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Red BallOur Lady
Series Name: Catholic Apologetics
Host: Chris Noble
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Red BallMary: Full of Grace
Catholic Answers
The Fathers of the Church taught that Mary remained a virgin after the birth of Christ and that she could be titled quite properly the "Mother of God"

Red BallMary: The Mother of God
Catholic Answers
Fundamentalists are often horrified when they hear the Virgin Mary referred to as the Mother of God, but they are unaware of what this doctrine means, as well as what their own forebears–the Protestant Reformers–had to say on this issue.

Red BallMary: Ever Virgin
Catholic Answers
Most Protestants claim Mary had children other than Jesus–those people known as the "brethren of the Lord." As explained in Catholic Answers' tract The Brethren of the Lord, that's not what the New Testament or the early Christians taught. They knew Jesus was Mary's only child and that she remained a lifelong virgin.

Red BallImmaculate Conception and Assumption
Catholic Answers
The Marian doctrines are, for Fundamentalists, among the most annoying of the doctrines most people identify as distinctively Catholic ones. Fundamentalists disapprove of any talk about Mary as the Mother of God, as the Mediatrix, or as the Mother of the Church. In this tract we'll examine briefly two Marian doctrines that Fundamentalist writers frequently complain about–the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption.

Red BallThe Rosary
Catholic Answers
If you were to ask what object is most emblematic of Catholics, people would probably say, "The rosary, of course." We're familiar with the images: the silently moving lips of the old woman fingering her beads; the oversized rosary hanging from the waist of the wimpled nun; more recently, the merely decorative rosary hanging from the rear-view mirror.

Red BallMary, Mother of God
Fr. William Saunders
Father answers the assertion that 'God has no mother'.

Red BallThe Perpetual Virginity of Mary
Br. Anthony Opisso, M.D
Having been enlightened by an angel in a dream regarding her pregnancy, and perhaps further by Mary concerning the words of the archangel Gabriel to her at the Annunciation, Joseph knew that God had conducted himself as a husband in regard to Mary. She was now prohibited to him for all time, and for the sake of the Child and Mary he could only live with her in an absolutely chaste relationship.

Red BallOur Lady in Doctrine and Devotion
Fr. William Most
Fr. Most's basic Mariology course, taught at the Notre Dame Catechetical Institute. Examines: The Eternal Plan of God. The Old Testament. The Gospels. Immaculate Conception, Divine Motherhood, Perpetual Virginity. Coredemptrix, Mediatrix of All Graces, Mother of the Church, Assumption, Queenship, Consort of her Son. Mary and Vatican II, Rev 12. Marian devotions and the Spiritual life.

Red BallUnscriptural Marian Doctrine?
Fr. William Most
Fr. Most shows that Mary's cooperative role is evidenced in Scripture.

Red BallRole of Our Lady in Each Mass
Fr. William Most
Fr. William Most answers those who say that by honoring Mary at Mass we take away from Christ.

Red BallDevotion to Our Lady and the Saints
Fr. William Most
Do Catholics worship Mary? Protestants often claim that. Fr. Most examines the command of Our Lord: 'Judge Not'.

Red BallEternal Mother
Fr. William Most
A reflection by Fr. Most on Vatican II's teaching on Mary as mother in the order of grace, and how this is to be understood.

Red BallMary, Holy Mother
Scott Hahn
The following is the transcript of Scott Hahn's audio and video tape presentation, 'Mary, Holy Mother' as it appears in the 'Catholic Adult Education on Video Program' with Scott and Kimberly Hahn. There is probably nothing more disturbing to Protestants than the profound devotion which Catholics have for the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this program Scott begins to explain the Marian doctrines by turning to the Bible.

Red BallMary, Ark of the Covenant
Scott Hahn
The following is the transcript of Scott Hahn's audio and video tape presentation, 'Mary, Ark of the Covenant' as it appears in the 'Catholic Adult Education on Video Program' with Scott and Kimberly Hahn. This program continues with the examination of Mary and how she is prefigured in the Old Testament.

Red BallMunificentissimus Deus
Pope Pius XII
Defining the Dogma of the Assumption
November 1, 1950.

Red BallMary Cooperates in God's Saving Plan
John Paul II
At the General Audience of 12 January 2000, the Holy Father reflected on Mary's place in our journey to the Father, who "desired Mary's presence in salvation history". The Virgin Mother has a mediating role, but one subordinate to the Saviour's. Her cooperation is founded on Christ's mediation and her sharing in his work takes nothing from him as the unique Mediator.

