THE REAL PRESENCE
“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh." The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ So Jesus said to them,
Friday, August 12, 2011
THE 10 FACTS ABOUT MARY
by Jenny Schroedel and Reverend John Schroedel
1. Dante said that Mary's face is the one that most closely resembles the face of Christ.
2. Apparitions of Mary have been reported in every era in history and every country in the world.
3. The early church fathers compared Eve to Mary. As Eve was the mother of humanity who fell into sin, Mary was the mother of a new humanity.
4. The Christian representation of Mary helped early converts from paganism connect with the Church.
5. Mary is regarded as a helper for those who grieve and to those who are in need of comfort. Grieving parents have taken comfort in her because she lost her own child in a tragic way.
6. Despite the widely secular nature of the twenty-first century, pilgrimages to Marian sites seem to be increasing in frequency.
7. Many of the earliest churches devoted to Mary were built on old pagan holy sites.
8. Despite Mary's significant place in the lives of the Christian faithful for centuries, she is mentioned less in the Bible than in the Koran.
9. Many scholars think that Mary may have only been thirteen or fourteen years old when she gave birth to Christ.
10. Mary has garnered the praise of writers such as Dante, Jack Kerouac, Flannery O'Conner, and Sue Monk Kidd.