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Immaculate Conception of Mary

Immaculate Conception of Mary

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. The Immaculate Conception is not about sex. The Immaculate Conception is not a celebration of the way that Jesus was conceived – it is often confused with the story of the Virginal Conception of Jesus by Mary and Joseph. This regularly happens in conversations, in… Continue Reading

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Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your Incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with… Continue Reading

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What The Immaculate Conception is Not

What The Immaculate Conception is Not

Recently, in a group, a Roman Catholic told a joke which used the term the “Immaculate Conception”. The joke hinged on the idea that there was no sex, there was no father involved. That is NOT what the “Immaculate Conception” refers to. It is a common misconception – even, clearly, amongst well-educated Roman Catholics. Yesterday… Continue Reading

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The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the mongrel/platypus phenomenon that is Anglicanism, the via media is not half-way between catholic and protestant – it is both catholic and protestant; protestant software running on catholic hardware. It is unsurprising, then, that a catholic celebration such as The Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord has some, possibly hidden,… Continue Reading

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The Assumption; Dormition; Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption; Dormition;
Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary (“Miriam”) bears the same name as Moses’ sister. A strong woman. She is married to Joseph. The names of the rest of the family are also strong names recollecting their early history of liberation. Jesus (Joshua = “God saves/liberates/sets free”), James (Jacob), Joseph, Simon (Simeon), Judas (Judah), (Matthew 13:55). And, yes, we know Jesus… Continue Reading

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