One of the most beautiful and universal titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary is her title as Queen, honored on the August 22nd feast of the Queenship of Mary. What does this mean, and what is the Church tradition on this doctrine of the Catholic Faith? Here is a brief overview of the profound mystery of this Marian title.
August 21st, 1879 is the anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at a small village church in Knock, Ireland. Known as Our Lady of Knock, it is one of the major Marian apparitions approved by the Church.
Mary’s miraculous appearance was a great consolation to the Irish people who suffered through the terrible famines and extreme hardships of that era in Ireland’s history. Although Our Lady of Knock was silent, the peace and healing she brought was real and lasting.
According to Fr. Leo Patalinghug, parents should teach their kids that feeding the family is not just the job of mom or dad, but is a job for all family members, and even for all Christians. That’s because one of the best ways to show love for others is to physically feed them, an example left to us by Christ himself and followed by many of his saints.
St. Roch, also known as St. Rocco (c. 1295-1327), was a nobleman from Montpellier, France, the only son of the wealthy governor of the city. St. Roch was born with an unusual and deep red mark on his chest in the shape of a cross, a miraculous sign to his mother that the Blessed Virgin Mary had answered her prayers for her barrenness to be healed. He grew into a deeply religious child, fasting twice a week after the example of his pious mother. His parents died when he was 20, after which he gave his inheritance to the poor, handed the government of the city over to his uncle, and began a new life as a poor mendicant pilgrim.
Each year on August 15 we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. According to St. Peter Canisius, Doctor of the Church, the Solemnity of the Assumption is the greatest of all Marian feasts and therefore holds the highest place of them all. Why? Because Mary’s entrance into heaven was the happiest and most joyful event of her life—even greater than the Annunciation and the Nativity of Our Lord. Below are ten points regarding the awesomeness of today’s feast.
Today is the #feastday of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Polish priest, Franciscan friar, and 20th century martyr for the Catholic faith. As a young boy he had a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. One day Our Lady appeared to him and asked him which color crown he would prefer: white (for virginity), or red (for martyrdom). Maximilian’s response was that he chose both: he wanted to live a life of consecrated virginity and die a martyr for Christ.
One of the highlights coming out of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio is the strong Christian faith of many of our Team U.S.A. athletes. Read some of their inspiring words giving testimony to how God has carried them through the hardship and difficulty along their road to world-class athletic competition.
There are three distinct events in the life of Edith Stein that she marks as special moments of grace which stirred her soul and left her a changed person. The first moment is when she noticed a woman who, while out shopping, stopped at a Catholic Church to kneel and offer up a quick prayer. This simple act of devotion on the part of a complete stranger struck Edith Stein profoundly. She writes,
Below is the Basilica Our Lady of the Rosary and Dominican Monastery in Prouilhe. This location was an ancient pilgrimage shrine to Our Lady, which St. Dominic restored and used as the cradle of the Dominican Order. It was here that he chose as his headquarters, here where he established his first community of cloistered nuns, and here where Our Lady, in the year 1208, gave him the devotion of the holy rosary as his spiritual weapon to labor with her in the fight for souls.
August 5th is the feast of Our Lady of the Snows, which marks the dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome (Santa Maria Maggiore). It is one of the four major papal basilicas, and Rome’s largest and most important church dedicated to Our Lady—and one of the oldest, dating to the 4th century.