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Our Lady of “Quick Help”

January 7, 2016

Today is officially known as the Feast of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Yet this title for Mary, our Mother, may not resonate with many Catholics these days. If it seems a bit antiquated or stilted, it’s probably because we don’t use the word ‘succor’ very often anymore. Some of us might not even know… Read More ›


Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn – November 16

“In mercy, God bends over us.” – Pope St. John Paul II Of the nine gates that were once part of the defensive walls encircling the old, medieval city of Vilnius, only one remains. Built between 1503 and 1522, the Gate of Dawn is one of Vilnius’ most important religious, historical, and cultural monuments. It owes… Read More ›

Hl. Maria Ausschnitt - consecration to Mary

Bound to Mary, Bound for Heaven: The Joy of Total Consecration

The first time I ever heard about someone consecrating themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary was well over 10 years ago. I was in a book club with a group of Catholic moms, and we had just finished reading a book on Mary. I don’t remember what it was, but after our discussion that day,… Read More ›


Rosary of the Seven Sorrows

Praying the rosary has been a part of my prayer life for many years. Although I don’t always manage to pray it every day – in fact, I sometimes find myself mumbling Hail Mary’s as I’m falling asleep at night! – I’m absolutely convinced of its efficacy and power. If it hadn’t been for the… Read More ›

The original icon

Our Lady of Częstochowa – August 26th

“Our Lady of Jasna Góra is a teacher of beautiful love for everyone.” St. John Paul II I first heard of the Black Madonna icon 30 years ago – when I was on a concert tour of Poland.1 We had a day off between performances, and our hosts asked whether we would like to go… Read More ›


Our Lady of Calvary

Poland’s countryside is lush and beautiful in the spring. Its gentle, rolling hills are covered in green, and the trees and gardens are bursting with buds and colourful flowers. Just 35 kilometres southwest of the city of Kraków, a small town called Kalwaria Zebrzydowska lies nestled in a valley at the foot of the Carpathian… Read More ›


“But was that really Mary?” Apparitions of Mary – Part II

In Part I of this article, we defined what an apparition is, discussed some of the issues surrounding the proliferation of these kinds of reports, and talked about when and how Our Blessed Lady has appeared. But just because someone claims to have seen Our Lady, how can we be certain it was really Mary?… Read More ›


“Have you seen her?” Apparitions of Mary – Part I

The convent of the Daughters of Charity at Rue du Bac, 140 in Paris was darkened the night of July 18th, 1830, when suddenly one of the postulants was awakened by a child’s voice. “Sister, Sister, Sister Catherine!” the voice called. The young woman sat up, rubbed her eyes, and pushed aside the net curtain… Read More ›


Mary, Bride of the Holy Spirit

When the Holy Spirit, the Author of life, entered and filled Mary’s being, something almost unthinkable took place: Jesus was conceived and became flesh. Of course, the Holy Spirit had prepared her for this moment, but it was only by her consent that it came to be, that it was consummated: “For the first time… Read More ›


J.M.J. – The Feast of the Holy Family

In our home, we have a little olive wood carving of the Holy Family hanging near our front door. I walk by it all the time and scarcely give it a second glance most days. But a few days ago, something struck me about it. As in most depictions of the Holy Family, Jesus is… Read More ›


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