Martin Luther On the Immaculate Conception of Mary

June 30, 2009

Q. What is the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception?
A. It is the Dogma of the Catholic Church that Mary was conceived without sin and remained sinless throughout her whole life.

The Catholic Church has always believed that Mary, just like Adam and Eve, was conceived without a fallen nature and unlike our first parents, she resisted temptation to sin by the grace of God, throughout her whole life.

Interestingly, Martin Luther, founder of the Protestant Reformation believed in Mary’s Immaculate Conception.

Luther’s words follow:

It is a sweet and pious belief that the infusion of Mary’s soul was effected without original sin; so that in the very infusion of her soul she was also purified from original sin and adorned with God’s gifts, receiving a pure soul infused by God; thus from the first moment she began to live she was free from all sin.

(Sermon: “On the Day of the Conception of the Mother of God,” December [?] 1527; from Hartmann Grisar, S.J., from the German Werke, Erlangen, 1826-1868, edited by J.G. Plochmann and J.A. Irmischer,

She is full of grace, proclaimed to be entirely without sin- something exceedingly great. For God’s grace fills her with everything good and makes her devoid of all evil.

-Personal {“Little”} Prayer Book, 1522

[She is the] highest woman and the noblest gem in Christianity after Christ . . . She is nobility, wisdom, and holiness personified. We can never honor her enough. Still honor and praise must be given to her in such a way as to injure neither Christ nor the Scriptures. (Sermon, Christmas, 1531)

No woman is like you. You are more than Eve or Sarah, blessed above all nobility, wisdom, and sanctity. (Sermon, Feast of the Visitation, 1537)

One should honor Mary as she herself wished and as she expressed it in the Magnificat. She praised God for his deeds. How then can we praise her? The true honor of Mary is the honor of God, the praise of God’s grace . . . Mary is nothing for the sake of herself, but for the sake of Christ . . . Mary does not wish that we come to her, but through her to God. (Explanation of the Magnificat, 1521)

Speaking of Priests

June 30, 2009

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For all music lovers out there.

Presenting Bishop Lee Piché!

June 30, 2009

scan0001Bishop Lee Piché

It’s official. The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has an auxiliary Bishop as of this afternoon. I was baptized in his childhood parish.

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Who was Buried in the Apostle Paul’s Tomb?

June 29, 2009

ap-Apostle-Paul-tomb-Rome-195eng29jun09Tomb believed to be the Apostle Paul’s

The Vatican announced, at the close of the Pauline year, that analysis on bones buried in what is believed to be the tomb of the Apostle Paul, indicates the bones are from the proper time period.

You’ve got to love Catholicism; the Vatican finds all kinds of things located where tradition has put them.

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In addition, the Vatican announced the finding of a 4th century portrait of St. Paul, which is the oldest known image of the saint.

Grace from God in this Pauline year.

The National Shrine of the Apostle Paul

June 29, 2009


cathedral exterior_summer_evening.previewAt the end of this Pauline year, now that the Cathedral of St. Paul has been designated as the first National Shrine of the Apostle Paul, keep it in mind for roadtrips. Even if it means dashing a few miles down 94. Following you will find the press release, as well as additional information.

Saint Paul, MN, June 16, 2009 – The Vatican has designated the Cathedral of Saint Paul to be the first national shrine in honor of the Apostle Paul. This special distinction was granted by the Office of the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, following a request by The Most Rev. John C. Nienstedt, Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

This will be the first national shrine in the State of Minnesota and the only national shrine in North America dedicated to honor Saint Paul.

According to canon (church) law, “The term shrine signifies a church or other sacred place to which the faithful make pilgrimages for a particular pious reason with the approval of the local ordinary (bishop).” Read the rest of this entry »

Reasons To Be Catholic

June 28, 2009

Why am I Catholic?

Rev’s Siebenaler Celebrate 50th Anniversary of their Ordinations

June 28, 2009

Rev. Leonard SiebenalerRev. Martin Siebenaler

Father Leonard Siebenaler and his brother, Father Martin Siebenaler

Between them, the Revs. Martin and Leonard Siebenaler have spent a century in priesthood. Ordained as part of St. Paul Seminary’s Class of 1959, they celebrated their 50th anniversary of ordination today.

Source: StarTribune