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  • Why 2017 Will Be a Very Important Year - A Homily for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

    01/01/2017 8:01:34 AM PST · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Why 2017 Will Be a Very Important Year - A Homily for The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Msgr. Charles Pope • December 31, 2016 • Last week at Christmas we celebrated an event that was both pivotal and hidden. The conception and birth of Jesus Christ were events that changed human history. It was a daring, hidden raid by the Kingdom of Light into the kingdom of darkness, an incursion behind enemy lines, into enemy territory. Only some shepherds in Bethlehem and a few magi from distant lands were witnesses to this event, one which began the...
  • That Remarkable Photo From the Grotto at Notre Dame

    12/21/2016 4:46:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    I posted something 8 days ago on my Facebook page that has kept me busy with correspondence all week. Its been shared and re-shared (update: thousands and thousands of times) and Ive heard from people from all around the world. Up to this point, I have not shared any thoughts about it. Ive simply shared the photo without much comment. However, since this image was entrusted to me, I feel a responsibility to say a few things. First, let me rehash the story: A week ago Sunday, due to my poor shower time management (1 shower for 6 people), we...
  • Mary: Mother of God

    05/08/2015 3:01:54 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 61 replies
    Catholic Answers.com ^ | Not dated | Unaccredited
    Mary: Mother of God Fundamentalists are sometimes horrified when the Virgin Mary is referred to as the Mother of God. However, their reaction often rests upon a misapprehension of not only what this particular title of Mary signifies but also who Jesus was, and what their own theological forebears, the Protestant Reformers, had to say regarding this doctrine. A woman is a mans mother either if she carried him in her womb or if she was the woman contributing half of his genetic matter or both. Mary was the mother of Jesus in both of these senses; because she not...
  • Mary 'Mother of God'=Church 'Mother of Holy Spirit?'(Are we not god-bearers-'theotokos'-too?[Vanity]

    03/27/2015 2:04:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Colofornian | March 27, 2015 | Colofornian
    It's past time to unpack an old Greek word: 'Theotokos' Here, you'll "catch" the English translation of it among the italicized words below: A Freeper put it rather logically on a recent thread...and something, btw, historically verifiable within the history of the church: Jesus is God incarnate.Mary is Jesus mother.Ergo, Mary is the Mother of God. The history behind 'Mother of God'"In the fourth century a bishop of Constantinople named Nestorious...wanted to call Mary only 'Mother of Christ'; he feared that the title 'Mother of God' would confuse the divine and human aspects of Jesus. The church in the East...
  • Mary Matters (Dr. Walter Martin on disbelief in the Mother of God)

    01/24/2015 3:23:43 PM PST · by NYer · 1,923 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | JULY 26, 2014 | Tim Staples
    In my new book, Behold Your Mother: A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, , I spend most of its pages in classic apologetic defense of Mary as Mother of God, defending her immaculate conception, perpetual virginity, assumption into heaven, her Queenship, and her role in God’s plan of salvation as Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix. But perhaps my most important contributions in the book may well be how I demonstrate each of these doctrines to be crucial for our spiritual lives and even our salvation.And I should note that this applies to all of the Marian doctrines. Not...
  • The Immaculate Conception: 8 things to know and share . . .

    12/08/2014 2:32:24 PM PST · by NYer · 103 replies
    jimmyakin.com ^ | 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...
  • Mother of Us All A Brief Pondering of the Question, What does Mary look like? (Catholic Caucus)

    12/08/2011 3:29:19 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 7, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    It is a notable fact that our Lord and his Mother lived in a time long before photographs, even at a time, and among a people, where drawings and portraits of people were almost unknown. Also notably absent in the Sacred Scriptures are any details regarding the physical appearances of most Biblical figures, unless a detail is necessary for the story (e.g. Zacchaeus being short, Goliath tall, Leah being less attractive due to her misshapen eyes). But generally there seems to be an almost complete lack of preoccupation with such things in the Biblical narrative. And even when we...
  • A Woman Wrapped in Silence A Consideration of a Brief Remark in Pope Benedicts New Book

