Posts Tagged ‘ Mary ’


May 13th, 2014 | By Fred Noltie | Category: Blog Posts

Whoever tells you that theology does not play a role in Bible translation is selling you something. It is probably a “very accurate” translation, or maybe a “very literal” one. There are lots of problems with being too literal when translating, though there is at least one potential benefit: there may be less injection of […]

Ancient Marian Devotion

Apr 19th, 2014 | By Fred Noltie | Category: Blog Posts, Catholic Life and Devotion

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Christians have been venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary for a long time. A really, really long time. Nevertheless I think one may be excused from wondering whether its antiquity doesn’t tell us something about its validity as a form of Christian piety. For now though I will simply appeal to […]

Seventy-two Disciples and the Israel of God: A Reflection on Biblical Typology

Jul 10th, 2013 | By Tom Riello | Category: Blog Posts

When we read the Bible, one of the most important things that we need to do is to read it typologically. A biblical type is any person, place, thing, or event that pre-figures something that comes later and becomes its fulfillment (antitype). Thus, one who reads the Bible typologically “discerns in God’s works of the […]

Searching for the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8th, 2012 | By Andrew Preslar | Category: Blog Posts

Today, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The name alone is startling, and what makes it worse, the doctrine itself can seem severely abstract. Contrast this with the mysteries of the Rosary like the Visitation, the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Coronation; I have long seen and loved Mary in each of these […]

What Would Your Family Say…If You Became Catholic? (Part 3 on Becoming Catholic)

Jan 21st, 2012 | By Taylor Marshall | Category: Blog Posts

For the last two daily posts, I’ve shared personal aspects of becoming Catholic. Today I move to one of the most difficult parts of that decision, the judgment of your family. For most people, this is the largest obstacle to becoming Catholic.

Underlying Disagreements in ECT Evangelicals’ Objections to the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception

Dec 8th, 2011 | By Bryan Cross | Category: Blog Posts

Today is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Last year, immediately preceding this Solemnity, Taylor posted “Mary Without Sin (Scripture and Tradition),” and on the Feast I posted “Mary’s Immaculate Conception, in which I included podcasts of Prof. Lawrence Feingold’s lecture and Q&A on this dogma. Those two posts provide evidence for the Catholic dogma, […]

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sep 8th, 2011 | By Andrew Preslar | Category: Blog Posts

Today is the celebration the birth of Mary, the Mother of our Lord. This feast is observed on September 8 in both the Roman and Byzantine rites. The Gospel appointed for the feast, in the Roman Rite, is Matthew 1:1-16. This passage, like Luke 3:23-38, presents the genealogy of Jesus. 

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven

Aug 15th, 2011 | By Bryan Cross | Category: Blog Posts

Today, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven. On this day, the universal Church celebrates what took place at the end of our Blessed Mother’s earthly life. “The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and […]

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Mar 25th, 2011 | By Bryan Cross | Category: Blog Posts

Today we celebrate the central event in the whole of human history: the Incarnation of the Second Person of the most Holy Trinity, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, nine months before His nativity. On this day, God fulfilled the promise He had made in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:15) that He would […]

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dec 11th, 2010 | By Bryan Cross | Category: Blog Posts

In the decade following the arrival of Hernando Cortez and the Spanish Conquistadors in the New World in 1519, the Aztecs were highly resistant to Christianity. But in 1531 an amazing miracle took place, and the missionaries were soon overwhelmed with requests for catechesis and baptism. This miracle precipitated the greatest flood of conversions in […]