Posts Tagged ‘Mary’

NZ bishops to commission artwork commemorating dedication to Mary Comments 0

Monday, October 5th, 2020
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Aotearoa New Zealand’s Catholic bishops are seeking an artist to create artwork commemorating Bishop Jean-Baptiste Pompallier’s 1838 dedication of the country to Mary the Mother of Jesus. The bishops’ National Liturgy Office has begun advertising for an artist who will create a work incorporating Mary for a special commemoration next August 15, the Feast Day Read more

Pope wants to stop Mafia from exploiting symbols of the Virgin Mary Comments 0

Monday, September 21st, 2020

A new Vatican group backed by Pope Francis is taking a whack at stopping Mafia members from exploiting the Virgin Mary and other Catholic imagery in order to recruit members and whitewash their dark underworld image. Read more Related Posts:Pope Francis’s prayer to Mary during coronavirus pandemicInternational slave labour keeps tomatoes cheapAnti-mafia judge to lead Read more

The absence of Golgotha Comments 0

Monday, April 6th, 2020

As we prepare to celebrate Holy Week and Easter within the Christian tradition and persons clamour to post and then log onto opportunities to experience a “virtual” Easter, I would like to offer an alternative and that is to do nothing. Or, rather, experience “absence” in a very real way. The absence that Mary and Read more

The gentle touch Comments 0

Thursday, November 14th, 2019
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There is a story about Mary, that she was stitching a cloth for the tabernacle when Gabriel visited her. Maybe. Maybe not. She could have been sweeping the floor. Or grinding corn for a meal. Those activities can also be sacred. We are reminded of times when God has been manifest in simple household tasks. Read more

Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Annunciation Comments 0

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Henry Ossawa Tanner (1859-1937), the first African-American painter ever to gain international acclaim, treats the classic Annunciation motif in a rather unconventional manner: he reckons the simplicity of the scene, rather than its theatrical recreation. In the intimacy of a chamber, Mary is portrayed as a dark haired Jewish peasant girl, seated at the edge Read more

A key reason why Catholics honour Mary Comments 0

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Where there is the presence of Jesus, there is the presence of His Mother. – Fulton J. Sheen The Catholic devotion to Mary has never come easily to me. I know Mary is, for some people, the way they discovered and really developed a relationship with Jesus. But for me, it was the opposite. Jesus Read more

The Gap Comments 0

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

In 1977, work began on the ceiling of the Sistine chapel ceiling to remove 500 years of incense and candle smoke from Michelangelo’s paintings. When the chapel was opened again in 1989, not everyone was happy with the result. The colours were so bright some people saw them as gaudy, and believed Michelangelo’s masterpiece had Read more

Feasts of Mary and preparing for Christmas Comments 0

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

It is that time of year again when someone somewhere has to write an article lamenting the commercialisation of Christmas, though it has to be said that these type of articles have faced some competition of late from articles lamenting the campaign by the politically correct to abolish Christmas altogether. Poor old Christmas: attacked on Read more

Mary – heart of next three World Youth Days Comments 0

Friday, November 25th, 2016

Mary will be at the heart of the next three World Youth Days, Pope Francis says. All three will take participants on a spiritual journey with Our Lady when she finds herself chosen by God. World Youth Day (WYD) sees young people from all over the world work to build and strengthen the bonds of Read more

The surprising history of the patron saint of Cuba Comments 0

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

A minor miracle occurred on a dark train platform in a provincial Cuban town in 1981. I had been a Cuban-American exile for two decades, and had managed to wrangle a visa to visit my sick mother. After seeing her, I had traveled to the train station with some unfinished business. The middle-aged woman in Read more