Tagged: Marian Feast Days

Seven Quick Takes: November News

1. This fall has been a particularly busy season for me, as I have been writing new book proposals, doing research for new books, participating in radio interviews, and reading and reviewing several new books. Here are some fabulous fall reads I hope you will enjoy as much as I have. 2. November started off with one of my favorite feast days of the year...

Fatima: What does Our Lady ask of us today?

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. On October 13th, we celebrate the Miracle of the Sun – the final apparition of Fatima. The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children: Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta between May 13 and October 13, 1917. She gave them a message of both warning and hope. Our Lady of...

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam. Lepanto, perhaps...

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...

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...

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates her being taken up body and soul into heaven when her earthly life was finished. It first began to be celebrated as a feast day in the Eastern Church after the Ecumenical Council of Ephesus (431) proclaimed Mary the Mother of God. By the sixth century, the feast celebrated Mary’s Dormition, “her falling asleep”. The western church...

Our Lady of Good Counsel: Patroness of those seeking enlightenment

  Today is the optional memorial of Our Lady of Good Counsel, the patroness of those seeking enlightenment. On the Feast of Saint Mark, the Evangelist, April 25 1467, the people of Genazzano, Italy witnessed a marvelous sight. A cloud descended upon an ancient church dedicated to Our Lady of Good Counsel. When the cloud disappeared, an image of Our Lady and the Child Jesus was...

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...