Our Lady

Our Lady’s Love for Souls in Purgatory

If there is anyone who is interested in releasing souls from Purgatory, it is the Blessed Virgin Mary. When her Son went to “preach to the souls in prison” (1 Peter 3:19) immediately after His [...]

By |2019-11-02T20:01:36+00:00November 2nd, 2019|Comments Off on Our Lady’s Love for Souls in Purgatory

The Assumption Releases Us from Worldliness

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 [...]

By |2019-08-15T10:29:16+00:00August 15th, 2019|Comments Off on The Assumption Releases Us from Worldliness

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

Unraveling Our Personal History

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 [...]

By |2019-03-06T13:01:08+00:00March 6th, 2019|Comments Off on Unraveling Our Personal History

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