Tagged: Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Lady of La Sallette: A Message of Hope

On September 19, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette. On this day, we recall the apparition in which Our Lady appeared to two shepherd children in France. On Saturday, September 19, 1846, the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows at about 3:00 in the afternoon, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on the mountain of La Salette in the French Alps...

Our Lady of Sorrows: The Feast and Devotions

September 15 is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This feast is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, and her union with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. The title “Our Lady of Sorrows” focuses on the Blessed Mother’s intense suffering during the passion and death of Christ. The title “The Seven Dolors” refers to the seven swords that pierced the Heart of Mary....

The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On September 12, the Church celebrates the memorial of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary to teach us how useful and advantageous it is for us to invoke her holy name in our needs. The name Mary by which we honor the Most Blessed Virgin means “Star of the Sea”. It is, says Saint Bernard, very well given to her, because she...

Powerful Prayers to Pray for Patriot Day

Today is Patriot Day, the 16th anniversary of 9-11, when al-Qaida terrorists attacked the U.S., hijacking passenger airplanes and flying them into each of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A fourth plane went down in a Pennsylvania field after passengers attempted to regain control. Nearly 3,000 people were killed in the terrorist...

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows

September 15 is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This feast is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, and her union with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. The title “Our Lady of Sorrows” focuses on the Blessed Mother’s intense suffering during the passion and death of Christ. The title “The Seven Dolors”  refers to the seven swords that pierced the Heart of...

Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Model of Mercy and Charity

  September 5 marks the feast day of Saint Teresa of Calcutta – a beautiful servant of God who is one of our most celebrated mothers and a universal symbol of God’s merciful and preferential love for the poor and forgotten. She has been widely known as both a model of mercy and of charity. There is no one more renowned for practicing the heroic...

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On August 22. we celebrate a beautiful Marian Feast — the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This special Liturgical Feast was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII on October 11, 1954 through his Encyclical Letter Ad Caeli Reginam. The Catholic Church made this proclamation based upon the fact that whether in time of peace or in time of war, the faithful have incessantly offered prayers...

Saint Maximilian Kolbe, the Blessed Mother, and Me

  By Jean M. Heimann August 14 is the feast day of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, one of my favorite saints. A Conventual Franciscan, “Saint Max” graciously assisted me during one of the most difficult times in my life – a dark night of the senses – approximately 17 years ago. The Lord led me to seek spiritual direction from a Conventual Franciscan (much like Saint...

Novena for the Queenship of Mary begins

August 22 is the Feast of The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This special Liturgical Feast was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII on October 11, 1954 through his Encyclical Letter Ad Caeli Reginam. The Catholic Church made this proclamation based upon the fact that whether in time of peace or in time of war, the faithful have incessantly offered prayers of petition and hymns of...

St. Dominic: The Saint of the Holy Rosary

August 8 is a special day for me because not only is it my birthday, but it is the feast day of one of my favorite saints — St. Dominic, a Castilian priest and founder of the Dominican Order. Also, the founder of my Oblate community is a Dominican. Therefore, this is is a special feast day for the members of the Community of St....