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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today we celebrate an important truth about Mary: From infancy onward, she was dedicated to God, totally committed to letting God’s purposes be fulfilled in her life. Because of her dedication from an early age, she was called by God to become an even greater temple than the magnificent temple in Jerusalem. If the Jerusalem […]

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Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

CNA/EWTN: The Catholic Church celebrates today the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary on its traditional fixed date of September 8, nine months after the December 8 celebration of her Immaculate Conception as the child of Saints Joachim and Anne. The circumstances of the Virgin Mary’s infancy and early life are not directly recorded in […]

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Titles of Our Lady According to the Church Fathers

Recently someone asked me where do we get the idea or title of Queen of Heaven. The Encyclical by the Venerable Pope Pius XII gave me the answer. Below is a summary of those titles from the encyclical. St. Ephrem: “. . . Majestic and Heavenly Maid, Lady, Queen, protect and keep me under your […]

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The Assumption of Mary: A belief Since Apostolic Times

The course of this life having been completed by Blessed Mary, when now she would be called from the world, all the Apostles came together from their various regions to her house. And when they had heard that she was about to be taken from the world, they kept watch together with her. And behold, […]

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Five Titles for the Virgin Mary you wouldn’t expect

These names for Mary are not what you would normally call your Mother. The most ancient title for the Blessed Virgin Mary is simply that of “mother.” It was the name Jesus used and is the name Christians have been using ever since. The name “mother” describes Mary’s role in our lives as a spiritual […]

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A reality often hard to believe or understand

I am expressing my feelings to you: my motherly love which carries me to you is inexpressible, mysterious but real. My most beloved Son illuminates lives, dispels darkness; an understanding and motherly benevolence: Part of a message to Mirjana on 2 Jan 16 The human heart longs for God’s love more than anything I believe. […]

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Trust and Pray

. . .While, therefore, we endeavour in every way to preserve the rights of the Church and to obviate or repel present or contingent dangers, We constantly seek for help from Heaven – the sole means of effecting anything – that our labours and our care may obtain their wished for object. We deem that […]

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Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(CNA): The Catholic Church celebrates today the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary on its traditional fixed date of September 8, nine months after the December 8 celebration of her Immaculate Conception as the child of Saints Joachim and Anne. The circumstances of the Virgin Mary’s infancy and early life are not directly recorded in […]

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The Assumption of Mary: A Belief since Apostolic Times

The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, but we don’t know how it first came to be celebrated. Its origin is lost in those days when Jerusalem was restored as a sacred city, at the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337). By then it had been a pagan city for […]

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The Holy Spirit and Mary

26. It seems to us useful to add to this mention of the Christological orientation of devotion to the Blessed Virgin a reminder of the fittingness of giving prominence in this devotion to one of the essential facts of the Faith: the Person and work of the Holy Spirit. Theological reflection and the liturgy have […]

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