Did the Virgin Mary Give the Rosary to St Dominic

Did Mary give the Rosary to Saint Dominic? Is it a historical fact?

Catholic tradition states the Blessed Virgin Mary directly and personally instituted the Holy Rosary through Saint Dominic. A previous post described the traditional account of “How Mary Gave the Rosary to Saint Dominic.”

In this second post we examine the historical-critical objection claiming that the Rosary was an organic development of medieval piety and that Mary did not directly give the Holy Rosary to St Dominic.

Dominic Receiving Rosary

I believe this modern claim is incorrect and too simplistic. It’s perfectly reasonable to believe that Mary gave the Holy Rosary to Saint Dominic. Here’s why…

9 Thoughts on Our Lady of Guadalupe

I returned from our NSTI pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe. It was a beautiful pilgrimage with beautiful people.

Here are 9 quick reflections on Our Lady of Guadalupe after having returned home to the US:

  1. More than ever, I’m convinced that Mary leads us deeply to Jesus. There are things about Jesus that we can never know without Mary. She is a microscope that “magnifies” different attributes of Jesus and His eternal message.
  2. The miraculous image of Our Lady on the tilma seems to have changed since I saw it last two years ago. This is obviously subjective perception on my part. It seemed larger and more alive and more colorful.
  3. I loved seeing my son Jude serve Mass for the first time at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and his second time at the relics of Blessed Miguel Pro. This was a highlight for me. Here’s a pic:
    Jude serving Mass
  4. Last time at the Basilica, I promised Our Lady to bring my wife Joy with me on the next pilgrimage. It was difficult traveling Mexico with a 4 month old baby, but she did a great job and I’m really proud of her.
  5. Our group of 43 pilgrims (most from NSTI) were fantastic. Kate (one of our pilgrims) related how bringing her intentions to Guadalupe was liking carrying the roses of prayer in her own tilma like Saint Juan Diego and having Our Lady “rearrange them” to be more acceptable.
  6. The devotion of the Mexican people as they prepared for a Papal visit was inspirational. Their faith and joy are inspiring.
  7. When at San Miguel, we saw all the poor people carrying Baby Jesus dolls to the churches to be blessed. They were doing this to commemorate the “Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.” It’s a beautiful devotion that I have never known.
  8. Food in Mexico is so good. Churros. Fruit popsicles. Mexican Bernaise sauce!
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  9. We observed pilgrims walking on foot for 6 days to Mexico City to greet the Pope. 6 days! Would we spend 6 days of penance for the good of the Vicar of Christ and to welcome His Holiness in an act of hospitality?

There are 100 of other things (I’ll share more on Guadalupe in a podcast), but it was just a wholesome and beautiful pilgrimage. I hope that you’ll join us again in a year or so when we do it again.

If you want to watch a Webinar on Our Lady of Guadalupe, click here.

If you want to join me on a Pilgrimage to Rome and Italy, please reserve your spot by clicking here.

Godspeed,
Taylor Marshall

6 Facts about Our Lady of Guadalupe

Did you know that devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe goes back to a small statue in Spain that was once owned by the Church Father and Pope Saint Gregory the Great?

Please join us for this week’s Live Catholic Webinar:

6 Historical and Theological Facts about Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Here’s what you’ll learn:

  1. How the devotion to an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe began with Saint Luke.
  2. How the original image was acquired by St Gregory the Great.
  3. Christopher Columbus’ devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
  4. About the Apparition of Our Lady to St Juan Diego.
  5. How Our Lady of Guadalupe can help you in our secular society!
  6. How she can help you bring family and friends back to the Catholic Church:

The Webinar is free but you must register to claim your spot and have access to the Webinar. You can do so by clicking here:

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We hosted 980 live attendees in last week’s Webinar on Catholic Advent. We are hoping to have over 1,000 live attendees in this week’s Guadalupe Webinar. Join us for the global Catholic seminar about Our Lady!

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Is Islam a Heresy or World Religion? Legos and Muhammad

Answer begins with an H

The politically incorrect article I wrote last week on a Thomistic response to the Islamic Refugee Crisis is approaching 100,000 views and 20,000 shares on Facebook and some 300 comments – many of which debate the “nature of Islam.”

I wanted to continue this discussion in a sequel article about the relationship of Islam with Christian theology. You’ll find this sequel in the post below:

The question is really about whether Islam is a “Christian heresy” or a whether Islam is a “world religion.”

