Monday, 15 August the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, "having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory".
Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this Oct. 13 as part of the Marian Day celebration that will involve the statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.
Don't forget that this Thursday 15 August 2013 is a Holy Day of Obligation, which means we all need to go to Mass! Why? Because we are celebrating the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady... one of the most important feast days on the Church calendar! As we prepare for this feast day, let us thank God for the gift of giving us His Mother, and let us ask Mary to guide us on the right path every day.
Each year, on August 5, Romans celebrate the feast day of their beloved patroness. Her iconic figure is found inside the Basilica of St. Mary Major. According to tradition, back in the 4th century, Our Lady appeared before a wealthy couple and before Pope Liberius. She asked them to build a Basilica in her honor. The next day, on August 5, they discovered where to build it, when it snowed on Esquiline Hill.
Upon his arrival to the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Pope Francis prayed before Our Lady, just moments after walking into the Sanctuary. Speaking in Portuguese, the Pope said the same prayer pilgrims traditionally recite when visiting the Shrine. He then honored Our Lady with a bouquet of flowers. With applause in the background, the Pope walked up to the statue and blessed it, moments before celebrating his first WYD Mass in the Basilica.
Today is the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, celebrating beautiful Catholic devotion of wearing a Brown Scapular. Watch this video to learn more!
On Friday, May 31st, at 8pm, Rome time, Pope Francis will pray the Rosary in St. Peter's Square, along with thousands of pilgrims. He will then give a reflection on why the Virgin Mary is important not only to the Church, but to him. It is well known that the Pope feels a strong devotion towards Our Lady. The day after he was elected, he went to the Basilica of St. Mary Major to pray before an image of the Virgin Mary.
If you could name ten virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary, what would they be? Watch this video for a reflection on the list of ten virtues that St Louis de Montfort attributed to Our Lady in his writings.
The month of May, Mary's month, is drawing to a close. But our devotion to her should have increased and continue to grow as we go forward. The Church teaches that our devotion to her and lead us to follow her example more faithfully, and become more like her Son. Watch this video reflection for more!
Early on Sunday the feast of the Holy Trinity Pope Francis made his first Pastoral visit to a Diocese in Rome. The Pope addressing the children and the congregation present underlined the importance of praying to the Madonna. Mary, the Holy Father said is always in a hurry to help us, teaching us to understand God. She was there, the Pope added, to help her cousin Elizabeth when she was expecting her baby and she is always there when we need her.
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