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...]

Madonna mural making waves

The image below has become something of a tourist attraction in southern California: But its days may be numbered: City-hired consultants indicated in a rough draft report Wednesday that they would like to test heat, chemical and mechanical methods of removing an unauthorized surfing Madonna mosaic. But the issue of what to do with the [Read More...]

"Love our Lady…"

I’m working my way through St. Josemaria Escriva’s “The Way,” and this jumped out at me this morning — apt thoughts for a deacon, and for this month devoted to Mary: “Love our Lady.  And she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.  And the enemy will gain nothing by [Read More...]

"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord…"

A beautiful illustration of the Annunciation, celebrated every March 25th, as interpreted by one of my favorite biblical artists,  James Tissot: [Read more...]

What hath God wrought? The talking rosary

A Florida newspaper has details, and a video: The so-called Freedom Rosary, developed by a Vero Beach couple, talks a devotee through the prayers with a tiny speaker in its cross. Like the Confession app, the device is meant to aid Catholic tradition rather than replace it. “People are confused about how to say [the [Read More...]

Coincidence?

This, of course, is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.   And it is also a day when history was made in Egypt. Above: “The Virgin Mary Tree” in Egypt. An ancient tradition holds that it protected the Holy Family. The Anchoress points out that Hosni Mubarak resigned on a Marian feast — and that [Read More...]

How tall is Mary?

A new book claims to have that answer, and some other details, about the apparition in Medjugorje. Details: The Virgin Mary is a blue eyed teenage girl that appears taller than she is because she stands on a cloud. That is according to a new book that has carried out exclusive interviews with the the [Read More...]

Business is booming at Wisconsin apparition site

Perhaps unsurprisingly, America’s first approved Marian apparition shrine is generating a lot of interest — and seeing a lot more visitors these days. From the Green Bay Press-Gazette: People came in unprecedented numbers this week to Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, the first approved Marian apparition site in the United States. Since the [Read More...]


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