Mary

Undoing the Knot of Clerical Scandals

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 [...]

By |2019-07-01T01:54:44+00:00July 1st, 2019|Comments Off on Undoing the Knot of Clerical Scandals

The Church’s First Novena

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 [...]

By |2019-06-01T10:42:29+00:00June 1st, 2019|Comments Off on The Church’s First Novena

How to Memorize the Litany of Loreto

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 [...]

By |2018-12-05T19:10:16+00:00December 5th, 2018|Comments Off on How to Memorize the Litany of Loreto

Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel

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,” [...]

By |2018-05-10T15:22:28+00:00May 10th, 2018|Comments Off on Our Lady as Spiritual Vessel