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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)

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

"Mary has a special place in my heart, in my family’s heart… I like the expression ’To Jesus by Mary’ and I just trust her, she leads us to him. I know she has got a sense of humour, I know she uses unexpected ways to lead us where we have to go. ..

Je sais qu’on arrive à Jésus par Marie"

Caroline is from France.

8th September - Our Lady's birthday - Dania      

"Mary is the mother of Jesus, she’s my mother, she’s the mother of Syria, she’s the mother of all the countries who are suffering from war, from trouble. So please Mary, pray for us."

Dania is from Syria and gives her response in English and Arabic.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd September 2019:

"Dear children, pray! Pray the Rosary every day - that wreath of flowers which, as a mother, directly connects me with your pains, sufferings, desires, and hopes. Apostles of my love, I am with you through the grace and the love of my Son, and I am asking for prayers of you. The world is in such need of your prayers for souls to be converted. With complete trust, open your hearts to my Son, and in them He will inscribe the summary of His words - which is love. Live in an unbreakable connection with the Most Sacred Heart of my Son. My children, as a mother, I am telling you that it is high time for you to kneel before my Son to acknowledge Him as your God, the center of your life. Offer gifts to Him - that which He most loves - which is love towards neighbour, mercy, and pure hearts. Apostles of my love, many of my children still do not acknowledge my Son as their God; they have not yet come to know His love. But you, with your prayer pronounced from a pure and open heart, by the gifts which you offer to my Son, will make even the hardest hearts open. Apostles of my love, the strength of prayer pronounced from the heart - a powerful prayer full of love - changes the world. Therefore, my children: pray, pray, pray. I am with you. Thank you."

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 August 2019

"Dear children! Pray, work and witness with love for the Kingdom of Heaven that it may be good for you here on earth. Little children, God will bless your effort a hundred fold; you will be witnesses among peoples, souls of unbelievers will feel the grace of conversion and Heaven will be grateful for your efforts and sacrifices. Little children, witness with the Rosary in hand that you are mine and decide for holiness. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! Oren, trabajen y testimonien con amor el Reino de los Cielos, para que puedan estar bien aquí en la tierra. Hijitos, Dios bendecirá el céntuplo su esfuerzo y serán testigos entre los pueblos, las almas de los no creyentes sentirán la gracia de la conversión y el Cielo estará agradecido por sus esfuerzos y sacrificios. Hijitos, testimonien con el Rosario en la mano que son míos y decídanse por la santidad. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! Pregate, lavorate e testimoniate con amore il Regno dei Cieli affinché possiate stare bene qui sulla terra. Figlioli, Dio benedirà il centuplo il vostro sforzo e sarete testimoni tra i popoli, le anime dei non credenti sentiranno la grazia della conversione ed il Cielo sarà grato per le vostre fatiche ed i vostri sacrifici. Figlioli, testimoniate con il rosario nella mano che siete miei e decidetevi per la santità. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."

15th August - Feast of the Assumption - Maria      

"Our Lady for me is the caring mother that surpasses even my own mother. She makes me feel safe and I always find that she allows me to enter spaces where I can enter prayer even more deeply than I ever could imagine. For me Our Lady is one of the reasons why I am even here - my parents met in Medjugorje. So she has been a big part of my life."

Maria is 17 & from North Yorkshire in England.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd August 2019:

"Dear children, great is the love of my Son. If you were to come to know the greatness of His love, you would never cease to adore and thank Him. He is always alive with you in the Eucharist, because the Eucharist is His Heart. The Eucharist is the heart of faith. He has never left you. Even when you tried to go away from Him, He has not left you. That is why my motherly heart is happy when I watch how you - filled with love - return to Him, when I see that you are coming to Him by the way of reconciliation, love, and hope. My motherly heart knows that when you set out on the way of faith, you are shoots - buds. But along with prayer and fasting you will be fruits, my flowers, apostles of my love; you will be carriers of light and will illuminate all those around you with love and wisdom. My children, as a mother I am imploring you: pray, think, and contemplate. Everything beautiful, painful and joyful that happens to you - all of this makes you grow spiritually, so that my Son may grow in you. My children, surrender yourselves to Him, believe Him, trust in His love, let Him lead you. Let the Eucharist be the place where you will feed your souls, and afterwards, will spread love and truth - will bear witness to my Son. Thank you."

25th July - Feast of St James the Apostle - Emmanuelle      

"For me Our Lady is a constant motherly presence in my life who seems to guide me a lot every day."

Emmanuelle is 22 & from England.

