Pope Pius VI named John Carroll the first bishop of the United States of America in 1789. His cousin, Charles Carroll, was one of America’s Founding Fathers and the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence. Archbishop Carroll wrote the following prayer for our newly formed government on November 10, 1791, to be recited in parishes throughout his diocese.
Although this devotion arose in the 13th century, its popularity in modern times originated with a 17th century French nun and mystic, St. Margaret-Mary Alacoque, to whom Jesus taught the secrets of His Sacred Heart. While on a pilgrimage I visited the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Chapel of Apparitions in Paray-le-Monial, France, a charming and quiet town: it is where St. Marguerite-Marie saw Jesus. This experience inspired me to bring the devotion to the Sacred Heart into my home.
The feast of St. James the Greater is fast approaching: it is celebrated on July 25th. Are you familiar with the Way of Saint James, El Camino de Santiago? Did you know that it was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during medieval times? It is made on foot, with starting points in various European locations, […]
¿Qué sabes de San Antonio? San Antonio es uno de los santos más queridos y conocidos por los católicos en todo el mundo. Hay tanto que decir de él, pero si no tienes tiempo de leer, ésta es una breve reseña para “católicos ocupados”, que esperamos te ayude a conocer más sobre la vida y […]
If you are invited to a Quinceañera celebration, a very special gift for the young lady is expected from guests. Godparents (padrinos) are usually the sponsors for the bouquet, the “last doll,” sometimes for the limousine, and even the gown—so thank God for padrinos! And boys don’t get to have such a party, so it’s good to be a girl, don’t you think?
Even if you are not Latin American, you’ve probably heard the word Quinceanera before. You may even have witnessed such a ceremony for a teen girl at a church. A Quinceanera is the beginning of a celebration called Fiesta Rosa (Pink Party), where a fifteen-year-old girl celebrates her coming-of-age. Quinceañera means “fifteen years old,” which explains the name of the celebration.
One of the traditional ways the faithful have venerated the Virgin Mary, which became popular during Medieval times, was with a family home or parish church Mary Garden. Marian Gardens were small plots of ground dedicated to growing shrubs, herbs, and flowers that were representative of Mary and various events from her life. This was quite easy to do, as literally hundreds of plants were given Marian names in remembrance of Mary’s saintly life and glorious virtues.
It is not a coincidence that Catholic Latinos are highly devoted to the Virgin Mary. It is a heritage from Spain and it is due to the series of mystical manifestations that occurred throughout the histories of these countries. There is a long list of Marian devotions in Latin America; they are almost innumberable. Some titles of Our Lady represent a whole nation, with other titles for nearly every town, city, and region. Out of all the many Marian devotions in Latin America, below are the top four most popular:
If you’ve ever heard of Rosemary and Marigold, then you already know some plants named after the Blessed Mother. Each time one of these plants caught the eye, the faithful were sweetly reminded of the Queen of Heaven and Earth. As a sign of devotion to Our Lady, people began to plant gardens in churches, monasteries, convents, and family homes intentionally filled with plants named after her, which became known as Mary Gardens.
According to tradition, towards the end of her life the Blessed Virgin moved from Jerusalem to Ephesus (in modern-day Turkey). No longer able to retrace the steps of her Son’s passion where they actually occurred, she set up an identical Stations of the Cross on her property using stones and markings. This became the very first Stations of the Cross. This is described in detail by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich according to her visions.