Sign Up for our Free Daily Email Updates

The Seven Sorrows of Mary

Divine Intimacy_K2

✞ Presence of God – Permit me, O Mary, to remain near the Cross, that I may share with you in the Passion of Jesus. MEDITATION We find in Simeon’s prophecy the first explicit announcement of the part the Blessed Virgin was to have in the Passion of Jesus: “Thy own soul a sword shall pierce” (Lk 2:35). This prophecy was fulfilled on Calvary. “Yes, O Blessed Mother,” says St. Bernard, “a sword has truly pierced your... Read More

Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe (Part III of III)

December 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Featured, Mary

IF

This month, in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we’re doing a three-part post on the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the two shrines in her honor. I encourage you to read more about it in Mary of the Americas, A Handbook on Guadalupe, The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Empress of the Americas, or Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Conquest of Darkness. Yesterday we examined Juan Diego’s tilma and its symbolism and miraculous... Read More

Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe (Part II of III)

December 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Diana von Glahn, Featured, Mary

Virgendeguadalupe1Crop

This month, in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we’re doing a three-part post on the story of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the two shrines dedicated in her honor in Mexico City and La Crosse, Wisconsin. This story is so rich in detail and fascinating facts, I encourage you to read more about it in Mary of the Americas, A Handbook on Guadalupe, The Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe Empress of the Americas, or Our Lady of Guadalupe and... Read More

Purity: The Energy of Life!

August 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Mary, Mary Kaufmann, Virtue

626px-Arnau_Bassa_-_Triptych_with_Madonna_and_Child_with_the_Crucifixion_and_the_Annunciation_-_Walters_37468_-_A_T_Detail_BPurity

I ran into my friend, Jan, who has pancreatic cancer. Jan is a joy to be around for she exudes love of God and joy in living. She is very candid about her experiences. She shared about chemotherapy: “It made my sweat, saliva, and everything exude this putrid odor. It was like all the bad stuff was getting shaken loose along with the cancer, to purify me from the inside out. After chemo, the doctors tell you that your system is... Read More

The Trouble with Mary (Part II of II): Pray Tell

July 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Mary, Paul McCusker

Paul McCusker copy

Life, As I Find It I was in my RCIA Class one evening and the speaker stood up to teach about Mary and the Communion of the Saints. At one point she said confidently, “Now, all Catholics know that we don’t actually pray to Mary or the Saints. We only ever pray to God.” I was instantly confused. I knew over the past several months that I’d heard the word “pray” used in connection with how we communicate to Mary and... Read More

The Trouble with Mary (Part I of II)

July 11, 2013 by  
Filed under Mary, Paul McCusker

Paul McCusker copy

Life, As I Find It I remember sitting in a conference where the speaker, an Evangelical Protestant, began to talk about Mary, the Mother of Jesus, in complimentary terms. He stopped quickly then said, “I know it makes some of you uncomfortable talking about Mary like this. You’re afraid we might accidentally slip up and start worshipping her.” The line got a laugh and I thought, as an Evangelical Protestant at the time, how... Read More

CSD Book Club – 33 Days to Morning Glory (Week 7 of 7)

June 4, 2013 by  
Filed under Book Club, Mary, Total Consecration, Vicki Burbach

St._John_the_Baptist,_Vincennes,_IN_-_stained_glass,_Mary_has_chosen_the better part Wikimedia Commons copy

After the Consecration… Because of the greatness of this gift, we should strive all the more to unite ourselves with Mary and aim to do everything through her, with her, and in her.  At least out of gratitude, we should make it our aim to have an attitude of growing mindfulness of and dependence on her.  Yet there should be more at work here than just trying to be grateful to Mary.  For the more we belong to her, the more... Read More

O Virgin of Guadalupe

December 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary

Virgen_de_Guadalupe Wikimedia Commons No Restrictions Featured

O Virgin of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, grant to our homes the grace of loving and respecting life in its beginnings, with the same love with which you conceived in your womb the life of the Son of God. Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, protect our families so that they may always be united and bless the upbringing of our children. Our hope, look upon us with pity, teach is to go continually to Jesus, and if we... Read More

Reflections on Mary’s Pond – Gratitude

May 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary

In the midst of the eighteen year storm of my childhood, there were brief reprieves. Some of these came when my father would break away from his incredibly busy work schedule and take us fishing. Mostly alone in the mountains following some meandering brook in the hopes of finding a larger-than-life fish in a small stream was safe, and it caused the tumult at home to fade, at least for a while. It was during these times that I... Read More

The Immaculate Conception

December 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Mary, Seasonal Meditations, Solemnity

The Immaculate Conception

Mary, crowned with living light, Temple of the Lord, Place of peace and holiness, Shelter of the Word. Mystery of sinless life In our fallen race, Free from shadow, you reflect Plenitude of grace. Virgin-Mother of our God, Lift us when we fall, Who were named upon the Cross Mother of us all. Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Heaven sings your praise; Mary magnifies your name Through eternal days.   Liturgy of the Hours About Dan BurkeDan... Read More

Next Page »