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Something about Mary

Every day someone new from around the world tells us something about what Our Lady means to them.

This miraculous image is of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico). There are many more beautiful photos of Mary on Totus2us's Flickr page.
Music by the very generous (talented & Spanish) Jesús Cabello.

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With over 2000 responses since 8th September 2009, there's a podcast for each year: (1) Something about Maria - here on itunes (2) Something about La Madonna - here on itunes (3) Something about Our Lady - here on itunes (4) Something about the Mother of Jesus - here on itunes (5) Something about the Virgin Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help - here on itunes (6)Something about our Mother 

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15th September - Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows - Tricia      

"It was prophesied that a sword would pierce Mary's heart through and yet at the same time it was through Our Lady that many hearts would be opened as well. So whenever we're called to follow Christ in our life we have to endure some degree of suffering, some challenges. And she knew this and yet she answered God fully in how He called her and did the best that she could to follow God, to be open and willing to go wherever He led her. And through her obedience, her beautiful obedience to the Lord, we are blessed to have a Saviour. And I owe so much to her for that and that is something beautiful and I'm grateful. There are times in my missionary journeys where I do struggle and I can find comfort in turning to her and asking her to provide a sense of consolation and comfort and encouragement, because she has been there too."

Tricia, from the United States, is Catholic lay missionary in Asia. For more info, visit the St. Francis Xavier Lay Missionary Society website.

8th September - Our Lady's birthday - Sister Andy      

"I would like to say, “Holy Mary, I love you with all my heart.”"

Sister Andy is from Taiwan and gives her response in English & Mandarin Chinese.

24th August - Feast of the Apostle St Bartholomew - Nathan      

"I think Mary is the epitomy of graciousness, innocence and humility ... She's the epitomy of all things good, all things that are love and all things that God wants us to be, spiritually, mentally and just to be. "

Nathan, 21 & from London, is originally from DR Congo.

23rd August - Georgia      

"Our Lady is just my mother in every possible way - she loves me so tenderly and yet so fiercely. "

Georgia is 20 & from Salisbury in England.

22nd August - Feast of the Coronation of Our Lady - Father Mathew      

"Our Lady is a wonderful example of someone who obeyed God's will wholeheartedly and said yes to God in everything she did because she had a great love for God and everything about God. Today I take great courage from the example of my mother and my queen, and she is a person I love so much and she is truly my mother and my heavenly intercessor. I'm grateful to God for that gift."

Father Mathew, from India, is now a priest of Clifton diocese in the UK.

21st August - Feast of St Pius X - Peter      

"To me Our Lady is, of course, she's my mother. She's my model of all that I try to be (and often fail). She's my model of humility, she's a model of chastity, of poverty and of acceptance to God's divine will. So for me she really is my everything in my journey to Jesus and I don't think I could find Jesus without our Blessed Mother."

Peter is 31 & from West London.

19th August - 100th anniversary of Our Lady's 4th apparition in Fatima - Elisabeth      

"For me, Mary is just like a mother, she warms up my heart. She helps us, she's just like a mother, she gives us love. Even though you do mistakes, you know you'll always be loved by her. And she shows us on earth the love of Jesus Christ. It's very beautiful."

Elisabeth is 16 & from Germany; she gives her response in English & German.

18th August - Eileen      

"I have a very close bond in my mind with Our Lady. I went to Lourdes last year as a pilgrim helper and I found it transforming, and I had the privilege of helping in the baths and it touched me very deeply. And I find everything I asked of Our Lady at Lourdes, she answered my prayers in abundance. And I've found since Lourdes I have enjoyed the rosary, whereas before Lourdes I found it a bit tedious. I feel very comfortable talking to Our Lady and I know she's very patient and very loving with me. "

Eileen is from London.

17th August - Feast of Our Lady of Knock - Eileen      

"I absolutely love Our Lady and thank her more and more each day. My mother died about eight years ago and now Our Lady has taken over the duty of being my mother. We are so lucky to be born Catholics and to have this wonderful faith."

Eileen is originally from Northern Ireland.

16th August - Junie      

"What Mother Mary does for me? She keeps me together as a woman, as a mother. She's my guidance."

Junie is from South Ealing, London.

