Mary of the Month (November 2012)

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Students of art history will notice that this stone relief, featuring Mary and the Child Jesus with Sts. Peter and Paul, is very medieval in its design and execution. This carving sits over the door of the sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel in Puglia, southern Italy. Although the figures are a little worn by the weather, they still stand …

Mary of the Month (October 2012)

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October is the month of the Rosary. I have no idea why this is so, but it might be because, in the United States, October comes before election day. This is Our Lady from the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome. The Church was built on top of a pagan temple, a good reminder that Christianity triumphs over …

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 …

Bishop Ricken’s homily for August 15

Benjamin Being Catholic

The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, in Champion Wisconsin, marks the only apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the United States to be approved by the Catholic Church. The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15th is the largest annual event at the Shrine. This year the Mass and procession was presided …

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 …