“Do not lose heart.
I will never forsake you.
My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge
and the way that will lead you to God.”
Our Lady of Fatima
Immaculate Heart of Mary,
pray for us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary,
be our refuge
and the way that will lead us to God.
Immaculate Heart of Mary,
triumph and reign.
Articles on the Blessed Virgin Mary
and the Saints
Ever faithful to Her task, the Blessed Virgin offers us ways of vanquishing the three great enemies which pursue us in life – greatest amongst Her Sacramentals is the holy Rosary.
Praying a daily Rosary is an excellent way of coming to know and serve the Lord better, following the example of His Mother. Lent is the perfect time to begin this practice.
Many know what Bernadette said, but few know what she wrote; her words reveal her own deepest thoughts and aspirations, particularly with regard to her religious life after Lourdes.
In the story of Our Lady of Fatima, we see this heavenly message lived out to the full in the three children who saw the Blessed Virgin. What is perhaps most extraordinary is how young those children were.
Our Lady spoke at Lourdes about penance for sins, a theme She continued in greater clarity and detail in the later message of Fatima. So let’s take a look at that message.
There was part of the message of Our Lady at Lourdes which tends not to get much attention, despite being the only element of the appearances which was repeated on three separate occasions by the Lady.
Some places are simply holy. Such a place is the Chapel on the Rue du Bac, Paris, where the Mother of God appeared in 1830, to give St Catherine Labouré the Miraculous Medal.
What an honour to be ordained a Priest. And yet, consider what this really means; Christ came to suffer and die on the Cross for the redemption of all. As it was for the Master, so must it be for the servant.
My own personal experience is that the Mother of God always does what She promises – She obtains and dispenses great graces through the holy use of this little Medal.
“With the rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of His love. Through the rosary, the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer.”
– Pope John Paul II, ‘Rosarium Virginis Mariae’
“The Rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the Heart of Jesus, our Redeemer, Who loves His Mother.. When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”
– St Louis Marie de Montfort
“You must transmit your joy in being adopted sons and daughters of God through the creative power of the Holy Spirit. Do this with the help of Mary, Mother of Jesus. Cling to Her Rosary, and you will never wander far from Her side.”
– Pope John Paul II, Homily for the Eucharistic Celebration for the Young People, Central Park, New York, 7th October 1995
“Pray the Rosary every day”
– Our Lady of Fatima
“When I pray the Rosary, I feel – or rather, I am aware – that I am in the company of Mary, that She is with me; and with every bead that passes through my fingers, She leads me ever closer to Her Son. I would rather stop living than stop praying my Rosary.”
– a Sinner
Some Approved Appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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The Blessed Virgin Mary in the words of the Saints
“The Blessed Virgin is so beautiful that when one has seen Her once, one would wish to die so as to see Her again.”
– Saint Bernadette Soubirous
“I had just begun to take off my first stocking when suddenly I heard a great noise like the sound of a storm. I looked to the right and to the left, under the trees of the river, but nothing moved; I thought I was mistaken. I went on taking off my shoes and stockings, when I heard a fresh noise like the first. Then I was frightened and stood straight up. I lost all power of speech and thought when, turning my head toward the grotto, I saw at one of the openings of the rock a bush – only one – moving as if it were very windy. Almost at the same time, there came out of the interior of the grotto a golden coloured cloud, and soon after a Lady, young and beautiful, exceedingly beautiful, the like of whom I had never seen before, came and placed herself at the entrance of the opening, above the rose bush. She looked at me immediately, smiled at me and signed to me to advance, as if She had been my Mother. All fear had left me, but I seemed to know no longer where I was. I rubbed my eyes, I shut them, I opened them; but the Lady was still there continuing to smile at me and making me understand that I was not mistaken.
Without thinking of what I was doing I took my Rosary in my hands and went on my knees. The Lady made with Her head a sign of approval and Herself took into Her hands a Rosary which hung on Her right arm. When I attempted to begin the Rosary and tried to lift my hand to my forehead, my arm remained paralysed, and it was only after the Lady had signed Herself that I could do the same. The Lady left me to pray all alone; She passed the beads of Her Rosary between Her fingers but She said nothing; only at the end of each decade did She say the Gloria with me. When the recitation of the Rosary was finished, the Lady returned to the interior of the rock and the golden coloured cloud disappeared with Her”.
