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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 the Mother of God - here on itunes

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)

17th September - Feast of St Hildegarde of Bingen - Elsa      

"Our Lady is a mother for me and a role model to look up to and somebody who has always got my back."

Elsa is 15 and from England.

16th September - Feast of St Cyprian - Euline      

"Mary is our mother, is all of our mother, but for me she is very special .. Whenever I have my problems, I go to Mary’s feet."

Euline is from Dominica in the West Indies.

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

"When you are so sad and your heart is broke, Saint Mary can solve everything you want. Just talk with her and you will feel so comfortable and everything will be solved."

Lana is 18 & from Jordan. She gave her response in English and Arabic on an aeroplane (yup, that's the background sound).

14th September - Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross - Elena      

"Mama noastra, speranța noastră."
(Our mother, our hope.)

Elena is from Fondata, the highest village in Romania, & gives her response in Romanian.

13th September - Feast of St John Chrysostom - Omar      

"Our Lady gives me peace and faithfulness."

Omar is 28 & from Malta; he gives his response in English and Maltese.

12th September - Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary - Grace      

"I really find Mary such a figure of a mother - she’s so beautiful and so strong; and her strength is really beautiful and it really helps me every day just to think 'I've got another mother and she's strong and she's here for me.' Every single day she's here for me. She's really beautiful."

Grace is 12 & from England.

11th September - Roly      

"Our Lady for me is Lourdes. I went to Lourdes as a 17 year old and went for 13 years running and what brought me back every year was a love and the mystery of Our Lady, and she has been a driving force throughout my life."

Roly is from the UK.

10th September - Sheila      

"Our Lady is the greatest woman ever. She’s my mother and our mother."

Sheila is from Kent in England.

9th September - Abbie      

"I love Our Lady. I don’t even really know how to put it in words but I always find myself looking to her whenever I'm in need or I'm going through something. .. Like she always seems to just be there, no matter where or when it is, she always seems to help out and always make it better in the end."

Abbie is 16 and from Scotland.

8th September - Feast of Our Lady's birthday - Sister Anna Maria      

"Since we were little children we have this great devotion to Our Lady."

Sister Anna Maria of the Sisters of Maria Bambina is from northern Italy and gives her response in English & Italian.

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

"Dear children, My words are simple but are filled with motherly love and care. My children, all the more the shadows of darkness and deception are being cast over you, and I am calling you to the light and truth — I am calling you to my Son. Only He can transform despair and suffering into peace and clarity; only He can give hope in the deepest pain. My Son is the life of the world. The more that you come to know Him — the more that you come close to Him — all the more you will love Him, because my Son is love. Love changes everything; it makes most beautiful also that which, without love, seems insignificant to you. That is why, anew, I am saying to you that you must love a lot if you desire to grow spiritually. I know, apostles of my love, that it is not always easy, but, my children, also the painful paths are paths which lead to spiritual growth, to faith, and to my Son. My children, pray — think of my Son. In all the moments of the day, raise your soul to Him, and I will gather your prayers as flowers from the most beautiful garden and give them as a gift to my Son. Be true apostles of my love; spread the love of my Son to everyone. Be gardens of the most beautiful flowers. With your prayers help your shepherds that they may be spiritual fathers filled with love for all people. Thank you."

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

"Dear children! This is a time of grace. Little children, pray more, speak less and permit God to lead you on the way of conversion. I am with you and love you with my motherly love. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! Este es un tiempo de gracia. Hijitos, oren más y hablen menos, y dejen que Dios los guíe por el camino de la conversión. Yo estoy con ustedes y los amo con mi amor maternal. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! Questo è tempo di grazia. Figlioli, pregate di più, parlate di meno e lasciate che Dio vi guidi sulla via della conversione. Io sono con voi e vi amo con il mio amore materno. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."

15th August - Solemnity of the Assumption - Craig      

"Our Lady guides me. Everything I've done in life, through my decision to be a teacher, all through her, I keep praying."

Craig is 28 & from England.

14th August - Feast of St Maximilian Kolbe - Friar Philomeno James   

"I am a Marian Franciscan. We follow the rule of St Francis but we have a special, beautiful love of Our Lady. Normally in religious life you have three vows (poverty, chastity and obedience) but our first vow is to the Blessed Virgin. This is a radical consecration that was given to us by Maximilian Kolbe who died as an act of charity, a martyr for charity, in Auschwitz. He came up with this idea of this total self-giving consecration ... According to Maximilian Kolbe we must be the absolute property of the Blessed Virgin Mary because when you are absolute property you maintain nothing for yourself .. So this is our love for Our Lady. "

Friar Philomeno James from England is a Marian Franciscan currently based in Gosport.

13th August - Michael      

"I became a Catholic some years ago and I was taken to Lourdes where I met Our Lady for the first time."

Michael is from England.

12th August - Coral      

"My blessed mother means everything to me ... she's my eternal mother and I depend on her, I turn to her, and I love her and I thank her so much."

Coral is from Bombay / Mumbai, India.

