Mary
"The Mother of Jesus continues in this present world as the image and first flowering of the Church as she is to be perfected in the world to come."

Vatican II: Constitution on the Church



DOCUMENTS

Vatican II: Dogmatic Constitution on the Church See Chapter 8: The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, in the Mystery of Christ and the Church

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Part 1, Section 2 Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church

On the Immaculate Conception Pope Pius IX: Ineffabilis Deus (1854)

On the Immaculate Conception Pope Pius X: Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum (1904)

The Queenship of Mary Pope Pius XII: Ad Caeli Reginam (1954)

On Praying to Mary During May Pope Paul VI: Mense Maio (1965)

On Prayers to Mary for Peace Pope Paul VI: Christi Matri (1966)

On the Blessed Virgin Mary Pope Paul VI: Signum Magnum (1967)

For the Right Ordering and Development of Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary Pope Paul VI: Marialis Cultus (1974)

On the Blessed Virgin Mary Pope John Paul II: Redemptoris Mater (1987)

Address to Women Religious, Turin, 1988 Pope John Paul II. May the Mother of the Church be an inspiration for the discovery of a new feminine identity

Pope John Paul II's General Audiences on Mary 67 audiences between 1995 and 1997

Pope John Paul II often ended his documents with a section on Mary. Here are some of those sections, taken from encyclicals and other letters
Centesimus Annus Dilecti Amici Dominum et Vivificantem
Evangelium Vitae Redemptor Hominis--- Redemptoris Missio
Sollicitudo Rei Socialis--- Union of Brest Veritatis Splendor

Our Lady A Pastoral Letter by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Newark, NJ

"And the Mother of Jesus was there..." A Pastoral Letter Commemorating the Marian Year from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops' Conference, 1988


ARTICLES, PAPERS, TALKS

A Timeless Magnificat By James Hanvey SJ in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the British Jesuits, June 2012

The Assumption of Mary Podcast of presentation by Eileen Burke Sullivan, 2012

The Infallibility of the Church: A Marian Mystery By Roch Kereszty in Communio: International Catholic Review, Fall 2011

The Risen Jesus and His Mother By Jack Mahoney in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the British Jesuits, December 2011

Learning from Mary: The Feminine Vocation and American Law By Elizabeth R. Schiltz in Ave Maria Law Review, 2011

Mary: Exemplar of Faithful Love for Virgins, Spouses, Mothers, and the Church By Robert L. Fastiggi in Ave Maria Law Review, 2011

Our Lady of Lourdes Podcast of presentation by Teresa Monaghan, 2011

Our Lady of China: Marian Devotion and the Jesuits By Jeremy Clarke, S.J., in Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits, Autumn 2009

The Assumption of Mary By Marie T. Farrell RSM in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Autumn 2008

The Past Her Prelude: Marian Imagery in the Old Testament By Sandra Miesel, in Ignatius Insight, 2008

Mary of History By Robert P. Maloney in Catholic Update, 2008

Our Lady of Guadalupe Podcast of presentation by Rev. Ted Bohr, 2008

Mary, Certainty of Our Hope By Antonio Lopez in Communio: International Catholic Review, Summer 2008

Ecumenical Consensus on Mary By Marie Farrell RSM in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Autumn 2007

Mary in Byzantine Doctrine and Devotion By Brother John M. Samaha, S.M., in Ignatius Insight, 2007

The Gendered Dynamics of Kenosis and Theosis in the Traditional Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Surprising Theological Possibilities for Inclusive Theologies of Gender and Sexuality By Michael Carden, a biblical scholar and honorary research advisor in the School of History, Philosophy Religion and Classics at University of Queensland, 2007

The Soteriological Significance of the Feast of Mary's Birth By Nicholas E. Denysenko in Theological Studies, December 2007

The Prophetic Dimension of Joseph By Giorgio Buccellati, director of IIMAS—The International Institute for Mesopotamian Studies, co-director of the Mozam/Urkesh Archaeological Project, director of the Mesopotamian Lab of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, and Professor Emeritus of the Ancient Near East and of History at the University of California, Los Angeles, in Communio, Spring 2006

Through Mary's Memory to Jesus' Mystery By José Granados, assistant professor of theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., in Communio, Spring 2006

Saint Anselm and the Development of the Doctrine of the Immaculate Conception: Historical and Theological Perspectives By John Janaro, Christendom College, in The Saint Anselm Journal, Spring 2006

Mary, Daughter of Sion: The Mother of Jesus in the Scriptures By Dieter Bohler in The Way, 2006

The Mother of Jesus in the Gospel of John By Merle Salazar, O.L.S.H. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2006

