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  • 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 · 11 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.]...
  • An Orthodox View of the Virgin Mary

    01/08/2006 5:27:18 PM PST · by TexConfederate1861 · 110 replies · 1,597+ views
    Orthodox Info.com ^ | Unknown | Fr. John Whiteford
    A Protestant preacher recently said that devotion to the Mother of God is the cause of all bad in the world, since she was not a virgin after she gave birth to Christ and was just another woman. This really has upset me. Why do we worship the Virgin Mary and how do we answer those who say that she was nothing but another woman? What significance does she have for us Orthodox? (B.W., TX) One cannot react to every opinion and idea about Christianity. At some point, common sense must prevail. In the first place, the idea that devotion...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 01-01-06, Solemnity,Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother Of God

    12/31/2005 7:54:37 PM PST · by Salvation · 29 replies · 1,232+ views
    SCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 01-01-06 | New American Bible
    January 1, 2006 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Mother Of God Psalm: Sunday 4 Reading INm 6:22-27 The LORD said to Moses: Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites.Say to them:The LORD bless you and keep you!The LORD let his face shine uponyou, and be gracious to you!The LORD look upon you kindly andgive you peace!So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them. Responsorial PsalmPs 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 R. (2a) May God bless us in his mercy.May God have pity on...
  • Catholic Caucus: Anniversary of 9/11 and Renewing the Solemn Act of Consecration

    09/10/2005 3:34:22 PM PDT · by Maeve · 32 replies · 505+ views
    A Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of MaryMost Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 08-22-05, Memorial, Queenship, Blessed Virgin Mary

    08/22/2005 9:26:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies · 485+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 08-22-05 | New American Bible
    August 22, 2005Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Psalm: Monday 37 Reading I1 Thes 1:1-5, 8b-10 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the Church of the Thessaloniansin God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for all of you,remembering you in our prayers,unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of loveand endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ,before our God and Father,knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen.For our Gospel did not come to you in word alone,but also in...
  • Presenting Petitions to the Mother of God

    04/19/2005 5:56:31 PM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 13 replies · 494+ views
    America Needs Fatima ^ | 04-19-05 | America Needs Fatima
    Fatima Home Visitation coordinator Byron Whitcraft delivered over 40,000 petition cards to the exact spot where Our Lady appeared in Fatima. On March 20, two members of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property (TFP), went on pilgrimage to the site of the 1917 apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima, Portugal, to deliver over 40,000 petition cards collected through the TFPs America Needs Fatima Home Visitation Program. America Needs Fatima began taking its supporters petitions to Fatima shortly after they began their Home Visitation Program (to read about the America Needs Fatima Home Visitation Program, go...
  • 'Heresy' of female Jesus divides Italian town

    03/12/2005 8:12:49 PM PST · by familyop · 29 replies · 937+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 13MAR05 | Bruce Johnston in Rome
    On Good Friday, after night has fallen on the medieval Umbrian town of Alviano, the crowds flock to a spellbinding re-enactment of the Passion of Christ. From the ancient piazza they watch as the bare-chested actor playing Jesus, head crowned with thorns, is tied to a cross 35ft above the ground, fixed to the ramparts of the 15th-century castle. This year, however, the figure spotlit on the cross will be a woman - a 29-year-old ballerina named Elena Angeli - who was cast by the play's director, Corrado Sorbara, to show the "other, feminine side of Christ". His controversial decision...
  • Students at 30 Catholic colleges concerned with decline of moral values

    02/08/2005 7:27:16 PM PST · by concernedAmerican1 · 1 replies · 630+ views
    TFP ^ | 02-08-05 | TFP Student Action
    Hanover, Penn., Moral values are being undermined at 30 Catholic colleges during the weeks surrounding St. Valentines day. In fact, many students are afflicted by a play called The V***** Monologues, which is scheduled to be held on Catholic campuses throughout the country. (Asterisks added for the sake of modesty). TFP Student Action a conservative organization of Catholic inspiration is opposing the play, urging its members on 375 campuses to protest. According to the groups web site: In one scene, a woman describes her seduction by a lesbian woman when she was 16 years old, declaring it...
  • The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady December 8

    12/07/2004 5:48:23 PM PST · by Land of the Irish · 46 replies · 1,402+ views
    Tradition in Action | Prof. Plinio Corra de Oliveira
    The Immaculate Conception of Our Lady December 8 Prof. Plinio Corra de Oliveira Our Lady was conceived without original sin. She had a perfect purity, with no bad inclinations. Therefore, she had a great facility to correspond entirely with the grace of God at every moment. Natural and the supernatural grandeur merged together in her soul in a profound and extraordinary harmony. Above all others creatures, she had the highest notion of the sanctity of God and His correspondent glory. She also had the clear notion of what Creation owes to that glory. She knew, and knows, how all created...
  • 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, its important to understand what the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is and what it is not. Some people think the term refers to Christs conception in Marys 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...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-01-04 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