“She has the appearance of a young girl of sixteen or seventeen. She is dressed in a white robe, girdled at the waist with a blue ribbon which flows down all along Her robe. She wears upon Her head a veil which is also white; this veil gives just a glimpse of Her hair and then falls down at the back below Her waist. Her feet are bare but covered by the last folds of Her robe except at the point where a yellow rose shines upon each of them. She holds on Her right arm a Rosary of white beads with a chain of gold shining like the two roses on Her feet.”
“We beheld a Lady all dressed in white. She was more brilliant than the sun and radiated a light more clear and intense than a crystal glass filled with sparkling water, when the rays of the burning sun shine through it.
We stopped, astounded, before the Apparition. We were so close, just a few feet from Her, that we were bathed in the light which surrounded Her – or rather, which radiated from Her.”
– Sister Lucia of Fatima
“In front of the palm of Our Lady’s right hand was a Heart encircled by thorns which pierced It. We understood that this was the Immaculate Heart of Mary, outraged by the sins of humanity, and seeking reparation.”
– Sister Lucia of Fatima
“Her eyes were cast upwards and Her face became as if illumined while She offered the globe to Our Lord.
Suddenly Her fingers appeared covered with rings of precious stones, the rays from which shed such brilliancy around that soon Her dress and feet became lost in the blaze of light. The gems were of different sizes and the rays emitted from them consequently more or less brilliant.
I cannot express what I felt or all I learnt in so short a time. As I was absorbed in contemplating Her, the Blessed Virgin looked at me, and an interior voice the while said: ‘This globe which you see represents the world in general, and France in particular’.
The beauty and brilliancy of the rays as I then saw them cannot be described. The Blessed Virgin added: ‘These rays are a symbol of the graces which I obtain for those who ask them of Me’.”
– Saint Catherine Labouré
The Popes and the Mother of God
“Let us entrust ourselves to Our Lady so that She may help us prepare our hearts to welcome Baby Jesus at His birth.”
– Pope Francis, 22nd December 2018
“Mary is so closely united to Jesus because she received from Him the knowledge of the heart, the knowledge of faith, nourished by her experience as a mother and by her close relationship with her Son.
The Blessed Virgin is the woman of faith who made room for God in her heart and in her plans; she is the believer capable of perceiving in the gift of her Son the coming of that ‘fullness of time’ in which God, by choosing the humble path of human existence, entered personally into the history of salvation. That is why Jesus cannot be understood without His Mother.”
– Pope Francis, Homily on Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, 2nd January 2014
“Turn to Mary most holy, your heavenly, Mother; pray to her with fervor, especially by means of the rosary; invoke her daily, in order to be authentic imitators of Christ in our day”
– Pope John Paul II, Italy 1985
“She more than anyone knows how to draw near. She is a woman who walks with the delicateness and tenderness of a mother; she feels at home in family life; she unties one knot or another of the many wrongs we manage to generate; and she teaches us to remain on our feet in the midst of the storm.”
– Pope Francis, Mass at St Peter’s Basilica, 12th December 2018, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
“The contemplation of Christ has an incomparable model in Mary. In a unique way the face of the Son belongs to Mary. It was in Her womb that Christ was formed, receiving from Her a human resemblance which points to an even greater spiritual closeness. No one has ever devoted himself to the contemplation of the Face of Christ as faithfully as Mary. The eyes of Her Heart already turned to Him at the Annunciation, when She conceived him by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the months that followed She began to sense His presence and to picture His features.
When at last She gave birth to Him in Bethlehem, Her eyes were able to gaze tenderly on the Face of Her Son, as She ‘wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger’ (Lk2:7).
Thereafter, Mary’s gaze, ever filled with adoration and wonder, would never leave Him.”
– Pope John Paul II, ‘Rosarium Virginis Mariae’, 16th October 2002
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