Red BallMary Is the Virgin Mother of God
John Paul II
General Audience
September 13, 1995

Red BallTo Honor Mary Is to Go to Jesus
Pope John Paul II
General Audience
November 15, 1995

Red BallCooperation in Redemption
by Fr. William Most
A theological examination of the evidence for Mary's cooperation with Christ in the redemption, a teaching of the Church which is now frequently ignored or attacked.

Red BallFull of Grace
by Fr. William Most
'To defend the translation Full of grace, we note that the Church always uses that- but that goes back to the Vulgate of St. Jerome. Can we defend that? Yes.'

Red BallOn the Blessed Virgin Mary
St. Anthony of Padua
Saint Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), is one of the most famous saints in the Roman Catholic Church. He is renowned not only for the innumerable miracles that he worked both in life and throughout the last 800 years since his death, but also for his lucid and inspiring sermons which he left in writing. Like his spiritual father St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony had the most ardent devotion to the Immaculate Mother of God. Indeed, he was instrumental in reinforcing faith in the bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin at a time when many doubts were raised against the doctrine.

Red BallOn the Immaculate Conception
St. Lawrence of Brindisi
St. Lawrence of Brindisi (b. 1559; d. 1619 A.D.), is one of the most famous Capuchin preachers and theologians of the Sixteenth Century. He is renowned for his complete and thorough refutaion of the doctrines of Martin Luther. St. Lawrence, like his spiritual father St. Francis of Assisi, had an ardent devotion to the Immaculate Mother of God. Indeed, he was the first to write on all aspects of theology that concern the Blessed Virgin

Red BallOn the Immaculate Conception
St. Francis Anthony of Lucera
Saint Francis Anthony of Lucera (b. 1681; d.1742 A. D.), is one of the most famous Franciscan preachers in the history of the Order. Like his spiritual father, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis Anthony of Lucera had the most ardent devotion to the Mother of God

Red BallOn the Immaculate Conception
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
Excerpts from the Writings of St. Maximilian

Red BallThe Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Alban Butler
March 25–This great festival takes its name from the happy tidings brought by the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary, concerning the Incarnation of the Son of God.

Red BallThe Blessed Virgin in the Faith of the Church
Fr. Jean Danielou
To the question of how devotion to the Blessed Virgin can be made reasonable to modern man, Fr Danielou answers by way of example. The Church believes she is the Virgin Mother. If we can believe God intervenes in the world, it is easy to see how He would have formed a new Adam in the womb of a Virgin, if He willed to give man a new beginning.

Red BallThe Interior Life of Our Lady
Fr. William G. Most
Left-wingers are not always inclined to accept teachings of the Church, and especially not to believe just because the providentially protected Church says it is true. Yet they often insist others should accept their own notions.

Red BallThe Moral and Social Influence
of Devotion to Mary

Dr. Orestes A. Brownson
Dr. Brownson eloquently portrays the loveliness of the Virgin Mother and her most necessary and salutary influence upon Catholic life and society.

Red BallDiuturni Temporis
Pope Leo XIII
September 5, 1898
On the Rosary

Red BallFidentem Piumque Animum
Pope Leo XIII
September 20, 1896
On the Rosary

Red BallIngravescentibus Malis
Pope Pius XI
September 29, 1937
On the Rosary

Red BallOctobri Mense
Pope Leo XIII
September 22, 1891
On the Rosary

Red BallMagnae Dei Matris
Pope Leo XIII
September 8, 1892
On the Rosary

Red BallLaetitiae Sanctae
Pope Leo XIII
September 8, 1893
On the Rosary

Red BallSuperiore Anno
Pope Leo XIII
August 30, 1884
On the Rosary

Red BallIucunda Semper
Pope Leo XIII
September 8, 1894
On the Rosary

Red BallVi E Ben Noto
Pope Leo XIII
September 20, 1887
On the Rosary

Red BallFulgens Corona
Pope Pius XII
September 8, 1953
proclaiming a Marian Year to commemorate the centenary of the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception

Red BallAd Caeli Reginam
Pope Pius XII
October 11, 1954
Proclaims the feast of the Queenship of Mary and summarizes the history of devotion to Mary as Queen.

