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Mary the Perfected Witness: Achieving Our Saintly Destiny in a World of Choices

                O n December 21, Pope Francis spoke about Our Lady and Saint Joseph in the Nativity scene being full of holiness and joy. He continued: “And you will tell me: of course! They are Our Lady and Saint Joseph! Yes, but let us not think it was easy for them: saints are not born, they become thus, and this is true for them too.” (Emphasis added)               T he pope’s unintended conflation of words or concepts takes place in his use of the word “saint” which means “holy.”  So it’s easy to conclude that the pope thinks that Mary’s ultimate holiness or saintliness was not present from the very beginning.  In fact, following the reporting of the Pope’s statement, many blogs and social media postings began criticizing Pope Francis that his statement was a contradiction to the dogma of the Immaculate Conception which proclaims Mary’s holiness from the point of conception.               B y his controversial statement, I really do not think Pope Fran

Have you Read: "It's Time to Stop Calling Donald Trump a Christian?" My Take

 The article by John Pavlowitz is a trap argument or proffer designed to lure weak and unschooled minds to a judgment about the moral character of a person: in this case Trump. So— who is a Christian? Obviously, the article deems Trump "not a Christian." Think about it. Mahatma Gandhi was not a Christian---and yet he was by the judgment of history, a pretty moral guy. Harry Truman called himself a Christian--even in the face of obliterating hundreds of thousands of innocent people with the explosion of atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  And I would never say "Harry Truman was not a Christian." Donald Trump wants to build a wall. Does that make him not a Christian albeit that Pope Francis rendered an ill advised opinion saying just as much? So this business of boxing up a character into monikers like Christian or Non Christian can lead us down a path that promotes unfair categorizations of souls. Calling a person Christian doesn't make him so. Cal