It would be easier to separate light from the sun than to separate Mary from Jesus.
~St. Louis Marie de Montfort

The Virgin Mary and the Pro-Life Movement

By Peter Darcy | On Aug 5, 2018 | No Comments

The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary always reminds me of Pope John Paul II’s visit to World Youth Day in Denver in the summer of 1993. The culmination of the event was an outdoor Mass with 400,000 kids in Cherry Creek State Park. Because of the dry heat that day, it felt like we were having Mass in a…

Life Hidden in Mystery

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 7, 2018 | No Comments

The Catholic religion is full of mystery — the mystery of God. This mystery is not a human puzzle that a Sherlock Holmes can “solve” by the force of brilliant deductions. Nor is it the type of enigma that can be understood only by an intellectual elite. The ancient world was full of “mystery religions” of that type. But the Church…

St. Aelred of Rievaulx on Our Lady’s Assumption

By Peter Darcy | On Aug 15, 2016 | No Comments

It is certain that the whole host of angels came today to meet the most Blessed Mary. They found her in the world and they bore her from the world. But she, although she saw the brightness of the angels and their glory and blessedness, she was still not satisfied with that. Instead, she longed to see him whom alone…

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Spiritual Vessel

By Peter Darcy | On Jul 2, 2016 | No Comments

By Peter Darcy Mary also anticipated, in the mystery of the incarnation, the Church’s Eucharistic faith. When, at the Visitation, she bore in her womb the Word made flesh, she became … the first “tabernacle” in history in which the Son of God, still invisible to our human gaze, allowed himself to be adored by Elizabeth, radiating his light as…

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Refuge of Sinners

By Peter Darcy | On Jun 7, 2016 | No Comments

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who had fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought they intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly unto thee O Virgin of virgins our Mother; to thee do we come, before thee we stand, sinful and sorrowful….

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Comforter of the Afflicted

By Peter Darcy | On May 5, 2016 | No Comments

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary; call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips; never suffer it to leave your heart…while she holds your hand, you cannot fail. ~St. Bernard of Clairvaux, (1090-1153) Of all the blessings that a mother is for her children, clearly, the task of comforting them…

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Cause of Our Joy

By Peter Darcy | On Apr 5, 2016 | No Comments

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR Shout for joy, daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, Israel!  Be glad and exult with all your heart, daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has removed the judgment against you; he has turned away your enemies. The King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear. (Zeph 3:14-15) What a beautiful title this is! I…

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Mirror of Justice

By Peter Darcy | On Mar 3, 2016 | No Comments

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR For she is the reflection of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of his goodness. (Wis 7: 25-26) This next interesting Marian title can seem to be rather a mystery. What are we to make of Mary as a “Mirror of Justice”? Well, the image that is reflected in a…

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Mother of the Church

By Peter Darcy | On Feb 4, 2016 | No Comments

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR We believe that the Holy Mother of God, the new Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven to exercise her maternal role on behalf of the members of Christ. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #975.) While I have such a deep respect for the faith of my many Protestant friends, I have to say…

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Mystical Rose

By Peter Darcy | On Jan 1, 2016 | 2 Comments

By Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR What was the color of that Blossom bright? / White to begin with, immaculate white. / But what a wild flush on the flakes of it stood, / When the Rose ran in crimsoning down the Cross wood. / In the Gardens of God, in the daylight divine / I shall worship the Wounds with…

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