Hail Mary

Where Does Mary Fit in My Life?

"Mary Untier of Knots" (detail) by Johann Georg Melchior

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This Advent – Pray the Hail Mary Like Never Before

Catholics sometimes come across slightly defensive, almost embarrassed, about Mary. When asked by our protestant friends why Catholics worship Mary, we may quickly reply, “We don’t worship her; we honor her.” When asked why we pray to Mary, we might respond, “We don’t pray to her; we ask her to pray for us.” Such “Apologetics 101” moves may express certain […]

Solemnity of the Annunciation

“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 […]

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 […]