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MARY OUR MOTHER

The Woman of Prophecy

A Private Litany for Mary

Mary’s Gravity in Our Lives

The Indelicate Humanity of Jesus & Mary

Mary, the Handmaid of the Lord

Heart of the Handmaid

We Love Our Mother Mary

Mary, Honor & Glory of Our Race

Mary Preserves the Value of Womanhood

Mary & Other Women Will Not Be Discarded

Mary’s Titles & Cooperation with Jesus

Women Like Mary are Not Ordinary

Mary, Beyond Private Revelation

Mary & the Apparitions

Mother Will Make It Better

Marian Hymns Without Mary & Jesus?

The Receiving & Giving of Mary

Mary as an Antidote to Sin & Temptation

Mary’s Mantle of Divine Mercy

Mary’s Role in the Sacred Encounter

Christ’s Demand & Mary’s Final Work

Mary, “the Woman, from Genesis to the Gospels

Adam & Eve / Christ & Mary

Mary, the Messiah & a New Nation

Mother of God & Queen Mother of the Church

David’s Kingship Enters the Divine Reign

Mary at the Annunciation

The Wonder of the Incarnation

Mary’s Title Inform Our Own Calling

Mary is the Signpost to Jesus

Mary & the Family of God

Mary the Woman

Mary & the Witnesses at the Cross

Mary is Holy Because Christ is Holy

Immaculate Conception & Handmaid of the Lord

The Seed of the Woman versus Satan

Mary & the God of Goodness

On the Battle Lines with Jesus & Mary

The Dogma of the Immaculate Conception

Definition of the Immaculate Conception

The Story of Mankind Changes with Mary

Mary as the New Eve

The Catholic View of Mary’s Virginity

Mary’s Virginity in the Jewish Understanding

Mary as Virgin & Mother

Mary’s Virginity & the Celibate Priest

Mary & Consecrated Virginity

The Impossible is Made Possible for Mary

The Virgin Birth & Modern Skepticism

Precedent for Improbable Births Before Mary

Mary & the Brethren

Who is Mary’s Son?

Original Sin & Mary’s Birthing of Jesus?

Mystical Spouse of the Holy Spirit

God’s Only Son, Mary’s Only Son

Mary, First Disciple of Her Son

The Witness of Mary

The Intercessory Power of Mary

The Devil Hates Mary

The Significance of the Assumption

Can We Compare Mary to Jephthah’s Daughter?

Mary & the New Evangelization

A Priest’s Focus on Mary

A Quick Summary of Catholic Teaching on Mary

More Remarks About Mary:  Catechesis

  • Archdiocesan Catechetical Standards on Mary
  • Lumen Gentium:  Mary’s Titles
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  1. May I know where in Scripture that Mary is in heaven or how she went to heaven? Well I know that God is powerful and can do anything, but for this ‘important’ person Mary, He would have told us about it as He tells us about the way about of Elijah, Moses and alike. Please help me on this.

    FATHER JOE: Do you really want to know? I suspect that you really came to impugn Catholic teaching. The Assumption of the Blessed Mother is not directly detailed in Scripture. Why? First, the Gospels are centered on the life and ministry of Jesus, not Mary. Second, the end of Mary’s life fell outside the time-table and scope of the biblical documents. The fact remains that there are no physical relics of Mary. Do you really doubt that Mary, the handmaid of the Lord, is in heaven? At the end of her life, she was translated into heaven. This is the teaching that comes to us from Sacred Tradition. There would not even be a New Testament until the fourth century. God has told us about this mystery. God has given us his living Church (the Catholic Church) with an authentic teaching authority to interpret the sources of revelation. Your faith is seriously handicapped for spurning this authority and the full deposit of faith. The Church does not abide by a deficient “sola scriptura” approach to such questions of faith.

    And another thing is that, the 4 brothers of Jesus were by Joseph and Mary cause at least Scripture shows that Joseph did not have sex with Mary until the birth of Jesus. So with 4 boys, she could not have remained a virgin – unless you prove this to me with Scripture.

    FATHER JOE: The Bible speaks of the brethren of Christ. However, Mary is never called their mother. She is only referenced as the Mother of Jesus. Hebrew often used terms like “brother” and “sister” for cousins. Some early churchmen speculated that Joseph was a widower with children from a prior bond. In any case, our Lord at the Cross gives Mary into the care of his apostle, John. This would have made no sense if she were the biological mother of these brethren. There is even some biblical evidence about your confusion. Look at Mark 15:40: “There were also women looking on from a distance; among them were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome.” This other Mary is the mother of two of the brothers of the Lord.

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