Archangel Gabriel

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

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

“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 […]

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

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

“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 […]

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

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

“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 […]

Knowing Mary Through the Bible: An Extraordinary Mother

"Madonna and Child" by Sassoferrato

“And he came to her and said, ‘Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you!’” – Lk. 1:28 The angel Gabriel greeted Mary with a powerful opening line – but one that may escape the attention of many modern readers. For Catholics today, “The Lord is with you” may merely bring to mind the similar greeting we commonly hear […]

The Mystery of the Incarnation

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent (Year B) – Second Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 16; Psalms 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38; This series appears each Wednesday. “Mystery,” he sneered.  “That’s a good Catholic word.” My friend was a fundamentalist who had more than a bit of antipathy towards the Catholic Church, charging […]

Our Lady’s Life Before the Annunciation

Knowing Mary Through the Bible: The Original Mary Our Lady’s Life Before the Annunciation by Edward P. Sri What was Mary’s life like before the angel Gabriel appeared to her? Mary’s early years are shrouded in mystery. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about her existence before the Annunciation. However, the few details that the Gospel of Luke provides allow […]