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Our Lady of Licheń, Sorrowful Queen of Poland

June 6, 2016

“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 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 ›

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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 ›

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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 ›

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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 ›

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“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 ›

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