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!

Candlemas 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 as being a gifted homilist; so, take a cup of tea or coffee, and allow the voice of our Catholic ancestor, a saint and priest, to speak today. In this short piece, you will find what the Church has taught about the woman, Our Holy Mother, who gave birth to Our Lord Jesus Christ, and carried Him to the Temple, so long ago. The homily begins now: Our Lady, blessed Mary, gave birth to the Son of God without defilement, because The Holy Ghost came upon her, and the power of the Most High overshadowed her [cf. Lk 1:35]. This good bee was ‘small’ in her humility, ‘rounded’ in contemplation of heavenly glory (which has no beginning or end), ‘dense’…

Rosa Mystica

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 divine Find me a place by thee, mother of mine.2.But where was it formerly? which is the spot That was blest in it once, though now it is not? — It is Galilee’s growth: it grew at God’s will And broke into bloom upon Nazareth hill. In the gardens of God, in the daylight divine I shall look on thy loveliness, mother of mine. 3. What was its season then? how long ago? When was the summer that saw the bud blow? — Two thousands of years are near upon past Since its birth and its bloom and its breathing its last. In the gardens of God, in the daylight divine I shall keep time with thee, mother of mine.…

The Immaculate Conception 2022

  The day breaks, and like my fellow Catholics throughout the world, I remember the Most Holy Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Conception, on her grand feast day. For this delightful day, I am posting an article which was printed on Rorate Caeli, and was written by Fr. Serafino M. Lanzetta, titled: The Primacy of Mary as Immaculate Conception. The source of this piece will be cited at its conclusion. It is not too long of a read, and is well worth it. The article now begins: “Christ is first In order to execute a project, or to turn a vision into action, one first needs to have an idea or a plan. The idea precedes the action, as the intention precedes the actual achieving of the goal. Likewise, an artist, to give an example very expressive of this reality, must first conceive in mind what he wants then to depict on a canvas. If his intelligence is uninspired, it is higly likely that the canvas will not represent anything. And in order to paint something in on a large scale,…

Saint Catherine Laboure, November 28

Today, the Roman Catholic Church commemorates the French saint Catherine (Zoe) Laboure (b. 1806- d. 1876).  Catherine was a farmer’s daughter who grew up in turbulent times; and, besides the cultural upheaval around her, the little Zoe, as she was known to her family, experienced personal turbulence when she lost her mother to death at the age of nine. At the time of her mother’s death, Zoe took the Blessed Virgin Mary as her own mother, and retained a deep love of the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout her entire life. Zoe eventually pursued a religious vocation and joined the Daughters of Charity in Paris in her early twenties. Zoe, as I noted in a post about the Miraculous Medal, was the recipient of a great honor, decreed by God, when, in 1830, she received several visits from the Blessed Virgin Mary. During these visits, the Blessed Virgin Mary entrusted to her the mission of promulgating what is now known as the Miraculous Medal (image, above). What I find interesting about the life of St. Catherine Laboure, and you might, too, is that…