"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

Tag: Blessed Mother

“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 ›

Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Born: September 8th (Traditional) at Nazareth, Galilee Assumed into Heaven: August 15th Proclaimed Theotokos / Mother of God: First Council of Ephesus in 431 Feast Day: January 1st Patronage: Humanity “If you put all the love of all the mothers into one heart it would still not equal the love of the heart of Mary for her… Read More ›

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 ›

“Mary and the Eucharist” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

Mary desires only to direct our gaze to Jesus Christ, it makes sense that she does not desire to be the focal point of our Eucharistic faith but instead disappear and point us to her Son. In this fourth talk on Eucharistic Miracles, Fr. Nathan opens our hearts and minds to the wonder of Our… Read More ›

St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother

Born: Francis Possenti on March 1, 1838 in Assisi, Papal States (now Italy) Died: Feb. 27, 1862 – at the age of 23, of tuberculosis Feast Day: February 27 Patronage: Students, Youth, Clerics, Seminarians, the region of Abruzzo (in central Italy) ******** The feast day of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother falls during the season… Read More ›

Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Every morning, I begin my day with the following prayer: “O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day, for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the holy sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in thanksgiving for your favours,… Read More ›

Mary, Our Advocate

From the earliest days of the Church, Mary has been known for her great intercessory power. In the 3rd century, Saint Irenaeus of Lyons described her as an “advocate.”1 Why do we need an advocate? Scripture tells us that we are all sinners and, one day, we will be judged for our actions.2 Just as… Read More ›

Mary, Handmaid of the Lord

Of the countless descriptions and titles for Mary, perhaps the most beautiful is the one she uses to describe herself, the “Handmaid of the Lord.”1 Though mentioned only twice in Scripture, this title for Mary is significant and enduring because it describes the essential character of her soul, the underlying disposition from which all other… Read More ›

Does Mary Speak My Language?

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12th) Chances are, if you don’t speak Spanish or if you’re not of Mexican heritage, you may think that Our Lady of Guadalupe and her corresponding feast day have little to do with you.  But you couldn’t be more wrong.  Mary, in whatever guise she may choose to… Read More ›