allaboutmary:

Tota pulchra es Maria!

allaboutmary:

Tota pulchra es Maria!

allaboutmary:

A vintage postcard of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.
Mary is the patroness of the United States under the title Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

allaboutmary:

A vintage postcard of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

Mary is the patroness of the United States under the title Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.

allaboutmary:

Grande Neuvaine de l’Immaculée ConceptionThe cover of a French booklet for the novena of the Immaculate Conception.

allaboutmary:

Grande Neuvaine de l’Immaculée Conception

The cover of a French booklet for the novena of the Immaculate Conception.

catholicsoul:

This doctrine so filled the minds and souls of our ancestors in the faith that a singular and truly marvelous style of speech came into vogue among them. They have frequently addressed the Mother of God as immaculate, as immaculate in every respect; innocent, and verily most innocent; spotless, and entirely spotless; holy and removed from every stain of sin; all pure, all stainless, the very model of purity and innocence; more beautiful than beauty, more lovely than loveliness; more holy than holiness, singularly holy and most pure in soul and body; the one who surpassed all integrity and virginity; the only one who has become the dwelling place of all the graces of the most Holy Spirit. God alone excepted, Mary is more excellent than all, and by nature fair and beautiful, and more holy than the Cherubim and Seraphim. To praise her all the tongues of heaven and earth do not suffice.
Bl. Pius IX - Ineffabilis Deus (proclaiming the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

catholicsoul:

This doctrine so filled the minds and souls of our ancestors in the faith that a singular and truly marvelous style of speech came into vogue among them. They have frequently addressed the Mother of God as immaculate, as immaculate in every respect; innocent, and verily most innocent; spotless, and entirely spotless; holy and removed from every stain of sin; all pure, all stainless, the very model of purity and innocence; more beautiful than beauty, more lovely than loveliness; more holy than holiness, singularly holy and most pure in soul and body; the one who surpassed all integrity and virginity; the only one who has become the dwelling place of all the graces of the most Holy Spirit. God alone excepted, Mary is more excellent than all, and by nature fair and beautiful, and more holy than the Cherubim and Seraphim. To praise her all the tongues of heaven and earth do not suffice.

Bl. Pius IX - Ineffabilis Deus (proclaiming the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

goandannouce:

Belief in Mary’s loving intercession was expressed in early Christian art, prayer and teaching. Whether it be in the many frescoes of the Roman catacombs depicting Mary in a prayerful position, or through early Church Fathers who portray Mary in heaven as praying for those on earth, or through other Fathers who address Mary and prayerfully seek her supplication, Mary’s intercessory role is clearly attested to in the first four centuries of the Church.

Edward Sri, S.T.D.  “Advocate and Queen”

goandannouce:

Belief in Mary’s loving intercession was expressed in early Christian art, prayer and teaching. Whether it be in the many frescoes of the Roman catacombs depicting Mary in a prayerful position, or through early Church Fathers who portray Mary in heaven as praying for those on earth, or through other Fathers who address Mary and prayerfully seek her supplication, Mary’s intercessory role is clearly attested to in the first four centuries of the Church.

Edward Sri, S.T.D.  “Advocate and Queen”

goandannouce:

Mary continues, speaking in the words of Ecclesiasticus: “He that made me rested in my tabernacle, and He said to me: Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thy inheritance in Israel, and take root in My elect.” That is, my Creator has condescended to come and repose in my bosom, and His will is, that I should dwell in the hearts of all the elect (of whom Jacob was a figure, and who are the inheritance of the Blessed Virgin), and that devotion and confidence in me should take root in all the predestined.
St. Alphonsus De Liguori, “The Glories of Mary”

goandannouce:

Mary continues, speaking in the words of Ecclesiasticus: “He that made me rested in my tabernacle, and He said to me: Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thy inheritance in Israel, and take root in My elect.” That is, my Creator has condescended to come and repose in my bosom, and His will is, that I should dwell in the hearts of all the elect (of whom Jacob was a figure, and who are the inheritance of the Blessed Virgin), and that devotion and confidence in me should take root in all the predestined.

St. Alphonsus De Liguori, “The Glories of Mary”

goandannouce:

Mary may be truly called the Stairway of Heaven. By her God descended from heaven to the world so that by her we might ascend from earth to heaven.
St. Fulgentius 

goandannouce:

Mary may be truly called the Stairway of Heaven. By her God descended from heaven to the world so that by her we might ascend from earth to heaven.

St. Fulgentius 

goandannouce:

“Whoever hears you hears me. Whoever rejects you, rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
Luke 10:16 
 Do not be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her enough. And Jesus will be very happy, because the Blessed Virgin is His Mother. 
St. Theresa of Lisieux 
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goandannouce:

“Whoever hears you hears me. Whoever rejects you, rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

Luke 10:16 

 Do not be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her enough. And Jesus will be very happy, because the Blessed Virgin is His Mother. 

St. Theresa of Lisieux 
http://www.askacatholic.com
goandannouce:

“My Grace is sufficient for thee”2Cor. 12:9

goandannouce:

“My Grace is sufficient for thee”
2Cor. 12:9

spanishbaroqueart:

Diego Velázquez
The Immaculate Conception, 1618-19

From the National Gallery of London: With its companion painting, ‘Saint John on the Island of Patmos’, this is one of Velázquez’s earliest known works. It is also an early example of depictions in Spanish art of the Immaculate Conception, the doctrine that the Virgin Mary was herself conceived without stain of original sin (it does not refer to the conception of Jesus). She appears here as if in a vision, standing on the moon and with a crown of stars. The imagery is based on the New Testament (Revelation 12: 1-4 and 14) in which the author, Saint John the Evangelist, sees a vision in the heavens of a woman who bears a child and is attacked by a dragon. In the companion painting, ‘Saint John on the Island of Patmos’, Velázquez depicts Saint John looking up at the woman in his vision. Both pictures are first recorded hanging together in a Carmelite convent in Seville. The Carmelites were particularly devoted to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.

spanishbaroqueart:

Diego Velázquez

The Immaculate Conception, 1618-19

From the National Gallery of London: With its companion painting, ‘Saint John on the Island of Patmos’, this is one of Velázquez’s earliest known works. It is also an early example of depictions in Spanish art of the Immaculate Conception, the doctrine that the Virgin Mary was herself conceived without stain of original sin (it does not refer to the conception of Jesus). She appears here as if in a vision, standing on the moon and with a crown of stars. The imagery is based on the New Testament (Revelation 12: 1-4 and 14) in which the author, Saint John the Evangelist, sees a vision in the heavens of a woman who bears a child and is attacked by a dragon. In the companion painting, ‘Saint John on the Island of Patmos’, Velázquez depicts Saint John looking up at the woman in his vision. Both pictures are first recorded hanging together in a Carmelite convent in Seville. The Carmelites were particularly devoted to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.

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