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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 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

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)

1st January - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - William      

"Our Lady is I think at the heart of my faith because of the fact that she is completely orientated towards her son and it’s impossible to love Mary without loving Jesus through her."

William is 31 and from England.

18th December - Rita      

"For me Our Lady is the Lady of the yes - she said yes to everything, she said yes to everything that happened. And she is the Lady of silence because she said yes to everything in silence."

Rita is from Portugal and gives her response in English & Portuguese.

8th December - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - Graham      

"What that means I think is that every time a Catholic says the Hail Mary they can implicitly affirm the Immaculate Conception. Isn’t that beautiful! Every time we say the Hail Mary in the rosary, ‘Hail Mary, full of grace, you were conceived without sin.’"

Graham is 26 and from the United Kingdom.

7th December - Feast of St Ambrose of Milan - Lenka      

"I just really would like to recognise Mary in my life as my mother. Another thing I want to share is that I think she’s for me also a great example as a woman - the beauty of her heart, her humility. She kept everything that the Lord told her in her heart and was thinking about those words."

Lenka is from Slovakia.

6th December - Noel      

"Mary is our eternal mother."

Noel is 33 and from India.

5th December - Genevieve      

"Our Lady gave life to one person indeed, the Son of God, and in doing so she gave more than life, she gave salvation, grace, sanctity, healing, deliverance, connection with God, redemption and salvation to everybody - everybody who was alive at that time, everybody who has been alive since and everybody who will ever live. She really is a vessel of pure grace and love. She knows nothing but love because she’s completely sin free and we know that from our Tradition and we know that from our faith."

Genevieve is from England.

4th December - Feast of St John Damascene - Przemek      

"Mary is very gentle and full of compassion. She never fails anyone."

Przemek is from Poland.

3rd December - Feast of St Francis Xavier - Willy      

"I’ve great trust in Our Lady."

Willy is from Ireland.

2nd December - 1st Sunday of Advent - Margaret      

"Mother Mary is my mother."

Margaret is from London.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd December 2018:

"Dear children, when you come to me, as to a mother, with a pure and open heart, know that I am listening to you, encouraging you, consoling you and, above all, interceding for you with my Son. I know that you desire to have a strong faith and to express it in the right way. What my Son asks of you is to have a sincere, strong and deep faith - then every way in which you express it is proper. Faith is a most wonderful mystery which is kept in the heart. It is between the Heavenly Father and all of His children; it is recognized by the fruits and by the love which one has towards all of God's creatures. Apostles of my love, my children, have trust in my Son. Help all of my children to come to know His love. You are my hope - you who strive to sincerely love my Son. In the name of love, for your salvation, according to the will of the Heavenly Father and through my Son, I am here among you. Apostles of my love, along with prayer and sacrifice, may your hearts be illuminated with the love and the light of my Son. May that light and love illuminate all those whom you meet and bring them back to my Son. I am with you. In a special way, I am alongside your shepherds. With my motherly love I illuminate and encourage them, that with the hands blessed by my Son, they may bless the entire world. Thank you."

1st December - Erika      

"Mary is for me an amazing and caring mother who is actually leading me on the journey towards Jesus, to know him more."

Erika is 36 and from Slovakia; she gives her response in English and Slovak.

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 November 2018

"Dear children! This is a time of grace and prayer, a time of waiting and giving. God is giving Himself to you that we may love Him above everything. Therefore, little children, open your hearts and families, so that this waiting may become prayer and love and, especially, giving. I am with you, little children, and encourage you not to give up from what is good, because the fruits are seen and heard of afar. That is why the enemy is angry and uses everything to lead you away from prayer. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! Este es un tiempo de gracia y de oración, un tiempo de espera y de donación. Dios se da a ustedes para que lo amen por encima de todo. Por eso, hijitos, abran sus corazones y sus familias para hacer que esta espera se convierta en oración y amor, y especialmente en donación. Yo estoy con ustedes, hijitos, y los exhorto a no renunciar al bien, porque los frutos se ven y se escuchan a lo lejos. Por eso el enemigo está enojado y utiliza todo para alejarlos de la oración. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! Questo tempo è tempo di grazia e di preghiera, tempo di attesa e di donazione. Dio si dona a voi perché lo amiate al di sopra di ogni cosa. Perciò, figlioli, aprite i vostri cuori e le vostre famiglie affinché quest'attesa diventi preghiera ed amore e soprattutto donazione. Io sono con voi, figlioli e vi esorto a non rinunciare al bene perché i frutti si vedono, si sentono, arrivano lontano. Perciò il nemico è arrabbiato e usa tutto per allontanarvi dalla preghiera. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd November 2018:

"Dear children, My motherly heart suffers as I am looking at my children who do not love the truth, those who are hiding it - as I look at my children who do not pray with their feelings and actions. I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him - my Son. That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil - to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge - that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him. My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh, and, carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles. Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory. Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you. Witness the love which never ends because it comes from the Heavenly Father who is eternal and who offers eternity to all of my children. The spirit of my Son will be alongside you. Anew I am calling you, my children: pray for your shepherds, pray that the love of my Son may lead them. 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)