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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 […]

St. Thecla: Once, Twice, Three Times a (Lady) Martyr

When I was a little girl, I loved to curl up on the sofa and flip through my favorite book of 365 saints, reading random stories that caught my interest.  One particular saint always held my attention.  Her name was St. Thecla, and the illustration for her biography depicted a beautiful young girl with long flowing hair, staring rapturously toward […]