025: Why Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant

catholic_FINAL_150I’ve made no bones about the fact that Mary was easily the most difficult issue I faced in becoming Catholic. This show is about the scriptural argument that got me over the hump.

In the last two episodes (23 & 24), we dealt with the Immaculate Conception.

This time, we’re going to fill in some background on the Ark of the Covenant from the Old Testament, and then explore the stunning parallels laid out by the Gospel of Luke between that original Ark and the Virgin Mary.

Like I said, the dots I’m about to connect are one major reason I fully embraced Church teaching on Our Lady. It’s pretty powerful stuff.

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I’m also going to drop a really cool insight from Pope Benedict XVI about Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth that I recently heard at Mass. It literally made me “oooh” out loud. (Trust me when I say there are very few things I ever hear in the cry room that make me say “ooooh”…unless you’re referring to every time a one-year-old licks the mirror on the door.)

I pray the rest of your Advent is blessed and you have a very Merry Christmas!

Matthew

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024: Part 2 – How To Explain the Immaculate Conception from the Bible

catholic_FINAL_150The more you understand it, the more you realize the Immaculate Conception is a fundamental part of the Gospel message. And, yes, it’s in the Bible…big time.

This is part 2 of what I started in Episode 23. This episode is going to focus on the Angel Gabriel’s encounter with Mary in the Annunciation scene from Luke chapter 1. Far more than just a classic scene in every school’s Christmas play, it’s a necessary scene in the drama of salvation. And it demonstrates the fact that Mary was conceived without sin.

Of course, there are always people who will object. St. Thomas Aquinas 170px-Bartolomé_Esteban_Perez_Murillo_023himself declared that Mary was conceived with original sin in his famous Summa Theologica. So I’m also going to answer some of the common objections to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, and show why objectors shouldn’t be so quick to use Thomas for their position of dissent.

I promise this is a very, very interesting and informative show. You’re going to walk away with a greater appreciation for the amazing role Our Lady plays in getting us to heaven!

Hope your Advent is full of joy!

Matthew

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