Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

How — and why — do we celebrate Mary’s birthday?

Our Lady of the Southern Cross

The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8) is one of the most tender and natural feasts on the Church calendar. And although we date the liturgical feast to at least the sixth century, we can actually trace the celebration much farther back.  After all, don’t you think Jesus celebrated Mary’s birthday? Join Him in the […]

Reflecting on the Birth of Mama Mary

"The Birth of the Virgin" (detail) by Murillo

Most years, on Mary’s birthday, I’m recuperating from a Labor Day weekend involving a backhoe and at least one cookout and probably canning of one sort or another. Labor Day seems like the perfect backdrop for a reflection of the Blessed Mother, though. It’s a chance to stop and honor the work and toil we do in our everyday lives, […]

Daily Catholic Quote from J. R. R. Tolkien

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 […]