Category: Mary

  • Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

    The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is celebrated on September 15th. This feast recalls the seven scriptural references to Mary’s heartache. For a woman who “kept all these things in her heart,” (Luke 2:51) that heart knew a great deal of pain. Heartache often goes hand in hand with parenting. With great love and […]

  • How to Plant a Mary Garden

    Spring has come at last! It is time to plant and tend a garden. Mary Gardens, gardens dedicated to our Blessed Mother, have been gaining popularity in recent years. Many flowers and plants are associated with our Blessed Mother and various aspects of her life. These traditions hearken back to the Middle Ages, when religious […]

  • Book Review: Full of Grace

    Full of Grace: Miraculous Stories of Healing and Conversion Through Mary’s Intercession by Christine Watkins Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 2010 Christine Watkins grew up without religion and without a belief in God. Her parents had told her that Jesus was a fairytale and that when you died you became part of the dirt […]

  • Prayer for Light and Peace

    O Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of our Savior Jesus, you show your graciousness and compassion for all those who seek refuge in your protection. Fill our days with light and peace that we may reflect unending love to others. Lead us to your Son Jesus who was born to walk with us along the path […]

  • Mary, Undoer of Knots

    I read about this Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots today in a magazine, and decided to look it up. I think that this is something I could use in my life at the moment. There are definitely knots that could use some untying. A novena booklet can be ordered from Chaplet of the […]

  • A Brief History of the Rosary

    October has long been the month dedicated to the Rosary. Pope St. Pius V established the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (October 7th) in 1573 to thank God for the victory of Christians over the Turks at Lepanto, a victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. Pope Clement XI expanded the feast […]

  • Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and the Brown Scapular

    July 16th is the feast day of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. This is in remembrance of the day in 1251 when Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock, a monastic who was living in England. She appeared with the Brown Scapular in hand and uttered these words: “Take, beloved son this scapular of thy order […]

  • A Baby Changes Everything

    In the quiet of night, a young mother holds her baby to her, admiring his fingers and toes, exploring the features of his face. Her son is new to this world, a gift from God. She is like every other new mother, filled with wonder and exhaustion and, perhaps, fear. She is very young. Is […]