Blessed Virgin Mary

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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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Daily Catholic Quote from Fr. Robert Barron

“The Church Fathers were fond of exploring the relationship between Eve, mother of all the living, and the new Eve, Mary the Mother of God. Where Eve grasped and lost, Mary surrendered and received; where Eve said no to the alluring mystery, Mary said yes. The angel of the Lord — an agent from a realm beyond what can be [...]

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Encountering the Word — Luke 1:24-33 (The Annunciation)

“After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, ‘Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.’ In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from St. John Damascene

“Moreover we proclaim the holy Virgin to be in strict truth the Mother of God. For inasmuch as He who was born of her was true God, she who bare the true God incarnate is the true Mother of God. For we hold that God was born of her, not implying that the divinity of the Word received form her [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from St. Irenaeus

“The Word Himself, born of Mary who was still a Virgin, rightly received in birth the recapitulation of Adam, thereby recapitulating Adam Himself.” (Saint Irenaeus; Bishop of Lyons; Against Heresies; Jurgens I § 223) June 28 is the Memorial of St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr (130 – 202). If you liked this Catholic quote, please share it with your friends [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

“He was born of a Mother whom He chose before He was born. It is the only instance in history where both the Son willed the Mother and the Mother willed the Son. And this is what the Creed means when it says ‘born of the Virgin Mary’. She was called by God as Aaron was, and Our Lord was [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

“A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, convinced that nothing and nobody will separate it from his love. Purity, chastity, and virginity created a special beauty in Mary that attracted God’s attention. He showed his great love for the world by giving Jesus to her.” (Blessed Teresa of [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from St. Isidore of Seville

“Mary signifies Light-giver or Star of the Sea; for she gave birth to the Light of the World. In the Syriac tongue, however, Mary means ‘Lady’, and beautifully so, since she gave birth to the Lord.” (St. Isidore of Seville, Etymologiae; quoted by Fr. Luigi Gambero, Mary and the Fathers of the Church, Ignatius) April 4 is the optional Memorial [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from St. Leo the Great

“Not only our memory but somehow our eyes as well contemplate the conversation between the angel Gabriel and the wondering Mary; likewise the conception by the Holy Spirit is wonderful both in its promise and in the faith that received it.” (Pope St. Leo the Great) November 10 is the Memorial of St. Leo the Great, Pope and Doctor of [...]

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On “Snowmageddon” and Answered Prayers

Even if you don’t live in Atlanta, it is likely you have read or heard about the rare snowstorm we experienced on Tuesday of this week and the chaos which followed as the snow turned our roads into sheets of ice when temperatures plummeted into the teens by early evening.  In fact, we are still dealing with significant road issues [...]