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For parts 1-4, click here

Let’s do a quick summary.  Here are some key points from part 4 regarding the premise of Forming Horizons: (more…)

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R.I.P. David Bowie

One of my favorite songs of his (please be warned of an “artistic” image at 2:39 that’s a bit risqué); the world has lost a great artist…

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Virgin MaryWe Catholics consider the May the “Month of Mary.”  Just as Mother Earth opens up her welcoming arms with the springtime, Mother Mary opens her motherly arms to the faithful and to the world (not that she doesn’t do that always, but we recognize her in a  special way in May).

I want to take this opportunity to explain, as far as my limited expertise will allow, why we Catholics venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary.

First of all, the word “venerate” is key.  Contrary to accusations from some, we do not worship her.

Nevertheless, as the Mother of God, Mary does have a unique place in salvation history and in the Church.

Here is the first of some rudimentary points I intend to share:

1. Mary is the New Ark of the Covenant

Ark of the Covenant

Just as the old Ark of the Covenant carried the tablets on which the Ten Commandments were inscribed, the tablets of the Old Covenant, Mary carried within herself the Divine Messiah in Whose blood the New and Eternal Covenant would be forged.

Does the Bible support this view of Mary?  Well, consider Mary’s visitation to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation:

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. (Luke 1: 41-44) (italics mine)

This hearkens back to King David’s dance before the Ark of the Covenant when it was brought into Jerusalem:

When it was reported to King David that the LORD had blessed the family of Obed-edom and all that belonged to him, David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the City of David amid festivities. As soon as the bearers of the ark of the LORD had advanced six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. Then David, girt with a linen apron, came dancing before the LORD with abandon…” (2 Samuel 6:12-14) (italics mine)

Like I said, this is only my first post on Mother Mary.  But even now, I hope readers can see that the honor we give to Mary does not amount to worship.  We venerate Mary in a similar way to that in which the ancient Jews — strict monotheists — would have venerated the Ark of the Covenant, and for essentially the same reason.

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Just tonight, I saw the 2011 documentary “Jig,” which chronicles the 40th annual “Irish Dancing World Championships.”

I won’t say much about it, other than to say that it gives the lie to the idea that all such competitions are like “Toddlers in Tiaras” or other such foolish shows.  The children and teens featured in this film behave with great poise, discipline, and respect.

For that reason, I think many people would find the film to be a breath of fresh air.

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