Today, March 25, is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. That is the formal title and it means among other things even though it is Friday we are not at all penitential today. We will be, in fact, penitential as a Church for quite some time because of the continuing impact of the botch our leadership [...]
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This feast of the Immaculate Conception is a great time to share things about the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the press you still see the confusion between the virgin birth and the immaculate conception. The virgin birth refers to Christ’s own birth and the immaculate conception to Mary’s normal birth. Mary preserved from the deprivations [...]
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–89). Poems. 1918. 18. The May Magnificat MAY is Mary’s month, and I Muse at that and wonder why: Her feasts follow reason, Dated due to season— Candlemas, Lady Day; 5 But the Lady Month, May, Why fasten that upon her, With a feasting in her honour? Is it only its being [...]
September 8 is a feast day common to the western and eastern churches. Of course, like the birth of Jesus, we have to pick a date ourselves to celebrate since such information was not considered important so long ago. But we celebrate a lot when we celebrate anyone’s birthday and in our faith, Mary the [...]
One of the treasures I was too shy to look for was Elizabeth Jennings then at Oxford. But I did buy her poetry and try to pass it on. This is part III of Christmas Suite in Five Parts: a litany Mary of solace, take our hope, Girl untouched, take our hands, Lady of Heaven [...]