Through Mary's Memory to Jesus' Mystery By Jos?e Granados in Communio: International Catholic Review, Spring 2006

There's Something about Mary By Craig Uffman, Anglican pastor and an editor of Covenant

Truly Our Sister: A Conversation with Elizabeth Johnson on Mary By Clint A. Schnekloth in Word & World, Winter 2005

Feminist Mariologies: Heteronomy/Subordination and the Scandal of Christology By Kilian McDonnell in Theological Studies, September 2005

A Mary for Our Times By Marist Brother Tony Butler, 2005

Maria, Mediatrix Omnium Gratiarum By Leonard Tony Farauanu in Studia Theologica, 2005

Miriam of Nazareth: A Jewish Galilean By Merle Salazar, O.L.S.H. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2005

The Annunciation: The Angel's Message to Mary By Edward Sri, S.T.D. in Catholic Update, 2005

Anglican Understanding of Mary By Revd Br Brian Harley SSF

Mary(am): Mary in the New Testament and the Quran By Brenda M. Johnson, M.A., at the Mount Saint Agnes Theological Center for Women, 2004

The Ever-Virginity of the Mother of God By Fr. John Hainsworth of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, 2004

Down from Her Pedestal: Elizabeth Johnson's Truly Our Sister By Mary Thomas in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2004

Regina Patriarchum: True Devotion to Mary as the Touchstone of Christian Feminism By David Carey, Whitman College, 2004

Tomb of the Virgin Mary The Francsicans tell us about the shrine in Jerusalem

Thoughts on the Place of Marian Doctrine and Piety in Faith and Theology as a Whole By Joseph Ratzinger, 2003

Guadalupe at Calvary: Patristic Theology in Miguel Sanchez's Imagen de la Virgen Maria By Timothy Matovina in Theological Studies, December 2003

Virgin Mother or Bastard Child? By John Dominic Crossan, Emeritus Professor, DePaul University, in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 2003

Mary's Role in the Incarnation By Jacques Servais, Rector of the Casa Balthasar in Rome, in Communio, Spring 2003

Mary: Icon of Trinitarian Love By Anthony J Kelly CSsR, Australian Catholic University, member of the International Theological Commission

Thoughts on the Place of Marian Doctrine and Piety in Faith and Theology as a Whole By Joseph Ratzinger, in Communio, 2003

Mary and the Future of Ecumenism By Marc Ouellet in Communio: International Catholic Review, Spring 2003

Mary's Role in the Incarnation By Jacques Servais in Communio: International Catholic Review, Spring 2003

Regina Patriarchum: True Devotion to Mary as the Touchstone of Christian Feminism By David Carey, Whitman College, at the “Formation and Renewal Conference” in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2003

Mary By Jacques Gaillot, Bishop of Partenia, August 2002

Mary -- Our Lady of Social Justice By Bruce Duncan CSsR, in The Catholic Weekly, Sydney, 9 June 2002

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of a New Creation By Fr. Virgilio Elizondo, Spring 2002 Habiger Lecture, Center for Catholic Studies, University of St. Thomas – St. Paul, MN

Bishop Christopher Butler, Mary and the Church By Aidan Bellenger OSB, first given at the International Congress of the ESBVM at Chester, UK, 2002

Mary of Nazareth, Prophet of Nonviolence By Father John Dear, SJ, December 2001

Transforming Visions? Apparitions of Mary By Chris Maunder in The Way, 2001

In Search of the Real Mary By Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J. in Catholic Update, 2001

The Priesthood of Mary By John Wijngaards in The Tablet, 1999

Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Guide for the New Millennium By Virgilio P. Elizondo in St. Anthony Messenger, December 1999

Mary's Magnificat By Daniel W. Casey, Jr, Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Archeology, Scholar in Residence at Tantur Ecumenical Institute, 1999

Re-imagining Mary at Christmas By Kim E. Power in Re-imagining Newsletter, 1998

Select Circle: What Do We Know about Those Closest to Jesus? By Stephen M. MIller about Mary, John the Baptist, Peter, James and John, in Christian History, 1998

Mary, Mother of the Church By Kathryn Morse of Suite 101, February 1998

Mary Over Bethlehem By Kathryn Fleming, Winter 1998

'Woman Full and Overflowing with Grace': The Virgin Mary and the Contemporary Church By Tina Beattie in The Way, 1998

Mary, Our Mother By Pope John Paul II at the general audience of Wednesday, April 29, 1998

Mary is Our Model and Guide in Faith By Pope John Paul II at the General Audience of Wednesday, may 6, 1998

