The Great Announcement

The Great Announcement

Today, the Church celebrates the great mystery to begin all mysteries: The Annunciation.  This may be the most important announcement of all time (just barely squeaking past Ron Burgundy's prolific Cannonball Announcement).  This is the first mystery of the rosary and the linchpin of all subsequent mysteries.  We all know the story, but do we [...]

The Necessarily Inevitable Immaculate Conception

The Necessarily Inevitable Immaculate Conception

Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and nothing says “Welcome to Advent!” better than a little Marian doctrinal controversy.  This is a hotly contested doctrine that can seem superfluous to some.  Was it not enough that Mary conceived of Jesus by the Holy Spirit?  Why was she conceived immaculately?  What support do we [...]

The Happiest of Days

The Happiest of Days

Today is the feast of the Visitation!! The Visitation is a little paragraph in Luke’s Gospel sandwiched between the Annunciation and the Magnificat. Which are two really awesome things, so the Visitation sometimes gets skipped over. But just because the bread of a sandwich is really great, that doesn’t mean that you forget about all [...]