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Blessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Irenaeus

“The Virgin Mary… being obedient to His word, received from an angel the glad tidings that she would bear God.” (Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons; Against Heresies, 5:19:1; A.D. 180) The Memorial of St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr (A.D. 130 – 202) is June 28. Please share on social media. Print this entry

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

God Chose Mary to be His Mother

Each January 1 (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 […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

The Mother of God

The mother of the messiah has been called many things in the last two thousands 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.  […]

Reliquary of the Holy Crib Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

The Story of St. Mary Major: A Protectress, a Council, and a Relic

Spring always makes me think of Rome, since two of my springs were spent as a student there, entering into the graces of Roman Lents and Triduums, celebrating the entire fifty days of Easter, experiencing the feasts of Pentecost and Corpus Christi with the universal Church, then escaping just as the tourists and summer pilgrims began to suffocate the city […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — John 19:26-27

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:26-27) Print this entry

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Celebrating Mary as 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 […]

Blessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Irenaeus

“The Virgin Mary… being obedient to His word, received from an angel the glad tidings that she would bear God.” (Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons; Against Heresies, 5:19:1; A.D. 180) January 1 is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. June 28 is the Memorial of St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr (A.D. 130 – 202). Print this entry

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Irenaeus

“The Virgin Mary… being obedient to His word, received from an angel the glad tidings that she would bear God.” (Saint Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons; Against Heresies, 5:19:1; A.D. 180) June 28 is the Memorial of St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr (A.D. 130 – 202). Print this entry

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — John 19:26-27

A Daily Quote From Sacred Scripture “When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’ And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.” (John 19:26-27) Print this entry