Posts Tagged ‘Mary’

Modeling the Faith of Mary in Her Calling and Life

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

In the liturgical life of the Church, Saturday is the day of the week in which we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was the disciple who best kept faith on the day that Jesus spent in the tomb. Today, nine months before Christmas, yet in the midst of Lent, we also celebrate the Solemnity […] [Read more]

Mary, Mother of God, and the World Day of Peace

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Each New Year’s Day, the pope issues a message for the celebration of the World Day of Peace. Fittingly, on January 1, we Catholics also celebrate a holy day of obligation, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, who is also the Queen of Peace. Pope Francis notes that his Message for the 2016 World […] [Read more]

Mary, Star of Evangelization

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

In preparation for the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which we observe on August 15, I invite you to a three-part reflection on learning from Our Blessed Mother how to be evangelizers.  Both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Mary as the “Star of Evangelization” because of […] [Read more]

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Today, the Church rejoices in thanksgiving for Mary’s singular cooperation with the action of the Holy Spirit.  In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read that “the Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary, to magnify with her the great things the Lord has done for her, and to entrust supplications […] [Read more]

Eternally Connected by the Bond of Love

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Mary was there at the foot of the Cross when Jesus died, but when he was lifted up to heaven, 40 days after his Resurrection, the Bible does not record his mother as being physically present (Lk 24:51-52; Acts 1:1-11).  One might think that she would want to be there to say farewell, but it […] [Read more]

The Annunciation of the Lord

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Today, the Church celebrates the Annunciation of the Lord.  Normally, this Solemnity is observed on March 25, but because that day fell within Holy Week this year, the celebration has been transferred to today.  For most of the year, the Church gathers each day to pray the Angelus, except during the Easter Season, when the […] [Read more]

The Unique Genius of Woman in the Church and Society

Monday, March 4th, 2013

This week includes the feast days of some remarkable women, giving us an opportunity to celebrate again the nature and dignity of women, recognizing the indispensible role that women have played in salvation history and in the transmission of the faith (see Proposition 46 of the Synod on the New Evangelization).  This includes the many […] [Read more]

May is Mary’s Month

Friday, May 4th, 2012

During the month of May, we celebrate many Catholic traditions and customs. May processions, the recitation of the rosary, Marian sodality celebrations and seeking the intercession of Mary on Mother’s Day are all part of parish life. Also during May, we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin (May 31). In your […] [Read more]

The Gift of the Feminine Genius

Friday, March 9th, 2012

For the month of March, the Holy Father’s general intention is that the whole world may recognize the contribution of women to the development of society. The liturgical calendar for this  month celebrates the courage and fidelity of women. In the first week, the Church celebrates the feast of the martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity […] [Read more]