Our Lady

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

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 [...]

Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

By |2018-05-10T15:22:28+00:00May 10th, 2018|

For many years I struggled to understand the “vessel” images applied to the Virgin Mary in the Litany of Loreto. In the Litany she is described variously as a “spiritual vessel,” a “vessel of honor,” and a “singular vessel of devotion.” These are gracious but mysterious descriptions, to be sure. Pope St. John Paul II [...]

Refuge of Sinners

By |2016-06-07T02:46:18+00:00June 7th, 2016|

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 [...]

Comforter of the Afflicted

By |2016-05-05T02:27:27+00:00May 5th, 2016|

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, [...]