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Tag: Blessed Virgin Mary

Sins and Forgiveness – A Reflection on the Passion

March 30, AD2018 0 Comments
Sins and Forgiveness – A Reflection on the Passion

Thinking back on my life, reflecting on my past, I feel a deep sense of remorse, especially at this time of the year. I regret the sinful past I lived—those times when I had broken off my relationship with Jesus because of my sins. The nuns and monks who taught me through high school, and […]

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The Incarnation, the Eucharist, Women, and the All Male Priesthood

January 4, AD2018 18 Comments
The Incarnation, the Eucharist, Women, and the All Male Priesthood

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38 As I sat and contemplated the incarnation, God becoming man, to undo what Adam and Eve had done, I could not help but think of the Priesthood […]

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God Had a Plan: He Asked Mary’s Permission

December 31, AD2017 7 Comments
God Had a Plan: He Asked Mary’s Permission

God had a plan to save us, billions of people, from our alienation from him due to Adam’s sin and due to our personal sins. He asked Mary’s permission. She said yes. Hail Mary, Cause of our Joy! When Adam sinned, it seemed that he and all his offspring were doomed to lives of futility, […]

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When Mary Became Our Mother

December 14, AD2017 2 Comments
When Mary Became Our Mother

We Catholics have some very strong beliefs about Mary the mother of Jesus. We believe that she was conceived without original sin and then assumed into heaven body and soul at the end of her life. We consider her the queen of heaven and earth and celebrate her queenship with both a mystery of the […]

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What Is It About Mary?

January 2, AD2017 2 Comments
What Is It About Mary?

  The Blessed Virgin Mary was the subject of an exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2014. She drew record-breaking attendance at the Washington D.C. museum, proving Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s description of her as “the world’s first love” was very apt. “What Is It About Mary?” The exhibition, “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, […]

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Making Much of God’s Mother

April 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Making Much of God’s Mother

Catholics do not worship Mary – a Marian skeptic may concede the point. But we Catholics give her far too much attention, some might say, and this is enough for the sirens to call in warning. It is true that Catholics make much of Mary, the Mother of God, and the reasons are both biblical […]

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Privileged to Be a Woman: The Blessed Virgin Mary, ‘Memory of the Church’

March 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Privileged to Be a Woman: The Blessed Virgin Mary, ‘Memory of the Church’

The great women saints in the Catholic faith are a source of inspiration for daily living. Their legacy and love of Jesus Christ provide a model for understanding the relationship of women to God, and women to men; to the exquisite complementarity of femininity shrouded in the mystery of faith, and understood in the person […]

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The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 1)

January 22, AD2016 0 Comments
The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 1)

Author’s Note:  This article is a the first in a five-part series examining the beauty and medication of the Most Holy Rosary. This series is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., whose love and dedication to the Rosary inspired its widespread use and understanding in our time. You can look at a […]

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Turn Back to the Father in Gratitude

November 27, AD2015 2 Comments
Turn Back to the Father in Gratitude

A figure with a torch walks into a giant, dark room. As she draws closer to the objects surrounding her, she sees that they are objects of great treasure: beautiful gold statues, silver and crystal candelabras, books of great knowledge, coins and jewels of immeasurable wealth. The room was given to her by her wonderful […]

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“No Thanks, Jesus!” The Impoverishment of Spiritual Minimalism

November 22, AD2015 91 Comments
“No Thanks, Jesus!” The Impoverishment of Spiritual Minimalism

Click here to listen to this post read by the author It was a minimal Twitter exchange. Just two or three tweets back and forth, really. Anti-Catholic types occasionally pick fights with me on social media, so I was wary the conversation was headed for an argument. My publishing imprint eSaint Library was promoting a […]

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