    01/01/2004 8:42:36 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies · 150+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 1-01-04 | New American Bible
    January 1, 2004The Octave Day of ChristmasSolemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Psalm: Thursday 3 Reading I Responsorial Psalm Reading II Gospel Reading INumbers 6:22-27 The LORD said to Moses: "Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:This is how you shall bless the Israelites.Say to them:The LORD bless you and keep you!The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them." Responsorial PsalmPs 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 R. (2a)...
  • Mother of God

    12/30/2003 4:56:12 AM PST · by Desdemona · 22 replies · 439+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | December 30, 2003 | Grace MacKinnon
    Dear Grace, Why do Catholics call Mary the Mother of God"? Was she not created by God? Does this title mean that she existed before God? It is so good that you desire to understand the Churchs teaching about Mary, the one through whom Christ our Savior came into the world. New Years Day is the day the Catholic Church celebrates the divine motherhood of Mary, which is based on the teaching of the Gospels, on the writings of the early Fathers, and on the express definition of the Church. It is a beautiful title for Mary. What many do...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Holy Rosary

    05/04/2003 1:10:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies · 1,264+ views
    EWTN.com ^ | 5-04-03 | EWTN.com
    In Sacred ScriptureHow To PrayThe Mysteries:JoyfulLuminousSorrowfulGloriousHome The Holy RosaryThe rosary probably began as a practice by the laity to imitate the monastic Divine Office (Breviary or Liturgy of the Hours), during the course of which the monks daily prayed the 150 Psalms. The laity, many of whom could not read, substituted 50, or even 150, Ave Marias (Hail Marys) for the Psalms. This prayer, at least the first half of it so directly biblically, seems to date from as early as the 2nd century, as ancient graffiti at Christian sites has suggested. Sometimes a cord with knots on it...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings 1-01-03, Solemnity -Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

    01/01/2003 6:38:38 AM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies · 222+ views
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 1-02-03 | New American Bible
    January 1, 2003The Octave Day of ChristmasSolemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God Psalm: Wednesday Week 3 Reading I Responsorial Psalm Reading II Gospel Reading INumbers 6:22-27 The LORD said to Moses: "Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:This is how you shall bless the Israelites.Say to them:The LORD bless you and keep you!The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them." Responsorial PsalmPs 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 R....
  • "If We Ignore the Mother, We Can't See the Child"

    12/26/2002 8:14:38 AM PST · by NYer · 473 replies · 399+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | December 26, 2002 | Scott Hahn
    Roots of Marian Devotion Go Back to Old Testament ROME, DEC. 25, 2002 (Zenit.org).- Scholar Scott Hahn roundly rejects the idea held by some outside the Church that Catholics, by honoring Mary, somehow detract from God. "The glories we honor in Mary are merely her own reflections of God's glory," says the author of books such as "Rome Sweet Home" and "Hail, Holy Queen." Here, the one-time Presbyterian minister spells out his ideas. Q: Why do you say that Catholics should love Mary a lot more than they do? Hahn: Because God does! And he wants us to love her...
  • SISTER NOUVEAU MARY ADDRESSES THE STATUE OF THE BLESSED MOTHER

    09/28/2002 1:23:42 PM PDT · by Siobhan · 11 replies · 112+ views
    "The Catholic Light" Blog ^ | J+M+J 27 September A.D. 2002 | Sandra Molnar
    SISTER NOUVEAU MARY ADDRESSES THE STATUE OF THE BLESSED MOTHERBy Sandra Molnar Quoth Sister Nouveau Mary to the statue, "I must say, We get precious little help from you, no matter how we pray. At the rising of the moon, in the clearing in the wood, We have danced all in a circle, but as yet it's done no good. And we've said the Mater Noster, meditated till we've dropped, But still the persecution of our order hasn't stopped. Aggravation from all corners, even places close to home, From That Nun in Alabama to You Know Who in Rome." (The...
  • Dedication Of Saint Mary Major

    08/05/2002 6:27:06 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 12 replies · 437+ views
    Liturgy of the Hours | 00/00/00 | staff
    After the Council of Ephesus(431)in which the mother of Jesus was acclaimed as Mother of God, Pope Sixtus 111 erected at Rome on the Esquiline Hill a basilica dedicated to the honor of the Holy Mother of God. It was afterward called Saint Mary Major and it is the oldest church in the West dedicated to the honor the Blessed Virgin Mary