Tag Archives: Mary

Mariology and today’s gospel reading

Like Mark 3:31-35, today’s gospel is one of the more difficult for the more extreme claims of mariology: While Jesus was speaking,a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,”Blessed is the womb that carried youand the breasts at which you nursed.”He replied, “Rather, blessed are thosewho hear the word of God and observe […]

The First Commandment, iconoclasm, and Mary

Catholics are sometimes attacked for the use of religious images and for devotions to the saints generally and Mary specifically. Some of the criticisms are sophisticated and well-taken; others are not. The argument that the First Commandment makes such actions idolatrous per se falls into the latter category. In principle, we could divvy up Exodus […]