Something about Mary
Every day someone new from around the world tells us something about what Our Lady means to them.
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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
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7th October - Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary - Isabel
"I always feel I have a great mother myself and a great model in Our Lady in heaven. And that's somebody I just constantly turn to. And the rosary is such an important part of my life with that - I just find that nothing ever goes unanswered with the rosay. I find such incredible consolation with that. I think it was Lucy of Fatima who said that there's no problem that can't be resolved through the rosary. No matter how small, or how difficult, how big, whatever the problem is, if I always take it to the rosary, to Our Lady, I always find great consolation, even if I don't get the answer I want, I find the most incredible consolation through Our Lady."
Isabel is from England.
24th September - Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham - Beatrice
"I feel that Mary was so forgiving and gave her life up for everyone and everything. And we've all got something to learn from Mary."
Beatrice, from England, was 24 when she gave her something about Mary but it's her birthday today so she's now a quarter century :o) Wishing you a very, very happy, blessed birthday, darling Beatrice!
"I think of Mary every time I pray because she's the mother of Jesus."
Matthew, from Derbyshire, was 10 when he gave his something about Mary but is now 11, as today is his birthday. Wishing you a very, very happy, blessed birthday Matthew!
"My most favourite title of Our Lady is 'Our Lady of Sorrows' because I think Our Lady at the foot of the Cross was so fully herself as a servant and a mother. And as she contemplated the sufferings of her son she suffered an interior martyrdom - she didn't shed her blood but she had to shed every attachment that she had, for our sake she had to give her son up so that we could have life. And I think in that profound generosity and humility she is such a model for us. She did that gladly, she didn't hold back, she didn't say 'well, this is unjust' or 'what will I get in return?' At that moment, she is the model of surrender and the model of total acceptance of God's will and willingness to really have faith in the dark, because she believed in God's Word. Christ had said that he would arise on the third day. Like the disciples, she perhaps did not know exactly how that would happen but her faith was firm and sure, and her perseverance at that moment helped Jesus to persevere in his own sufferings because when he looked down upon her and saw her total love for him he was given courage to persevere in his own mission. So there we see mother and son in perfect love, in perfect generosity, in perfect surrender of themselves."
Maggie is from the north of England.
14th September - Feat of the Triumph of the Cross - Sr Mary Magdalen
"Our Lady is my mother and I chose her as my mother when I was 17 and since that time she has guided all of my life. I try to consecrate everything to her and she has led me in very many wonderful and mysterious ways, in a way that my life has turned out that I could never have imagined. And it's really thanks to her at every moment of my life. She's the one who showed me Jesus, she taught me to pray and she's leading me to heaven every day."
Sister Mary Magdalen, from England, is in the community of the Sisters of Mary Morning Star.
"Mary is for me my loving, heavenly mother, and someone who guides and leads you back to her son Jesus when you're maybe a bit lost in your ways. And she brings a lot of peace in my life, through the holy rosary through which she gives me personally a lot of grace."
Heather is 28 & from Scotland.
"I see Our Lady as the most beautiful woman, always in mind that she is the Mother of God and that she is the only person besides Our Lord who was without sin. And I always look to her as a loving child and I always ask her for advice and guidance, that she guides me to the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ."
Patrick is 28 & from Germany; he gives his response in English & German.
"I feel privileged to say something about Our Lady, who means everything to me, her and her son. She has blessed our family so much and I guess in a lot of ways through my daughter, who's now become a nun. When she was young we came to Youth 2000 and after it, she loved saying the rosary so much, she knew it was so special, she got us as a family to say it every night and I think as a result it kept our family on track (not that we're perfect in any way). But I have Our Lady to thank for our many blessings."
Rosie is from Wales.
"Mary for me is our mother, our heavenly mother. She's also a protector. I find for me personally when you're in distress, when you're in the darkest, darkest hour, she's always there, guiding you and leading you back to Jesus her son, whom she loves very, very much."
Suzanne is 33 & from Scotland.
"Mary for me primarily is the Mother of God and she is a big part of my life and my faith journey, because she's been very crucial in bringing me closer to God through praying to her through the rosary and also she is such a role model in the fact that she willingly said yes to everything that God ever wanted of her."
Visitation is 19, lives in England & is of Sri Lankan ethnicity.
3rd September - Feast of St Gregory the Great - Albert
"I do see Our Lady as our MUM, Mum in capital letters. She is actually the one that looks after us, she's the one who is always providing the daily things that we need, and also I see her as a direct connection with Our Lord. Whenever we need something for our day to day life, if we ask her she is the one coming back to her son and saying 'Jesus, this person needs that, this person needs that.' And she's insisting as a Mum with her son and eventually the son, because he loves so much his mum, the son ends up providing. So in this respect the Lord really listens to his mum. "
Albert is a seminarian from Spain & gives his response in English & Catalan.
"Our Blessed Lady keeps us going, Our Lady helps keeps us going, keeps us on our feet at all times. So without her we wouldn't be able to go anywhere, would we? Strong!"
Mary is from England.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd September 2016:
"Dear children, according to the will of my Son and my motherly love, I am coming to you, my children, but especially to those who have not yet come to know the love of my Son. I am coming to you who think of me and who invoke me. To you, I am giving my motherly love and I am carrying the blessing of my Son. Do you have pure and open hearts, and do you see the gifts, the signs of my presence and love? My children, in your earthly life, be led by my example. My life was pain, silence and immeasurable faith and trust in the Heavenly Father. Nothing is by chance: neither pain, nor joy, nor suffering, nor love. All of these are graces which my Son grants to you and which lead you to eternal life. Of you, my Son asks for love and prayer in Him. As a mother I will teach you: to love and to pray in Him means to pray in the silence of your soul and not only reciting with your lips; it is even the least beautiful gesture done in the name of my Son - it is patience, mercy, the acceptance of pain and sacrifice done for the sake of another. My children, my Son is looking at you. Pray that you also may see His face and that it may be revealed to you. My children, I am revealing to you the only and real truth. Pray that you may comprehend it and be able to spread love and hope; that you may be able to be apostles of my love. In a special way, my motherly heart loves the shepherds. Pray for their blessed hands. Thank you."
"Today I’m thinking particularly of Mary as Mother of a son who died because today is the day that my own son died a year ago. So I go to her for consolation and realise that in his case it had such a glorious outcome, and I try and work out how any kind of good outcome can come from my own marvellous, brillilant son's death."
Rachel is from London.
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." (Omelia, Festa 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." (Homélie, Fête 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." (Homilia, Festa da Assunção)