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  • The Illustrated Litany of Loreto

    The following article is taken from the University of Dayton’s All About Mary page. It contains a collection of 18th century prints which illustrate the titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Litany of Loreto, with accompanying explanations. It is quite informative, and sheds light on who Our Lady is as seen in the traditional Litany of Loreto. The…

  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel

    Today is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Dom Prosper Gueranger (b. 1805- d. 1875) wrote a prayer to Our Lady for this day; and it is applicable to our times. It is: QUEEN of Carmel, hear the voice of the Church as she sings to you on this day. When the world was languishing in ceaseless expectation,…

  • The Blessed Virgin Mary: Queen

    Today, as we approach the end of May, I am sharing a teaching from Antonio Cardinal Bacci (b. 1885- d. 1971). In this teaching Cardinal Bacci reflects on Our Lady as Queen. This is fitting as May nears its end, for on the last day of May, the Church will commemorate the Queenship of Mary . I think you will…

  • Our Lady: Center of Medieval Life

    Last month, Notre Dame de Paris was heavily damaged by fire. This cathedral was built by our medieval Catholic ancestors, and is dear to Catholics around the world. Recently, I came across an interesting Catholic Herald article written by the American medieval scholar, Dr. Rachel Fulton Brown. In the article, Brown, writes of the central importance of Our Lady, as…

  • The Kitchen Madonna

    “‘In my home, Ukrainian home,’ said Marta, ‘We make a good place. In the corner, there’ and she showed an angle of the room. ‘A place on top of cupboard, perhaps, or perhaps on shelf. Little place but it holy because we keep there Our Lady and Holy Child.'”  ~Rumer Godden, from The Kitchen Madonna   I was looking at…