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.
Vatican Radio: The Holy Father’s appeal comes ahead of Sunday’s feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians, celebrated throughout the world on May 24. Chinese Catholics have a special devotion to Mary, Help of Christians, whose feast day is marked with special devotions and pilgrimages, especially to the National Marian Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai. Text is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Richard Becker is now my favorite internet writer. At least for the rest of the month. I have heard similar words to his uttered with stirring pathos from Father Michael Jarecki our chaplain here at Saint Benedict Center for many years. He died on October 22, 2012, at the age of ninety-five. Father never ended a sermon without calling upon us to love Mary for she … More →
Last year I posted the sad news that the shrine would be closing. That decision has been reversed. Valley News: A decision-making body in the La Salette religious order has moved to keep the Enfield shrine open and maintained by La Salette missionaries, meaning that no land or buildings will be sold. The vote made by 53 missionaries in Massachusetts earlier this week was a … More →
CNA: A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram. Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the rosary until the extremist group disappears. Full account is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: … More →
“What manner of salutation is this”? Luke 1:29) Our Lady, with wonderful modesty and humility, related today’s event to the Evangelist, Saint Luke. The account is so chaste, so simple, so childlike. We begin with an angel, Gabriel the Archangel. He is sent by the Lord God to a house in Nazareth, in Galilee, to a Virgin espoused to a man named Joseph. Luke then … More →
Catholic News Service: Dressed in green T-shirts and clutching statues of Our Lady of Guadalupe covered in plastic, a group of pilgrims from Guerrero prayed, posed for photos in front of the basilica dedicated to the national patroness, set out on a march to their hometown in the hills south of Mexico City. Read more here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
CNA: “¡Que Viva le Virgen de Guadalupe! ¡Que Viva Cristo Rey! ¡Que Via San Juan Diego!” said Archbishop Gomez in farewell. “¡Que viva! ¡Que viva! ¡Que viva!” replied the people seated in the stands and across the stadium field, many waving flags or wearing attire emblazoned with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Full report is here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
CNA: Thousands of Indian migrants and other pilgrims in the Holy Land celebrated a special Marian feast day with displays of prayer, devotion and unity. On the Sept. 13 feast of the Nativity of Mary – called “Monti Fest” – more than 2500 Indian Catholic migrants and pilgrims joined in a procession from St. Peter’s Church to St. Anthony’s Church in Jaffa. Mary is the protector … More →
Unveiling the Apocalypse: In a recent blog post (found here), Antonio Socci, the author of The Fourth Secret of Fatima, notes the importance of a recently published official biography of Sr. Lucia from the Carmelites of Coimbra (the convent where the Portuguese nun lived and died), titled “Um caminho sob o olhar de Maria” (A Path Under the Gaze of Mary). This explosive new text contains several important writings of Sr. Lucia … More →
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 →