Some say that the tradition of dedicating the month of May to Mary was created to counter widely practiced pagan holidays. In ancient Rome, May honored Flora, the goddess of blooms and blossoms, and ancient Greece honored Artemis, the goddess of fertility.
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When I began my journey into the Catholic Church, Mary, the mother of Jesus, was an obstacle for me. Not Mary herself, really. It was the teachings that I had received (rather not received) within the Protestant faith. Basically, all I knew about Mary was that she was the mother of Jesus. The Bible doesn’t […]
In response to the influence of ISIS in the Middle East, a Catholic friend posted an article in Marian influence in the Middle East and elsewhere and on the importance of praying the Rosary for the conversion of Muslims. There are so many overtones of Mary that I posted the article in its entirety below: […]
Why Mary? Catholics differ from Protestants in many ways. One of the most prominent differences is the veneration (honoring) of the Virgin Mary. Some of the most significant manifestations of Mary, aside from being the Mother of God, were her appearances, or “apparitions” to common man. Our Lady of Guadalupe In 1531, the Virgin Mary […]
Knock is a small, isolated village in western Ireland that received a Marian apparition in 1879. The First Witnesses: It was raining heavily when three people, passing in front of a humble Catholic church, saw what they thought were three new statues – one of Our Lady, another of St. Joseph, and the last […]
Today at one of our local Catholic Churches, a replica of Our Lady of Guadalupe was on display for veneration. The original image is housed in the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Mexico. Although the miracles associated with Our Lady’s image are many, of great significance is the conversion of nine […]
In June, 1981, in the Medjugorje section of a village in Western Herzegovina, two young girls, Ivankka Ivankovic (age 15) and Mirjana Dragicevic (age 16), were on their way home from an afternoon walk, when the Virgin Mary appeared to them. Our Lady was dressed in white, was radiant and beautiful. She was at the […]