We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.

My motto, “Be happily and uncomplicatedly Catholic.”

Michael J. Sheehan, Archbishop of Santa Fe



Calling You Lay Theologians to Think About Mary

A suggestion from Frank Cerillo in Monroe Township, NJ.

He points out that our Bible mentions Mary only three times during Jesus’ adult life. First at the Cana banquet when she initiates Jesus’ ministry by having him change the water into wine. A second reference is when they tell Jesus at a meeting that Mary and his brethren are outside, waiting to see him. And lastly, Mary is mentioned being at the foot of the cross.

Frank’s question is: What was the contact and relationship of Mary and her son during his three years of his ministry

Your supposition is as good as that of any of the great Church theologians.  Think about this and send me your thoughts to share with your fellow readers. 

Thought joggers might be: (1) As Jesus was doing his work in his home area, how often do you think he and Mary talked, visited and perhaps enjoyed a meal together? (2) Was there a telepathic relationship which enabled Mary to be aware of what her son was doing? (3) Would Mary have been in the congregation when Jesus was teaching in the synagogue? (4) What do you think was Mary’s reputation in the community? (5) Do you think Mary had a sense of humor?

And send your comments to me at aljagoe@comcast.com.

Other recommended Catholic blogs

Conversion Diary

New Advent

Creative Minority Report

Recommended readings

“Are Theologians Necessary?” in April New Oxford Reviews.

“What I Learned from the Jesuits” in April 22 Commonweal

“Jesus Talks with a Rabbi” in April Homiletic & Pastoral Review


Muslims ?


Question: Of all the Middle East countries, including those with billions of petro-dollars, which is the only country that came to the aid of the tsunami-stricken Japanese?

Answer: Israel sent 50 doctors to set up clinics with 32 tons of equipment for orthopedics, surgical and intensive care; 18 tons on humanitarian aid, 10,000 coats, 6,000 gloves and 150 portable toilets.

Conclusion: (Draw your own.)



 Last week, the winner of the autographed copy of Light Reading for Good and Wayward Catholic is Geoffrey Brigand in Nome, Alaska. Here are the answers:

  1. The first man who broke the Ten Commandments was Moses. When he came down from the mountain, he shattered the marble tablet.
  2. Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton was the first American-born canonized saint.
  3. Before he became a disciple, Matthew was a tax collector.

3 thoughts on “We do indeed need to show joy as Catholics.

  1. Indeed, Israel was one of the first countries that sent assistance to Haiti, as well as numerous other disasters around the world.

  2. What insightful questions-makes you think of Mary in a different way. What a blessing to have her watching over us!

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