    12/07/2012 2:08:04 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | December 6, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Along with many of you, I am reading Pope Benedict’s latest book, volume 3 of Jesus of Nazareth, on the infancy narratives. I was very moved at a very brief reflection that he made on Mary, as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider on her faith in a very touching manner. I must say that I have always been moved by the faith of the Blessed Mother and intrigued too, for she is a woman wrapped in silence. The Pope’s words capture both her faith and the mystery of her. Here is what the Pope says:I consider it...
  • Biden: Only 3 Women I Know Are Close to PerfectSen. Caseys Mother, My Mother, and Gods Mother

    08/26/2013 8:51:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 25, 2013 - 8:06 PM | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Speaking at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., on Friday, Vice President Joe Biden said there are only three women that I know who are close to perfecthis mother, Sen. Bob Caseys (D.-Pa.) mother and Gods Mother (the Blessed Mother)before he caught himself and said the Blessed Mother was, in fact, perfect. Biden made the remarks while introducing President Barack Obama. Vice President Joe Biden, like President Barack Obama, argues that women have a right to abort a childfrom the moment of conception.
  • Mary: Mother of God?

    01/11/2012 7:34:56 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 1,750 replies
    What Does the Bible say? ^ | 01/11/2012 | Bro. Lev Humphries,
    Mary: Mother of God? This article is prompted by an ad in the Parade Magazine titled: "Mary Mother of God: What All Mankind Should Know." The offer was made for a free pamphlet entitled "Mary Mother of Jesus" with this explanation: "A clear, insightful pamphlet explains the importance of Mary and her role as Mother of God." This is quite a claim, to say the least! Nowhere in the Bible is Mary said to be the mother of God. I touched on this subject in a series on "Mary Co-Redeemer with Christ" printed recently. Question: If Mary is the Mother...
  • Pope Hghlights Mary's Role as 'Woman of the Apocalypse' [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    01/01/2012 11:50:27 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    CNA.com ^ | December 8, 2011 | Benjamin Mann
    Pope Hghlights Mary's Role as 'Woman of the Apocalypse' By Benjamin Mann Column of the Immaculate Conception. Credit: Marc Climent (CC BY 2.0) Rome, Italy, Dec 8, 2011 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the biblical description of a woman clothed with the sun in his remarks at Rome's Spanish Steps on the 2011 Feast of the Immaculate Conception. What is the meaning of this image? It represents the Church and Our Lady at the same time, the Pope told the crowd assembled before the nearby statue commemorating the 1854 definition of Mary's Immaculate...
  • Mary, Mother of Life: Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic or Pro-Life Caucus)

    12/12/2011 3:08:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    WAU.org ^ | December 2011` | Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR
    Mary, Mother of Life Our Lady of Guadalupe By: Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR The image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, miraculously imprinted on St. Juan Diegos cloak, speaks a message about life. First, it shows that Mary is carrying Christ within her. She is wearing a dark cord with two tassels hanging down from her waist, called a cinta, which was worn only by pregnant women. And photographs of the image, studied by scientists, reveal a slight protrusion of the abdomen, indicating Our Lady is carrying the Christ Child in her womb. An interesting symbol of life on the...
  • Hope of Thy Children Scarred by Sin

    12/07/2010 11:33:11 AM PST · by mlizzy
    Vultus Christi ^ | 12-7-10 | Fr Mark Kirby
    Power of the Mother With the Son For if "God heareth not sinners, but if a man be a worshipper of Him and do His will, him He heareth"; if "the continual prayer of a just man availeth much"; if faithful Abraham was required to pray for Abimelech, "for he was a prophet"; if patient Job was to "pray for his friends," for he had "spoken right things before God"; if meek Moses, by lifting up his hands, turned the battle in favour of Israel, against Amalec; why should we wonder at hearing that Mary, the only spotless child...
  • How could Mary be the Mother of God?

