Posts tagged "Virgin Mary"

Augustine on the Word Becoming Flesh

Here are some poetic words from Saint Augustine’s Sermon 69: On the same words, John 1: “In the beginning was the Word, etc.” excerpted from the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers edited by Philip Schaff. There are some beautiful lines here on the Incarnation—the Word of God becoming flesh—that could make this a Christmas sermon.

Do not follow the current of the flesh. For this flesh is indeed a current; for it has none abiding. As it were from a kind of secret fount of nature men are born, they live, they die; or whence they come, or whither they go, we know not….

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There’s Something About Mary

For those of you who do not live in overwhelmingly Roman Catholic countries, today was probably a normal workday; however, whether they know it or not, the people of Austria who were celebrating der Rhuetag, can thank Pope Pius IX and his 1854 pronouncement ex cathedra regarding the obligation of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. According to David Mills over at First Things, this Marian Dogma declares that:
the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ,…

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Bound and Determined, Part Two: God on the Hook

Part two in our series: Bound and Determined to be Free.

Although it will be argued that the notion of the bound will, the belief that human beings are fundamentally powerless before God, is a wholesome and comforting doctrine, like with the law and gospel, the diagnosis proceeds the cure. In this case, as much as we would want it otherwise, our first problem is with God himself.

In The Limits of the Coded World, David Egginton writes:

Theologians have spent a great deal of time ruminating on the problem of determination. The Catholic response to the theological problem of…

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325 Days of Lent: "Woman, behold thy Son. . ."

In his reflection on John 19:26—“Woman, behold thy Son”—the third word of Jesus from the cross, Stanley Hauerwas observes that “Dante called Mary, ‘Virgin Mother, daughter of thy Son.’” This, he asserts, “challenges any assumption that Jesus’s address to Mary from the cross is simply an example of a son’s solicitude for his mother’s welfare”(49). He goes on to point out that Jesus, throughout the Gospels, is portrayed as not exactly “family friendly” (at least in an blood relation sense–Mark 3:34-35, Luke 14:26). For Hauerwas, Mary’s importance lies in the existence of her faith, not her motherhood. Following Raniero…

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How Will You Keep Christmas This Year? (Part 2)

When considering the meaning of anything having to do with what we believe, it’s always a good idea to start with the Nicene Creed, which specifically addresses the subject of Christmas: For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: By the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, And was made man.

That’s what the coming of Christ really means, apart from the Christmas holiday and all of its stress and commercialization. Christmas is a celebration of the incarnation of Christ. But before we discuss the incarnation, or Christmas if you prefer,…

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