Category Archives: Blessed Virigin

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

To all my readers, I wish to extend to you my blessing on this obligatory solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Mother of God. Since this solemnity is often misunderstood as a celebration of Mary conceiving Jesus in her … Continue reading

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The Presentation of Mary

We celebrate today the memorial of the Presentation of Mary. Ancient tradition — largely through non-biblical sources and oral tradition — tells us that Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anna, prayed for a child as they were childless. They promised to … Continue reading

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CDF bars participation in events assuming truth of Medjugorje :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued a letter to all the United States bishops prohibiting the Catholic faithful and all clergy from participating in events that presume the authenticity of the “apparitions” of Medjugorje. This letter, … Continue reading

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Mary of Nazareth

Here is what promises to be a wonderful film put out by Ignatius Press. It is entitled, Mary of Nazareth. You can view the trailer below. I for one will be awaiting its showing locally.  

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The Discipleship of Mary, Mother of God

I have been stuck thinking about what St. Augustine said a few days ago in the second reading in the Office of Readings on the memorial of the Presentation of Mary. If you recall, he said that Mary saw her … Continue reading

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Our Lady of Sorrows and Diaconal Suffering

Today’s memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows — that is our Lady’s spiritual martyrdom, as St. Bernard writes — brings back to mind a theme I have been pondering for many months. The deacon’s relationship with suffering seems central to … Continue reading

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Did You Know Jesus Had Grandparents?

Today is the memorial of St. Joachim and St. Anne, the traditionally honored parents of Mary, and thus the grandparents of Jesus. Have you ever used as a source of meditation the fact that Jesus Christ had grandparents? Joachim and … Continue reading

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Marian Street Shrines in Rome

While I was living in Rome in the late 1970s, I would often walk the back streets of the city. Back then, it was completely safe day and night. The trek from the North American College to the Gregorian University … Continue reading

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Fear Sin More Than Persecution, says Pope Benedict

On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Benedict said that the Church should fear the sin of its members more than hatred against Christians. He noted that the Church has suffered persecution throughout its history and since it has … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Today is a holy day of obligation for all Catholics as it is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. I have always found it interesting that despite its significance in the faith life of the Church, so many Catholics and … Continue reading

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St. Augustine, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Dignity of the Church

An excerpt from St. Augustine’s Discourses was offered today for our consideration in the Office of Readings for the Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a feast that is quite ancient in the Eastern Churches … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“The Immaculata is the peak of all created perfections.” – St. Maximillian Kolbe, OFM Cap.

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Dedication of the Diocese of Winona to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

  Last night, Bishop John M. Quinn rededicated the diocese of Winona to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Appropriately, this occurred on the memorial of the Nativity of Mary, and during the celebration of a Mass at the Cathedral of … Continue reading

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The Nativity of Mary

Today is the feast of the Nativity of Mary. It has been exactly nine months since we celebrated her Immaculate Conception, so today the Church from ancient times has celebrated her birth. Tradition has it (e.g., the “gospel of James”) … Continue reading

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Dedication of the Basilica St. Mary Major

Today is an optional memorial of the dedication of the basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. It sits on the Esquiline hill and is the oldest church dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the Western Church. Pope Sixtus III … Continue reading

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