Immaculate Conception

"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 […]

"The Virgin in Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

The Truth About Mary

Our Lord entrusts each of us into the care of the most blessed of all women—Mary, His mother. Sammy was a playful boy, like most of the five-year olds in my kindergarten classroom. Almost three feet tall with dark, dark eyes and dark, dark hair, Sammy possessed a smile that radiated from his soul. He came up with his own […]

"Immaculate Conception" (detail) by Murillo

Daily Reflection — These Great Blessings

Today we recall the Immaculate Conception of Mary in her mother’s womb and ponder the grace that has become available to us all. From the first moment of her existence, God filled the Blessed Virgin Mary with His grace so as to prepare her for the life as our Savior’s mother. The gift of grace from God is an act of […]

"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 […]

"Immaculate Conception" (detail) by Murillo

Mary as “One of Us” in Our Lady of Lourdes

Over the years, I have wondered how much Mary and I have in common.  First I wondered, because I wasn’t a mother and we lived in such different times.  Now I wonder, because I am not so patient or flawless in my mothering as I imagine she was.  I asked myself if she could possibly understand the frustrations, the challenges, […]

"The Virgin in Prayer" (detail) by Sassoferrato

The Truth About Mary

Our Lord entrusts each of us into the care of the most blessed of all women—Mary, His mother. Sammy was a playful boy, like most of the five-year olds in my kindergarten classroom. Almost three feet tall with dark, dark eyes and dark, dark hair, Sammy possessed a smile that radiated from his soul. He came up with his own […]

Daily Reflection — These Great Blessings

“These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb. Through the fullness of the grace that was given to you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new.” (From a sermon by St. Anselm) While we are still closer to the beginning of Advent than the end, we recall the Immaculate Conception of […]

"Immaculate Conception" (detail) by Murillo

Immaculate Mary—Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast

From my earliest years, the memories of my mother’s prayers to Our Blessed Mother and her praise and thanksgiving offered to Jesus, her Lord, still travel across the decades of time and touch my heart, especially on each feast day dedicated to Our Lady. My mom would tell me over the years that Our Blessed Mother’s love for me was […]

St. Josemaría Escrivá

Catholic Quote of the Day — from St. Josemaría Escrivá

“Virgin Immaculate, my Mother, do not abandon me. See how my poor heart is filled with tears. I do not want to offend my God!” (St. Josemaría Escrivá, The Forge #215) February 11 is the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. Print this entry

Daily Reflection — These Great Blessings

“These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb. Through the fullness of the grace that was given to you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new.” (From a sermon by St. Anselm) While we are still near the beginning of Advent, we recall the Immaculate Conception of Mary in her […]