THE FRUIT OF HER WOMB: John Meets His Cousin for the First Time

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Today we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation, that day when the pregnant Mary travels from Nazareth to Bethany in the hill country to visit her older cousin Elizabeth.  Mary seeks support, advice, perhaps a shoulder to cry on—for she must have worried what people would think, seeing her condition.  Wouldn’t they be scandalized?  And what does it all mean?Elizabeth, seeing Mary approach along the road, rushes out to greet her.To Mary’s delight, Elizabeth—long childless, and probably appr … [Read more...]

The Mall of America, the Ladybug, and the Queenship of Mary

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I love the Mall of America!  Well, actually, I have two favorite spots there:  I love the restaurant at Nordstrom’s, where  they serve up a great salmon salad with a smile.  And down the aisle, I love to catch a good bargain at Nordstrom’s Rack, where designer-quality clothing and housewares can be found at discount-store prices.  And of course, the amusement park that fills the center court is a great spot for people-watching!I’ve just read, though, that the Mall of America now has one more … [Read more...]

HAIL, MARY, FULL OF GRACE: A New Look at the Annunciation

On March 25—exactly nine months before Christmas—the Catholic Church commemorates the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to a young Jewish girl and told her that God would like her to be the mother of the Savior.  “How can this be,” Mary responded, “since I know not man?”Contemporary artist John Collier tells the story of the Annunciation in a fresh way in this painting, which can be found in the narthex of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in McKinney, Texas.In Collier’s “Annunciati … [Read more...]


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