Blessed Virgin Mary

Meditating on the Life of Christ while Praying the RosaryMeditating on the Life of Christ while Praying the Rosary

Holding Mary’s Hand in the Rosary

As Our Lady of the Rosary, Mary smiles at me the same way I smile at my seven-year-old struggling to learn to spell words and write sentences or my four-year-old beginning to form shapes and lines that make sense. She was given the title after appearing to Saint Dominic in 1208 in a church in Prouille, France. Later, in 1571, Pope Pius […]

Statue of Our Lady of Walsingham at the National Shrine (Catholic) in the U.K. of Our Lady of Walsingham at the National Shrine (Catholic) in the U.K.

Mary’s a Blankie Person: Our Lady of Walsingham

It was over ten years ago that I was reminded of the blankie of my youth, the one that had to be pried from my hands and that still remains in my memory as a cherished item. My mother, an avid sewer and enthusiastic grandma-to-be, had made and shipped approximately thirty-five million blankets for her new granddaughter. Nearly three years later, […]

Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Zaragoza, Aragon, SpainCatedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain

Finding Mary in the Failure: Our Lady of the Pillar

Have you ever planned what you thought was the greatest Bible study or parish event ever, only to have twelve people show up to join you?  Have you ever watched a great idea, flawlessly executed, underwhelm a group of critics?  Have you ever used logic to no avail, finding yourself all but stoned and chased away from the group? I […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“The rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at a heart a Christ-centered prayer. It has all the depth of the gospel message in its entirety. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb…It can be said that the rosary is, in some […]

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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

“Let those who think that the Church pays too much attention to Mary give heed to the fact that Our Blessed Lord Himself gave ten times as much of His life to her as He gave to His Apostles.” (Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, The World’s First Love) Print this entry

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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 […]

"Pietà" (detail) by Michelangelo located in St. Peter's Basilica"Pietà" (detail) by Michelangelo located in St. Peter's Basilica

Mary as the Mother Who Cries With Us

I didn’t know what to say, and yet words of comfort seemed to come from my lips. We sat there, in the cozy Bob Evans down the street from the hospital, and I tried to keep myself from resorting to joking or bantering. As my mother-in-law ordered her salad and coffee, I realized I was not at a table in a […]

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

Catholic Quote of the Day — 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 […]

"The Birth of the Virgin" (detail) by Murillo"The Birth of the Virgin" (detail) by Murillo

Reflecting on the Birth of Mama Mary

Most years, on Mary’s birthday, I’m recuperating from a Labor Day weekend involving a backhoe and at least one cookout and probably canning of one sort or another. Labor Day seems like the perfect backdrop for a reflection of the Blessed Mother, though. It’s a chance to stop and honor the work and toil we do in our everyday lives, […]