Blessed Virgin Mary

"Suffer the little children to come unto me." (detail) by Carl Bloch [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

All of Life is Bittersweet

Come, Lord, and tarry not; Bring the long looked-for day; Why these years of waiting here, These ages of delay? (Advent hymn) I left the neuropsychologist’s office dumbfounded. If Sarah had received a diagnosis of autism, I would have understood. If ADHD had been a resounding secondary diagnosis to her Apert syndrome, I wouldn’t have flinched. But, in fact, I […]

Our Merciful Mother — Our Lady of Guadalupe

In every approved Marian apparition, Our Lady has a specific mission. Each one reveals a determined and specific message—a unique and necessary goal. In the Anáhuac Valley of Mexico, on a barren hill called Tepeyac, Our Lady of Guadalupe came as a “merciful Mother,” a healer and restorer of all who are broken in body and in spirit. It is […]

"Adoration of the Shepherds" (detail) by Balestra

This beloved Christmas song has Mary all wrong

I love Christmas music so much, it’s hard to force myself to wait to listen to it. I make myself wait until at least halfway through Advent, but after that you’ll find me listening to it into January. Of course, there are several Christmas songs that I could do without, and a few that make me want to turn the […]

"Madonna and Child" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Daily Catholic Quote — from Blessed Paul VI

“But note what is taking place here this morning. While we close the ecumenical council, we are honoring Mary Most Holy, the mother of Christ, and consequently, as we declared on another occasion, the mother of God and our spiritual mother. We are honoring Mary Most Holy, the Immaculate One, therefore innocent, stupendous, perfect. She is the woman, the true […]

"Mary Untier of Knots" (detail) by Johann Georg Melchior

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. John Eudes on the Presentation of Mary

“God inspired in the heart of the pure Virgin Mary His own intense love for humility, and abhorrence of pride. She possessed, even from her infancy, a far greater horror of pride and ambition, and a far deeper love for humility than all the saints together. It was the first virtue that she practices. She abased and humbled herself before […]

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

Daily Catholic Quote — from St. Ephrem

“Through Eve, the beautiful and desirable glory of men was extinguished; but it has revived through Mary.” (St. Ephrem the Syrian, Deacon and Doctor of the Church) The Optional Memorial of St. Ephrem, Deacon and Doctor of the Church (306 – 373) is June 9. Please share on social media. Print this entry

Daily Catholic Quote — from Fr. Romano Guardini

“The Christian heart has always known Mary as the essence of compassion and love, to whom man can turn with particular and unreserved confidence. This is expressed so well by the intimate name that was given her from the beginning the name of mother.” (Fr. Romano Guardini, The Rosary of Our Lady) Please share on social media. Print this entry

Santuário de Fátima Bascilica of Our Lady of the Rosary

Pray the Prayers of Fatima

Today, October 13, 2017 is the one hundredth anniversary of the last of six apparitions of Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, to the three young seers at the Cova da Iria in Fatima, Portugal during 1917. The Miracle of the Sun was witnessed there by up to one hundred thousand people on October 13, 1917. The first of these apparitions began […]

"Our Lady of Fatima" (detail) by Chambers

Fatima, Marian Consecration, and the quiet faithfulness of God

In the midst of autumn homecomings, with high schools and colleges celebrating alumni with reunions and football games, I had a different homecoming this past weekend. I returned to the parish in which I grew up to give their annual women’s retreat.  It was at the parish I attended throughout middle school and high school, received the Sacrament of Confirmation, […]

Our Lady of the Rosary and Victory at Lepanto

The Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary Have you ever experienced the peace and grace that is gained from a fervent praying of the Rosary? For many Catholics, the prayers of the Rosary are like an old friend whose company never grows old. With Jesus as our brother, we cherish the time we are able to spend with His Blessed […]