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Even After Pentecost, Stand on the Table with Mary

Pentecost, literally translating to “the fiftieth day” occurs 50 days after Easter (or on the Sunday after the 50th day) and is the celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit. Jesus foretells of the Holy Spirit’s arrival: “The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything …

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Pope Authorizes Pilgrimages to Medjugorje—but doesn’t Authenticate Site

On May 12, Pope Francis gave the green light for Catholics to pilgrimage to Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, which the sight of alleged Marian apparitions. Papal spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said in a statement the same day that this authorization of pilgrimage should not be taken as “authentication” of the alleged apparitions, “which still require an …

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You Need to Know These 6 Amazing Facts About the Spanish “Black Madonna”

When a fellow parishioner returned from a Marian pilgrimage, she brought me a rosary from the shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat. I was happy to receive the gift, even if I didn’t know a single thing about this particular Marian apparition. When I asked friends, none of them had heard of her either. It …

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What Was the Mary Thinking the Week Prior to Giving Birth to Jesus?

In the liturgical calendar of the Latin Church, December 18 has been known as the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although it is not currently in the liturgical calendar, I first came upon this feast in 2013 after reading through an old missal that was given to me as a gift. As someone that has …

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Why the Immaculate Conception is During Advent

Why is Mary’s Immaculate Conception during Advent each year? Many incorrectly believe that the Church’s celebration of the Immaculate Conception was Jesus’s conception, but that we celebrate it 17 days before Christmas should clue everyone in that it’s not (that would be an Immaculate Gestation!). The Immaculate Conception is 8 December each year. Now put …

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