Talking over dinner last night, my friend Robbie and I agreed that even though we live in a media-flooded world, with just about any information seconds away at our fingertips, it's almost always enriching to have a conversation with someone considerably older.
Do you wear a brown scapular? Do you know what it is? On 16 July, the Church celebrates the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Over 700 years ago, Our Lady gave the scapular to the Carmelite Order, making a promise to all who wear. Watch this video to learn more!
Over the years, scapulars have become more and more popular... but they actually date back to the 12th century to the Order of Carmelites. This small piece of fabric is a reminder of the long vestments Carmelites commonly wear. They're known for engaging in a life of deep prayer, for their committed devotion to the Virgin Mary and to the Church. Watch this video to learn the beautiful story behind the scapular!
Anne Catherine Emmerich had visions for most of her life. Many were on the life of the mother of Jesus. The stories are told in the book “The Hidden Life of the Virgin Mary”. It tells the story of the Virgin Mary's own birth and the early years of her life. It covers her wedding with Joseph, visits with her cousin Elizabeth, the birth of Jesus, the visit of the Magi and other passages that don't appear in the Bible.
On the last day of May, we celebrate the feast of the Visitation of Our Lady. In the first chapter of Luke's Gospel, we read how after the Angel Gabriel gave Mary the news that she was to bear God's Son, the Angel also told her that her elderly cousin Elizabeth was pregnant. Mary set out immediately to see her cousin, and when they met, the baby in Elizabeth's womb lept for joy. Today's feast day celebrates this moment! Watch this video reflection for more.
The month of May, dedicated to Mary, is a popular time to visit Rome's Marian street shrines. Take a look at this video published by Catholic News Service, on the street shrines dedicated to Mary throughout the city of Rome.
On 24th May, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians - Patroness of Australia, New Zealand and China. This feast day has been celebrated in Australia since 1844, but the history to this day dates back to the start of the 1800's.
This year marks the 600th anniversary of Our Lady of the Visitation, the patroness of the Italian city of Enna. To celebrate, the Pope blessed the crown of both the Virgin and Baby Jesus.
The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, visited the southern Italian city of Crotone last week, to render homage to the Madonna of Capocolonna, a long standing devotion in the city. In an interview with Zenit, the Patriarch explained that the Church in the Middle East is asking Our Lady for her intercession to achieve peace.
During Sunday's Regina Coeli, the Pope prayed for the victims of a deadly bombing that struck outside a school in northern Italy. He also prayed for those who were affected by an earthquake in the northern part of the country. With thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square, the Pope called on Catholics to pray for the Catholic Church in China on Thursday 24 May, the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians.
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