Category Grieving with Mary

October, the Month of the Rosary

With the transition to autumn comes pumpkin spice, falling leaves, cool evenings—and the rosary. The entire month of October is dedicated to the rosary and October 7th is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. In addition, on October 13, 1917, Mary appeared to three shepherd children and said she was the Lady of […]

Why We Suffer

“Grieving triggers a range of spiritual questions. We ask why ‘this’ happened to us. Why did it happen now? We want to know why we must endure such anguish and how long must we suffer. When our security is threatened, it’s not unusual to begin a dance with God. We bargain that we will do […]

Small but Mighty Mustard Seed

We say we believe, we trust the Lord to care for us and our needs. And then life gives us a reality check. We find that trust becomes so much more difficult when we are challenged. We lose a meaningful job, beautiful home, or more painfully, a loved one, and that measure of faith quickly […]

The Sacred Pit

After Jesus was scourged, he likely was held in a dungeon. Jerusalem marks a cave beneath the house of Ciaphas which may have been the one where Jesus was held. It’s thought that prisoners were lowered into dark, damp caves by ropes that were tied under their arms. The rope was long enough for prisoners […]

Season of Hope and Peace

The hope of Christmas is ours. The angel said so to the shepherds in the field. “But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the […]

Walking Toward Answers

“Walking a labyrinth is a meditative and healing experience that helps relieve stress, at least temporarily, by quieting the mind. Like a voyage to the center of our being, walkers claim that it promotes a sense of peace, compassion, and understanding. The special walk offers a period of repose, a peaceful break from life’s challenges. […]

Marian Devotion through Art

“Sandro Botticelli, Raphael, Michelangelo, Francesco Botticini, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Mary Cassatt, and Salvador Dali. The world’s greatest fine artists, along with thousands who are lesser known, felt the need to reveal their vision of the Virgin Mary through art. Whether painted with oil on canvas or carved in marble, more artwork has been created of Mary […]

Presenting to the Father What Belongs to Him

After the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph followed their obligation to Hebrew Law and journeyed to Jerusalem. At great physical and financial challenge, they went to the temple for purification, to offer sacrifices, and present Jesus to the Lord. Scripture says, “They brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, (as […]

Jesus, I Trust in You

“For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” These were the words that popped into my head while undergoing a recent medical test. The test itself wasn’t difficult, but the results had potentially serious implications. I pray often, my favorite prayers being the Hail Mary and Our […]

Say It and Pray It

Memorare, Angelus, Hail, Holy Queen, Sub tuum praesidium, and dozens of novenas. We have so many beautiful prayers to Mary, including, my favorite, the Hail Mary. That’s my go-to prayer. I pray Hail Marys throughout the day while working, walking, and of course, while praying the rosary. I even time my baking with Hail Marys. […]