mosul. Before the Angelus, the Pope referred to...
  • Why the Immaculate Conception?

    12/08/2004 3:17:33 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies · 922+ views
    e3mil.com ^ | 12/08/04 | Rev. Paul Mankowski, S.J.
    I live in an age, and a country, wherein the largest single cause of death of infants under one year of age is homicide. I live at a time when, according to those who claim to know these things, Ronald McDonald has surpassed Jesus Christ in popularity among children. What a Time for a Virgin I live at a time when the best-known moral theologians have despaired of leading people to a more virtuous life, but are principally concerned to insulate the sinner from the consequences of his sin; logic has give way to latex as the preferred medium of...
  • Mary's Immaculate Conception: A Memorable Anniversary

    12/07/2004 1:08:31 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 23 replies · 1,104+ views
    e3mil.com ^ | 12/07/04 | Russell Shaw
    This year, December 8, tomorrow, marks the 150th anniversary of a most memorable event — the infallible definition of the dogma of Mary's Immaculate Conception. It deserves more than routine attention. What Must Be Believed On December 8, 1854, Blessed Pius IX, the pope of that day, spoke these words: “We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary at the first instant of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved immaculate from...
  • Why do we believe in the Immaculate Conception?

    09/21/2004 7:43:13 AM PDT · by Tantumergo · 375 replies · 4,632+ views
    2nd March 2003 | Deacon Augustine
    In discussing why we believe in the Immaculate Conception, it’s important to understand what the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is and what it is not. Some people think the term refers to Christ’s conception in Mary’s womb without the intervention of a human father; but that is the Virgin Birth. Others think the Immaculate Conception means Mary was conceived "by the power of the Holy Spirit," in the way Jesus was, but that, too, is incorrect. The Immaculate Conception means that Mary, whose conception was brought about in the normal way, was conceived without original sin or its stain...
  • Your Praises We Sing--on the Dogma of the Proclamation of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8th

    12/07/2003 1:54:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 28 replies · 764+ views
    Columbia Magazine, K of C ^ | December, 2003 | Bill Dodds
    Your Praises We Sing by Bill DoddsOn the eve of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, a look at Mary's singular honor. In this article: St. Anne, St. Joachim and the Unborn Mary Lessons from the Bible and the Catechism Serious Doubts by Serious Saints St. Bernadette's Contribution Scour the Old and New Testaments and you'll find no definitive word on Mary's being conceived without the stain of original sin. Pore over the writings of early Christian theologians known as Church Fathers, or later saints and scholars, and you'll discover a jumble...