Category Archives: Blessed Virigin

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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The Annuniciation

Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation, the day on which the angel Gabriel announced to the virgin Mary that she from all eternity had been chosen to be the Mother of God, and she gave her fiat, “Let it … Continue reading

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What Would the Blessed Mother Do?

The secular press once again is saying that the Vatican told the Irish bishops a number of years ago to not report to civil authorities incidents of clergy abusing minors. Once again, the Church is saying that the press is … Continue reading

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The Immaculate Conception

There is a wonderful reflection on the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary today in the Office of Readings. It is written by St. Anselm, and I provide here an English excerpt translated from the Italian text I use. “God … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“When our hands have touched spices, they give fragrance to all they handle. Let us make our prayers pass through the hands of the Blessed Virgin. She will make them fragrant.” — St. John Vianney, SFO

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The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today is the feast Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast day, celebrated since the earliest days of the Church, especially in the East and then later in the West, is marker of sorts between the Old and New … Continue reading

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