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Our Lady

De Maria numquam satis (Concerning Mary never enough). Welcome to the golden pages of 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.

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Oldest Hymn to Mary: Sub Tuum Praesidium

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.

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Maria Walks Amid the Thorn

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 →

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Our Lady of Las Lajas

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 →

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Why Is Total Consecration the Remedy to Our Ills?

The following is an excerpt from my recent conference talk. I am probably not alone — I hope I am not — in considering much of devotional literature a bit tiresome when it presents one or another special devotion as if it were the end-all and be-all of the Christian life, as if those who do not practice it are somehow cursed, or as if it … More →

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Fatima: ‘If Miracles Can Happen, Let Them’

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 →

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Happy Columbus Day / Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar

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 →

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The Holy Rosary and Spiritual Childhood

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 →

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A Prayer to the Virgin against the Spirits of Darkness

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 →

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Marian Consecration: A Little History

To whet the appetites of our readers for our conference theme, I present here a small chunk of my own talk, which is the “title cut” of the conference, since it has the same name: “Total Consecration to Mary: The Remedy for our Ills.” This little section is a micro-history of Total Consecration to Mary. What is total consecration? I will not take the time … More →

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The Faith of Mary

The other day I was speaking to a priest about the challenges of the apostolate today. In the bleak modern landscape, where so much militates against revealed religion (and even common sense), “You have to have the faith of Abraham and the patience of Job,” I said. It is a commonplace to use these two holy men of the Old Testament as models of these virtues. Scripture … More →

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Eight Reasons to Rejoice on the Birthday of Our Lady

The Holy Trinity rejoices with the birth of the Immaculate Conception for whom they created the whole world. The Eternal Word rejoices in the birth of His Mother into whose womb He would descend as a Conqueror: “Thy almighty word leapt down from heaven from thy royal throne, as a fierce conqueror into the midst of the land of destruction” (Wisdom 18:15). Saints Joachim and … More →

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Ave Maria

Aleteia: The events took place at the El Goloso military base, located near the Spanish capital, seat of the nation’s armored infantry brigade “Guadarrama.” According to several Spanish news sites, includingInfovaticana and Religión en Libertad, a fire broke out that was impossible to control, burning most of the surrounding vegetation. Once the flames were extinguished, to the soldiers’ surprise, in the middle of the charred … More →

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The Miracle of Our Lady of the Mount in Jordan

Marge Fenelon, National Catholic Register: The entire country of Jordan is filled with biblical treasures: historic sites marking some of the most significant events in salvation history. In many ways, it’s the forgotten part of the Holy Land, because few people fully understand its significance. It was only when I traveled there with a group of religious journalists and bloggers in April 2015, as guests of … More →

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Butte, Montana, Our Lady’s Town

With all the bad news in the Church and the world, it is an encouragement to read about the Catholic love for Mary in a mining city in the 630 mile-wide “mountain state,” Montana. This is part of American Catholic history, a tribute to tough men and women of various Catholic cultures who put their Faith first in difficult times. I was so impressed reading … More →

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Sister Lucy to Cardinal: Final Confrontation between the Lord and Satan will be over Family and Marriage.

Rorate Caeli has published a translated excerpt from an interview with Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, the Archbishop of Bologna. The interview took place on Feburary 16, 2008, but has recently stirred up more interest in light of the Synod on the Family. I had earlier seen the same thing excerpted on Facebook. Q. There is a prophecy by Sister Lucia dos Santos, of Fatima, which concerns “the final … More →

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