Tagged: Blessed Virgin Mary

Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites

February 17 is the memorial of the Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servites. These seven men were born into noble families in 13th century Florence, which was torn by political strife and filled with heresy. The city was decadent and religion was nearly non-existent. Drawn together by friendship and devotion to the Blessed Virgin, they dedicated themselves to common prayer and works of...

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11 marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to St. Bernadette Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Mother appeared eighteen times to a poor, uneducated, sickly fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) times in the in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes, called “de Massabielle”. On March 25, the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1858,...

The Spirituality of St. John Neumann

January 5th is the feast of St. John Neumann (1811-1860), a native of Bohemia (a region encompassing the western Czech Republic) who immigrated to the United States. He became a Redemptorist priest and the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia. St. John Neumann founded the first Catholic diocesan school system in the U.S. and a new religious institute for women — the Third Order of the Sisters of Saint...

Feast of St. John – Apostle of Love

Today is the feast day of my Community — the feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist. St. John is also my patron saint and the saint I try most to emulate in my daily life. St. John, a fisherman, the son of Zebedee, and the brother of St. James the Great, was called to be an Apostle by our Lord in the first year...

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.” — Catechism of the Catholic Church What is the dogma of the Immaculate Conception? The Immaculate Conception, proclaimed in 1854...