    01/02/2010 3:32:55 PM PST · by NYer · 167 replies · 2,765+ views
    cerc ^ | MATTHEW PINTO
    How could Mary, a finite creature, be the Mother of God? Isnt God an eternal being? The title "Mother of God" is offensive to some Protestant Christians because they believe that this title raises Mary to an inappropriate, even idolatrous, level -- the level of God Himself. There is also genuine confusion on the part of others -- including Catholics -- about how a finite creature (Mary) could be the "mother" of an eternal being. "Wouldn't Mary have had to exist before God in order to be His mother?", they reason. Referring to Mary as "Mother of God," however, does...
  • Mary, Our Cause of Rejoicing

    11/22/2009 5:19:05 AM PST · by Yudan · 7 replies · 378+ views
    Antiochain.org ^ | 1996 | Bp. Basil of Wichita
    By His Grace Bishop BASIL (Essey) Mary the Theotokos is very close to my heart, and, I am certain, close to the hearts of all who love her Son, Jesus. I can hardly think of her name without tears. When God, in the fullness of time, because of His great love for His creation, sent His Only-Begotten Son to save us sinners, He chose to do so in a way that is at once simple and tender, and profound, beyond our comprehension. He came to find a bride. And God the Father, who is above all and in all and...
  • Sharing the Real Mary (with our Protestant brethren) [Ecumenical Caucus]

    10/16/2009 8:26:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 50 replies · 1,527+ views
    ic ^ | October 16, 2009 | David Mills
      Many of our Protestant friends appreciate Mary in a way their ancestors didn't. This is a good thing. Some of them even like her a lot, and in a way that their ancestors would denounce. This is an even better thing. But there are limits, which too many Catholics just can't see.   By "Protestant" I'm thinking particularly of our Evangelical friends who are, in doctrinal seriousness and many other ways, close to us. For centuries they simply ignored Mary, even at Christmas. The only time they thought of her in any substantial way was when they were...
  • Mary, Mother of God

    04/05/2007 11:10:10 AM PDT · by MarkBsnr · 207 replies · 1,959+ views
    Catholic.com ^ | 2005 | Catholic Answers
    Fundamentalists are sometimes horrified when the Virgin Mary is referred to as the Mother of God. However, their reaction often rests upon a misapprehension of what this particular title of Mary signifies, and what the Protestant Reformers had to say regarding this doctrine. A woman is a mans mother either if she carried him in her womb or if she was the woman contributing half of his genetic matter or both. Mary was the mother of Jesus in both of these senses; because she not only carried Jesus in her womb but also supplied all of the genetic matter for...
  • Challenge: A Scriptural Portrait of Mary

    01/02/2007 11:46:14 AM PST · by pjr12345 · 754 replies · 6,992+ views
    The Bible | 1/1/7 | pjr12345
    Below are all the biblical references to Mary, the mother of Jesus that I could locate. Anything beyond Scriptural references is conjecture, the philosophies of men and not God. Would anyone care to construct a Scripturally accurate portrait of Mary, leaving behind extra-biblical sources? Please include your Scriptural references in support of your description. Isaiah 7:13-14 Matthew 1:13-25; 2:11, 14, 20-21; 12: 46-50; 13:54-56 Mark 3:31-35; 6:3 Luke 1:26-56; 2:1-7, 16-19, 27, 33-35, 39, 41-51; 8:19-21 John 2:1-12; 6:41-42; 19:25-26 Acts 1:14
  • Mary, Mother of God

    01/01/2007 3:34:16 PM PST · by Salvation · 229 replies · 2,576+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | 12-31-06 | Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
    Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. Other Articles by Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.Printer Friendly Version Mary, Mother of God Marcellino D'Ambrosio December 31, 2006 The mother of the Messiah has been called many things in the last 2000 years the Virgin Mary, Our Lady, the Blessed Mother. But call her "the Mother of God" and you'll see some Christians squirm.This is nothing new. One day in the early fifth century, a priest preached a stirring sermon in the presence of the patriarch of Constantinople. His subject was the holy mother of Jesus. The preacher continually referred to Mary as the "Theotokos"...
  • Mary a Meeting Point of Cultures, Says Muslim - Encourages Pilgrimages to Marian Shrines

    06/29/2006 5:36:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 314 replies · 2,714+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | June 29, 2006
    ROME, JUNE 29, 2006 (Zenit.org).- An Egyptian Muslim and deputy director of a prominent Italian newspaper suggested that Mary could be the figure who brings Christians and Muslims together. Magdi Allam of Il Corriere della Sera spoke to ZENIT about the appeal he launched in the pages of the national daily newspaper to Muslims living in Italy to visit the Marian shrines in their host country. The journalist said that he is convinced that the Virgin Mary is a meeting point between Christians and Muslims. "Mary is a figure present in the Koran, which dedicates an entire sura [chapter ed.n.]...