“Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.” ~Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Tomorrow, the Roman Catholic Church commemorates possibly the most beautiful moment in the history of the world, the Annunciation; or, as the day of the Annunciation is known, Lady Day.…
On the History and Meaning of the Holy Name of Mary
Several weeks ago, I came upon a portion of a book about the Blessed Virgin Mary online. It was a cold day in February, and I went down the proverbial rabbit hole looking into old books that teach of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The one I stumbled upon was written in 1922 by Cardinal Alexis-Henri-Marie Lépicier, O.S.M., and is titled The Fairest…
Our Lady of Lourdes 2023
“She is the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror.” ~Antiphon for the feast of the Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary at Lourdes Hail to Mary on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes 2023!
As we head towards the second day of February, which is the feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary/the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, also known as Candlemas, I thought you might like to read a homily on this commemoration from St. Anthony of Padua (b. 1195- d. 1231). St. Anthony was noted in his day…
Rosa Mystica by Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins 1. The rose in a mystery, where is it found? Is it anything true? Does it grow upon ground? — It was made of earth’s mould but it went from men’s eyes And its place is a secret and shut in the skies. Refrain — In the gardens of God, in the daylight…