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Feast: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the three-month visit of Mary with her elderly cousin Elizabeth during Mary's pregnancy with Jesus and Elizabeth's with John the Baptist.

The story appears in the first chapter of Luke's Gospel (1:39-56). It recounts Elizabeth's Spirit-filled greeting, acknowledging Mary as "the mother of my Lord," and Mary's beautiful response, the Magnificat, which begins, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord." Introduced by the Franciscans in 1263, the feast became universal in the 16th century.

DEAR FATHER | Scriptures, legends shine light on where first apostles shared the Gospel

Before His ascension, Jesus told His apostles, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). While these words were meant for the whole Church, the apostles were the first to embrace them. They traveled, sometimes great distances, to preach the Gospel. All but one of the apostles were martyred for their belief in Christ and proclaiming Him to others.

With that, let us look at what the apostles did after Pentecost:

I THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW | God is glorified when we embrace His will

The readings for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time demonstrate that submission to God brings about His glory. In the first reading, Abraham instinctively practices the virtue of hospitality by inviting three men, traveling through the hot desert, a shade tree, water to bathe their sore feet and refreshing food.

He is the father of our faith, and his descendants were reminded to practice hospitality to strangers. Unknowingly, Abraham entertained three angels who told him that in one year his aged wife would be expecting a child.

Dear Father | Catholic Bible used by all Christians until the Reformation

Q. What is the difference between Catholic and Protestant Bibles?A. Perhaps not as much as you might think. But, yes, there are differences, and that's why some Bibles are stamped "Catholic Edition," or "With Apocrypha," or another designation to distinguish them from the "Protestant Edition" (Catholic Bibles also bear the Nihil Obstat).

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"Wherever the river flows, every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live, and there shall be abundant fish, for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh."
Today we celebrate the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, the mother of Christendom. This is the oldest and the most prestigious of the four basilicas in Rome -- the official basilica of the Holy Father. From the chair in this basilica, the pope delivers ex cathedra statements.

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