Our Lady

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

The Assumption Releases Us from Worldliness

By |2019-08-15T10:29:16+00:00August 15th, 2019|

The Mother of Jesus, after assisting the Apostles at the birth of the Church, was released from her mortal life at the Assumption and given a greater ability to help her children from Heaven. Mary’s Assumption provides the spiritual force to undo the many degrading knots of worldliness and helps us become more spiritual people [...]

Undoing the Knot of Clerical Scandals

By |2019-07-01T01:54:44+00:00July 1st, 2019|

The Catholic priesthood is undoubtedly experiencing a profound crisis at this moment. The vast majority of good priests are tainted by the scandals, but Our Lady, Mother of Priests, does not give up hope for them, even though the world and some Catholics do. She can free the clergy of the weight of scandal and [...]

The Church’s First Novena

By |2019-06-01T10:42:29+00:00June 1st, 2019|

Ascension Thursday begins what we may call the Church’s first novena. It is the nine-day period between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday in which the disciples were locked in the Upper Room, united in prayer with Our Lady, and obedient to the Lord’s wishes: “to wait for ‘the promise of the Father’” (Acts 1:4). This [...]

Unraveling Our Personal History

By |2019-03-06T13:01:08+00:00March 6th, 2019|

While the Blessed Virgin Mary has a very visible role to play in the season of Advent, she is less prominent in Lent. She acts behind the scenes, so to speak, accompanying us on our penitential journey, leading us to the apex of the season, which is the Hill of Calvary, where she stands interceding [...]

Healer of Sin and Division

By |2019-01-22T22:50:38+00:00January 22nd, 2019|

The Blessed Virgin Mary, known in her litany as Queen of Peace, Mother of Mercy, Comfort of the Afflicted, among other titles, looks down upon the whole world from Heaven and sees the tremendous suffering and divisions of the human race. She is not indifferent to them but, through the power of Christ, helps to [...]

The Guadalupe Reconciliation

By |2018-12-12T23:06:16+00:00December 12th, 2018|

In 1531 the Virgin Mary appeared a number of times to a simple Indian at the center of the New World and evangelized a continent. Her maternal love overcame the deep cultural divisions of two hostile nations that could not find reconciliation through their own efforts. The first bishop of the New World, Franciscan Juan [...]

How to Memorize the Litany of Loreto

By |2018-12-05T19:10:16+00:00December 5th, 2018|

Need a challenge for Advent? How about memorizing the Litany of Loreto? Since the 16th Century the faithful have prayed this exquisitely beautiful litany in honor of Our Lady that lays out many of the titles of Mary evident in Catholic doctrine and devotion. This Litany, named for its origin in Loreto, Italy, is a [...]

An Election Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary

By |2018-11-04T10:54:41+00:00November 4th, 2018|

Many of us remember the total chaos that erupted after the contested Bush-Gore election in November of 2000.   Our country was gripped by what can only be called a profound spirit of division that has imprinted itself upon our national politics ever since. Armies of lawyers descended on Palm Beach County government offices to count [...]

Undoing the Final Knot of Death

By |2018-11-02T23:12:51+00:00November 2nd, 2018|

As we enter the month of November, the Church reminds us of our duty to pray for souls who have departed this life, both those who are related to us and even those we never knew. Our Lady, the Undoer of Knots, is perfectly suited to assist us in dissolving the last and most difficult [...]

The Virgin Mary and the Pro-Life Movement

By |2018-08-05T22:45:05+00:00August 5th, 2018|

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 [...]