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Candlemas: The Presentation of the Lord

February 1, 2017

February 2nd falls 40 days after Christmas, the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is a significant date in the Catholic Church for two reasons. First, it was the day on which the purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary took place. Second, it is also the day on which Mary and Joseph brought Jesus… Read More ›

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Mary, Mother of Mercy

“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope…”     It’s often been said that Mary’s work in heaven is to pray for sinners – that mercy is her “department.”1 There’s no doubt that we’ve got a powerful ally in our Heavenly Mother, an advocate who is always ready to… Read More ›

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Our Lady of Schoenstatt

“Mother, nothing without you, nothing without us.” – Fr. Joseph Kentenich St. Bernard’s Parish is tucked away beneath the shadow of the Calgary Foothills Hospital, not far from the banks of the Bow River. It’s a small parish, and its unpretentious exterior gives no hint that within its walls lies a hidden treasure. For upon… Read More ›

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Our Lady of Luján

The streets of Buenos Aires bear witness to the fact that, for many people, Eva Perón – “Evita” – was, and always will be, the First Lady of Argentina. As one of the most influential women in all of South American history, Eva used her position as the wife of Argentinian President, Juan Perón, to… Read More ›

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Our Lady of Licheń, Sorrowful Queen of Poland

“Ask the one who we should all ask!” The Battle of Leipzig, which took place in Germany from October 16th to 18th, 1813, was the largest of the Napoleonic Wars.1 It was a decisive battle in which Austria, Prussia, Russia, and Sweden joined together to defeat the French Emperor, Napoleon. Polish troops fought alongside the… Read More ›

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Our Lady of Good Counsel – April 26

The tiny town of Genazzano is perched on the southern slopes of the Prenestini Mountains, overlooking the Sacco River Valley. Located just thirty miles southeast of Rome, it was at one time a celebrated shrine of Venus and a favourite vacation retreat of the ancient Romans. But with the fall of the Roman Empire, the… Read More ›

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Mary at the Foot of the Cross: Seeing the Passion through a Mother’s Eyes

One of the hardest things to wrap our heads around as Christians is the nature of Jesus – fully human, yet fully divine. Like the Virgin Mary we often ponder: How can this be? Not that we doubt it’s possible, because God is God and we know that nothing is impossible for Him.1But our explanations… Read More ›

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Our Lady of “Quick Help”

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 ›

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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 ›

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

The first time I 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 the title, but after our discussion that day the leader… Read More ›