Knowing Mary Through the Bible

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 […]

New Wine, New Eve – Knowing Mary Through the Bible

"Madonna and Child" by Sassoferrato

Mary in the Second Luminous Mystery To run out of refreshments at a party or to not have enough hamburgers for a summer cookout might be an embarrassing moment for a modern-day host. However, to run short of wine at an ancient Jewish wedding feast would represent a social catastrophe that would severely damage a family’s reputation for years. According […]

Knowing Mary Through the Bible: Mary’s Holy Hour

"Madonna and Child" by Sassoferrato

Making Room for Our Lady One crucial theme in John’s Gospel can shed much light on Mary’s unique role in salvation history. This theme is so foundational that it will help us see how Mary becomes the “New Eve” and the spiritual mother of all Christians. Let’s look at this fundamental motif in the fourth Gospel: “the hour.” The mysterious […]

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 […]