He earned a Master of Divinity from St. He was ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis in In , he was made Bishop of Saginaw, MI. On April 21, he was named the Archbisop of Saint Louis. He is a graduate of Catholic University and was ordained to the priesthood in for the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana.
He was consecrated the tenth Bishop of the Diocese of Alexandria, Louisiana in In he celebrated both his 50th Anniversary as a priest and 25th as a Bishop. In he became the third Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, also in Louisiana. Earlier this year he retired as Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux. Before being made bishop, he served in a number of positions including associate pastor, chaplain, Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and Director of Vocations and Seminarians.
He became a member of the National Service Committee of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in , and Chairman in , and served until his resignation in In January of he was re-elected to the National Service Committee. He is a frequent and inspirational conference speaker. For the larger portion of his life Kilian McDonnell has been active as a professional theologian, and a university professor.
He received his StD from the theological faculty of Trier, Germany. He has been involved in theological ecumenical discussions nationally and internationally. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God.
Responsorial Psalm Ps , 11, 12, 16 R. The queen takes her place at your right hand in gold of Ophir. The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold. So shall the king desire your beauty; for he is your lord. They are borne in with gladness and joy; they enter the palace of the king. Reading II 1 Cor Brothers and sisters: Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead came also through man.
For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life, but each one in proper order: Christ the first fruits; then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ; then comes the end, when he hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power.
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For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. Gospel Luke Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.
The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into heaven celebrates an important dogma of our faith.
This dogma emphasizes for us a truth for our time and for our society. The assumption of Mary illustrates how precious in the eyes of God is the entire human person, body as well as soul. And yet Mary is so extraordinary that we may wonder whether we ordinary people can really share in a privilege like her own. Is it too much to hope that we will actually enjoy a privilege like hers? To put it simply: of course Christ was raised from the dead; he is divine. But what about us? Mary, though sinless, is a human person; she is not divine. And yet God the Father was pleased to raise her from the dead.
That truth, the Church assures us, contains the comforting promise that God will raise us too. She was taken body and soul upon her death into heaven. What is the significance of this feast? The anxieties in her heart, — would Joseph still accept her? If the public finds out, will she be stoned to death in public? Her suffering reached its peak when she stood beneath the crucified body of her Son. Mary bore her suffering with courage and with patience. The spirit manifested itself when the angel Gabriel announced that she was to be the mother of the Son of God. May it be done to me according to your word.
Finally, that spirit of service continued to manifest itself when Mary asked help from Jesus for the young married couple at Cana. This spirit of prayerfulness is seen in her prayer of praise to God. Because of her prayerfulness, she was always ready to do the will of God. Mary inspires us to want to carry our cross patiently as she carried hers. She inspires us to want to serve others generously and joyfully, as she served them. Finally, she inspires us to pray regularly as she did. Who can be a better Advocate than Mary our Mother?
Mary helps in understanding that only in her divine Son can the full sense and value of our life be found…. Looking to her strengthens our faith in what we await, and at the same time, we understand better the meaning and value of our earthly pilgrimage. In fact, while for other human beings the resurrection of the body will take place at the end of the world, for Mary the glorification of her body was anticipated by a special privilege….
Perfectly united with the life and saving work of Jesus, Mary shares his heavenly destiny in body and soul. How strong is your hope in the promises of God? Mary is a model of faith and hope for us. Her reception into heaven is seen as a sign to all believing Christians of the promise Jesus made that we too would be received into paradise. John the Baptist, even before the birth of the Messiah, pointed to his coming and leapt for joy in the womb of his mother as the Holy Spirit revealed to him the presence of the Anointed King in the womb of Mary.
The Holy Spirit is the way in which God reigns within each of us. Mary accepted her mission with uncompromising faith and obedience. She acted with unwavering trust and faith because she believed that God would fulfill the word he had spoken.
A man had just died. Peter interviewed him. Have you any love for nature? Love makes life truly meaningful and worth living. To be more precise, love brings about life in its fullness. This truth is what we celebrate on this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. Third, her perpetual virginity — her body was preserved in unimpaired virginal integrity.
