Mary and Marian Devotion

It’s First Saturday tomorrow — Make it a Morning with Mom! #5FirstSat4Mary

Tomorrow is a First Saturday. I hope you’ll join in beginning this 5-month devotion or continue along with me. This is my 4th of 5 first Saturdays. Earlier posts are here: the beginning, the second, and third. The first post outlines the “how-to’s” for the First Saturday devotion. I’ve learned a few things as I’ve…

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Tomorrow is First Saturday! Who’s with me for Saturday #3? #5FirstSat4Mary

Since September I’ve been on a quest to make the Five First Saturdays devotion. So tomorrow is my third of, Lord-willing, five Saturdays. Today I’m going to confession in advance of the first Saturday because where I’ll be attending the First Saturday Mass in the morning, there will not be confessions available. So my First…

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Saturday #2 of “The Five First Saturdays… ” — who’s with me? #5FirstSat4Mary

We interrupt all the post-Pope coverage for this reminder… Tomorrow is a first Saturday. Over the summer I was convicted to attempt to make the Five First Saturdays devotion. Let me just say that, like in most families, Saturdays can be pretty hectic. And on reflection, that’s probably why I need this all the more….

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A post for Mary’s birthday…. overcoming my misperceptions about Mary…

Today is Mary’s birthday!!!  And I’m so happy that it is. But I was not always Mary’s fan girl. From my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious… I was slow to follow Mary’s example in my life. Earlier, I did not trust her example. I’ll share the roadblocks I’ve had, in case you’ve had some. So…

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The Five “First Saturdays” devotion — who’s with me?

It’s been years since I’ve done a First Saturday devotion. It was something I learned about regarding Fatima, and Our Lady of Fatima is a patron of mine, thanks to St. John Paul II. I’ve been privileged to visit Fatima twice in my life. Anyway, I was all set to begin the First Saturdays last…

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Mary, what wonder woman you are!

  Happy New Year and Happy Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary! When I give retreats to women, based on my book, I love to talk about Mary as our Wonder Woman. She really is! To hear a recent talk, go here. For more posts about Mary, go here.  ::: My favorite Christmas hymn is…

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To love Mary means to be committed to her son. #OurLadyOfGuadalupe

As we now pray the Angelus and remember the Annunciation of the Lord, our eyes too turn spiritually towards the hill of Tepeyac, to the place where the Mother of God, under the title of “the Ever-Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe” has been fervently honoured for centuries as a sign of reconciliation and of…

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This makes me think… we need Mary, who carried God within her. #ImmaculateConception

O Mother, how pure you are, you are untouched by sin; yours was the privilege to carry God within you. Antiphon from Morning Prayer, December 8

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This makes me think… of Our Lady of Fatima

The 13th of October, 1917 We left home quite early, expecting that we would be delayed along the way. Masses of people thronged the roads The rain fell in torrents. My mother, her heart torn with uncertainty as to what was going to happen, and fearing it would the last day of my life, wanted…

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The Assumption: Our Lady … “a gracious reminder” because we’re forgetful.

We need reminders. Because we’re forgetful. We need reminders of what’s true. We need reminders that are unmistakeable. We need reminding that God wants us… that God loves us. God wants to be in relationship with us. He wants that to be part of our here and now. But we have to want it too….

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