Sunday, March 20, 2011

"Do Whatever He Tells You"

I had a soft spot in my heart for Mary, long before I became a Catholic. (November 24, 2009)

Our attitude toward Mary, Mother of God, makes Catholics stand out: and is, I think, very misunderstood. The Catechism of the Catholic Church discusses her and the Church. At length. (Catechism, 963-975, for starters)

We venerate Mary. (972) Which is most emphatically not the same as worshiping her. There's more about veneration, too. (127, 1090, 1154, 1378, 1674, 2129-2132) I've written about veneration before. (July 12, 2010)

I don't expect to change the mind of anyone who's determined to believe otherwise: and I've mentioned that before, too. (November 1, 2010)

One of these days, I may opine about Marian apparitions: which is what we call the times that Mary has shown up with a message. There was one in Wisconsin, fairly recently. A legitimate one, as well as a bogus claim, which is about par for the course. (December 8, 2010)

It seems to me that each time she comes, Mary has variations on what she said back in Cana: "His mother said to the servers, 'Do whatever he tells you.' " (John 2:5) It's hard to see how a person can go wrong, paying attention to Mary: since she's directing attention to Jesus, the Christ.

Still: bear in mind that I've got the teaching authority of "some guy with a blog." Which is where those links come in. The Catholic Church has a vast array of knowledge and insights recorded and available online: and that's another topic.

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Sometime regrettable advertisements get through, anyway.

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