Most Excellent Vid on Mariology

Sent along by reader Vicki, who is not Catholic, this video is one of the best brief expositions I've ever seen on the theological role Mary plays in this whole pageant of salvation in which we live, and for which we seek understanding.It may seem a little long at 11 minutes, but it moves quickly and covers quite a lot of ground. Stick with it and enjoy! … [Read more...]

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And now…Bernadette! And Adele!

Father James Martin graciously permits Patheos to excerpt a chapter of his wonderful book My Life With the Saints so that we can get to know St. Bernadette Soubirous, the unschooled French visionary who made the acquaintance of the Immaculate Conception: "In the Grotto of Massabieille"On a Friday evening during my first year as a Jesuit novice I wandered into the TV room to see what video was being served up. Television watching was a popular pastime for novices still on a $35.00 monthly … [Read more...]

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"Hail, Full of Grace!" – UPDATED

The Annunciation by WaterhouseA little collection of links and videos appropriate to the Holy Day:Start with Deacon Greg, whose affection for Our Lady seems to have blossomed into one of his loveliest homilies:. . . one of the women said, “We’re Jewish, from up in Orange County, and we just don’t have anything like these [stained glass windows]. They’re just magnificent.”Well, she’s right. They are magnificent. But she was wrong about something else. The Jewish people do have somethi … [Read more...]

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"Eve" by Madeleine L’Engle

Eve and Mary* by Sr. Grace Remington, O.C.S.O"Eve" When we left the garden we knew that it would be forever. The new world we entered was dark and strange. Nights were cold. We lay together for warmth, and because we were afraid of the unnamed animals, and of the others; we had never known about the giants, and angels gone wild. We had not been told of dwarves and elves; they teased us; we hid whenever they played.Adam held me. When my belly grew taut and began to swell I … [Read more...]

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"Full of Grace" & Divine Cells UPDATED

When I studied Anatomy and Physiology in college, the lesson that included microchimerism, became instructive to me on a different level. Learning that every child leaves within his mother a microscopic bit of himself--and that it remains within her forever--the dogma of the Immaculate Conception instantly became both crystal clear and brilliant to me.Mary, then, was indeed a tabernacle within which the Divinity did reside - not for a limited time, but for all of her life. Understanding … [Read more...]

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A Few Hours Off – UPDATE

15th-century Madonna Della Strada at GesuOne of our first stops in Rome was to Gesu, which was around the corner from our lodgings.I fell in love with this Madonna and Child. Amid all of the beauty of that church, and it is very grand and gorgeous, this simple image stood out. Our Lady of the Way, or Our Lady of the Road.With the liturgical year ending, the work (thankfully, blessedly) increasing, I realize I need to take a few hours away from the desk and the computer, so that I can get … [Read more...]

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Full of Grace; a Gorgeous & Glorious Book

A while back I received a review galley of Judith Dupre's upcoming book, Full of Grace, Encountering Mary in Faith, Art and Life and although the proofs were in black and white, and there was no cover graphic, I could tell this book was going to be a substantive exposition on Mary in all of the ways we understand her, and a feast for contemplative eyes, as well.Full of Grace will be released on November 2, but today I was lucky enough to find it in my mailbox, and all of my expectations were … [Read more...]

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Unemployment Numbers & a Timely Meditation

The unemployment numbers are looking pretty dismal and bleak, aren't they?A while back, I was praying for someone's job intention when it turned into a meditation through the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary, which adapt themselves perfectly and powerfully to the feelings of abandonment, isolation and exposure that those suffering a job loss can experience.The folks at Our Sunday Visitor wondered if I could adapt that post, after some revision, to a pamphlet that could help prayer groups, … [Read more...]

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Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Prelude to the second reading at Vigils (Office of Readings):Sacred Scripture celebrated the beauty of Carmel where the prophet Elijah defended the purity of Israel's faith in the living God. In the twelfth century, hermits withdrew to that mountain and later founded the Carmelite Order devoted to the contemplative life under the patronage of Mary, the holy Mother of God.The Feastday of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is kept with great joy by Carmelites active and contemplative. We remember Mary … [Read more...]

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Pope in Fatima

Benedict and Baby in FatimaBenedict has Flown to PortugalHalf a million pilgrims turned out to celebrate mass (full text of homily here) with Pope Benedict XVI on this "whopper" of a day, the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima. #Fatima was trending on Twitter today, where I also learned that today is Shavuot, which commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the Israelite nation at Mount Sinai. So that's kind of … [Read more...]

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