And fourth, she participated in the work of Christ — she enjoys the full fruit of the Redemption, which consists in the glorification of soul and body cf. Understandably, these profound theological points cannot be sufficiently discussed in a homily. Instead, allow me to give you a very practical way of understanding this dogma of the Assumption of Mary. The Assumption of Mary can be adequately explained by only one word: love. Based on our experience, love is overpowering. It is a force that moves us towards the object of love and be united with it.
People who love money are always running after money and grasping it so tightly. Those who love cars are always with their cars. And couples who are in love tend to be together all the time, longing for physical and spiritual intimacy. There is some irresistible force in love that pulls the person towards the beloved.
In the case of Mary, her love of God is so great that her whole being is pulled closer to God. It practically lifted her up to heaven, body and soul. In Mary, the true meaning of love is clearly shown — love always leads to God. This is what St. Everything in her is perfectly united and integrated, and moving only in one upward direction towards complete union with God.
It is also love that is the source and cause of her perfect beauty. Being intimately close to God, she radiates His infinite beauty. In countless portraits, icons and images of Mary, artists have all tried to portray her face. Yet all their attempts fell short of capturing the full extent of her ineffable beauty. It would take, I know, a Michelangelo, and he would need glow of dawn that paints the sky above — to try and paint a portrait of my love!
Nevertheless, this leads us to a very practical lesson on how to be beautiful: be in love, truly in love with God — like Mary! For instance, Mother Teresa was not a beautiful woman physically. But as one looks at her for some time, her aura of holiness can be sensed, and her face gradually shines in a certain way that makes one believe she is indeed beautiful.
Human life is a journey. Life is like a voyage on the sea of history, often dark and stormy, a voyage in which we watch for the stars that indicate the route. They are lights of hope. Who more than Mary could be a star of hope for us? Let us turn to Mary. She gives us hope that, like her and through her maternal intervention, we will find the way to heaven, our true and lasting home.
Source: Fr. The woman named Mary, whom we honor today and about whom we know so little, has intrigued us for twenty centuries. Through Scripture, we know where she lived and who were some of her friends and family. But the question remains: why does Mary persist through the ages? What is her appeal? The answer is to be found in her human journey with God—which, in reality, is our journey too. When we first meet her, Mary is the object of an ugly rumor: she is pregnant without a husband.
According to the cultural norm for that time, her fiance, Joseph, is expected to deny her and anything about the pregnancy, and to put her at a distance. That she was innocent, invaded by the Spirit, was not believed. Thus, people down the ages who have suffered from false rumors, who have had their reputations soiled, who have been misunderstood and maligned, who are unwed mothers; all these people have identified with Mary.
Then, too, there was her very human anxiety and fear.
What about Joseph? How can this happen? How can I do this? How can I survive? What does God want of me? When her son was born, shepherds and angels rejoiced, but the power brokers of that time seethed and conspired to kill her baby. They wanted his life, his spirit.
And so, parents today and down the ages, faced with so many soul-assassins, have identified with Mary. They know well enough there are people out there—the drug pushers, the media which glamorizes uncommitted sex, the hawkers with cash registers for hearts, the preachers of false values—who are after their children in order to kill their spirits, trample their souls.
Parents know what Mary knew and fear what she feared. These lowly ones who need to be lifted up are cousins under the skin, and they can identify with Mary. When Jesus is an adolescent, he becomes lost from her for a while in Jerusalem. Many can identify with Mary here. At some point, this wife and mother became a widow. When her son is old enough he leaves home to begin his mission, while his widowed mother stays behind. Suddenly every mother and father who see their children grow up and leave them behind—especially those in nursing homes—know what Mary is feeling in her heart.
When she walks the streets now that she is alone, Mary has to give way to the rough Roman soldiers and leering men who pass by. She has to move quickly and live in the shadows. As a minority woman in an occupied territory, as a widow with no man around, she is always subject to sexual and physical exploitation and discrimination. Everyone who does the will of God is my mother and brother and sister.
It sounded like a putdown, a message telling his mother to go home. But Mary read his comment for what it was, an inclusive statement about the kingdom of God. Mary knew: her glory was not primarily that she was the biological mother of Jesus, but that she had always obeyed the will of God, even when she did not understand it. Then her son is caught, betrayed by one whom Mary had over to the house for dinner many a time.
