Blessed Virgin Mary

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

“Since grace enhances our human nature and glory adds a still greater perfection to grace, it is certain that our Lord remains in heaven just as much the Son of Mary as he was on earth. Consequently he has retained the submissiveness and obedience of the most perfect of all children towards the best of all mothers.” (St. Louis Marie […]

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Encountering the Word — Luke 2:33-35

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul […]

"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens"Saint Teresa of Ávila" (detail) by Peter Paul Rubens

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Teresa of Avila

“I was helped in having a deeper desire to undergo difficult trials, and I was left with a longing to serve our Lady since she deserved this so much.” (St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church) The Memorial of St. Teresa of Avila, Virgin and Doctor of the Church (1515-1582), is October 15. Print this entry

"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez

Decoding the Woman of the Apocalypse

Who is the Woman of Apocalypse 12 Decoding the woman in 12 is not an easy task.[1 ] Although a strong Catholic tradition sees Mary in this woman who appears in heaven “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet” and wearing “a crown of twelve stars,” most Biblical scholars today rule out a Marian interpretation. Instead, they […]

"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez"The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity" (detail) by Velázquez

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Josemaría Escrivá

“When we were little, we kept close to our mother in a dark alley or if dogs barked at us. Now, when we feel temptations of the flesh, we should run to the side of Our Mother in Heaven, by realizing how close she is to us, and by means of aspirations. She will defend us and lead us to […]

"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

I once asked a college theology class if anyone could explain the doctrine of the Assumption.  A student replied, “yeah, that’s the teaching whereby the Catholic Church ‘assumes’ that Mary is in heaven.” There’s a bit more to it than that.  The Church does not just “assume” that any canonized saint in is in heaven.  Rather, it authoritatively declares that […]

St. John Damascene
Priest and Doctor of the ChurchSt. John Damascene Priest and Doctor of the Church

Daily Catholic Quote from St. John Damascene

“Even though your most holy and blessed soul was separated from your most happy and immaculate body, according to the usual course of nature, and even though it was carried to a proper burial place, nevertheless it did not remain under the dominion of death, nor was it destroyed by corruption. “Indeed, just as her virginity remained intact when she […]

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Encountering the Word — Revelation 11:19

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, loud noises, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.” (Revelation 11:19) Print this entry

"The Assumption of the Virgin" (detail) by Guido Reni"The Assumption of the Virgin" (detail) by Guido Reni

What we should know about the Dormition and Assumption of Mary

On August 15th of each Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the United States, the assumption is ordinarily a Holy Day of Obligation, but because it falls on Monday this year, the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated: “Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, or August 15, the solemnity of […]

"The Piazza and Church of Santa Maria Maggiore" by Giovanni Paolo Pannini"The Piazza and Church of Santa Maria Maggiore" by Giovanni Paolo Pannini

Turning to Mary in Pain: Our Lady of the Snows

It was a special Christmas.  Our family, who lived fifteen hundred miles away, was coming to visit, and our almost-three-year-old daughter was beside herself.  Santa took a back seat to her cousins, and with good reason. We used the week together to make many memories and take hundreds of pictures.  I remember the look of wonder on my nine-year-old niece’s face […]