Category Archives: Our Lady
De Maria numquam satis (Concerning Mary never enough). Welcome to the golden pages of Catholicism.org. In the spirit of Saint Bernard’s maxim, this website abounds with over fifty articles in praise of Our Lady, with additional links to the greatest books written about her. Readers will find devotional, theological, apologetical, and liturgical works all contributing to exalt the Mother of God and magnify her name, whose soul so immeasurably magnifies the Lord.
Although the articles appear randomly, one can peruse the titles and find those that fit the need for the moment. Perhaps, the need is to educate a Protestant, or lax Catholic, who has questioned why the Catholic faithful give so much prominence to Mary. Perhaps it is to refute an aggressive heretic who had challenged you on one or more of Our Lady’s unique and singular privileges.
Since the vast majority of our readers need no convincing of Mary’s greatness, which is so condign with her vocation as God’s Mother, many of these articles aim to foster an increase of devotion to and confidence in her. Anything on the site pertaining to the works of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort will be especially helpful in this regard.
Knowledge, as a gift of the Holy Ghost (one of the seven), begets love. That is why Saint Bernard never tired of reading, speaking, and writing about Mary. Is there a doctor of the Church who did not write about Mary? No. Many, in fact, especially during and after the Middle Ages, wrote entire treatises and books about her. Many wrote hymns in honor of her. But these are only those declared “doctors.” Hundreds of other saints, and holy men and women, have filled volumes in praise of her. Liturgies have been composed around her both in the East and the West. The third ecumenical council (Ephesus in 431) was summoned to defend her Divine Maternity, calling her by her traditional title of Theotokos (Mother of God). And, indirectly, the fourth ecumenical council (451), was held to defend her very Maternity, for the issue being contested by the heretics at that time was whether Jesus had a true human nature. Read about the one you love and you will keep her in your heart, and she more ardently will keep you in hers.
The Christian Review: Former resident John W. Blewett described the Catholic atmosphere in his piece Riches Above, Riches Below: “One of the Masses I loved to serve as a boy was the 5:15 a.m. mass in our parish. The church was filled with miners carrying their breakfast/lunchpails. In some instances their wives and children would be with them at that early hour. For everyone there, … More →
ChurchPop: There is an atheist website with a particularly provocative argument against God’s existence called “Why Won’t God Heal Amputees?“. Read the account here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Zenit: Father Luis Montes is glad and he has reason to be: “We have just consecrated a new chapel. It was high time that our refugees got their own small church. This gives them back a piece of the home they have lost. And the people can now go to Mass without risking their lives,” the Argentine missionary said. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, … More →
Zenit: This afternoon, Pope Francis visited Piazza di Spagna, as part of celebrations for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Piazza was packed with people who welcomed the Pope saying ‘Viva il Papa!’ Following more than 50 years of tradition, in his official capacity as the Bishop of Rome, the Pope pays homage to the Virgin Mary by placing a bouquet at the base of … More →
Eparchy of Newton: On Saturday 20 June, at the summer seat of Ain Traz (Lebanon), the Holy Synod of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church finished the work it had begun on 15 June. A feature of this synod was the arrival of the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima, on the morning of 15 June just a few hours after the opening. Hundreds of … More →
Father Dwight Longenecker, Patheos: One of the things that maddens and amuses me about Protestants is something called “primitivism”. I’ve written about it here. “Primitivism” is the ambition to return the church to the simplest form as it was in the “early church”. Read more here and here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Here is one of our favorite Advent hymns. It is sung in two parts, one of which is a haunting counterpoint. The carol comes from sixteenth century Germany (although it is probably much older) and commemorates the barrenness of the the Old Testament, the longing and waiting, and the flowering of sanctity and joy with the coming of the Messias. (“Kyrie eleison” is Greek for … More →
This is a miracle I never heard of. It is astounding. There is no paint or dye in the image imprinted there on and in a rock. In fact, the image is several feet thick. The colors are the colors of the rock. This is similar to the tilma of Saint Juan Diego on which Our Lady painted her image at Guadalupe. Wait until you … More →
In the words of the skeptic Roger Lacassagne (put on his tongue by Franz Werfel in his book Song Of Bernadette), “If miracles can happen, let them.” Lacassagne’s son Jules, who could no longer eat, was cured at Lourdes. Read the story in my article here. One thing that irked Brother Francis was when some “expert,” who was “humble” enough not to deny the possibility … More →
This year, the “observance” of Columbus Day (always a Monday) falls on the actual Columbus Day, October 12. The day is also the Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar, but this is not mere coincidence. The great Catholic explorer promised his disgruntled men that if land were not spotted on this feast of Our Lady, they would turn back to Europe. Our Lady, in … More →
Happy feast day Blessed Mother of the Rosary! It was called in England, Our Lady’s Psalter and also Our Lady’s Beads. The early Christians repeated simple prayers, Paters and Aves, by moving their thumb along a beaded string. Bede, in Old English, means a “petition.” That is why the famous writer of the Ecclesiastical History of the English People chose the religious name, Bede, as a … More →
A friend sent us a card with this prayer on it. She suggested that we recommend it to be said daily for the Synod of Bishops: Remedy against the “spirits of darkness” and the forces of hatred and fear. AUGUST Queen of Heaven, Sovereign Mistress of the Angels, thou, who from the beginning hast received from God the power of the mission to crush the head of … More →