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Hail, Mother of HopeOptimism, pessimism, realism: what position should we take in the face of current events? Before answering this question we need to give words their true meaning.

Two Portrayals of Motherhood, Natural and SupernaturalThis miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is arguably the most studied representation of the Mother of God in the world. There are two things which make it particularly unique. Firstly, it is, so to speak, a self-portrait that was miraculously handcrafted, for the Aztec people, by Our Lady herself. Her dark skin tone and straight black hair clearly illustrate her desire to be seen by the Mexican people as their mother.

Visiting Our Lady of Good Success: A Pilgrimage to HeavenPilgrimages are very common for the Catholic faithful, often requiring travel to distant places. On February 2, 2016 I was part of an American contingent that made such a pilgrimage to Quito, Ecuador to venerate the heavenly statue of Our Lady of Good Success. The impressions were so overwhelming that only now am I able to put into words what occurred during our trip, especially the Rosary of the Dawn procession which left us all spellbound.

“Why Me?”Magnificent medieval stained glass windows have sometimes been referred to as a “catechism in glass” because of the richness of the faith which their imagery conveyed. We could say the statues of this time period aptly captured the virtues of the holy personages. When done well they are, in their turn, truly “symbols in stone.” With more modern depictions, these symbols fall short of the reality they propose to represent.

A Medal, a Vision, a Conversion - The Story of Claude NewmanClaude Newman was a twenty-year-old African-American awaiting execution in a prison in Mississippi. His crime was that of ambushing and shooting a man named Sid Cook, his beloved grandmother’s abusive second husband. One day, noticing a medal hanging around the neck of a fellow prisoner, Claude asked the young man what it was. The latter responded by casting the medal to the ground with a curse saying, “Take it.” The medal was a Miraculous Medal of Our Lady of Graces…

Commentary on the Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin MaryWe must do everything with Mary, that is to say, in all our actions we must look upon Mary, although a simple human being, as the perfect model of every virtue and perfection, fashioned by the Holy Spirit for us to imitate, as far as our limited capacity allows. In every action then we should consider how Mary performed it or how she would perform it if she were in our place. For this reason, we must examine and meditate on the great virtues she practiced during her life.

Our Lady of the Miracle: The Happiness of Unpretentiousness, Purity, and AdmirationAfter narrating the history of the Miraculous Medal and the conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne to Catholicism in Rome (January 20, 1842) with Our Lady’s splendid apparition, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira comments on the image of Our Lady of the Miracle (Madonna del Miracolo) placed over the altar where the portentous event took place.

Eleven Floors Up... And One Miraculous MedalThough the Miraculous Medal was given to Saint Catherine Laboure in 1830, Our Lady continues to give immense graces through it in our times...

It is undisputed that Mary is regarded as the mother of Jesus. What is disputed at times is the honor that is due to her, including that coming from her Immaculate Conception...

What Our Lady Said at Fatima About Hell on July 13, 1917Mr. Marto, father of Jacinta and Francisco, says that when the third apparition began, a little grayish cloud hovered over the holm oak, the sunlight diminished, and a cool breeze blew over the mountain range, even though it was the height of summer.

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