077: Next Level Queenship of Mary

Featuring Curtis "the canonical canon" Mitch

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You may think you’ve heard it all when it comes to Mary.

Think again.

I’m betting that my buddy Curtis Mitch is going to lay some new thoughts on you about Our Lady as we continue to celebrate May, the month of Mary, on this episode of the Art of Catholic.

Curtis, as many of you know, has been writing the commentary on the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible for about 20 years. I’ve never met anyone with his depth and breadth of scriptural knowledge.

He’s the perfect guy to turn to when it comes to going next level about Mary.

The truth is, the Virgin Mary is a mystery we’ve yet to fully unpack. Her God-given power and vital role go so far beyond what we can imagine.

But we’re going to start to change that.

In this special episode of the Art of Catholic, Curtis and I will dive into several different texts to discuss:

  • Why “Queen of Heaven” is totally a scriptural title (and not a medieval invention)
  • How the Annunciation in Luke 1 identifies the Queenship of Mary
  • The multiple levels of meaning of the woman “clothed with the sun” in Revelation 12
  • Why the 10th son (not the 1st) of David came to the throne and how his mother is connected to Mary
  • Why Bathsheba was given a throne and how it points to the royal role of Mary
  • How the crucifixion of Christ actually points to Mary’s Queenship

Really understanding how the Queenship of Mary changes everything. Your mother is literally the Queen of Heaven and Earth!

And it’s right out of the Bible itself.

God bless and enjoy this great episode!

Matthew

P.S. I’m heading back to Italy! Join me in March 2019 for an amazing pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more!

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Other episodes you might enjoy:

06: Bible Basics With John Bergsma

043: (More) New Testament Basics with John Bergsma

054: Understanding Extreme Violence in the Bible with Curtis Mitch

 

Fullest of Grace

How Mary Grew In the Spiritual Life

Oftentimes we think of Our Lady as completely perfect right out of the box, so to speak.

And it’s true.

But that doesn’t mean she didn’t progress in sanctity.

“Wait a minute,” you’re thinking. “Didn’t the Angel Gabriel say she was ‘full of grace’ at the Annunciation?”

Yes, he did.

But St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that she actually grew in grace to the point where she was worthy to be the Mother of God. In other words, while she couldn’t merit the grace for the Incarnation itself, she did merit the title “Theotokos” ​(God-bearer). 

Whoa! How?

Through good works.

Like the rest of us, Mary merited an increase in grace and charity through meritorious action. In other words, every time she performed a good work under the influence of charity, she received an increase in grace.

And can you imagine how many good works Our Lady performed in her life? (Might want to grab a calculator for that one!)

So while she was already in perfect union with God from the first moment of her conception – and possessed amazing amounts of charity and grace – it grew by leaps and bounds.

She was constantly increasing in grace.

Remember, says St. John of the Cross, that she was perfectly in tune with God. She wasn’t attached to anything in this world. She never had any secondary or selfish motives.

Every one of Mary’s movements was made under the impulse of the Holy Spirit. That means that every action gained her more merit. (Maybe Gabriel should have called her “fullest of grace”!)

So while she certainly received special graces and spiritual privilege at various points in her life, she also increased in grace by her daily personal activity.

And it’s the same with us.

We grow in grace by performing good works. We merit an increase in the life of God whenever we act like God.

So while we certainly don’t start out perfect like Our Lady, we can certainly grow in grace just like she did. That’s simply one more reason why Mary is an icon of what you and I are made to be. Ave Maria!

God bless!

Matthew

 

P.S. I’m heading back to Italy!

Join me in March 2019 for an amazing pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more! Check it out here!

 

 

All who have been lost were lost because they did not pray.” St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Don’t be lost!

Grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to deeper prayer 8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life! 

It’s an easy, step-by-step summary of the spiritual giants of the Church designed to help you rocket to God!

 

 

076: Psalm Basics for Catholics

featuring Dr. John Bergsma

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It’s the book quoted by God the Father.

It’s the book quoted by Christ on the Cross.

It’s the one book we read at almost every Mass.

It’s the Psalms.

While many view the Psalms as merely a collection of beautiful poetry (which it is), there’s a whole more going on in this amazing book of the Bible. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say it’s one of the most important in all of Sacred Scripture.

Yes, they’re all important, but the Psalms are special.

St. Basil the Great said that the Psalms actually train the soul. He declared they are “the elementary exposition of beginners, the improvement of those advancing, the solid support of the perfect, the voice of the Church” (On the Psalms).

In other words, they’ll help you get to heaven.

So I brought in one of the most popular Art of Catholic guests to illuminate us even more. Dr. John Bergsma is the author of a new book titled Psalm Basics for Catholics. It’s the latest in his line of best-selling “Basics for Catholics” books.

But he’s more than an author.

He’s one of the popular teachers at Franciscan University of Steubenville. (He’s been voted Teacher of the Year…twice!) In this episode we’re going to dive into the book of Psalms.

Among other things, we’ll discuss:

  • Why the Psalms are really five different books
  • How the Psalms are directly connected to the Eucharist
  • Why the Psalm 23 (“the Lord is my shepherd…) is totally Catholic
  • Why St. Athanasius said the Psalms are a synopsis of the entire Bible
  • How the Psalms can form your prayer life
  • A reading plan for the Psalms

All that and more on another bang-up episode of the Art of Catholic podcast.

God bless!

Matthew

 

P.S. I’m heading back to Italy!

Join me in March 2019 for an amazing pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, LaVerna, and much, much more! Check it out here!

 

All who have been lost were lost because they did not pray.” St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Don’t be lost!

Grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to deeper prayer 8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life! 

It’s an easy step-by-step summary of the spiritual giants of the Church designed to help you rocket to God!

 

 

Podcast links mentioned:

06: Bible Basics With John Bergsma

043: (More) New Testament Basics with John Bergsma

Speaking Events:

May 3 – Pine Haven Boys Center Gala Dinner, Nashua, NH

May 11 – St. Andrew Catholic Church

May 12 – St. Paul Center event in Arlington, TX