11th August - Feast of St Clare of Assisi - Somaeoih      

"Mary is my dream. I wish I can be the same as her a little bit."

Somaeoih is from Iran.

10th August - Philip      

"Our Lady is our Mum."

Philip is 9 and from England.

9th August - Feast of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross - Fr George Mary

"Our Lady is the secret. She's going to win the battle that is going on now but we all have to pray and sacrifice, and especially pray the rosary."

Father George Mary Roth FI, from America, is a Franciscan of Mary Immaculate and St Francis.

8th August - Feast of St Dominic - Peter      

"Saying the family rosary, things just go sweet! As soon as you take Our Lady out of the equation and the mysteries and all of that and you think that you can just do it on your own strength, in our family it comes apart, no question, every time."

Peter is 38 and from England.

7th August - Feast of St Cajetan of Tiene - Pushpa      

"It's very difficult to say something about the Mother of the Son of God, as he is known ... My cough is 70% down because of her .. She has blessed us, she has helped me .. We went to Lourdes and I had a dip in the water.  It is very difficult to describe the feeling I had. Wonderful, not describable!"

Pushpa is from India.

6th August - Feast of the Transfiguration - Pankaj      

"I'm Indian, I'm a Hindu, but I've had a good experience with Mary because I believe she helps those people nobody will help. She also can get to Jesus faster than anybody because he is the son.  I did tell her in fact that my wife is having a cough problem so help her please. So she must have gone to Jesus and said to him 'These people need help and you're not helping. I'm your mother, I'm directing you to help his wife.' Jesus helped because she believes in her son as well and she knows. No words can describe what I think of her because she is the Mother of God. ... I wish all the people: believe in her from your heart, not pretending, and it will happen. Mountains can be moved with belief."

Pankaj is from India.

5th August - Feast of Our Lady of the Snows - Beatrice      

"I think our Mary, Our Lady, is like our mother. She takes care of us and looks after us, and she looks after everyone. So even people who don't have a mother they actually have one because she is our mother. Having her like our Mary is like having a full heart.  

Penso che Maria, Nostra Madonna, sia punto la mamma di tutti noi .. ci guarda sempre, si prende cura di noi. È un punto fondamentale e come se fosse qualcosa di prezioso che abbiamo."

Beatrice is 25 and from Genova in Italy.

4th August - Feast of St John Mary Vianney - David      

"Mary has made a big impact in my life .. I noticed the priests with a Marian devotion, particularly Fr Patrick Peyton .. he just had a great love in his eyes when he spoke about Mary, so I said to her 'I want to get to know you before seminary.' I ended up being invited to Lourdes and I shared a room with a great man who spoke about Mary a lot and gave me 'True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin', St Louis de Montfort's book. With classics like that I usually find them a bit difficult but I just devoured it. It's really full on but being our mother I think we can be full on with her because she loves us. Some of the insights that St Louis de Montfort gives us just made so much sense. .. We can go to her and she molds us. And the power of the rosary, the holy rosary. It's a simple prayer but it's so nourishing and it has it all really. "

David is 34 and a deacon from Northampton diocese in England.

3rd August - Megan      

"For me Mary is like a mother figure but maternal in the way that she leads us by good example. So instead of being motherly in that she can give us hugs and offer us advice, she is always there to keep us on the straight path. She's the mother of all mothers ... and I think that she's a really great example for modern day women of how you can be a role model for someone, also aim to be as sinless as possible and just keep your eyes firmly focused on God."

Megan is 21 and from South Wales.

2nd August - Feast of St Eusebius of Vercelli - Helen      

"Our Lady, she's everything: she’s our mother, she’s always there to intercede for us. So whenever I pray I call upon her to intercede for me and she has never ever failed me. Never!"

Helen is from Nigeria.

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

"Dear children, with a motherly love I am calling you to open hearts to peace; to open hearts to my Son, so that in your hearts love for my Son may sing, because only out of that love peace comes in the soul. My children, I know that you have goodness, I know that you have love - a merciful love, but many of my children still have a closed heart. They think that they can do it without directing their thoughts towards the Heavenly Father who illuminates - towards my Son who is always with you anew in the Eucharist and who desires to listen to you. My children, why do you not speak to Him? The life of each of you is important and precious, because it is a gift from the Heavenly Father for eternity. Therefore, do not ever forget to keep on thanking Him: speak to Him. I know, my children, that what is to come afterwards is unknown to you, but when your hereafter comes you will receive all the answers. My motherly love desires that you be ready. My children, by your life keep putting good feelings in the hearts of the people whom you meet, feelings of peace, goodness, love and forgiveness. Through prayer, hearken to what My Son is saying and act accordingly. Anew, I am calling you to prayer for your shepherds, for those whom my Son has called. Remember that they need prayers and love. Thank you."

1st August - Feast of St Alphonsus Liguori - Aurelis      

"Our Lady, she is the Mother of God, of Jesus Christ.  .. If we pray to her, she sends our prayers to God and she intercedes for us to God. She's really kind. She helped Jesus Christ in his teenage years .. she's the best."

Aurelis is 14 and from India.

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)