Mary, Mirror of Divine Beauty in Saint Ephrem the Syrian

Saint Ephrem, “Harp of the Holy Spirit,” “Mary’s Own Singer” and Doctor of the Church, was a prolific writer and poet of the Eastern Church during the fourth century AD. The one who inspired him was the Blessed Virgin Mary, and he translated the praises of her beauty...

Mary as Personified Wisdom: A Commentary on Ecclesiasticus 24:6-10

The Virgin Mary, Queen of all nations, Queen of all hearts, who “held in [her] womb Him whom the heavens cannot contain” (St. Cyril of Alexandria), is wonderfully prefigured in all her splendor in the Book of Ecclesiaticus (Sirach), Chapter 24. Verses 6-10 of this...

Mary and the Youth

The secular world of today is a powerful force in luring young people away from the practice of virtue. First and foremost, parents must entrust their children, from the cradle, to Mary’s care and protection. There is no possible way to combat this cultural decadence...

The Words of Our Lady of Fatima

When Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children at Fatima in 1917, she delivered to the world a message as simple as it is timely. She gently but gravely reminded her wayward children to turn back to the Gospel with their whole heart by way of her Immaculate...

“Marian Slavery” in the Early Centuries

Marian consecration, when referred to as “slavery,” is one of desire to please, one of the will—not imposed under duress to be shackled in chains for a master’s ruthless intentions. On the contrary, it is a patronage of ardent love, binding heart to Heart. This...

Were the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph Truly Married?

Bl. John Paul II once taught that “Joseph and Mary are the summit from which holiness spreads over all the earth.” They were set apart by God for one another, in anticipation of the coming of the Author of Life. That there existed a true marriage bond between these...

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