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

Tag: Blessed Virgin Mary

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 ›

Saturdays with Mary

This past Sunday marked the beginning of a new liturgical year. It is Advent, a time set aside to help us prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas Day and ends on Christmas Eve. Like Lent, it is a penitential… Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

“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 ›

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 ›