What was Mary's life like before the angel Gabriel appeared to her?
It has to be one of the strangest things in the world: So many Christians who love Jesus with all their hearts recoil in fear at the mention of His mothers name, while many who do love her find themselves tongue-tied when asked to explain why.
Catholics trying to understand the Reformation sometimes complain about the wide range of Protestant churches, denominations and sects. The challenge is not as great as it seems at first glance because the tens of thousands of Protestant churches, denominations and sects trace their origins back, one way or another, either to the three major founders of the Reformation or to the Radical Reformation movement known as the Anabaptists. Understand them, and you'll go a long way toward understanding the complex reality called Protestantism.