Blessed Virgin Mary

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:4-5

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.” (Luke 2:4-5) Print this entry

A Second Chance

Small Things Series: Little Things Can Make a Big Difference “A Second Chance” by T. Thomas When I was a student at Saint Mary’s College, young men from the dorms at Notre Dame would invite girls from our dorms to dances called “Screw Your Roommates.”  It sounds worse than it was. This was back when the word ‘screw’ didn’t have quite […]

"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 […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Luke 1:46-48

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed…” (Luke 1:46-48) Print this entry

"The First Eucharist" by Juan de Juanes

The Gift I Want to Give Back

I’m a dry-eyed gal most of the time, and I have always prided myself on that trait. Then I started going to Mass. I certainly didn’t mean to turn into a blubbering mess.  At the time, I was a tough know-it-all college graduate, and I was only there because this good-looking Prince Charming of mine insisted that he had to […]

"The Virgin at Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

Mary and the Saints are Powerful Intercessors

Last Tuesday was the Solemnity of All Saints, a celebration of those who have died and attained Heaven. We remembered those who are undergoing purgation on Wednesday—on All Souls Day. In the featured article by Dr. Marcellino D’ambrosia on All Saints Day, we read that God desires all of us to become saints. Today, I would like to look at the Catholic practice of […]

Man at Prayer

The Most Important Thing You Can Do On Election Day

Many of us feel helpless right now, as Election Day approaches.  Perhaps you’ve felt this way before, each time you’re given the responsibility of choosing the man or woman that will lead your school board, city, state, or even country.  Maybe you’ve never felt as helpless as you do in this election. Perhaps you’ve read all you want to read, […]

Pope St. John Paul II

Daily Catholic Quote — from Saint 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 […]