Blog Posts for "Mary"

“How can this be?”

Advent Weekday Luke 1:26-38 We can only imagine the flood of thoughts and emotions that were going through the mind of a young woman when she was visited by an angel and told that the Lord had chosen her of all those in history to be the mother of his Son.  Luke’s account of the Annunciation suggests at least two:  fear and confusion.  She was “deeply troubled” at what Gabriel told her and had trouble understanding what being “full of grace” and having the Lord with her really meant.  Further,...

Nothing Will be Impossible for God

I sit down to write this having just returned from Mass at the Missionary of Charity Convent on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The Gospel reading for Mass today (one of two choices) was the Annunciation, which was read now for the second time in a few days and will be heard again soon!  As I reflect on the Our Lady of Guadalupe, I am struck by one line of the Gospel in particular, that I think speaks volumes about what this Feast truly means: “Nothing will be impossible for God”. It's only...

The Doubtful Mysteries of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Portiuncula  This past Sunday I was blessed to be able to celebrate Mass at Our Lady Gate of Heaven Parish here in Chicago, where I was privileged to serve as Pastor some twenty years ago. The parishioners invited me back to help rededicate the refurbished statue of the Blessed Mother that stands in front of the church. A pretty conventional work in concrete, the statue had been worn and damaged by decades of Chicago weather and, unfortunately, some vandalism. Following Mass, we processed out to the front of the church. After a prayer of blessing...

Sorrow…and Solidarity

Our Lady of Sorrows John 19:26-27 While today’s commemoration on our liturgical calendar has roots several centuries deep, they recall the sobering warning that Mary received in Luke 2:35—that her heart would be pierced as with a sword—as well as the moving image of her standing with the beloved disciple in the shadow of the cross and the compassion of her son, even in the throes of his execution. But this remembrance is not a mere matter of history.  The Blessed Mother’s sorrows are a timeless symbol of the suffering endured by...

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