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Rosary of the Seven Sorrows

September 16, 2018

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 ›

Mary, Mother of the Church

“Having attentively considered how greatly the promotion of this devotion [to Mary as Mother of the Church] might encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety, Pope Francis has decreed that the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother… Read More ›

May Magnificat

I have always found poetry intimidating.  What if I can’t see the point of what the poet is trying to say?  I persevere because my favourite poems are like magnifying glasses, revealing the beauty of daily life.  And just as the beauty of a common flower under a magnifying glass can take my breath away,… Read More ›

Our Lady of the Smile

“O Thou who cam’st to smile on me at dawn of life’s beginning! Come once again to smile on me. . . . Mother! the night is nigh.” – St. Thérèse of Lisieux1 ‘Our Lady of the Smile’ is not a special title of Mary. It refers, instead, to St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s claims that… Read More ›

The Annunciation in our Middle Earth

This year Palm Sunday falls on March 25th, the traditional date of the Annunciation, nine months before Christmas.  On this day we remember that the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was full of grace and would bear the Son of the Most High.[i]  And so, the Solemnity of the Annunciation will be celebrated… Read More ›

Our Lady of Pontmain

France was favoured with many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the 19th century. Among them, she appeared to St. Catherine Labouré in Paris in 1830 (when she gave her the Miraculous Medal), to two children in the village of La Salette in 1846, to the young St. Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes in 1858,… Read More ›

O Holy Night, the world in silence waits

Waiting is one of the hardest things to do. Just ask any expectant mother and she’ll tell you. From the moment she learns she is going to have a child, the waiting begins – for nine long months. And there’s nothing she can do to speed it along, nor would she really want to, for… Read More ›

Pondering Mary’s Perpetual Virginity

I still remember the moment when I first “heard” the Church’s teaching on Mary’s perpetual virginity. I was at Mass one day, and we were praying the Confiteor, the prayer that begins with the words “I confess.” Perhaps you are also familiar with it: “I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and… Read More ›

Our Lady of the Cape

There are many shrines to our Blessed Mother Mary scattered throughout the world. Some of the most famous ones are associated with Our Lady’s appearances at Lourdes, Fatima, and Guadalupe. But few Canadians know that we, too, have our own national shrine to Our Blessed Mother: The Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape at… Read More ›

The Queenship of Mary

“Because the virgin Mary was raised to such a lofty dignity as to be the mother of the King of kings, it is deservedly and by every right that the Church has honored her with the title of ‘Queen’.” – St. Alphonsus Liguori The Feast of the Queenship of Mary was established by Venerable Pope… Read More ›