The English word “heresy” derives from the Greek word αἵρεσις (hairesis) meaning “choice” or “a thing chosen.” (It’s the original “pro-choice” position.) Saint Paul uses the word in Titus 3:10 to describes “heretics” – those that pick and choose their own beliefs instead of following the beliefs taught by the Apostles:

  • heresy = I choose my own personal beliefs just as I choose my meal at Luby’s
  • orthodoxy = I receive the Apostolic beliefs passed down through papally ratified Councils, Scripture, and Tradition (orthos in Greek means “right or straight”; eg. orthodontics means “straight teeth” and orthodox means “straight belief.”

Heresy is not a slur or pejorative term. It simply describes a method of religion.

An Analogy from Legos

Let’s say you purchased the Lego edition of the Star Wars’ Death Star. It comes with a box full of plastic pieces and a paper set of instructions.

Pilgrimage to Our Lady Guadalupe w Taylor Marshall

An Educational Marian Pilgrimage

We are going to see Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico and I want you to join us on this pilgrimage!

Please watch this video where I explain this unique pilgrimage and show you photos of our itinerary to the miraculous tilma, Tepeyac hill, the old basilica, new basilica, Cathedral and apparition site of St Michael:

Get the details and sign up for this Guadalupe pilgrimage by clicking here.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the one apparition of Our Lady that is still with us. I’d like for you to join me on an educational pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe. You might be nervous about traveling to Mexico, but the New Saint Thomas Institute has teamed up with 206 Tours to provide a first class pilgrimage with experienced Catholic tour guides, Catholic priests to say Mass for us and hear confessions, Spanish translators, clean coaches, clean water, great food, and your hotel in the nicest neighborhood of Mexico City.

 

If you’ve ever wanted to see the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe, this is an excellent opportunity to experience it on a professional tour with academic instruction along the way. I’ll also be teaching four NSTI classes while we ride on the coaches to various shrines and churches:

  1. History and Tradition of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  2. Mary as Mediatrix
  3. How to Explain Mary to Protestants
  4. The History of Marian Doctrine and Dogma over 2,000 years

You can learn all about the pilgrimage in this video.

  • Feb 4-9, 2016
  • 20% discount for Catholic clergy
  • Discount for current active Members of NSTI (use coupon code)

Please reserve your spot by clicking here.

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4 Constellations in the Book of Revelation

The Book of Revelation makes references (structures itself) to a pattern of constellations. I’ve been discussing the role of constellations in my audio commentary on the Book of Revelation.

The books of Ezekiel and Revelation both describe cherubim guarding God’s throne. They have the attributes of:

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  2. Bull
  3. Lion
  4. Eagle

Saint Irenaeus associated these four creatures with the four Evangelists in his book Against Heresies:

  1. Man = Matthew
  2. Mark = Lion
  3. Luke = Bull
  4. Eagle = John
WARNING: I’m about to talk about constellations, but I am not endorsing the mortal sin of astrology (Deut. 18:9-13; 2 Kings 23:3-5; Isa. 8:19-20; 44:24-25; 47:8-15). Constellations and their cycle through the year are natural occurrences set up by God at creation. The Bible often refers to constellations.

Very few are aware, however, that these four celestial cherubim are references to the four constellations at the change of each season:

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  1. Man = Aquarius (the human water carrier)
  2. Bull = Taurus
  3. Lion = Leo
  4. Eagle = Scorpio (Babylonians considered Scorpio to be an Eagle constellation)
For a Catholic exposition on the zodiac, see Saint John Damascene On the Orthodox Faith, Book 2. The “zodiac” are the 12 constellations through which the sun moves over our 12 month cycle of a year. God placed them there but they don’t have power over us.

These twelve constellations correspond to the way that the 12 tribes were arranged around the Tabernacle in the Old Testament (Numbers 2), because the 12 tribes were like the cherubim guarding the tabernacle of God’s presence. Each tribe corresponded to one of the 12 constellations surrounding the earth. The four principle directions were given to the following:

  1. Reuben (Aquarius)
  2. Ephraim (Taurus)
  3. Dan (Scorpio)
  4. Judah (Leo) – “Lion of Judah”

As you know there, are 12 constellations in the zodiac and these four are the “four corners” of the 12 constellations:

  1. *Aquarius – human water carrier
  2. Pisces – fish
  3. Aries – ram
  4. *Taurus – bull
  5. Gemini – twins
  6. Cancer – crab
  7. *Leo – lion
  8. Virgo – virgin
  9. Libra – scales
  10. *Scorpio – scorpion (eagle for Babylonians)
  11. Sagittarius – archer
  12. Capricorn – mountain goat

