Category: Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In 1950 when Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, body and soul, he was basing this on a long held belief in the Church. Recently I was able to go to an art museum that had a…

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary…

Given the state of thing in the United States in the Church, this letter by Benedict XVI to the church in Ireland seemed appropriate. On this vigil of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us beg her to crush the devil. Remember,…

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

I am sorry it has been a long time since a blog post. Beginning again on our Blessed Mother’s Feast day seems very appropriate. Associated with this feast day is the devotional of the Carmelite Scapular, often simply referred to as the Brown Scapular.

Pray the Rosary!

Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Easter. Readings for the Sunday can be found here. Sometimes we may get the thought that God loves us because we are good or because we do certain things. Rather, the Holy Spirit through the words we hear…

Jesus heals the Leper

Homily for the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time. The Gospel is Mark 1:40-45. We live in an age of programs. I was talking with a young man the other day who was telling me about a new workout program that is extremely intense but…

Feast of the Holy Family

I remember when I spent my first summer in Johnstown as a seminarian. I remember being struck by one thing about Johnstown which seemed very different from my hometown. Families. Grandmas, Grandpas, aunts, uncles, great aunts and uncles. Cousins. People had roots here.

In Praise of the Virgin Mary

Today’s guest writer is St Bernard of Clairvoux, whose writing appears in the Office of Readings for December 19: The image is The Annunciation (1644), by Philippe de Champaigne (1602-1674) From a homily In Praise of the Virgin Mother by Saint Bernard, abbot (Hom. 4:8-9;…