Mystified About Mary?

Perhaps nothing in our Catholic Faith is so widely misunderstood as the Church's teaching on Mary.
Mary's role in our Faith--and, indeed, in history--has been the source of incredible debate within the Church, and has been regarded with intense skepticism form those outside it.

In this new series from the Abbot's Circle, the Norbertines of St. Michael's Abbey wade through some Marian misconceptions to help set the record straight, examining five of the most central Church teachings about Our Lady, from her role as Mother of God to the mystery of the Immaculate Conception--and plenty in between.

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Day Nineteen | The Great Fast

No one can come to the knowledge of God, except through humility. Today, as we fast, let us do so in an effort to grow in humility.

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Mary's Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception--a singular decree of Providence--not only gives us an insight into Mary, but into the nature of sin, grace, salvation, and redemption.


The Annunciation Chapel

Creation, the path of the constellations, the beginning of spring, the fall of man, Christ's crucifixion--artistic depictions of the Annunciation have a rich and intricate story to tell!


Hortus Conclusus Es

The Song of Songs is on the surface a love poem. But there is hidden beneath the surface of these vivid images a profound revelation: that of God’s unfathomable love.


Seeing Mary Through the Mind of Christ

Christians--especially non-Catholics--have differing opinions about how best to honor Mary. A good way to cut through the confusion, says Fr. Hugh, is to encounter Mary through the heart of Her Son.


The Handmaid of the Lord

In these last days of the Advent season we have a whole succession of astonishing conversations to help us prepare for Christmas: the angel speaking to Joseph in his dream; another angel speaking to Manoah’s wife about the birth of Samson; the Archangel Gabriel appearing to Zachary in the temple to announce the birth of John the Baptist; and then, of course, the same great Archangel appearing to Our Lady in today’s recounting of the Annunciation.


Alma Redemptoris Mater

The Marian antiphon “Alma Redemptoris Mater” is sung at the end of the canonical hour of Compline from the first Sunday of Advent until after second Vespers of the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, February 2. The text is attributed to Blessed Hermannus of Reichenau (1013-1054), a Benedictine monk and scholar of the 11th century.