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 July 2019

"Dear children! My call for you is prayer. May prayer be a joy for you and a wreath which binds you to God. Little children, trials will come and you will not be strong, and sin will reign but, if you are mine, you will win, because your refuge will be the Heart of my Son Jesus. Therefore, little children, return to prayer until prayer becomes life for you in the day and the night. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! Mi llamado para ustedes es la oración. Que la oración sea para ustedes alegría y una corona que los une a Dios. Hijitos, vendrán las pruebas y ustedes no serán fuertes y el pecado reinará, pero si son míos vencerán, porque su refugio será el Corazón de mi Hijo Jesús. Por eso, hijitos, regresen a la oración hasta que la oración se convierta en vida para ustedes, de día y de noche. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! La mia chiamata per voi è la preghiera. La preghiera sia per voi gioia e una corona che vi lega a Dio. Figlioli, verranno le prove e voi non sarete forti ed il peccato regnerà ma se siete miei, vincerete perché il vostro rifugio sarà il Cuore di mio Figlio Gesù. Perciò figlioli, ritornate alla preghiera affinché la preghiera diventi vita per voi, di giorno e di notte. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."

16th July - Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel - Lise      

"I'm personally a converted Catholic so I started coming to faith through the person of Jesus and then through the Holy Spirit, and actually, little by little, Mary is given to me as a gift, as a mother. It’s a real journey for me to take her with me daily more and more, and to put my trust in her, believing that she’s really leading me closer to the Lord, building my faith, firming, strengthening it. So I now understand why so many people pray to the Lord with the intercession of Mother Mary. She’s great, she’s a loving mother, such a grace for each of us. Mary, may you really help us always love the Lord better, love our brothers and sisters better. Thank you, Mary, for what you are doing for the Church."

Lise is from Hong Kong.

14th July - Florence      

"For me Our Lady is motherhood, love and sweetness and a tender eye on all people in the world, protecting us.

La Vierge Marie pour moi est la douceur, la tendresse et le regard aimant et protecteur d'une maman qui s’occupe pour ses enfants.  C'est comme une mère pour le monde entier en fait."

Florence is from France.

3rd July - Eli      

"The Virgin Mary, I take her as my mother because she is the Mother of Christians .. I believe that my prayer through her reaches to Christ her Son and I take her as an example and role model for us who believe in Christ."

Eli is a seminarian from Uganda.

2nd July - Maureen      

"Thank you again to Our Lady … she does always help me."

Maureen is from London.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd July 2019:

"Dear children, according to the will of the merciful Father, I have given you, and will still give you, evident signs of my motherly presence. My children, this is a motherly desire for the healing of souls. This is a desire that every child of mine may have true faith, to live to see wondrous experiences, drinking from the spring of the words of my Son - the words of life. My children, my Son, by His love and sacrifice, brought the light of faith into the world and showed you the way of faith. Because, my children, faith elevates pain and suffering. True faith makes prayer more sensitive, and does acts of mercy - a conversation, a gift of alms. Those of my children who have faith - true faith - are happy despite everything because they live the beginning of heavenly happiness on earth. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, I am calling you to give an example of true faith, to bring light where there is darkness, to live my Son. My children, as a mother I am telling you: you cannot go on the way of faith and follow my Son without your shepherds. Pray that they may have the strength and the love to lead you. May your prayers always be alongside them. Thank you."

30th June - Solemnity of Ss Peter & Paul - Sr Michelina (Giovanna by Baptism)      

"We have always had a great devotion to Our Lady, praying the rosary in the family altogether every evening."

Sister Michelina is from Italy.

29th June - Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary - Esther      

"I love Mary because she’s really a mother to me and she guides me along my way, and to love her back I just want to be another little Mary."

Esther is from Malaysia.

28th June - Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Constance      

"Mary from the perspective of my congregation is a model of obedience. She did the will of God, she listened to God and she paved the way of salvation for the human race. "

Constance is a Franciscan missionary of the Divine Motherhood from Zimbabwe.

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 June 2019

"Dear children! I am thanking God for each of you. In a special way, little children, thank you for having responded to my call. I am preparing you for the new times that you may be firm in faith and persevering in prayer, so that the Holy Spirit may work through you and renew the face of the earth. I am praying with you for peace which is the most precious gift, even though Satan wants war and hatred. You, little children, be my extended hands and proudly go with God. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! Por Su misericordia, Dios me ha permitido estar con ustedes, e instruirlos y guiarlos hacia el camino de la conversión. Hijitos, todos ustedes están invitados a orar con todo el corazón para que se realice el plan de salvación en ustedes y a través de ustedes. Sean conscientes, hijitos, de que la vida es breve y les espera la vida eterna según sus méritos. Por eso oren, oren, oren para que puedan ser instrumentos dignos en las manos de Dios. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! Ringrazio Dio per ciascuno di voi. In modo particolare, figlioli, grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata. Io vi preparo per i tempi nuovi affinché siate saldi nella fede e perseveranti nella preghiera, affinché lo Spirito Santo operi attraverso di voi e rinnovi la faccia della terra. Prego con voi per la pace, il dono più prezioso, anche se satana vuole la guerra e l’odio. Voi, figlioli, siate le mie mani tese e camminate fieri con Dio. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."

