Posts Tagged ‘Blessed Virgin Mary’

What’s So Special About the Rosary?

Most canonized Saints since the fifteen century prayed the Rosary in one form or another. The many papal approvals and many private revelations by the Blessed Virgin at least suggest there is something very deep about this form of prayer. We Catholics do not simply say it; we meditate, contemplate and pray through it.

Unfortunately, many only rush through it or think it is only monotonous prayers to the Blessed Mother. Many young...

Are We Really Working for a Culture of Life?

Blessed Pope John Paul II, in his Evangelium vitae, urges us to be on the side of the Culture of Life. We know that pride can blind. The Pharisees, no doubt, believed they were on the right side of the Lord, but they were victims of self-deception. Abortion and euthanasia advocates assert that they have taken the higher moral ground because they are motivated by compassion, mercy, courage, and love.

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The Month of Mary

While there do seem to be some devotions to Mary in the month of May which began in the Middle Ages, it was not until the Jesuits started promoting and popularizing the Marian devotion in the 19th century that May became Mary’s month. This was done in part because of the solemn definition of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, whereby she was given the freedom from original sin by the Holy Spirit.

It is possible...

Pope Francis and Our Lady of Fatima

With Pope Francis’ announcement that his pontificate will be consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, it is fitting to join the Holy Father in recalling the significance of Fatima, and the importance of repentance if we are to know true peace as a society.

Pope Francis joins his predecessors in acknowledging the importance of Fatima. When the Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children almost 100 years ago, it was shortly...

Venerable Fulton Sheen: A Model for the New Evangelization

The Catholic Church lifts up holy men and women as role models for us, examples of people who heard God say “Be holy as I am holy” and set themselves to that task. We can look at the timeline of their lives and see their obvious sins and struggles and how they overcame them by relying on God, His Sacraments, and His Word. As we study the lives of the saints, we see their personalities...

The Word Made Flesh

Editor’s Note: The Solemnity of the Annunication is usually celebrated on the 25th of March. The liturgical commemoration of the Annunciation was transferred to the 8th of April because the 25th of March occurred during holy week.

March 25 is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the day that Mary said “yes” to conceiving Christ. Consistent with the inaugural day of Christ’s life in her womb, the Nativity, or birth of Christ, is exactly...

Protecting Life and Love

Significantly, the inauguration of Pope Francis was on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. In his homily at the inauguration Mass, Pope Francis emphasized the role of Saint Joseph as the protector of the Holy Family and the Church. The Supreme Pontiff as the Vicar of Christ is the protector of the Faith of the Church, which has been...

Mary, the Mother of God: Model of Faith

Saint Ambrose writes, “The life of [the Blessed Virgin Mary] can serve as a model for everyone…Who can be more noble than the Mother of God? Who can be more glorious than the one chosen by Glory Itself?” While the new liturgical year begins for the Church with the season of Advent, the new calendar year begins on the 1st of January. The Church consecrates the new year with a solemnity in honor of Mary,...