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Mary and the Reformation (1) – Erasmus

500 years ago Many things contributed to the breaking up of the Catholic Christian world of the Middle Ages: the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, the Western Schism, and the Islamic invasions. Humanism found a warm reception in Rome with the popes of the late 15th and early 16th centuries, all worldly men more […]

The Mary Garden

The first Mary Garden was thought to have been created by St Fiacre of Breuil

Mary for Today: Mary in Culture (8)

Apparitions within Culture The phenomenon of Marian apparitions or visions is a culturally specific feature understandable to Mediterranean people or those in contact with Mediterranean cultural scripts. In visionary form, the mother of Jesus has been part and parcel of Mediterranean living from time immemorial. At times such visions lasted only a few minutes, at […]

Thursday 15 September

Our Lady of Sorrows Hebrews 5:7-9, Ps 31, Lk 2:33-35 Many rooms in the Father’s house The Father’s house was the temple, where temple sacrifices joined heaven and earth. Mary offers in the temple the perfect offering, the Lamb of God. In making this offering Mary becomes Our Lady of Sorrows. The Lamb of God […]

Tuesday 26 July

Sts Joachim and Anne Ecclesiasticus 44:1, 10-15; Ps 132; Matthew 13:16-17 An example of unconditional love It must have been very difficult for Our Lady’s parents to accept the changes in their young daughter’s life when a respectable betrothal had to turn into a hasty marriage. Yet they supported and loved her – just as […]

Tuesday 3 November

St Martin de Porres (Patron saint of mixed-race people and those seeking interracial harmony) Ps131; Romans 12:5-16; Luke 14:15-24 Compassion Today, the parable of the banquet. The guests were all too busy so the servants were commanded to bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame. Many choose to work like Martin […]

Tuesday 15 September

Our Lady of Sorrows Hebrews 5:7-9; Ps.31; John 19:25-27 Standing at the Cross This Feast was placed in the Roman calendar in 1814 under the title Our Lady of Compassion. Picture yourself standing at the foot of the Cross with Mary, a brave and heartbroken woman. Who else is there with you? Who do you […]

Saturday 22 August

Queenship of Mary Ruth 2:1-3,8-11,4:13-17; Ps 128; Matthew 23:1-12 Blessed art thou Our love for Mary, Queen of Heaven, is evident in the many beautiful names she has been given over the millennia: Handmaid of the Lord, Virgin Most Pure, Immaculate Mother, Mother of Christ, Mother of God, Star of the Sea, Bride of Heaven, […]

Wednesday 27 May

St Augustine of Canterbury Ecclesiasticus 36:1, 4-5, 10-17, Ps. 79, Mark 10:32-45 Service “Anyone who wants to be first among you must be slave to all. For the Son of Man himself did not come to be served but to serve” (Mark 10:44-45). Parents serve, teachers serve, parking wardens, cooks, and fruit pickers serve, posties […]

Wednesday 13 May

Acts 17:15, 22-18:1, Ps. 148, John 16:12-15 We are all God’s children The Spirit of truth leads Paul to speak to important leaders in Athens; and the Spirit of truth drew some of those who listened to become believers. Paul spoke of the immensity of God, of God’s gifts in creation, of us and of […]