Blessed Virgin Mary

"The Annunciation" (detail by Murillo"The Annunciation" (detail by Murillo

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Gabriel the Archangel

“Hail, [Mary] full of grace, the Lord is with you… Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will [...]

"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. Ephrem the Syrian, Deacon and Doctor of the Church

“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) June 9 is the Optional Memorial of St. Ephrem, Deacon and Doctor of the Church (306 – 373). Print this entry

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Bishop and Doctor of the ChurchSt. Robert Bellarmine Bishop and Doctor of the Church

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Robert Bellarmine

“When we appeal to the throne of grace we do so through Mary, honoring God by honoring His Mother, imitating Him by exalting her, touching the most responsive chord in the sacred heart of Christ with the sweet name of Mary.” (St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop and Doctor) September 17 is the Optional Memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine (1542 – 1621). [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Pope St. John Paul II

“Mary Most Holy goes on being the loving consoler of those touched by the many physical and moral sorrows which afflict and torment humanity. She knows our sorrows and our pains, because she too suffered, from Bethlehem to Calvary. ‘And thy soul too a sword shall pierce.’ Mary is our Spiritual Mother, and the mother always understands her children and [...]

"La Pentecôte" (The Pentecost) by Jean II Restout"La Pentecôte" (The Pentecost) by Jean II Restout

Daily Catholic Quote from Thomas à Kempis on the Holy Name of Mary

“…The devils fear the Queen of heaven to such a degree, that only on hearing her great name pronounced, they fly from him who does so as from a burning fire.” (Fr. Thomas à Kempis) September 12 is the Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of Mary. If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from J. R. R. Tolkien

“All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady.” (J.R.R. Tolkien) If you liked this quote, please share it with your friends and family using the Recommend and Social Media buttons below and via email. We value your comments and encourage you to leave your thoughts below. Thank you! – The Editors Print [...]

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The Color Purple and Mary’s Birthday

A few years ago, when we made grape jelly, I took quite a few pictures. I wanted to capture it in a way that, I was afraid, words wouldn’t. I wanted to be able to look back and recall the way her hands looked, the stories my father-in-law told me about his boyhood, the enthusiasm (however short-lived) my daughter had for [...]

“St. Mary of Egypt” (detail) – Sketch © by Judith Costello“St. Mary of Egypt” (detail) – Sketch © by Judith Costello

Mother Mary and the Other Marys — Saints for Today’s Girls

Imagine living the life of a prostitute from age 12 to 29! Prostitution leaves a woman hardened and scarred. It must surely turn the heart into a stone because sex, which is a God-ordained gift of vulnerable union, has been turned into a crass money-making abuse of the body. So who is the 17-year-prostitute and why should we care? Mary [...]

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Daily Catholic Quote from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

“A clean heart is a free heart. A free heart can love Christ with an undivided love in chastity, convinced that nothing and nobody will separate it from his love. Purity, chastity, and virginity created a special beauty in Mary that attracted God’s attention. He showed his great love for the world by giving Jesus to her.” (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) [...]