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Featured Article: Series On Worshipping During Holy Mass - Part 1 - What is the most important invitation that we can receive in our lives? This article is the first of a series on preparing for Holy Mass, participating in its celebration, and going forth to praise God in our communities. Our desire for the Eucharist moves us to make Christ-life choices in thought, speech, and action during the week. Consider that the most important invitation is offered to us each time that our Lord Jesus Christ invites us into sacramental Communion with Him. Read Full Story

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Mary - Mother, Woman, Disciple

Rev. Paul M. Marshall, SMIn the Catholic tradition, August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. This feast seems to be an appropriate opportunity to reflect upon Mary. Thinking this way, in June Valerie Washington, Executive Director of the National Black Catholic Congress telephoned me about writing about Mary for the August-September Black Catholic Monthly newsletter. Valerie excitedly said that my name came to her as she wondered about how to present Mary in a Black Catholic publication. Undoubtedly, my belonging to the Society of Mary had something to do with her inspiration. Most remarkable to her was my ready yes to her request. Since then I have fretted over my response wondering if it was too hasty. We had a wonderful conversation about this project since both of us did not want just a devotional article, but one that would provide some insight that would help many African American Catholics understand better their faith that esteems Mary in God's salvific acts.

Although, there is a temptation to offer an explanation of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, I decided to leave that to the preacher on that day or to address that specific issue at another time. This article is titled Mary - Mother, Woman, Disciple. These three titles -- Mother, Woman, and Disciple -- will be used as an outline for this discussion. These three titles open into longer phrases (themes) that form the major points of this article; Mother of the Lord, Woman of liberating faith and Disciple of reconciling love. These titles pick up important descriptors of the African American faith experience. As the article unfolds, two elements of the Black faith experience, liberation and reconciliation, will be incorporated into the discussion.

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