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Tag Archive for ‘Magnificat’

Who is Mary in the Life of a Social Justice Advocate?

When you enter into my home, you are confronted with various Marian icons.  Mary, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mother of the Oppressed, and Mother of the Streets. The Icon of the Black Madonna (Our Lady of Czestochowa), Our Lady of Montserrat, and Our Lady of Guadalupe adorn the entrance foyer. The most prominent is […]

The Annunciation and Us

In his General Audience of 23 October 2013, Pope Francis said, At the Annunciation, the Messenger of God calls Mary ‘full of grace’ and reveals his plan to her. Mary answers ‘yes’, and from that moment Mary’s faith receives new light: it is concentrated on Jesus, the Son of God, who took flesh from her […]

Saturday 1 July

TWELFTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME Genesis 18:1–15; Magnificat, Luke 1:46 – 55; Matthew 8:5–17 Jesus’ healing ministry Matthew 8–9 tells of nine miracles. Jesus’ compassionate ministry of healing fulfils the burden-bearing role of the Servant of Isaiah 53:4: ‘He takes our infirmities and bore our diseases.’ Jesus heals the Gentile centurion’s servant from a distance […]

Tuesday 31 May

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Zephaniah 3:14-18 or Romans 12:9-16, Resp: Isaiah 12:1-6, Luke 1:39-56 Full of grace Mary — what an inspirational woman! See her now. Taking off in sturdy sandals to cross the dangerous mountainous terrain to Elizabeth. Pregnant with new life she meets Elizabeth and embraces her. Immediately new life […]

Mary for Today:- A New  World Vision – Mary Visits Elizabeth

The Visitation May 31st. Readings for this article: Luke 1:39-56 and 1 Samuel 1:1-2:10. When Mary sings the Magnificat, she recalls the words of Hannah, the mother of Samuel, so as we read the passage we are in the company of three women (Hannah, Mary and Elizabeth). Hannah was one of the two wives of […]

Pondering the Magnificat

I read somewhere recently that Mary is a symbol of the work for social justice and the Magnificat is her song of social protest. I have always thought that Mary was a person, a woman who is the Mother of God and the Magnificat an out pouring of a holy woman’s love for God. If […]

Saturday 31 May

Romans 12:9-16, Luke 1:39-56 The Visitation and Magnificat My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. What a remarkable woman, mother and model. Pondering her words let us commit to living Magnificat lives – it’s a charter for personal, social and political transformation. “The Spirit of Mary is something most delicate and most profound, obtained […]

Mary for Today – Mary for the Third Millennium (3)

Given the directions outlined in Pope Paul VI’s Marialis Cultus, I will continue to develop the lines he recommended. Mary and Liturgy This has been another area of significant change. The numerous feast days of Mary, some with a very doubtful historical basis, have been trimmed. Those left, and even those added to the liturgical […]

Monday 12 December

Numbers 24: 2-7, 15-17, Ps. 25, Matthew 21: 23-27 Star of Jacob Mary, mother of the star. Star of Jacob Star of Jerusalem Star for all people. Rise in your brilliance, carrying your staff; defender of those who gaze upward, who fix their eyes upon Yahweh putting their trust in his love.

Friday 7 October

Our Lady of the Rosary Acts1:12-14, Magnificat, Luke 1:26-38 Attentive love This is the most beautiful love story in the Gospel. If it does not enkindle the flame of God’s love in my heart each time I hear it there must be some hard shell around my heart which is blocking out God’s love for […]