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Solemnity of the Assumption—August 15

“Our Lady, Mary,” Pope Francis recently remarked, “is more important than the apostles, bishops, priests, or deacons.’’   The pope made the comment while he was talking with reporters during his flight from Brazil to Rome. The context was a discussion of the role of women in the Church.   The idea that Mary ...
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Feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

“He is the image [Greek: icon] of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation” (Colossians 1:15).   When an icon is created it is referred as being “written,” not painted. Iconography is a prayerful practice, one exercised humbly before God. Usually incorporating highly symbolic images, including shapes, colors, and forms, icons ...
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Feast of the Visitation of Mary

Today is the Feast of the Visitation. Each year I marvel at how the day’s Scriptures surprise and challenge me. This year is no different. However, this year I decided to prepare for this feast day in a way I never have before.   Almost two months ago, on April ...
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A Timeless Devotion, a New Friend

Like many Catholics, I have always revered Mary. Her “yes” to becoming the mother of Jesus inspires us to listen and respond to God’s call. Her prayerful life is a model for us to follow.   To me, Mary was an ideal, an icon. While I had always honored and admired ...
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The Annunciation – A Walk by Faith

If you have ever had the experience of being blindfolded and led around by another, you can understand how hesitant we are to “walk by faith.” It is daunting to have to trust another person completely. A person undergoing major surgery, for example, must have great faith in the doctors ...
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Saints in Green and Red

Saints come in all colors, and this week the two we celebrate are green and red. These colors pale in comparison to the qualities and characteristics of the lived faith of these saints. As I thought about these brothers – our brothers in faith – I couldn’t help but also ...
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