Friday, December 08, 2006

The God Squad answers questions plus the Pope's Mary pilgrimage

The "God Squad" at the Detroit News has a very good Q&A about the purpose of prayer. Today, give thanks to God for the healing brought to our souls in prayer. Also, give thanks for the "God Squad."
Pope Benedict XVI is making a pilgrimage to a statue dedicated to Mary today, where he will deliver a speech on the Immaculate Conception. Of all places, I found this at Pravda, the official newspaper of Russia, As Protestants, we do not believe in the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, which postulates that Mary was born without sin so that Jesus could be born free of the curse of original sin. The doctrine became official Roman Catholic dogma on today's date in 1854, by the decree of Pope Pius IX. Nevertheless, today please pray for the Pope, and give thanks to God for Mary. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, we remember her faithfulness and courage as she gave birth to our Lord and Savior.

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