In this week’s episode of “Everyday Spirituality,” I muse about being an author on a book’s release day (like having a baby), explain the background for my new book, “My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena,” give examples of our rich US Catholic history and heritage, talk miracles, the essence of Marian pilgrimage places and why we’re in danger of losing them.
They say that launching a book is much like giving birth to a child. If that’s the case, I’m on my fifteenth baby! Yet, with the pains of labor come the joys of the child itself, who grows to bless the world in his or her own way. So, I pray that this new baby of mine – My Queen, My Mother: A Living Novena – will grow and bless the world.
In Catholic churches and homes around the world, May altars – special places dedicated to Mary, Mother of God – have been erected. Some have pictures of Mary, some have statues of her. Most have bouquets of flowers and many host a crown of flowers for the Queen, symbols of her beauty, purity, and virtue.
It’s a wonderful custom, but do you know why Catholics celebrate May as the Month of Mary?
Most people know that, on this day, we honor Mary for the grief she experienced during our Lord’s Passion and Crucifixion. But, not all of us know that this feast also honors her for the seven swords that pierced her Immaculate Heart, as Simeon prophesied at the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.
The Tomb of Mary has been marked since Apostolic times. So, why don’t we have any of her relics?
The constant stream of bad news in the media plus the troubles of the people in our lives can leave us feeling helpless and tempted to despair. Before you allow yourself to slip down that slippery slope, read my latest post at “Catholic to the Core.” If I wasn’t a Read more…