Madonna and Child with Cherubs, c. 1650, Giovanni Battista Salvi, called Il Sassoferrato (Italian, 1605-1685), Oil on Canvas
With so little time (it's 3:42 am) I leave you with some excellent material by those who truly are qualified to speak on the subject, the Mother of God.
- The Mother of God (Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ)
- Mary, the Mother of God - where it all begins (excellent PDF file for Catholics and Protestants at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church website)
- Mary: Mother of God (Catholic Answers)
"Song of Angels" by William August Bouguereau
EDIT: 4:30am.....the Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is well underway in the Vatican where Pope Benedict XVI is delivering his homily.
The homily should be available in text soon.
The Holy Father is doing the Eucharistic Prayer in Latin. I don't know if this is common for him or not, but I like it, as I am accustomed to it. It's pretty cool when you can switch on a TV and hear the Pope and know what he is praying because you are exposed to it weekly or daily already. I don't know Latin, but I have read the prayers on the facing page enough times that I recognize certain Latin expressions.
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The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!