Red BallThe Interior Life of Our Lady
by Fr. William Most
In this excellent article Fr. Most discusses Mary's interior life, which centered around Her fiat to the will of God

Red BallAll Ages Will Call Me Blessed
Fr. Miller and Fr. Augustine Mary
share the teachings of the Catholic Church regarding Our Lady
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Red BallBehold Your Mother
Mark Miravalle
Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, focuses on Mary's role in the Holy Catholic Church
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Red BallLove of Mary Shared by East and West
Pope John Paul II
Angelus
August 18, 1996

Red Ball"Brethren of the Lord"
Catholic Answers
When Catholics call Mary the "Blessed Virgin," they mean she remained a virgin throughout her life. When Protestants use the term "virgin" in reference to Mary, they mean she was a virgin only until the birth of Jesus. They believe that she and Joseph later had children whom Scripture refers to as "the brethren of the Lord." What gives rise to the disagreement are biblical verses that use the terms "brethren," "brother," and "sister."

Red BallImmaculate Conception
Beggar King
Catholics believe that Mary was "born with out sin", why is this necessary? After all, doesn't the Bible say "ALL have sinned"?

Red BallFrequently Asked Questions about Mary
The Mary Page
Most asked frequently by our Mary Page readers.

Red BallThe Key to Understanding Mary
by James Akin
This evening I want to talk to you about a very sensitive subject: Our Blessed Mother, Mary. In his book, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis said that no subject in our faith needs to be approached more delicately than this, and one of the reasons he cited was that Catholics have a natural affection for Mary, and when Mary is attacked Lewis says that Catholics respond with that "chivalrous sensibility that a man feels when the honor of his mother or his beloved is at stake."

Red BallThe Genealogy of the 'brethren' (on Mary's perpetual virginity)
by Bob Stanley
Mary had other children...? Or did she?

Red BallIn Defense of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Bob Stanley
Why is there so much controversy about Mary?

Red BallThe Assumption of Mary: A Belief Since Apostolic Times
Fr. Clifford Stevens
The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, but we don't know how it first came to be celebrated.

Red BallStraight Answers
Fr. William Saunders
Explains our Catholic belief in the Assumption of the Blessed Mother.

Red BallImmaculate Conception and Assumption
Karl Keating
The Marian doctrines are, for fundamentalists, among the most annoying of the doctrines most people identify as peculiarly Catholic. Fundamentalists disapprove of any talk about Mary as the Mother of God, as the Mediatrix, as the Mother of the Church. In this tract we'll examine briefly two Marian doctrines that fundamentalist writers frequently complain about, the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption.

Red BallWhy Devotion to Mary?
Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate
Why have devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary? This is a point debated hotly among our Protestant brethren and which is briefly answered here.

Red BallMary's Virginity During Jesus' Birth
Fr. William Saunders
Explains the Catholic dogma that Mary remained a virgin after the birth of Christ.

Red BallThe Place of Mary in Classical Fundamentalism (Pt. 1)
Rev. Peter Stravinskas
Fr. Stravinskus determines the status of Marian doctrine and devotion among the Reformers and establishes that Fundamentalism is not "in continuity with its Reformation pedigree." He shows that "historically, the Protestant Reformers did not attack devotion to Our Blessed Mother; that such an attack came from their successors."

Red BallThe Place of Mary in Classical Fundamentalism (Pt. 2)
Rev. Peter Stravinskas
Fr. Stravinskus determines the status of Marian doctrine and devotion among the Reformers and establishes that Fundamentalism is not "in continuity with its Reformation pedigree." He shows that "historically, the Protestant Reformers did not attack devotion to Our Blessed Mother; that such an attack came from their successors."

Red BallMary's Assumption: Irrelevant and Irreverent?
Mark Brumley
The Assumption seems irrelevant to some Catholics and irreverent to some Protestants. This article explains both the reverence and relevancy of the Assumption in light of the mystery of Christ.

Red BallLuther on Our Lady
Fr. William Most
Quotes from Martin Luther about Our Lady. Helpful in defending the Catholic belief about Mary to Protestants.

Red BallMary Leads Us to Eucharist
John Paul II
The Holy Father's August 15, 1996 message to those attending the 19th International Marian Congress in Czestochowa, Poland, on August 24-26.

Red BallOur Lady Intended to Remain a Virgin
John Paul II
The Holy Father reflects on Mary's intention to remain a virgin in this catechesis given at his General Audience of July 24, 1996.

Red BallMary and Joseph Lived Gift of Virginity
John Paul II
The grace to live both the charism of virginity and the gift of marriage, which was given to Mary and Joseph, was the Holy Father's subject at his General Audience, August 21, 1996.

Red BallThe Church Presents Mary as 'Ever Virgin'
John Paul II
Mary's perpetual virginity was the subject of the Holy Father's catechesis at the General Audience of August 28, 1996.

