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Phrases and Shapes in Two Languages: Hail Mary, Ave Maria

The other night, I got to praying/playing around with the Hail Mary in both English and Latin, and found some interesting differences in shape. Here’s the traditional text, as every English-speaking Catholic child learns it: Hail Mary, full of grace, … Continue reading

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Art, Co-Redemption, and Kenosis: Reading the Vierge Ouvrante

An intricate piece of devotional art at the Walters Art Museum captured my imagination this last weekend. This particular piece is carved from ivory, and is an example of a type of medieval art known as a Vierge Ouvrante, or … Continue reading

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A Motherless Child is Not an Orphan. (Also, Mary’s Birthday.)

Last week, Pope Francis tweeted: The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan. — Pope Francis (@Pontifex) September 2, 2014 This strikes me as confused either in anthropology, ecclesiology, or … Continue reading

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

As a Roman Catholic feminist who was named after Our Lady of Victories, my relationship with Mary has been complex. Traditional Mariology never “took” for me: as a good Vatican II Catholic, the extreme veneration of Mary as “co-redemptrix” that … Continue reading

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