Thousands of Russians line up to see “Holy Belt of the Virgin” — UPDATED

From our brothers and sisters in the Orthodox Church, some news out of Moscow: The Holy Belt of Virgin, one of the most venerated relics of the Orthodox Christian world, has arrived in the Russian capital after a tour of the country which began Oct. 24 from St. Petersburg. Over 50 thousand faithful went to [Read More...]

Pamela Anderson to play Mary in Christmas special

That would be the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus (seen above in a promotional picture). Details: Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson, famed for nude photo shoots and a homemade porn video withTommy Lee, is to play mother Mary holding baby Jesus in her arms on Canadian TV this Christmas. Anderson, a native of Canada, will headline A [Read More...]

Want to play a game with the Blessed Mother?

A friend sent me the following flier for a “rosary game” app now available on iTunes.  It’s not clear how, exactly, this works.  But visit the app store for details and to purchase. [Read more...]

"Confessions of a Rosary Rattler"

That’s the title of this fine piece by Pat Gohn that looks at how she came to appreciate the rosary — and the woman behind it: My white-haired grandmother, Henrietta, owned a beautiful rosary with tiny delicate pearlescent beads. She kept it on her bedroom bureau in a small metal. Whenever I’d visit her apartment, [Read More...]

Worth a thousand words: Hail, Mary!

For the month of the rosary, a striking image from a shrine in India. Source. And read more here from the current issue of ONE magazine. [Read more...]

Our Lady of Sorrows

“The Holy Virgin in Old Age” by James Tissot Can the human heart refrain from partaking in her pain, in that Mother’s pain untold? – Stabat Mater Visit here and here for more on this feast day. [Read more...]

On Mary's nativity: "Today this created world is raised to the dignity of a holy place…"

“This radiant and manifest coming of God to men most certainly needed a joyful prelude to introduce the great gift of salvation to us. The present festival, the birth of the Mother of God, is the prelude, while the final act is the fore-ordained union of the Word with flesh. Today the Virgin is born, [Read More...]

Her glorious Assumption: "To look at Mary is to see God's original plan for humanity"

“Henri Nouwen, I think, felt a profound connection to Mary’s simplicity and humanity. In one of his journals, he describes meeting a priest who summed up Mary’s meaning to the world so beautifully. ‘To look at Mary,’ this priest said, ‘is to see God’s original plan for humanity.’ As Nouwen explained, ‘In her, we see [Read More...]

Clowns make annual pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico

And now for something completely different. This is news to me, but apparently they do this every year.  The copy accompanying the video says simply: Hundreds of clowns made their annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico City to pay homage to the Virgin of Guadalupe. The artists are members of [Read More...]

Wisconsin Marian shrine: "Turnout has been incredible"

Thousands have flocked to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help since it became the first and only shrine in the United States to be officially recognized for an apparition of the Blessed Mother.  And it will get even more attention next week, when it will be featured in a report by ABC News [Read More...]


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