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.
Thursday, April 28, is the feast day of our Order’s patron saint. Louis de Montfort. It is also the 300th anniversary of his death. Joseph Pronechen has provided 21 of his favorite quotes (below) from the Marian saint. They are gems. National Catholic Register: April 28 marks the 300th anniversary of the death of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, one of the most important promoters … More →
America Needs Fatima: Because of its proximity to Rome, the city was chosen by many patricians and imperial courtiers as a site for their country villas. The vast gardens surrounding these villas often served as the stage for perverse feasts, pagan games and heathen rituals in honor of the gods to whom the Romans attributed the fertility of their fields. One of these celebrations was held … More →
Rorate Caeli: “The entire Church will undergo a tremendous trial, to clean up the mass of rotten flesh that has infiltrated into Her ministers, in particular among the Orders of poverty: a moral trial, a spiritual trial. For the time indicated in the heavenly books, priests and faithful will be placed at a perilous turning-point in the world of the lost, which will rush to the … More →
First a Catholic Church in Norwood, then a Catholic Church in Burlington, Massachusetts, have had property vandalized. A sign of the diabolical influence on the perpetrators is the desecration of statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary in both locations. Parishioners at Norwood’s Saint Catherine of Siena Church witnessed a statue of Our Lady splashed with black paint. The Faithful who worship at Burlington’s Saint Margaret’s … More →
I read a short article recently about the relation of Columbus to Our Lady of Guadalupe. I cannot find it. But I can put it in my own words while adding a fact or two. In the great victory of Lepanto (October 7, 1571), in which the Holy League defeated the Moslems who were invading Christendom, the head of the Christian fleet, Don Juan of Austria, … More →
AsiaNews: Today we publish the second part of Khalifa el-Khoder’s story. The 21-year-old Syrian delves into his seven-month captivity in the hands of the Islamic State. His descent into hell began when he drew a picture of the Virgin Mary on a wall in Aleppo, as a sign of peace. [There is a link in the article for Part 1] Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Provocative question, no? Merely seeing the question asked may cause some sectarians to lose their breakfast cereal. I’m going to answer it by stealing the reply a Ukrainian (I think) priest gave to a non-Catholic objection on — of all places — a YouTube video. Commenting on the Arvo Pärt’s piece, “Most Holy Mother of God,” with its manifold repetitions of the verse, “Most Holy Mother of God, … More →
Two years ago, on the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, I posted a column on our website about one astounding miracle that occurred at the shrine of Our Lady there. You can read that story here In that account I noted the following about the Jewish author who wrote the beautiful book The Song of Bernadette: “There are countless miraculous cures that have … More →
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 →