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.
A picture says a thousand words. Three interviews with Sister Lucia and all Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said about it in his book, The Last Fatima Visionary, were a few statements negating that there was more to the Secret. “Everything has been published. There are no more secrets,” he claims Sister Lucia said. And, further, that Sister Lucia said that the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was fulfilled … More →
Tomorrow, May 24, is the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. Pope Benedict XVI declared this day to be a special day of prayer for the entire Catholic Church for the suffering Church in China. Here is the relevant section from the pope’s Letter to the Church in China, which he issued on the 27th of May 2007: A day of prayer for the … More →
CNS: It looked like any other military parade with bands playing, flags waving and thousands of men and women marching in colorful uniforms decorated with medals and ribbons. But instead of impressive displays of tanks and trucks, troops from dozens of nations fell in line behind religious banners, a large wooden cross and a rose-strewn statue of Mary. Candles and rosaries — not weapons or rifles … More →
Catholic News Service: About 60 retired or active duty U.S. military personnel packed their uniforms, flags, wheelchairs, canes and the inevitable emotional baggage of their daily struggles to take part in a pilgrimage to Lourdes. While many of these men and women, who had been injured in some way in the line of duty, went to seek peace and healing from this sacred place, some said … More →
National Catholic Register: For 20 miles, the pilgrims walk, talk and pray as they bear a statue of the Virgin Mary from church to church. But you won’t find these pilgrims of parents, children and friends walking on the streets of Europe. They are making their way right through the nation’s capital to give public prayer and witness to the Catholic faith. “It’s a pretty unique … More →
This is an interesting story in that the Sister, recently deceased, who was behind the project, claimed that an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in place of a photograph she had taken, using an old box camera, of a different mosaic in a prayer garden at Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Catholic news Service: Religious shrines or art in the public places … More →
The Telegraph: Guardsman Glenn Hockton, 19, asked for a rosary to take with him before being deployed to Afghanistan on a seven-month tour of duty with the Coldstream Guards in Helmand Province. He bent down to pick the rosary up when it fell from his neck and then realised he was on a landmine. Guardsman Hockton had to remain standing where he was for 45 … More →
This entry is updated from last year. Today, December 18, is a feast of long standing in the Latin Church. Though its Mass and office will not be offered liturgically in most places (owing to its not being a universal feast), the “Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary” has origins going back at least to seventh-century Spain. The Catholic Encyclopedia has a small entry on … More →
NBCNews San Diego: The Walmart Neighborhood Market in Sherman Heights has something no other Walmart has. “It’s the only Walmart in the world with a plaque of our Blessed Mother,” said Father Richard Brown, who has been a priest in the area for more than 40 years. On Wednesday, Father Brown blessed the mosaic of the Virgin Mary that’s displayed on the outside of the Walmart … More →
AsiaNews: “Let yourselves be gripped by the spirit of faith, to continue to spread the message of Jesus in everyday life ” is the invitation launched by Mgr . Aloysius Paul D’ Souza , Bishop of Mangalore ( Karnataka ) , to more than 5 thousand young people who participated in the pilgrimage ” Walking with Christ.” The event took place on November 17 last, during … More →
Catholic News Service: Purported visions of Mary, if taken in the wrong spirit, can sow confusion and distance people from the Gospel, Pope Francis said. Curiosities distance people “from the Gospel, from the Holy Spirit, from peace and hope, from God’s glory and God’s beauty,” the pope said Nov. 14 during a homily at morning Mass in the Vatican guesthouse, where he lives. “Jesus says that … More →
A friend sent me this photo.
In the 1970 calendar, the feast of Immaculate Heart of Mary was moved from August 22 to June in order to show its alignment with the Sacred Heart of Jesus; the feast of the Queenship of Mary was transferred from May 31 to that date. Whether or not this was a good idea,1 it does give us another reason to meditate on Our Lady’s role … More →
This is great news and is certainly necessary for the restoration of the Faith in Erinn. Other countries that have been consecrated collegially to the Immaculate Heart of Mary include (I am not counting what would be a long list of dioceses so consecrated by their bishops): The Philippines on June 8, 2013 Lebanon and Middle East (Maronites) on June 16, 2013 Portugal on May … More →