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Something about Mary

Every day people from around the world tell 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 3000 responses since 8th September 2009, there's a podcast for each year: (1) Something about Maria  (2) Something about La Madonna  (3) Something about Our Lady  (4) Something about the Mother of Jesus  (5) Something about the Virgin Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help  (6) Something about the Mother of God (7) Something about the Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy  (8) Something about Nossa Senhora de Fátima  (9) 

If you'd like to give Mary a metaphorical bunch of flowers by saying your something about her, please, pretty please, do get in touch with Totus2us. Thank you :o)

25th March - Solemnity of the Annunciation - Sister Mercy      

"For me Our Lady is a mother and a model. One thing I love about Our Lady that constantly draws me back to her, to seek for her intercession, is her 'yes' to God, to carry out the will of God in bringing Christ to the world for us. And for me that is something that I desire that each day Our Lady may intercede for me that I may be able to carry the will of God at the end of my life."

Sister Mercy is from Nigeria.

19th March - Feast of St Joseph - Alvaro      

"Our Lady is my mother. I think she is the most beautiful person who can always intercede for us. You can always ask her anything you need because she's the mother of us and she will take care of us."

Alvaro, from Argentina, gives his response in English and Spanish.

Our Lady's annual message to Mirjana in Medugorje, 18 March 2020:

"Dear children, my Son, as God, always looked above time. I, as His mother, through Him, see in time. I see beautiful and sad things. But I see that there is still love, and that it needs doing for it to be known. My children, you cannot be happy if you do not love each other, if you do not have love in every situation and at every moment of your life. Also, I, as a mother, am coming to you through love - to help you to come to know true love, to come to know my Son. This is why I am calling you, always anew, to thirst all the more for love, faith, and hope. The only spring from which you can drink is trust in God, my Son. My children, in moments of peacelessness and renunciation you just seek the face of my Son. You just live His words and do not be afraid. Pray and love with sincere feelings, with good works; and help so that the world may change and that my heart may win. Like my Son, I am also saying to you: love each other because without love there is no salvation. Thank you my children."

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd March 2020:

"Dear children, your pure and sincere love draws my motherly heart. Your faith and trust in the Heavenly Father are fragrant roses which you offer to me - the most beautiful bouquets of roses which consist of your prayers, acts of mercy and of love. Apostles of my love, you who sincerely and with a pure heart strive to follow my Son, you who sincerely love Him, you help; you be an example to those who have not yet come to know the love of my Son - but, my children, not only with words but also with acts and pure feelings through which you glorify the Heavenly Father. Apostles of my love, it is a time of vigilance, and of you I am asking for love, that you not judge - anyone. Because the Heavenly Father will judge everyone. I am asking that you love, that you convey the truth; because truth is old, it is not new, it is eternal, it is truth. It testifies to God's eternity. Bring the light of my Son and keep breaking the darkness which all the more wants to seize you. Do not be afraid. Through the grace and the love of my Son, I am with you. Thank you."

1st March - 1st Sunday of Lent - Sandra Miranda      

"Mary to me has always been my Mother in heaven. In all my steps in life, when I've needed help I turn to Mary: she's helped me with my children, my marriage, moving countries. Mary has always been there for me."

Sandra Miranda is from South Africa.

26th February - Ash Wednesday - Sophia      

"I love our Blessed Mother because she actually helped bring me to the faith through my praying of the blessed rosary. Mary is my constant companion, I pray to her when I wake up, I pray the Angelus. She is for me an model of humility, of silence, of noticing the needs of others, of being graceful and mindful in perceiving needs before they're even known to the person who has those needs.  She intercedes for us with Our Lord and she just takes care of everything. I rely on her completely and I love her very much."

Sophia is from Brooklyn, New York.

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 February 2020

"Dear children! In this time of grace, I desire to see your faces transformed in prayer. You are so flooded by earthly concerns, you do not even feel that spring is at the threshold. You are called, little children, to penance and prayer. As nature fights in silence for new life, also you are called to open yourselves in prayer to God, in Whom you will find peace and warmth of the spring sun in your hearts. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! En este tiempo de gracia, quiero ver sus rostros transformados en oración. Ustedes están tan inundados por las preocupaciones terrenales que ni siquiera sienten que la primavera está a las puertas. Hijitos, ustedes son llamados a la penitencia y a la oración. Así como la naturaleza lucha en silencio por una vida nueva, también ustedes están llamados a abrirse a Dios en oración, en quien encontrarán la paz y el calor del sol primaveral en sus corazones. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! In questo tempo di grazia desidero vedere i vostri volti trasformati nella preghiera. Voi siete così inondati dalle preoccupazioni terrene che non sentite neanche che la primavera è alle soglie. Figlioli, siete invitati alla penitenza ed alla preghiera. Come la natura lotta nel silenzio per la vita nuova, così anche voi siete invitati ad aprirvi nella preghiera a Dio nel quale troverete la pace e il calore del sole di primavera nei vostri cuori. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."

23rd February - Father Bryan      

"Mary to me is the most wonderful example of what it means to be a disciple, not only of Jesus but of somebody giving their life to God."

Fr Bryan Patterson is the rector and pastor of St James Cathedral in downtown Brooklyn.

2nd February - Feast of the Presentation of Jesus - Jessica      

"One thing I have to say about the Virgin Mary is I always pray to her. She has never left my side, she helped me go through all the difficult times and she always blessed me with the strength to keep going and I always find in her everything I always need. Amen."

Jessica is from Argentina.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd February 2020:

"Dear children, by the act of the decision and love of God, I am chosen to be the Mother of God and your mother. But also by my will and my immeasurable love for the Heavenly Father and my complete trust in Him, my body was the chalice of the God-man. I was in the service of truth, love and salvation, as I am now among you to call you, my children, apostles of my love, to be carriers of truth; to call you to spread His words, the words of salvation, by your will and love for my Son: that with your actions you may show, to all those who have not come to know my Son, His love. You will find strength in the Eucharist - my Son who feeds you with His Body and strengthens you with His Blood. My children, fold your hands [in prayer] and look at the Cross in silence. In this way, you are drawing faith to be able to transmit it; you are drawing truth to be able to discern; you are drawing love that you may know to love truly. My children, apostles of my love, fold your hands [in prayer], look at the Cross. Only in the Cross is salvation. Thank you."

TOP CHAT about Totus2us & 1000 somethings about Mary     

This 'chat' was not originally intended to be heard other than by Erin-Thérèse (from the Totus2us team) to help with the article she was writing about Totus2us. She pulled the trick of an article out of her hat with such charm & aplomb (& a determination that wasn't to be dodged) that Ruth (also from the Totus2us team) couldn't fail but cave in! Once recorded (over skype with a deep-breathing computer), Erin & her darling husband & mother then gave the shpeel that others might like to hear something about the story of Totus2us. So here it is, in great thanksgiving for 1000 somethings about Mary and 3 years of Totus2us.

(28 mins of TOP CHAT with Erin-Thérèse, recorded in August 2012)

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)