Tagged: Blessed Virgin Mary

St. Marguerite Bourgeoys: Woman of Faith and Fortitude

Image: St. Marguerite Bourgeoys January 12 is the feast of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the founder of the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre Dame, a teaching order. She is the patron saint of poor people and those rejected by religious orders. St. Marguerite Bourgeoys was a woman of aspirations and action, despite her fragile health. She was a woman of faith and fortitude, known for...

Saint John Neumann: His Life and Spirituality

January 5th is the feast of Saint John Neumann (1811-1860), a native of Bohemia (a region encompassing the western Czech Republic) who immigrated to the United States. The apptitude to learn languages that had brought him to America led him to learn Spanish, French, Italian, and Dutch so he could hear confessions in at least six languages. When Irish immigration started, he learned Gaelic so well...

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Wife, Mother, Widow, Sister

January 4th is the feast of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, a single woman, a wife, a mother, a widow, a lay woman and a religious Sister. She was the foundress of the first American Catholic parish school, the first American community of women religious (the Sisters of Charity), and the first American orphanage. This first native-born American saint was born on August 28, 1774 in...

Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

Happy New Year to all and a blessed Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God! On this first day of the new year, eight days after the birth of Christ, we remember the Blessed Virgin Mary by celebrating her divine motherhood. We call Mary Theotokus, or “God-Bearer” because she is the Mother of God. When Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God Incarnate, we...

Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace

In her book Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace,  Marge Steinhage Fenelon provides us with a powerful testimony for devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is not only the Mother of God, but our Mother, as well. As our Mother, Mary is our advocate in difficult situations. Marge discovered this as a young child, when she was abused by her biological...

Eleven Easy Ways to Evangelize This Christmas

Christmas is the origin of Christian evangelization in the world because the primary Eucharistic event of our faith is the birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus is God’s Living Word made flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary and it is He offers Himself to us Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist. As we gaze upon the...

Our Lady of Guadalupe: Herald of Hope for Our Nation

Image: The Virgin of Guadalupe On December 12, we celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe — one of my favorites Marian feast days. Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, brings hope into our lives. She covers us in the folds of her heavenly mantle and cradles us in her arms. Mary is the Mother who tenderly consoles us and protects us from evil. She...

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

December 8 is the Solemnity 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...

12 Great Catholic Books to Give as Christmas Gifts

Here are twelve of my favorite books that will make great Christmas gifts: Teens and Adults (Catholic Romance): Ornamental Graces by Carolyn Astfalk Julia’s Gifts by Ellen Gable is the first book in her new inspirational religious fiction series Great War Great Love. Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl Teens and Adults (Marian Books): Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the...

Saint John Damascene: Doctor of Christian Art

December 4th is the feast of Saint John Damascene, Patristic Father and Doctor of the Church. Saint John Damascene (also known as St. John of Damascus) was born In Damascus, Syria around 676 AD into a rich family and spent the early years of his adult life serving as the official representative of the Christian community to the Muslim Caliph. He later abandoned this political...