|Adoration of the Shepherds, Giorgione, 1510. According to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, the mystic and Stigmatist, the cave where Jesus was born was the same cave to which Adam and Eve retreated after they were expelled from Eden, and where God promised Eve a son to replace the slain Abel (Jesus). Having been a Protestant half of my life, I would like to point out that Catholics don't worship Mary, we honor her, the way Americans honor George Washington, or Michael Jordan, or anyone who has done something important and noteworthy; Mary was a human woman; God chose her to be the intermediary. the bridge, between heaven and earth, that He Himself trod so that we might follow in His footsteps and attain heaven. We honor Mary because Jesus honored Mary and by giving honor to Mary, we give honor to God, her creator. The Feast of the Epiphany (the Magi worshipping) is January 6.|
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