Donald R. McClarey

Mary Our Contemporary

“Mother of God,” the wanderer said, “I am but a common king, Nor will I ask what saints may ask, To see a secret thing. “The gates of heaven are fearful gates Worse than the gates of hell; Not I

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Our Mother of Victory

The King looked up, and what he saw Was a great light like death, For Our Lady stood on the standards rent, As lonely and as innocent As when between white walls she went And the lilies of Nazareth. One

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August 22: Queenship of Mary

The King looked up, and what he saw Was a great light like death, For Our Lady stood on the standards rent, As lonely and as innocent As when between white walls she went And the lilies of Nazareth. One

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The Whole World Awaits Mary’s Reply

You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return

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Humanity’s Sole Boast

    Father Paul Mankowski, SJ, explains how in her Immaculate Conception, Mary began her life sinless, but always had the same capacity for sin that we do, just as Adam and Eve had such a capacity to sin prior

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Queen of Heaven and Queen of Men

The King looked up, and what he saw           Was a great light like death,           For Our Lady stood on the standards rent,           As lonely and as innocent           As when between white walls she went           And

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PopeWatch: Untier of Knots

  Sandro Magister on his blog Chiesa notes that Pope Francis has a special devotion to Mary, Untier of Knots:     In Augsburg, in the church of the Jesuits, dedicated to Saint Peter, there is a venerated Marian image:

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Lepanto

  This year on Sunday October 13, 2013, Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Go here to read all about it.  My parish is gathering together at noon CST on October 13 to pray the rosary

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September 8: The Birth of Humanity’s Sole Boast

The Virgin   Mother! whose virgin bosom was uncrost With the least shade of thought to sin allied;   Woman! above all women glorified,   Our tainted nature’s solitary boast;   Purer than foam on central ocean tost;   Brighter than

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Saint Athanasius on Mary, Mother of God

  O noble Virgin, truly you are greater than any other greatness. For who is your equal in greatness, O dwelling place of God the Word? To whom among all creatures shall I compare you, O Virgin? You are greater

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Ave Maria

Something for the weekend.  Schubert’s Ave Maria sung by Andrea Bocelli.  May is the month of Mary, something I always like to keep in mind during the month.

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Praying the Holy Rosary in October

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary — by personal recommendation of Pope Leo XIII: In a letter of September 1, 1883, mindful of the Rosary’s power to strengthen faith and foster a life of virtue, he

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Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the Stone

On Labor Day it is good to recall Saint Joseph the Worker.  When God decided to partake in our humanity, He could have had anyone for His foster father, and He chose a humble carpenter, a man who worked with

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MUNIFICENTISSIMUS DEUS

1. The most bountiful God, who is almighty, the plan of whose providence rests upon wisdom and love, tempers, in the secret purpose of his own mind, the sorrows of peoples and of individual men by means of joys that

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AD CAELI REGINAM

ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XII ON PROCLAIMING THE QUEENSHIP OF MARY TO THE VENERABLE BRETHREN, THE PATRIARCHS, PRIMATES, ARCHBISHOPS, BISHIOPS, AND OTHER LOCAL ORDINARIES IN PEACE AND COMMUNION WITH THE HOLY SEE

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Ineffabilis Deus

Ineffabilis Deus Apostolic Constitution issued by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854.

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