Today the Catholic Church commemorates the Annunciation. The solemnity is usually celebrated on March 25, nine months before the celebration of Christ's birth--except when, as this year, it falls during Holy Week or on Easter.
"The Madonna in Prayer" by Sassoferato (via Wikimedia Commons) On September 8, we celebrate the nativity of the Virgin Mary, our mother. Unlike many other feasts on the liturgical calendar, Mary's birthday is not
Today Catholics celebrate the Memorial of the Queenship of the Virgin Mary. Is this some idiosyncratic idea, unique to the Catholic Church? No. Pope Pius XII established August 22 as the Memorial of the Queenship
On the evening of August 21, 1879, Mary McLoughlin and Mary Beirne, two women from the small Irish town of Knock, were walking home in a drizzling rain. As they reached the town church, they
When the Holy Father celebrated Mass at the Venustiano Carranza Stadium, in the drug-infested area of Morelia, one image which caught my attention was of a beautiful Madonna robed in blue. She was a serene presence, standing
FEBRUARY 11 - FEAST OF OUR LADY OF LOURDES “I am the Immaculate Conception.” The young girl shook her head—she didn’t understand what she was hearing. The Lady had just told her who she was,