St. Anne, grandmother of her savior

The National Museum of Women in the Arts, with support from The Catholic University of America and the Archdiocese of Washington, will soon open an exhibit entitled "Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea." The exhibit, which comes just in time for the Dec. 8 feast of the Immaculate Conception, will feature more than 60 paintings, sculptures and other works portraying the Virgin Mary from collections in the Vatican, the Louvre, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and elsewhere.

The church is always in crisis

We, believers in Jesus Christ and those who have been baptized in his name, form the church. The faith of our parents and godparents initiated this process of formation in our lives upon giving us the sacrament that planted the seed of the divine life in our souls. From that moment on, each one of our words and actions became the concrete way to make that seed cultivated in our free will grow.

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What is Mary’s role in our faith?

Instead of praying to the Blessed Virgin, shouldn’t we just go straight to Jesus?

By Father Cal Christiansen

Q: I am a recent convert to the Catholic Church and was received into full communion at this year’s Easter Vigil. I was raised in a Baptist church and we were always taught to go directly to Jesus for everything we needed: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.” (John 16:23) As a new Catholic, one of the difficulties that I have is with the role of Mary in our faith — doesn’t praying to her distract us from Jesus?

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