Her son was brought to a mock trial, beaten and humiliated and hanged on a public cross. Mary arrives in time to see him hanging there, every inch of her mind and body straining to go to him, but she is forced by the soldiers to keep her distance. Finally, she cradles the dead and broken body of her only son in her arms, and sobs uncontrollably. This ageless woman, a pilgrim who savored the ups and downs of life, has been given to us as a legacy.
Yet although she was like us in so many ways, the church tends to romanticize Mary, on this occasion in particular. But we should understand that all this is metaphor, figures of speech, storytelling. What all this heavenly glamour means to say is that Mary—who is every woman, every man—is blessed now because she remained faithful to the will of God. In all of the unfairness of life, she clung to God. In virginity, in motherhood, in widowhood, at home, as a wanderer in a foreign land, with live child, with dead child; through it all she clung to God.
An so Mary becomes a woman for all ages; that is the secret of her enduring popularity and her appeal. Mary did not start out as great and travel a privileged path. She was a handmaid of the Lord and traveled the lowly path throughout her life. But then, God who is mighty has done great things for her. God has lifted her up when down, fed her when hungry, and because she responded to his loving invitation, God saw to it that all generations would call her blessed. And that is what we are doing right now: calling this woman of flesh and blood, of our own experience, blessed.
We are not honoring someone far away and high above us. No, we are calling blessed someone who is near and right with us at every human step.
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The message of this feast, this celebration of Mary being assumed into heaven, is a sign of hope for us. It is a preview of coming attractions for all who cling to God in perplexity and adversity. On this day the church tells us that what Mary is, so shall we be. And who is Mary? She is promise fulfilled, humanity completed, faithfulness rewarded. Simply put, she is us when we finally come to the end of this journey called life.
In the richness of her human experience as well as in her heavenly glory, Mary is indeed a woman for all times and all seasons. William J.
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Roy MacIntyre Chapter 4 Mary and Jesus. The relationship between Jesus and Mary is essential in our study of Christ, yet it is too seldom examined and meditated upon. As a result, many people who think Mary's role unimportant to the Good News as a whole misunderstand the relationship between the person of Mary and the Person of Jesus. This is true even of many with a broad knowledge of the Gospels.
Even in His public ministry Mary accompanied Him Jn However, we find very little in Scripture of what happened in those private years or of Mary's role in Jesus' public life. Jesus was born into the family of Joseph the carpenter at Bethlehem Mt and the three moved to Nazareth in Galilee Mt after having escaped the threat of Herod in Egypt Mt We know that Joseph and Mary were close adherents of the Law by their attending to the dedication of Jesus — the firstborn male, the purification of Mary Lk and their regular pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the Passover feasts Lk One of the family's pilgrimages is recounted in Luke when Jesus was 12 years old.
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Jesus, apparently feeling the call to ministry remained behind in Jerusalem to set about "doing His Father's business Lk ". I can think of two reasons why Joseph remained in the background here. Mary was anxious and Joseph wanted to afford her the opportunity to express herself to Jesus. And secondly, St. Joseph must have recognized the special relationship between Jesus the Messiah and Mary, his mother. The distance between Joseph and the mother and Child comes because Jesus is the Messiah and Mary is the mother of the Messiah.
This would seem to somewhat dwarf Joseph's role as protector of, and provider for, the Holy Child and mother. Nevertheless, this should not be seen in any way to diminish Joseph's authority as head of the home; nor should it imply that Joseph did not have a deeply intimate relationship with his wife and the Child he fostered.
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It simply means the role of Mary was much more tied to redemption than Joseph's role. The difference between the role of Joseph and Mary should become more obvious in what is presented below. The response of Jesus to Mary, His mother, when He was found in the Temple demands some closer investigation.
It was rather a statement of Jesus' desire to begin His public ministry. However, it also seems to indicate a detachment from His earthly family for the sake of the work of God see also Lk There seems to be no puzzle to me that the parents of Jesus had some difficulty understanding why a boy of 12 should begin a public ministry Lk , even if he had been initiated into manhood usually at age