Blessed Virgin Mary

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Mary’s Love Note to Me: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

It started out as a series of love notes.  He worked in the back of the John Deere dealership, as a mechanic, and I was at the parts counter.  Every morning, I would leave a little note stuck in his toolbox. After a few months of this, I missed a day.  Maybe I was tired that morning, maybe I didn’t […]

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

Seven Ways Devotion to Saints makes a Difference

One good way of understanding my belief is to ask: What differences does it make? Devotion to saints makes at least seven important differences to Catholics. In each case, fundamentalists find Catholicism too mystical for their tastes. First, saints make a difference to our prayer. We’re not alone when we pray. We’re surrounded by saints. If there was any one […]

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

Mary, the Most Flexible Woman I Know

I’m not known for my flexibility.  It’s not just that I’m neither athletic nor interested in becoming more so.  It’s that I want my world situated into a planner, complete with alphabetized lists and prioritized to-dos. It’s not that I don’t like surprises, as long as they come when I’ve planned for them (like at Christmas).  It’s not that I […]

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

Mary and the Saints are Powerful Intercessors

Today is the Solemnity of All Saints, a celebration of those who have died and attained Heaven. We will remember those who are undergoing purgation tomorrow on All Souls Day. In yesterday’s featured article by Dr. Marcellino D’ambrosia, we looked at All Saints Day and that God desires all of us to become saints. Today, I would like to look […]

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

Three Powerful Lessons from the Blessed Mother

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.   For quite some time, I have had a desire to write about my ever growing appreciation and […]

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

Mary, Queen of All Saints

They tell me she looks just like me.  I smile and nod and smile some more.  To be honest, I don’t consider it much of a compliment for her. But then, when I sent some pictures to a grandmother who hadn’t seen her in far too long, I heard that she thinks my daughter looks, not like me, but like […]

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

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

“For we never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek—Jesus, her Son.” (St. Louis Marie de Montfort; True Devotion to Mary, #94) Print this entry

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

Seven Aspects of Mary’s Sanctity

Now, except on the one issue of “praying to” saints, most of the differences between us [Catholics and Fundamentalists] are matters of emphasis or sensibility rather than doctrine. But when it comes to Mary, the greatest saint, doctrine sharply divides. Fundamentalists call Mariology “Mariolatry.” Passions run higher on this than on any other issue. Yet here too there’s a difference […]

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Sparkly Connect-the-Dots and Our Lady of the Southern Cross

“Look, Mommy!  Look Daddy!  Don’t they look like sparkly connect-the-dots?”  We were late getting home and I was in a hurry to get in the house and get the kids to bed, but my four-year-old’s voice stopped me with its enthusiasm. Only my four-year-old could make me look to the night sky without the shadow of cynicism or adult perspective.  […]