Catholic Dictionary




A title of St. Luke, whose Gospel gives us most of the facts we know about the Blessed Virgin. On two occasions, at the visit of the shepherds in Bethlehem (Luke 2:19) and after the finding of Christ in the Temple (Luke 2:51), Luke records that Mary "kept all these words, pondering them in her heart." Even the rationalist Adolf von Harnack (1851-1930) observes that "the accounts must be considered as communications from Mary." Christian tradition holds that among the sources he said he consulted in writing the Gospel (Luke 1:3) was the personal experience of the Virgin Mary.