15th August - Solemnity of the Assumption - Andrew      

"Beautiful."

Andrew is 12 & from Iraq.

14th August - Feast of St Maximilian Kolbe - Maximilian      

"Mary is for me like a second mother, the Holy Mother, and she always takes care of us. And whenever something is wrong or you have problems, you can go to her, talk to her, and she is always listening and will try to help."

Maximilian, from Germany, is 17 & gives his response in English & German.

1st August - Feast of St Alphonsus Liguori - Scholastique      

"Marie donne moi grâce, Marie donne moi paix."

Scholastique is from Congo.

Pope Benedict XVI: "We do not praise God sufficiently by keeping silent about his saints, especially Mary, "the Holy One" who became his dwelling place on earth. The simple & multiform light of God appears to us exactly in its variety & richness only in the countenance of the saints, who are the true mirrors of his light. And it is precisely by looking at Mary's face that we can see more clearly than in any other way the beauty, goodness & mercy of God. In her face we can truly perceive the divine light."
(Homily, Feast of the Assumption, 2006)

Papa Benedicto XVI: "Nosotros no alabamos suficientemente a Dios si no alabamos a sus santos, sobre todo a la "Santa" que se convirtió en su morada en la tierra, María. La luz sencilla y multiforme de Dios sólo se nos manifiesta en su variedad y riqueza en el rostro de los santos, que son el verdadero espejo de su luz. Y precisamente viendo el rostro de María podemos ver mejor que de otras maneras la belleza de Dios, su bondad, su misericordia. En este rostro podemos percibir realmente la luz divina." (Homilía, fiesta de la Asunción 2006)

Papa Benedetto XVI: "Noi non lodiamo Dio sufficientemente tacendo sui suoi santi, soprattutto su "la Santa" che è divenuta la sua dimora in terra, Maria. La luce semplice e multiforme di Dio ci appare proprio nella sua varietà e ricchezza solo nel volto dei santi, che sono il vero specchio della sua luce. E proprio vedendo il volto di Maria possiamo vedere più che in altri modi la bellezza di Dio, la sua bontà, la sua misericordia. Possiamo realmente percepire la luce divina in questo volto." (OmeliaFesta dell'Assunta 2006)

Pape Benoît XVI: "Nous ne louons pas suffisamment Dieu si nous nous taisons sur ses saints, en particulier sur "la Sainte" qui est devenue sa demeure sur la terre, Marie. La lumière simple et multiforme de Dieu ne nous apparaît de manière juste dans sa variété et dans sa richesse que dans le visage des saints, qui sont le véritable miroir de sa lumière. C'est précisément en voyant le visage de Marie que nous pouvons voir, plus que par d'autres moyens, la beauté de Dieu, sa bonté, sa miséricorde. Nous pouvons réellement percevoir la lumière divine sur ce visage." (HomélieFête de l'Assomption 2006)

Papst Benedikt XVI: "Wir loben Gott nicht genug, wenn wir über seine Heiligen schweigen, insbesondere über »die Heilige«, Maria, die seine Wohnung auf Erden geworden ist. Das einfache und facettenreiche Licht Gottes erscheint uns in seiner Vielfalt und in seinem Reichtum allein auf dem Antlitz der Heiligen, die der wahre Spiegel seines Lichtes sind. Und vor allem im Antlitz Marias können wir die Schönheit Gottes, seine Güte und Barmherzigkeit mehr erkennen als auf andere Art und Weise. Auf ihrem Antlitz können wir das göttliche Licht wirklich wahrnehmen." (Predigt, Hochfest der aufnahme Mariens in den Himmel)

Papa Bento XVI: "Nós não louvamos a Deus suficientemente calando-nos acerca dos seus santos, sobretudo sobre "a Santa", que se tornou a sua morada na terra, Maria. A luz simples e multiforme de Deus manifesta-se-nos precisamente na sua variedade e riqueza somente no rosto dos santos, que constituem o verdadeiro espelho da sua luz. Exactamente quando contemplamos o rosto de Maria, podemos ver mais do que de outras maneiras a beleza de Deus, a sua bondade e a sua misericórdia. Podemos realmente sentir a luz divina neste rosto." (HomiliaFesta da Assunção)