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.
At the advanced age of about 80, St. Helen made a decision that would transform her life. Under Constantine’s orders, she organized a small group to travel to the Holy Land and find the actual Cross on which Jesus, the Son of God, died. She knew that this undiscovered relic was the foundation and the life-giving heart of the Christian faith.
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.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe spent the last days of his life in Auschwitz. He was beaten severely, because priests were a particular object of hatred and abuse by the Nazis; yet he remained gentle and calm. Once he was beaten, lashed, and left for dead; but luckily some prisoners smuggled him into the camp hospital and he was able to recover and hear confessions.
Received by Francis and his friars at the Portiuncula, she knelt before him, laid aside her fine jewels, and had her hair shorn by the hand of the Little Poor Man. Her golden locks fell to the ground. She exchanged her sumptuous dress for a rough tunic and a humble veil. Then Saint Francis placed her with some Benedictine nuns for safekeeping.
Although she is not well known just anywhere, knowledge of Saint Philomena seems to be steadily growing. Catholics around the world are discovering her and becoming fervently devoted. Saint Philomena was martyred under the reign of Diocletian around 300 A.D. For more than fifteen hundred years, she became an unknown martyr, joining the numbers of beautiful but nameless souls who had died for Christ. But it seems that Jesus wanted to share her with the world.
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.
During this stage of her life St. Bridget’s mystical experiences became more pronounced and frequent, so much so that they were contained in a work that became very popular in the middle ages, called the Revelations of St. Bridget of Sweden. Her vibrant visions, which became famous, were often consulted by artists to aid them in their depiction of scenes from Sacred Scripture.