Mary & the Saints

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Knowing Mary Through the Bible: Mary’s Question — a Vow?

“How can this be since I do not know man?” (Lk. 1:34) Mary has only one question for the angel Gabriel. And it’s a question that provides a beautiful window into Our Lady’s unique spiritual life, but one we might overlook if we don’t read the Annunciation account carefully: Mary says to the angel, “How can this be since I [...]

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How can Mary be God’s mother?

Each January 1st (on the Octave of Christmas), the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  I receive more comments and questions from non-Catholics, and even some Catholics, about the Church’s Marian practices and teachings than just about any other topic. Some want to know where we can find these teachings in the bible. Some even suggest that Catholics pay [...]

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Mary — Mother of God, Mother of Mine

In her autobiography, The Story of a Soul, Saint Thérèse of Lisieux noted this about mothers, “How delicate a mother’s heart really is, and how it shows its tenderness in a thousand little cares that no one else thinks about.” Many of us have fond memories of our mother – the times she dressed us, combed our hair, tied our [...]

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Our Lady of Guadalupe — Come to Our Aid Again!

Tomorrow, hundreds of millions of people around the world will celebrate Masses to honor an appearance of the Blessed Mother made 482 year ago.   On December 12, 1531, Our Lady of Guadalupe put an end to the Mayan culture of death.  Mary was the woman, clothed in the sun, with the moon at her feet, who transformed the brutal [...]

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The Truth About Mary

by Sister Sophia, OCD Our Lord entrusts each of us into the care of the most blessed of all women – Mary, His mother. Sammy was a playful boy, like most of the five-year olds in my kindergarten classroom. Almost three feet tall with dark, dark eyes and dark, dark hair, Sammy possessed a smile that radiated from his soul. [...]

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Three (Simple) Ways to Observe the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On November 21, the Church celebrates the memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  You might be thinking, “Wait a minute. Didn’t we celebrate that earlier in the year?” We did indeed celebrate a presentation feast day earlier in the year – on February 2, as a matter of fact – but that was the Presentation of the [...]

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Dear Blessed Mother

  “Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.” (Saint Francis de Sales) Dear Blessed Mother, You may wonder why I am writing this letter to you.  As I reflected on you during Eucharistic adoration this week, I was reminded of how much more clearly I communicate when I [...]

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Seven Related Aspects of Mary’s Sanctity

Note: See related article from last week. – The Editors Now, except on the one issue of “praying to” saints, most of the differences between us [Catholics and Fundamentalists] are matters of emphasis or sensibility rather than doctrine. But when it comes to Mary, the greatest saint, doctrine sharply divides. Fundamentalists call Mariology “Mariolatry.” Passions run higher on this than [...]

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Praying with the Saints

Seven Ways Devotion to Saints makes a Difference for Catholics One good way of understanding my belief is to ask: What differences does it make? Devotion to saints makes at least seven important differences to Catholics. In each case, fundamentalists find Catholicism too mystical for their tastes. First, saints make a difference to our prayer. We’re not alone when we [...]

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Lessons from the Saints

Learning about the Communion of Saints and their role in the Church since my conversion was not as difficult for me to grasp as many might believe. The concept of praying for others is very common in Protestant churches. Catholic devotion to the saints is nothing more than admiration and respect for the memory of the dead heroes of the [...]