Saint John Paul II

"The Visitation" (detail) by Albertinell

Authentic Friendship—Learning from Mary

God made us for communion, and as women, we have been given an incredible gift. In fact our fundamental value as women is our ability to receive the other, our gift of receptivity that is characterized by our self-gift, giving the gift of presence. It is a special gift that is important in society today—that is to witness to the […]

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Daily Catholic Quote — from Saint John Paul II

“To pray the Rosary is to hand over our burdens to the merciful hearts of Christ and his Mother.” (Pope St. John Paul II, Apostolic Letter, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, October 16, 2002) The Optional Memorial of Saint John Paul II (1920 – 2005) is October 22. Please share on social media. Print this entry

Santuário de Fátima Bascilica of Our Lady of the Rosary

Three Popes’ Preparation for Pope Francis’ Visit to Fatima

Next week [May 12-13] Pope Francis will travel to Fatima to celebrate the centenary of Mary’s apparitions to the three shepherd children in the Cova da Iria. There’s every reason to think that Pope Francis will be at his most joyful because he will have a chance there to do and speak about several things he cherishes most. He’ll be […]

Pope St. John Paul II

Daily Catholic Quote — from Saint John Paul II

“The economic, social and cultural transformations taking place in our world are having an enormous effect on how people look upon marriage and the family. As a result many couples are unsure of the meaning of their relationship, and this causes them much turmoil and suffering. On the other hand, many other couples are stronger because, having overcome modern pressures, […]

"Our Lady of Fatima" (detail) by Chambers

Models in Responding to the Message of Fatima

There is so much about the occurrences in Fatima a century ago that should provoke wonder. If the Mother of God was going to be permitted to appear on earth to echo her Son’s call to conversion, prayer, and sacrifice, if she was going to reveal in symbolic visions the reality of Hell, the ascent of Bolshevik communism, the dawn […]

Pope St. John Paul II

Daily Catholic Quote — from Saint John Paul II

“The Church and the world have a great need of eucharistic worship. Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our time in going to meet Him in adoration and in contemplation that is full of faith and ready to make reparation for the great faults and crimes of the world. May our adoration […]

Vilnius Image of Divine Mercy (detail) by Kazimierowski

My Conversion to Divine Mercy

When I first entered Mount St. Mary’s seminary in Maryland, I met some fellow seminarians with a devotion to the Divine Mercy. They would often get together and recite the chaplet together. I was invited on several occasions to join them, but I always politely declined. I thought I didn’t need another devotion and preferred to use my Rosary beads […]

Vilnius Image of Divine Mercy (detail) by Kazimierowski

Trust in the Lord’s Divine Mercy

All Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation are celebrations of the highest importance on the Church’s liturgical calendar. These days, plus a few others, are known as solemnities. Two solemnities are so important that the Church celebrates them for eight days. We call these solemnities, octaves. They are Christmas and Easter. Essentially, Christmas Day and Easter Sunday are celebrated for […]

"Our Lady of Fatima" (detail) by Chambers

Fatima and the Antidote for Hell

As authentic Marian apparitions go, many of the aspects of our Lady’s appearances to the three shepherd children in Fatima a century ago seem commonplace: Mary asks the seers to pray and do penance for the conversion of sinners, calls them to daily devotion to the Rosary, advocates for peace in the world, requests the children to return on specific […]

"Our Lady of Fatima" (detail) by Chambers

Fatima, the Rosary, and the Path to Peace

One of my favorite stories from the apparitions of Our Lady in Fatima a century ago this year is how Our Lady was compelled gently to correct the three shepherd children for “cheating” on how they were praying the Rosary. The eldest, at the time ten-year-old Lucy, described in her eventual Memoires what they were doing and why. “We had […]