Saint John in Revelation gives the four constellations in reverse order because he is viewing them not from earth but from above in Heaven. Saint John mentions these four living creatures and the Revelation of Christ to Saint John seems to be based on a series of constellations:

  • Revelation Chs. 2-3: Seven Stars of the Pleiades (the seven stars of Pleiades in inside Taurus)
  • Revelation 5: Lion of Judah (Leo)
  • Revelation 8: Eagle flying in midheaven (Scropio)
  • Revelations 9: Scorpion warriors (Scorpio)
  • Revelation 12: Virgin Mother (Virgo)
  • Revelation 15: Pouring out Chalices (Aquarius)
  • Revelation 22: River of Life (Aquarius)

The interplay of constellations in the structure of Revelation shows us that this is a heavenly vision. Saint John is above the heavens and seeing celestial mysteries as they are revealed by Christ. Moreover, the pattern from Taurus to Aquarius is God taking us through a heavenly liturgical year as we watch the destruction of the Great City (Jerusalem in AD 70) and the consecration of the New Jerusalem (the Catholic Church – from then until now).

If you’re interested in learning more, please begin the free audio commentary of the Book of Revelation by clicking here.

 

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13 Assumption of Mary Catholic Resources

Here are 13 Resources for you in time for the Assumption of Mary!

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Here are some interesting resources for you as we celebrate Our Lady’s Dormition and Assumption:

  1. What is the historical date of Mary’s Assumption?
  2. Did the Virgin Mary Die? The Answer May Surprise You (The majority tradition in Catholic history is that Our Lady did experience the separation of body and soul.)
  3. Audio: Mary as Assumed in Revelation 12 Podcast: Our Lady of the Apocalypse
  4. Did Christ receive an assumption or ascension or both?
  5. The year of the assumption according to Maria Agreda
  6. The Assumption of Saint Joseph – A forgotten tradition
  7. If you deny the Assumption – You have fallen away!
  8. Saint Gregory of Tours on the Assumption
  9. The Assumption of Mary in the Book of Psalms
  10. Does the Rosary Pre-Date Dominic?
  11. Mary’s Special Role over Purgatory
  12. Mary’s Empty Tomb Information
  13. Did Pope Pius XII Teach that Mary died? Yes he did

Enjoy!

to Jesus through Mary,
Taylor Marshall

Question: Please let me know if there are any topics that you’d like me to write on as it relates to Our Lady! You can leave a comment by clicking here.

#072: What was the Priestly Status of Mary? Was she a Levite? [Mini Podcast]

Did the Blessed Virgin Mary descend genetically from the tribe of Judah or from the tribe of Levi? I’ve typed out the answer for you, but I’ve also recorded a short “mini-podcast” that I voiced this morning for those of you who would prefer to listen to me answer the question.

A reader, Ignacio Puyol Besa, recently left this question on my Facebook wall:

Good day Dr. Taylor, Hope all is well with you! I have a question for you. This is an excerpt from a conversation I had with someone regarding your book The Crucified Rabbi.

Person: All I’m saying is that he (Taylor) said Jesus wasn’t a descendant of Aaron & if that were true, Jesus wouldn’t be qualified to be the Messiah. Btw, it’s through Mary’s genealogy that He’s related to Aaron. Comments? Have a great one.”

Here is my podcast version and here is typed answer to this question:

Mary and the Eucharist: The Catholic Joy Missing in Your Life

Are you a person of joy and quiet peace? From my experience teaching and counseling people, I’ve learned that a person’s joy and peace is usually related to their understanding of 2 Catholic teachings: Mary and the Eucharist.

Our ability to handle stress, relationships, and even our health grows as we become followers of Jesus Christ because He is the source of all joy, endurance, health, and peace.

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The popes and saints (especially Saint John Paul II) teach us that the best ways to know Christ are:

Mary (she leads us to Him) and the Eucharist (It is Christ Himself!)

I’d like to invite you to a Live Catholic Webinar I’m hosting (free) this Thursday April 23 at 8pm Central called: “The Catholic Power of Mary and the Eucharist.”

Click to here to register for the “Mary and Eucharist” Webinar.

Two weeks ago we had a webinar on Divine Mercy with over 700 live participants. Let’s keep it up and figure out how we can set this world on fire for Christ! If you want to learn your faith and rediscover the joy of your salvation, join us this Thursday.

The way our Webinar software works, you must register and reserve your spot in order to be part of my presentation on Thursday night:

Click to here to register for the “Mary and Eucharist” Webinar.

It’s live so don’t miss it. I’ll see you Thursday night! Just follow the simple directions at registration.