Theotokos: the “Mother of God”

At the Council of Ephesus it was decreed that the title “Mother of God” was a fitting title for Mary, the mother of Jesus. I think it was an unfortunate decision, bearing in mind the way that the title has been used and misused over the centuries. The point of the title was that the Jesus who was born of Mary was truly human and truly divine: an indivisible unity…. Read Article →

The (Un) “True Devotion”

In previous posts I have examined the strange ideas put forward by Saint Alphonsus Liguori in his unfortunate work, “The Glories of Mary.” Now I am beginning a series of posts on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin,” by Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. My mode of working will be that I shall present passages from the book and then point out the problems that they pose. I will be using… Read Article →

Back Into It

I am getting back into posting after an interregnum caused by wholehearted application to (a) my upcoming book, (b) a business plan for the future development of Castle of Grace (www.castleofgrace.com), (c) the appearance change for this blog (still in process) and (d) research for the coming blogs. I am concentrating on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. I am not a devotee of… Read Article →

Apostolic Exhortation EVANGELII GAUDIUM

I have been reading the Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, (The Joy of the Gospel). This document contains some very good things, some strange ones, and is in general overly long and repetitive. One thing has leapt out at me, and that is the extent to which the sources or references given are to ecclesiastical documents. There are 217 references given, and I reproduce the first half of… Read Article →

Three Masses and the Thoughts Arising – the Third Mass

THREE MASSES    Part Three: the Third Mass The third of my three Masses was a Latin Mass. As one would expect, the liturgical form was followed carefully, and the congregation showed extreme respect throughout. A reverent and modest style of dress, and also of demeanor, was noticeable. What spoiled this Mass was the homily. The priest had recently been on a retreat, and I do not know what he had… Read Article →

Three Masses and the Thoughts Arising – Part Two

THE SECOND MASS The second Mass was the anticipated Mass of Sunday, at my local parish church. I went in and genuflected, of course, because the Blessed Sacrament is there behind the altar and the Blessed Sacrament is Jesus truly present. Body, blood, soul and divinity. Right? One would hardly think so. A few people genuflected. A few at the other end of the spectrum made no sign of respect… Read Article →

Three Masses and the Thoughts Arising – Part One

I attended three Masses during the past seven days. Each one of them told me something about the current state of the Catholic Church. Monday morning, April 20th, found me at the 6.45 a.m. Mass at my local church. The Mass was celebrated correctly to a respectful congregation, and I was able to have a prayerful time and make a devout holy communion. Yet, it gave rise to a number… Read Article →

The Glories of Mary 07

I am continuing my series to show how unbalanced is some of the formative material that lies behind the Marian cult. I have been examining The Glories of Mary by Saint Alphonsus Liguori. On page 35 Saint Alphonsus says that, “To St. Elizabeth of Hungary it was revealed, that Mary, from the time she dwelt in the Temple, did nothing but pray for us . . .” Here we see… Read Article →

The Glories of Mary 06

I am continuing my look at the exaggerations and unsupported allegations that appear in The Glories of Mary by Saint Alphonsus Liguori. Lest there be any misunderstanding as to my motives, let me say that I am a Catholic who prays to the Blessed Virgin every day, but not to the almost grotesque parody that I find in the pages of Liguori’s book. I ended my previous post with Alphonsus’ paraphrase… Read Article →

The Glories of Mary 05

I am continuing to point out the straining and exaggeration that is present in The Glories of Mary by Saint Alphonsus Liguori. Today, I am picking up the text at page 22, where Alphonsus writes, “But if Jesus is the Father of our souls, Mary is also their Mother; for she, by giving us Jesus, gave us true life; and afterwards, by offering the life of her Son on Mount… Read Article →