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Tuesday 22 October

Romans 5:12, 15, 17-21, Psalm 40, Luke 12:35-38 “See that you are dressed for action and have your lamps lit, ready to open the door as soon as the master comes and knocks.” We began the Year of Faith being invited to open the door of faith. Today’s Gospel urges us to be dressed for […]

Sunday 6 October

Twenty Seventh Week in Ordinary Time Habakkuk 1:2-3, 2:2-4, Ps 95, 2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14, Luke 17:5-10 “I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God … for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.” In this Year of Faith, what are the ways […]

Mary for Today Mary in the Year of Faith: Apparitions

Their Place in the Order of Things: We need to remember the distinction in Christian theology between truths that are essential and primary (necessary for everyone) and truths that are accidental and secondary (real truth that takes its importance only in relationship to more essential truth). It can be true that the Blessed Virgin appeared […]

Mary for Today – Mary in the Year of Faith

New Marian Dogmas Unlikely This article is a response to a request to reflect on the call for new Marian dogmas. It is based on a conviction that rather than go down new paths we need to give life to the truths about Mary we already have, to let them speak anew into our 21st […]

Mary for Today:- Mary in the Year of Faith – The Assumption

Introduction:  “The law of prayer is the law of belief” is a saying that owes much to Augustine and the theological battles of the fifth century. It implies that the basis of doctrines can be seen in popular consensus as shown in liturgical celebration, of feasts in honour of Mary. Pius XII appealed to this […]

Mary in the Year of Faith: The Immaculate Conception.

The Problem: This is a feast that made its first appearance towards the end of the seventh century, again influenced by popular apocryphal accounts of Mary’s own miraculous birth. A vision seen by the abbot of a monastery in Kent during a life-threatening storm led to the choice of December 8th and promotion of devotion […]

Mary for Today

Mary in the Year of Faith: ‘Conceived of the Virgin Mary’ Concerning the biblical origins of this traditional belief in the Blessed Virgin, two points need to be noted: 1. Only the virginal conception of Jesus is directly mentioned in the New Testament; 2. As a result, for the New Testament, the emphasis is placed […]

Mary for Today: Mary in the Year of Faith:

‘Always a Virgin’ Theology and Physicality: This belief comes from tradition rather than Scripture or a definitive council. Only the virginal conception of Jesus is directly mentioned in the New Testament, where the emphasis is placed not so much on Mary or on virginity as such, but on Jesus and the great new event signified […]

Mary for Today – Mary in the Year of Faith: Mother of God.

We need to capture again the meaning of the four Marian dogmas; they are more than statements of belief. They are four major affirmations about Mary. They can be, and must be, made relevant to people in their present circumstances if they are to have meaning today. They are not all from the same period; […]

Year of Faith Logo Explained

‘A picture says a thousand words’ and so a really good logo does not need a lot of explaining.  Without knowing any official explanation for this Year of Faith image, the Boat spoke to me of the ‘Barque of Peter’ which is the Catholic Church, voyaging through the ocean of life on earth, and of […]