25th June - 38th anniversary of reported apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje - Sarah      

"I’m a convert and I’m sure it was Our Lady that led me into the Church even though I didn’t quite understand that at the time. When I think of her I just feel absolute gratitude because she picked me up, loved me when I was very vulnerable, and she just guides me and gives me strength, and I love her and I think she’s amazing and I just want to share her with everyone."

Sarah is from Ealing, London.

20th June - Feast of Corpus Christi - Laura      

"The Virgin Mary is for me my mother and the person who is there for me when I have problems or in happiness or for everything, I think she’s there. She is my Mum, my dear Mum, and I always go to her to speak with her and she’s all for me after God. She’s my Mum. 

La Virgen Maria para mí es mi Madre querida, mi Mamá a la que corro siempre . Es mi gran amor la que tengo para todos los problemas y para todas las alegrías. Es mi refugio, y mi intercesora."

Laura is from Madrid.

16th June - Feast of the Most Holy Trinity - Serena      

"When I was shown the gift of the rosary (which I don’t do often enough but I do do) magical things began to happen for me in my interior life. So Our Lady is an essential loving force of God."

Serena is from London.

15th June - Kim      

"I pray to Mary all the time. I say the rosary. I just believe that she listens to me. She said she will protect us and she’s also the undoer of knots so she undoes the knots for me that I need undoing and she just listens to me and provides a deep and meaningful friendship."

Kim is from London.

14th June - Mary      

"I've often felt very close to Our Lady. I can feel her presence and when I’ve been through very difficult times in my life I’ve felt almost a tangible presence of her."

Mary is from Chiswick, London.

13th June - Feast of Jesus, the Eternal High Priest (also feast day of St Anthony of Padua) - Brigid      

"For me Mary leads us to Jesus and the Bible quote I think of is “Do whatever he tells you."

Brigid is from Northern Ireland.

12th June - Luisa      

"Maria è la persona con cui parlo per arrivare al Signore.

Mary is the person I talk to to get to God. "

Luisa is from Italy.

11th June - Feast of St Barnabas - Amanda      

"Our Lady to me is the comfort and serenity of our Church but also the example that we all try to follow or should try to follow as we follow her Son Jesus Christ."

Amanda is from London.

10th June - Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church - Douglas      

"Our Mother Mary for us Consolators we call her Our Mother Maria Consolata … In fact, we are being told she is the Mother of the Church and for me I call her ‘My mother’. Through her intercession I have seen the hand of God."

Douglas, from Kenya, is a seminarian with the Consolata Missionaries. He gives his something about Mary in English and Swahili.

9th June - Solemnity of Pentecost - Chris      

"What I’d like to say about Mary, the Mother of God: the most holy, the most gracious, the most pure, who is an inspiration to us all. We pray that she intercedes for us because she is so close to Our Lord."

Chris is from England.

2nd June - 7th Sunday of Easter - Père Jean-Marie      

"Notre Dame a demandé Le Laus à son Fils pour la conversion des pécheurs et son Fils le Seigneur le lui a accordé. Alors ce que l’on découvre beaucoup dans ce sanctuaire c’est le sourire: le sourire de Marie à travers la beauté des lieux, à travers le calme et la paix que l’on peut accueillir. C’est vraiment la Vierge Marie qui, en nous souriant, fait aussi monter vers Dieu notre prière. Notre prière devient la sienne et elle l’offre à son Fils et son Fils nous donne sa paix."

Père Jean-Marie is the vice rector of the Sanctuary of Notre Dame du Laus in France.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd June 2019:

"Dear children, only a pure and an open heart will make it such that you may truly come to know my Son and that all those who do not know His love may come to know it through you. Only love will make you comprehend that it is stronger than death because true love conquered death and made it so that death not exist. My children, forgiveness is the most exalted form of love. You, as apostles of my love, must pray that you be strong in spirit and that you could comprehend and forgive. You, apostles of my love, by understanding and forgiveness, are giving an example of love and mercy. To be able to comprehend and forgive is a gift for which it is necessary to pray, and to nurture it. By forgiveness you are showing that you know how to love. Just look, my children, how the Heavenly Father loves you with a great love, with understanding, forgiveness and justice - how He gives me, the Mother of your hearts, to you. And here I am among you to bless you with a motherly blessing, to call you to prayer, to fasting - to tell you to believe, to hope, to forgive, to pray for your shepherds, and above all to love without limits. My children, follow me. My way is the way of peace and love, the way of my Son. It is the way that leads to the triumph of my heart. Thank you."

1st June - Feast of St Justin - Kate      

"I went to Fatima the year after my mother died and I felt very close to Our Blessed Lady and I’ve felt close to her since, and I really thinks she helps me and helps my family."

Kate is from England.

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)