Mary and the Millennium By Avery Dulles, S.J. in Catholic Update, 1998

Mary and the Millenium By Avery Dulles, SJ, in Catholic Update, 1998

Mary at the dawn of the new millennium By Avery Dulles, SJ, in America, January 31, 1998

Prajña Pitha (Seat of Wisdom): Towards a marian formation of the ministers of the word By Aloysius Pieris, S.J. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 1998

Mary, proto-disciple: A Lukan perspective By Kathleen Coyle, S.S.C. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 1998

Mary, The Embodiment of God's Love:A Historical Perspective By Kathleen Coyle, S.S.C. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 1998

The Marian Tradition: A Rereading By Kathleen Coyle, S.S.C. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 1998

Mary, the First Disciple By Raymond E. Brown, S.S., in St. Anthony Messenger, 1997

Mary in the Gospels By Raymond E. Brown, S.S., from Scripture from Scratch, May 1997

Mary, Model of Liberation By Michael Crosby, OFM.Cap

Mary's Role in Salvation History According to Saint Louis Mary Grignion de Montfort. By Rev. Patrick Gaffney, SMM

Spirituality for Today, October 1997 Articles include: From Atlas to Mary; Hail Mary, Full of Grace; The Secret Treasure; October - Month Of Our Lady; Bendita María, Símbolo de Nuestra Libertad

A Discipleship of Love: Mary of Bethany and the Ministry of Women By Tina Beattie in The Month, May 1997

Mary of Nazareth for Today By Judith Gray in The Way, 1997

Mary, an Icon of the Church that Baptizes in Jesus Christ By Corrado Maggioni in Tertium Millennium, 1997

Mary Through the Centuries: Her Place in the History of Culture By Jaroslav Pelikan, 1996

Mary, the Virgin Priest? By Dr. Tina Beattie in The Month, 1996

Mary of the Gospels: True Believer and First Disciple By Dr. Gerard Hall, Head of School of Theology, McAuley Campus, Australian Catholic University, in The Catholic Weekly (Sydney), May 1996

Mary, the Virgin Priest? By Dr. Tina Beattie in The Month, December 1996

On Mary: Constructive Ambivalence By Ann Loades in The Way, 1994

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Who is Our Mother of Perpetual Help? History of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. How she helps us? Meaning of the icon. Prayers. The Archconfraternity. From the book Miraculous Images of Our Lady by Joan Carroll Cruz, 1993

A Place for Mary in Protestant Ministry? By Beverly R. Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary, in Word & World, 1993

Mary, Maid and Mother in Art and Literature By Jerome H. Neyrey, S.J. in Biblical Theology Bulletin, 1990

The Virgin Mary and the Feminist Quest By Ann Loades in After Eve, 1990

The Akathist Hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Why the Need for Signs and Wonders? By Angela Tilby in The Way, 1990

Reclaiming Mary: A Task for Feminist Theology By Mary Grey in The Way, 1989

Mary and the Female Face of God By Elizabeth A. Johnson in Theological Studies, September 1989

The Passionists: Compassion, 1988 Articles by Father Victor Hoagland on Mary, including:
---------- Mary the Mother of Jesus
---------- Mary in Christian Tradition
---------- The Presence of Mary in the Life of St. Paul of the Cross
---------- Marian Prayers
---------- Feasts of Mary

We Sing Mary's Song By Bonnie Jensen, American Lutheran Church Women, in Word & World, 1987

Articles in SIDIC Periodical, 1987, No. 2
---------- The Mother of Jesus: Reflections of a Christian Living in Israel By Marcel Dubois
---------- Mary of Nazareth: Why the silence of Judaism By Avital Wohimann
---------- The Beauty of Eve Reflected on the People on Mt. Sinai, on the Church and on Mary By Aristide Serra
---------- Teaching the faith as Mary did - Learning from her life as a Jewish woman By Anne-Catherine Avril
---------- The Magnificat: Mary's Psalm By Marie-Helene Fournier

The Mystery of Mary the Mother of Jesus Chapter 10 of the electronic edition of the New Edition (1985) of Andrew M. Greeley's The Great Mysteries: An Essential Catechism

Mary and the New Testament By David Lonsdale in The Way, 1984

The Holy Spirit and Mary By Kevin McNamara in The Way, 1984

The Mariology of Three Popes By Peter Hebblethwaite in The Way, 1984

The Cult of Mary as Development of Doctrine By Richard Hanson in The Way, 1984

The Immaculate Conception in Ecumenical Perspective By Donald Dawe in The Way, 1984

