Mary and Marian Devotion

Another feast day for Momma Mary — as Patroness of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe is among my favorite titles for Mary. And though my circumstances prevent me from sharing very much here, I do have a few things you may like… My favorite quote from this apparition: “Let not your heart be disturbed. Do not fear that sickness, nor any other sickness or anguish. Am…

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: a prayer, a paragraph, & a podcast

Today’s feast day is traditionally celebrated on December 8, but due the Second Sunday of Advent falling on that date, the liturgical calendar moves the solemnity to today. I offer the following for your reflection today. First: a beautiful prayer to our Mother Mary, the Immaculate Conception, as found in Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei,…

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This makes me think… about Mary as the New Eve

In Mary, Eve discovers the nature of the true dignity of woman, of feminine humanity. This discovery must continually reach the heart of every woman and shape her vocation and her life. -Blessed John Paul II, Mulieris Dignitatem, par 11. I’ve always been moved by this illustration.  

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This makes me think… about one of my favorite stories about Mary on her feast day

The key to understanding Mary is this: We do not start with Mary. We start with Christ, the Son of the Living God! The less we think of Him, the less we think of her; the more we think of Him, the more we think of her; the more we adore his Divinity, the more we…

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This makes me think… about Mary’s Fiat and Our “Amen” to the Body of Christ

In a certain sense Mary lived her Eucharistic faith even before the institution of the Eucharist, by the very fact that she offered her virginal womb for the Incarnation of God’s Word. The Eucharist, while commemorating the passion and resurrection, is also in continuity with the incarnation. At the Annunciation Mary conceived the Son of God in the…

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Mary’s Assumption… My favorite reading and podcasts on the subject

  The Praises of Mary O how wondrous is the dignity of the glorious Virgin! She merited to become the mother of Him who is the strength and beauty of the angels and the grandeur of all the saints. Mary was the seat of our sanctification, that is to say, the dwelling place of the…

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This makes me think… about Mary… she is “greater” than the apostles

In the theologically grounded tradition the priesthood passes through man. The woman has another function in Christianity, reflected in the figure of Mary. It is the figure that embraces society, the figure that contains it, the mother of the community. The woman has the gift of maternity, of tenderness; if all these riches are not…

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The Immaculate Heart of Mary

  Today is the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. You can find the day’s readings here, including these words of pondering, “his mother kept all these things in her heart.” The heart of Mary is worth pondering and just taking it… she is the Mother of God, her most exalted title, (Theotokos), and…

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