Virgin Mary

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Two Simple Steps To Blessedness

What does it mean to be blessed? How can we attain blessedness? Is blessedness within reach by ordinary people? The word blessed Jesus used in the Sermon on the Mount is from the Greek word makarios, which means to be happy or blissful, but it also means a self-contained happiness. The Greeks called the Island … Continue reading

The Importance of Jesus Being Immanuel

What does the name “Jesus” mean to you? What does it remind you of? How is it related to the name “Immanuel”; what is the significance? In these days we call children by names which have no particular meaning. They are the names, perhaps, of some celebrities or respected personalities, but there is no special … Continue reading

Mary’s Joyful Song Of Praise

What can we learn from Mary’s Song? How can we sing like her? Shall Mary sing alone? Mary was on a visit when she expressed her joy in the language of this noble song. It were well if all our social communion were as useful to our hearts as this visit was to Mary. “Iron … Continue reading

Mary: Mother and Model Disciple of Christ

Why is the mother of Christ his first and best disciple? Why should all generations call her blessed (cf. Luke 1:48)? Mary was the only disciple who was with Christ at every major milestone of his life. She was there at his conception (Luke 1:26-38), birth (Luke 2:1-20), presentation at the temple (Luke 2:22-40), first … Continue reading

Fear of the LORD Teaches Wisdom; Humility Precedes Honour

The Magnificat, taken from Luke’s Gospel (1:46-55), is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s hymn of praise to the Lord. Mary’s Magnificat is a prophesy of Christ’s life; not just an insight into salvation history. If you look at the stanzas you can see how the Magnificat mirrors the Life of Christ. It is an excellent and … Continue reading

Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas to the Blessed Virgin

I will end my series of postings on the teachings of early philosophers and theologians on the Blessed Virgin Mary with a prayer by St. Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274). He was the foremost classical proponent of natural theology, and the father of Thomism. His influence on Western thought is considerable, and much of modern … Continue reading

Mary, a disciple of Christ – Sermon by St. Augustine of Hippo

But look here, my brothers and sisters, concentrate more, I beg you, on what follows, concentrate more on what Christ the Lord said as he stretched out his hand over his disciples: This is my mother and these are my brothers; and whoever does the will of my Father who sent me, that person is … Continue reading

St. Ambrose on the Blessed Virgin Mary

The first thing which kindles ardour in learning is the greatness of the teacher. What is greater than the Mother of God? What more glorious than she whom Glory Itself chose? What more chaste than she who bore a body without contact with another body? For why should I speak of her other virtues? She … Continue reading

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary- Commentary by St. Ambrose of Milan

When the angel revealed his message to the Virgin Mary he gave her a sign to win her trust. He told her of the motherhood of an old and barren woman to show that God is able to do all that he wills. When she hears this Mary sets out for the hill country. She … Continue reading

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