The Fruitful Virginity of Mary By Desmond Connell in The Way, 1984

The Sanctity and Glory of the Mother of God: Orthodox Approaches By Kallistos Ware in The Way, 1984

The Theotokos, Creation and the Modern World By Mary Ann De Trana in The Way, 1984

The Mystery of the Annunciation is the Mystery of Grace By Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, in Ignatius Insight, from Daughter Zion: Meditations on the Church's Marian Belief, 1983

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in Ecumenical Perspective By Donald G. Dawe in The Way, 1982

The Theotokos in the Orthodox Tradition and Russian Thought By Dmitry Grigorieff in The Way, 1982

The Concrete Meaning of Mary's Motherhood By Frederick M. Jelly in The Way, 1982

Pluralism About Mary: Biblical and Contemporary By René Laurentin in The Way, 1982

Honouring the Virgin Mary: A Reformed Perspective By Ross Mackenzie in The Way, 1982

The Second Eve: Newman and Irenaeus By John McHugh in The Way, 1982

The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Holy Spirit By Léon-Josef Suenens in The Way, 1982

Miriam, the Jewess By Geza Vermes in The Way, 1982

Mary the Perfect Disciple: A Paradigm for Mariology By Patrick J. Bearsley in Theological Studies, September 1980

The Lowliness of Mary By Henry Wansbrough in The Way, 1980

Theology on the Virgin Mary: 1966--1975 By Eamon R. Carroll in Theological Studies, June 1976

The Virgin-Birth Debate in Anthropological Literature: A Critical Assessment By John A. Saliba in Theological Studies, September 1975

Born of the Virgin Mary By Alan C. Clark in The Way, 1975

The Relationship Between Christ and Mary By Jack Dominian in The Way, 1975

Predestination and Mary By Alasdair Heron in The Way, 1975

Mary in the Lucan Infancy Narrative By Marie E. Isaacs in The Way, 1975

God and the Feminine By John MacQuarrie in The Way, 1975

On True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin By John McHugh in The Way, 1975

The Theme of Eve and Mary in the Early Christian Church By John A. Ross MacKenzie in The Way, 1975

The Grace of Christ in Mary By Edward Yarnold in The Way, 1975

Behold Your Mother By James Walsh in The Way, 1969

The Assumption and the Jerusalem Liturgy By Joseph H. Crehan in Theological Studies, June 1969

The Assumption and the Jerusalem Liturgy By Joseph H. Crehan in Theological Studies, June 1969

The mother of Jesus in the communion of saints--challenge to the churches By Eamon R. Carroll in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1966

A Prelude to Vatican I: American Bishops and the Definition of the Immaculate Conception By James Hennesey in Theological Studies, September 1964

Mary's Coredemption: A Different Approach to the Problem By E. J. Cuskelly in Theological Studies, June 1960

Byzantine Mariology By Polycarp Sherwood in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1960

Maria Paredros By Joseph H. Crehan in Theological Studies, September 1955

The Immortality of the Blessed Virgin Mary By Bertin Farrell in Theological Studies, September 1955

Our Lady of Sorrows By John O'Connell, The Prayer Book, 1954

Our Lady as Intercessor for the Departed By Alistair Guinan in Theological Studies, September 1954

Mary in Protestant Theology and Worship By Paul F. Palmer in Theological Studies, December 1954

The Mother By Romano Guardini in The Lord, 1954

Historical development of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception: obstacles inhibiting understanding and acceptance By Gerard Owens in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1954

Cardinal Newman and Apocalypse XII By Dominic J. Unger in Theological Studies, September 1950

The Assumption in the Early English Pulpit By Noel J. Ryan in Theological Studies, December 1950

An Allusion to Mary in the Apocalypse By, Roland E. Murphy in Theological Studies, December 1949

The theology of the doctrine of the immaculate heart of Mary By Kilian J. Healy in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1949

Some Little-Known Early Witnesses to Mary's "Virginitas in partu" By Joseph C. Plumpe in Theological Studies, December 1948

Mary -- co-redemptrix and mediatrix of all grace By Clement Fuerst in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1948

The definability of the Assumption By Edward A. Wuenschel in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1947

The Brethren of the Lord and Two Recently Published Papyri By John J. Collins in Theological Studies, December 1944

A Fundamental Principle in Mariology By William J. McGarry in Theological Studies, March 1941

Fundamental Principle in Mariology By William J. McGarry in Theological Studies, December 1940

The Most Beloved Woman: The Prerogatives and Glories of the Blessed Mother of God Book by Edward F. Garesche, SJ, 1919

