Our Lady of Sorrows

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

The Feast of Our Lady Which Our World Needs Most

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. […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:33-35

“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 […]

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:33-35

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 […]

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Catholic Quote of the Day — from 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.  […]

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

Catholic Quote of the Day — from 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

Photography © by Andy Coan

Encountering the Word — Luke 2:33-35

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 […]

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

Mary as the Mother Who Cries With Us

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 […]