Mary of the Month (September 2012)

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On September 8th the Church celebrates the feast of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. While the Bible never mentions the birth of Mary, this is not a reason not to celebrate the feast since we know for certain that she was born! We also know for certain that she had a mother, who is given the name Anne …

Mary of the Month (July 2012)

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I missed the first of the month to present an image of Our Lady, but this one seemed very appropriate for the eve of Independence Day and for the end of the Fortnight for Freedom. This awesome depiction, that I call Our Lady of the Apocalypse, is a mosaic in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The …

Mary of the Month (June 2012)

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This month’s image is a painting on canvas of one of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. She was accompanied by lighting, and seemed to come from the sky and return there at the end of the apparition. Mary stood on top of a little tree when she talked to the three shepherds, but the leaves were not bent …

Mary of the Month (May 2012)

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Back in October, I posted this image of a statue of Mary in the Villa Doria-Pamfili in Rome. I complained that the poor situation of the statue was a sign of people’s difficulty in accepting love, and I thought to myself that this was also a sign of how few people cared about God these days. In the last few …

Mary of the Month (April 2012)

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The beginning of this month coincides with Holy Week, and to accompany the last days of our Lenten journey, here is a deeply treasured image of Mary, the Sorrowful Mother. The Spanish have a great tradition of Good Friday processions, and a statue of La Dolorosa always accompanies the way of the cross. This image is from a church in …

Mary of the Month (February 2012)

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This arch is above the entry way to a chapel that belongs to a community of sisters who are dedicated to serving those in need. Founded by the Italian priest, Fr. Luigi Gaunella, the community is called the Daughters of St. Mary of Providence, and this is conincidentally the title of their mosaic.

Mary of the Month (January 2012)

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“Your blessed and fruitful virginity is like the bush, flaming yet unburned, which Moses saw on Sinai. Pray for us, Mother of God.” – Liturgy of the Hours, First Vespers for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This evocative image is of a stained glass window in the chapel of the Holy Name of Jesus Carmelite Monastery in Denmark, …

Mary of the Month (December 2011)

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Advent – the whole world is in expectation of the birth of Mary’s Son, and my favorite expectant Mary is Our Lady of Guadalupe, whom we celebrate on December 12th. When looking for a picture of La Guadalupana, I found this beautiful and very evocative image, connecting Our Lady of Guadalupe with the woman in the Apocaplypse: And a great …

Mary of the Month (November 2011)

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Here is an image of the Coronation of Mary, from the mosaic of the apse at St. Mary Major in Rome. Since November 1st is the Feast of All Saints, I thought it would be nice to start the month with Mary, Queen of the Saints. This piece is done in the classic Byzantine style, which does not show Mary …