The Mother of Christ: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Catholic Tradition, Theology, and Devotion Book by O.R. Vassall-Phillips, C.SS.R., 1922

The Annunciation By J. Simon, O. S. M. Scroll to page 136. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 47, From January to October, 1922

Mother of Divine Grace: A Chapter in the Theology of the Immaculate Book by Stanislaus M. Hogan, OP, 1921

Mariology: A Dogmatic Treatise on the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God Book by Fr. Joseph Pohle, 1914

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary By Herbert Thurston, Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912

The Blessed Virgin Mary By Anthony Maas, Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912

Tomb of the Blessed Virgin Mary By Barnabas Meistermann, Catholic Encyclopedia, 1912

Immaculate Conception By Frederick Holweck, Catholic Encyclopedia, 1910

Mary's Place in the Church of Christ Go to page 143 of “The Catholic Church and Modern Christianity” by Bernard John Otten, SJ, 1910

Behold Your Mother: The Blessed Virgin's Goodness and Greatness Book by Matthew Russell, SJ, 1909

Feast of the Assumption By Frederick Holweck, Catholic Encyclopedia, 1907

Our Lady of Guadalupe By Bryan J. Clinch. Scroll to page 240. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 31, From January to October, 1906

Notre Dame de Fourviere By E. Leahy. Scroll to page 543. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 31, From January to October, 1906

Sinless Mary and sinful Mary Book by Bernard Vaughn, SJ, 1905

Ancient Scottish Devotion to Mary By Michael Barrett, OSB. Scroll to page 311. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 30, From January to October, 1905

The Blessed Virgin in the Nineteenth Century: Apparitions, Revelations, Graces Book by Bernard St. John, 1903

Attitude of Modern Protestants towards the Virginity of Our Blessed Lady By A.J. Maas, SJ. Scroll to page 209. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 28, From January to October, 1903

The Passing of Mary By J.H.W. Scroll to page 513. The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 28, From January to October, 1903

Contemplations and Meditations for the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin and the Saints according to the Method of St. Ignatius By an anonymous French author, translated by a Sister of Mercy, 1898

Illustrated life of the Blessed Virgin By B. Rohner, OSB, 1897

Mary in the Epistles The implicit teaching of the apostles concerning the Blessed Virgin contained in their writings, by Thomas Livius, C.SS.R., 1891

Lourdes, its inhabitants, its pilgrims, and its miracles: with an account of the apparitions at the grotto and a sketch of Bernadette's subsequent history Book by Richard F. Clarke, SJ, 1888

The Mother of the King: Mary during the Life of Our Lord Book by Henry James Coleridge, SJ, 1886

The Preparation of the Incarnation Book by Henry James Coleridge, SJ, 1885

Essays on devotional and Scriptural subjects Book by William George Ward. The first half of the book is about Mary. 1879

Mary Magnifying God Book by William Humphrey, SJ, 1873

The Foot of the Cross: or, The Sorrows of Mary Book by Oratorian Fr. Frederick William Faber, 1858

On the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Virgin Mary St. Jerome

Saint John Damascene on Mary

Saint Gregory Nazianzen on Mary

The Mirror of the Blessed Virgin Mary St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Hail Mary

Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Hail Mary

A Homily on the Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary St. Gregory Palamas

Cardinal John Henry Newman on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Meditations and Devotions John Henry Cardinal Newman's works edited by Rev. W. P. Neville. Part I is all about Mary

Understanding Catholic Devotion to Mary By Thomas Merton

Who Was Mary? By Rev. Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm

Bible Passages on Mary the Mother of Jesus Courtesy of East Lewis County Catholic Community in Washington

Mary From the Marianists at the University of Dayton


MISCELLANEOUS SITES

Popular Devotions

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Lourdes Official site of Lourdes

Thomas Merton's Marian Poetry

Irish Marian Poetry

Marian Poems by John Donne (1572- 1631)

The Mary Page Maintained by Michael Duricy of the Martin Library-International Marian Research Institute. Contains answers to frequently asked questions, monthly news, a Marian meditation, and information about the Marianists and the Institute

Mary and Holy Orders Includes a variety of quotes from different authors

Mary as a Sacrificial Priest Includes a variety of quotes from different authors

Mary's Special Relationship to Priests Includes a variety of quotes from different authors

Our Lady's Page

Mary's Gardens Mary's Gardens was founded in 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to research the hundreds of flowers named in medieval times as symbols of the life, mysteries and privileges of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus - as recorded by botanists, folklorists and lexicographers; and to assist in the planting of "Mary Gardens" of "Flowers of Our Lady" today

Marian Groups, Associations, and Shrines




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