Our Lady of Sorrows

The Feast of Our Lady Which Our World Needs Most

"Pietà" (detail) by Michelangelo located in St. Peter's Basilica

Every year on September 15, the day following the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, when we call to mind the sufferings endured by Our Lady throughout her life, most importantly at the foot of the Cross. To someone unfamiliar with the feast, perhaps it seems like an odd one. […]

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:33-35

Photography © by Andy Coan

“And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, ‘Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts […]

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:33-35

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

“Let those who think that the Church pays too much attention to Mary give heed to the fact that Our Blessed Lord Himself gave ten times as much of His life to her as He gave to His Apostles.” (Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, The World’s First Love) Print this entry

The Human Side of Mary: Our Lady of Tears

I had seen the various mothers in my life cry many times, but it wasn’t until I went to make funeral arrangements with my mother-in-law that I glimpsed a portion of the tears Mary must have shed during her lifetime, especially during Our Lord’s passion and death.  My mother-in-law was making arrangements for the third time, for the third grandson.  […]

Catholic Quote of the Day — from Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

“Let those who think that the Church pays too much attention to Mary give heed to the fact that Our Blessed Lord Himself gave ten times as much of His life to her as He gave to His Apostles.” (Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, The World’s First Love) Print this entry

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:33-35

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul […]

Mary as the Mother Who Cries With Us

"Pietà" (detail) by Michelangelo located in St. Peter's Basilica

I didn’t know what to say, and yet words of comfort seemed to come from my lips. We sat there, in the cozy Bob Evans down the street from the hospital, and I tried to keep myself from resorting to joking or bantering. As my mother-in-law ordered her salad and coffee, I realized I was not at a table in a […]