Thursday, December 08, 2005

Calendar of Resources - December 8th

From the Calendar of Resources (a work always in progress - but I've added a lot to the December page this year)

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Holy Day of Obligation

The Immaculate Conception is a title we give to Mary meaning that she was conceived without original sin as a special gift from God to prepare her to be the Mother of his Son.

recommended reading:
Mary, the Mother of Jesus by Tomie de Paola
Catholic Answers Tract on the Immaculate Conception
Catholic Encyclopedia Entry on the Immaculate Conception (regarding the doctrine and the origin of the feast)

This is also a good time to read or watch the story of Our Lady's apparitions in Lourdes, France, to Bernadette Soubirous:
Bernadette and the Lady by Hertha Pauli (Vision Series)
Bernadette: Princess of Lourdes (CCC Video)
Song of Bernadette (1940 movie starring Jennifer Jones and Vincent Price - winner of the Academy Award for best picture of the year)

In History:

Pope Pius IX proclaims the dogma of the Immaculate Conception (1854)

Famous Birthdays:

Horace (65BC-8BC) Roman poet link

Mary Queen of Scots (1542-1587) link

Eli Whitney (1765-1825) American inventor link
inventor of the Cotton Gin

Padraic Colum (b. 1881), Irish writer link
Writings include: The Children's Homer, The King of Ireland's Son, A Treasury of Irish Folklore and much more

James Thurber (1894-1961), American writer link

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