A Conference on Mary

On Saturday evening I had the pleasure of taking part in an online Marian conference organised by the Legion of Mary in Dublin, Ireland. The theme was ‘Hail, Holy Queen’ and it looked specifically at Mary as ‘Mother of Mercy’ – which was...

Day Of The Mother

“Today it will do us good to stop a little and think about the pain and sorrows of Our Lady. She is our Mother.” – Pope Francis   Italians are in the habit of referring to the time after the Crucifixion on Good Friday as “l’ora della...

Generosity of Heart

“Holy Mother of God, intercede for us.”- Intercessions, Morning Prayer for the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord It is easy to read the Gospel account of the Annunciation and not really stop to consider what this event demanded of the Blessed Virgin...

Heart And Refuge

In the whole of the story of the appearances of Our Lady at Fatima, there has always been one single line which, from the moment I first heard it, jumped out at me; and it is this – “Do not lose heart. I will never forsake you. My Immaculate Heart will be...

The Lady’s Day

“By Her complete adherence to the Father’s will, to His Son’s redemptive work, and to every promptingof the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity.” – Catechism of the Catholic Church, para.967 As a...

A Mother’s Consolation

No-one consoles us as well as a mother does, as every child knows. And for the Christian, none consoles us as perfectly as the Blessed Virgin Mary does. Indeed, one of Her titles, given to Her by the Church, is ‘Our Lady of Consolation’. Our living of the...

Our Lady’s Confidante

“I do not promise to make you happy in this world; only in the next.”- Our Lady of Lourdes to Saint Bernadette It’s easy to assume that Bernadette Soubirous was declared a Saint because she saw Our Lady; the reality, however, is somewhat different....

The Lady of the Niche

Each year on 11th February, the Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. This lovely feast recalls the eighteen appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Bernadette Soubirous at the grotto in Lourdes, France, which began on 11th February 1858, ending...

A Heart Immaculate

“The fiat of Mary, the word of Her Heart, has changed the history of the world, because it brought the Saviour into the world—because, thanks to Her Yes, God could become man in our world and remains so for all time. The Evil One has power in this world, as we see and...