Red BallChurch Proclaims Mary 'Mother of God'
John Paul II
The Holy Father's General Audience of November 27, 1996 discusses the Blessed Virgin's title "Mother of God".

Red BallOrdinary Magisterium on Mary's Immediate Cooperation in the Objective Redemption'
by Fr. William Most
Fr. Most quotes from 17 official documents of the Ordinary Magisterium that teach Our Lady's immediate cooperation in the objective redemption. He includes an appendix on minimist theologians, notably Lennerz and Goosens and Ludwig Ott.

Red BallSignum Magnum
Pope Paul VI
Expounds the role of Mary as our 'Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix
May 13, 1967

Red BallMarialis Cultus
Pope Paul VI
For the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
February 2, 1974

Red BallMary has Universal Spiritual Motherhood
John Paul II
General Audience
September 24, 1998

Red BallBirth of Mary
A. Valentini
The historical and theological foundations of the celebration of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8th).

Red BallConsecration to or through Our Lady
Fr. William Most
Analysis of the the question surrounding whether a Marian consecration should be made TO or THROUGH Our Lady

Red BallDevotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Catholic Encyclopedia
traces the history of devotion of the Blessed Mother.

Red BallDevotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Catholic Encyclopedia
considered under two heads: 1. the nature, and 2. the history of the devotion

Red BallHow the Vatican Sees Marian Apparitions
Jean-Marie Guenois
A good clear summary of the Church's attitude toward Marian apparitions in this interview with Fr. Jesus Castellano, consultant at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. Taken from the September 8, 1996 issue of "Our Sunday Visitor."

Red BallImmaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Rev. Alban Butler
December 8–a feast which commemorates the unique prerogative of Mary, designed to fit her for her high destiny aa the Mother of God.

Red BallOn the Blessed Virgin Mary
St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio
This short excerpt gives only a brief introduction to the mind and theology of this famous Doctor of the Church.

Red BallOn the Blessed Virgin Mary
St. Joseph of Cupertino
Saint Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663), is one of the most famous Franciscan Priests and mystics in the Roman Catholic Church. Renowned for his unusual gift of levitation, he spent most of his life in solitude and prayer. Like his spiritual father St. Francis of Assisi, St. Joseph of Cupertino had the most ardent devotion to the Immaculate Mother of God.

Red BallRedemptoris Mater
Pope John Paul II
March 25, 1987
Discusses Mary's role in the economy of salvation, particularly reflecting upon that 'pilgrimage of faith' in which 'the Blessed Virgin advanced,' faithfully preserving her union with Christ. The Pope emphasizes the historical significance of the 'twofold bond' which unites the Mother of God with Christ and with the Church.

Red BallSupremi Apostolatus
Pope Leo XIII
September 1, 1883
testifys to the rosary's venerability and power, and exhorts the faithful to its frequent use

Red BallChristi Matri
Pope Paul VI
Sept. 15, 1966
Exhorts leaders to contrive by negotiation a peace 'based on justice and freedom for mankind.' Encourages the faithful to deepen their devotion to the Mother of Christ as the evils of the world increase

Red BallMense Maio
Pope Paul VI
April 30, 1965
Urges the faithful to pray to Mary more than ever during the month of May, and in connection with this exhorts all to seek peace by negotiation and prayer

Red BallIngruentium Malorum
Pope Pius XII
September 15, 1951
urges us to 'to fly with greater confidence to the Mother of God. There, the Christian people have always sought chief refuge in the hour of danger, because 'she has been constituted the cause of salvation for the whole human race.'

Red BallUbi primum
Pope Pius IX
February 2, 1849
On the Immaculate Conception

Red BallDeiparae Virginis Mariae
Pope Pius XII
May 1, 1946
Requests the bishops to ascertain whether it would be opportune to formally define the doctrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Red BallGrata Recordatio
Pope John XXIII
September 26, 1959
covers the rosary, prayer for the Church, the missions and international and social problems in this encyclical

Red BallAdiutricem
Pope Leo XIII
September 5, 1895
On the Rosary

Red BallIneffabilis Deus
Pius IX
Apostolic Constitution
December 8, 1854
The Immaculate Conception

Red BallMary's Message For Christians
Fr. David Dubois
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Red BallMary's Offspring
Fr. Pavich
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Red BallMater et Magistra: The Blessed Virgin Mary
Fr. Peter Damien Fehlner
discusses the importance of Mary in our lives and the means of gaining insight into the Counsels of Salvation
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Updated: November 14, 2000