“Full of Grace”: The Power & Purpose of the Immaculate Conception

While I love it now, I didn’t always embrace the the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. In fact, before becoming Catholic, I didn’t even understand what it was. I thought the dogma referred to something about Jesus, and how Mary gave birth to him while remaining a virgin. But it doesn’t. It has nothing to […]

How to Make the Rosary Truly Beautiful

It’s actually pretty ridiculous that I pray the rosary daily. After all, when was the last time you saw a Protestant pastor’s kid meditating on a string of well-varnished beads? Like so many others, I was absolutely convinced that praying to Our Lady would punch my one-way ticket to eternal damnation, so I avoided her […]

Would Pentecost Have Happened Without Mary?


Have you ever noticed who is almost always shown in the center of a painting of Pentecost? Yep! It’s Mary. Why? Well, Pope St. John Paul II says she was key in making it all happen. “Pentecost is also a fruit of the Blessed Virgin’s incessant prayer,” says the Holy Father, “which is accepted by […]

Why “Mother of God” is Mary’s Most Important Title


It’s no coincidence that we begin every year with the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Along with her Immaculate Conception, Our Lady’s Divine Maternity is one of the two fundamental truths about Mary. Everything else we believe about her revolves around these two teachings. But interestingly, the consensus of most theologians is that Mary’s identity as Mother of […]