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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

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23rd June - Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus - Manami      

"Our Lady is for me my everything. Whenever I have a problem, I always ask for her intercession and everything about her I love and I believe. Our Lady, we love you, we trust in you and we live in you."

Manami is from Japan and gives her response in English & Japanese.

22nd June - Feast of St John Fisher & St Thomas More - John      

"I have a very special devotion to Mary which comes to me through my family. ... I think of Mary as our mother in heaven, the Queen of Peace. I have a strong devotion to St Therese of Lisieux who said 'She's more a mother than a queen'."

John is from Los Angeles.

21st June - Mary      

"Mary to me is our mother and she is very special.

Mary is from the US.

20th June - Anil      

"I'm used to wearing the rosary from when I knew about Mary till now (more than 20 years). I usually pray the rosary every single day and all my family believe in Mary through God."

Anil is 33 & from India.

19th June - Jijo      

"Through Mother Mary we can achieve anything and Jesus Christ will listen to our prayer through Mary."

Jijo is 32 & from India.

18th June - Corpus Christi Sunday - Bess      

"My first significant encounter with Mary came when I was 17 and I was on a French exchange and my French exchange's family had a house in  the south of France and when I arrived, they said 'Next week you girls are going on a pilgrimage to Lourdes.' ... Lourdes was a complete revelation and what really struck me about it and surprised me was the grotto: that it didn't matter how many people were there, how crowded it was, there was just this sense, a tangible sense, of peace and that really struck me. And I really had a sense that if I were ever in difficulty after that time in Lourdes, I could ask Our Lady for help and she was reliable and she would look after me. And I would say that was turning point in my adult life as a Christian; that was the time or the moment when I chose to follow Catholicism out of my own will rather than going along with it because of family tradition. And my faith just grew and grew after that. And what I would say now is that my experience has really born out what the Church teaches, which is that Our Lady leads us to Christ."

Bess is from England.

17th June - Henryka      

"Mary is a very, very, very important lady and the Queen of heaven and all earth and all people."

Henryka is from Poland & gives her response in English & Polish.

16th June - Anne      

"Our Lady for me, she is our mother and protectress and she loves us all and she helps us get to Jesus."

Anne is from England.

15th June - Feast of Corpus Christi - Niall      

"Our Lady means a lot to me: not only is she my mother but I've entrusted my vocation to her. At a stage of my life, I had decisions to make regarding entering seminary and what I did was I'd always a devotion to Our Lady but I consecrated myself to Our Lady and I entrusted all my past achievements and all my past experiences and all my future experiences and any of my future decisions, I entrusted them all to her. Since I did this I had a radical change in my life in terms of not only my devotion to her but also my devotion to Jesus, because anything that I've asked with a contrite heart Our Lady has provided for me and it has strengthened my relationship with Jesus, my devotion to the rosary daily, also it strengthens my faith. Our Lady has become a mother for me, a spiritual mother in many, many ways."

Niall is 33 & a seminarian from Galway in Ireland.

14th June - Aran-Rafael      

"Mother Mary means a very lot to me, this is the Mother of God. She's pure and I pray to her through God for the conversion of sinners."

Aran-Rafael is from Turkey.

13th June - Feast of Saint Anthony of Lisbon & Padua - Marta      
100th anniversary of Our Lady's 2nd apparition in Fatima

"I think my devotion to Our Lady of Fatima began when I was really young because my grandmother always had a little statue of her and here in Portugal everywhere we go we have little figures of Our Lady. I always had an interest and always thought 'Why does everyone love her so much and take such a great interest in her?' I have been to Fatima several times but one of the last times I went, I went in a pilgrimage and it took us five days to get there (and usually it just takes us two hours). So I went walking for five days and it was such a great relief and I was so full of friendship and happiness when I saw Our Lady and we prayed altogether. It was such a special moment and I got why people loved her so much."

Marta, who's 16 & from Portugal, gives her response in English & Portuguese.

12th June - Chiara      

"The Virgin Mary for me is simply my Mum - I love her as she were my Mum.  

La Vergine Maria per me è la mia mamma."

Chiara is 29 & from Italy.

11th June - Feast of the Most Holy Trinity - Anaïs      

"To me Mary is definitely mother first of all, and she also just teaches me how to love Christ better and how to love God the Father as his daughter and how to be attentive to the Holy Spirit."

Anaïs is 22 & from Canada.

10th June - Inés      

"For me Mary is the person to go to when I feel that I can't go to Jesus because I feel that he's too high up for me. So she's my mother."

Inés is 24 & from Spain; she gives her response in English & Spanish.

9th June - Feast of St Ephrem - Michael      

"Our Blessed Mother is my heavenly mother. I have been consecrated to her for more than 20 years now and her role in my life has been one of maternal solicitude for my salvation. I can't quite put into words what she has done for me but in short I would say she's very solicitous for my salvation and, as a mother, she knows what is best for her children."

Michael is from Nigeria.

8th June - Sandra      

"La Vierge Marie pour moi, c’est ma deuxième maman et c'est la deuxième maman de tout le monde pour moi, je pense. On a tous besoin d'elle et on lui demande beaucoup de choses mais on lui dit aussi beaucoup merci parce qu'elle fait beaucoup de très belles choses et elle nous aide à grandir dans la foi."

Sandra is 30 & from Lebanon.

7th June - Emily      

"To me, Mary is a guide through what it means to be a woman, especially someone in love with God."

Emily is 24 & from Canada.

6th June - Leonor      

"Our Lady to me is a gift that God gave me because she gave me the biggest ‘yes’ I’ve ever listened to in my whole life."

Leonor is 16 & from Portugal; she gives her response in English & Portuguese.

5th June - Feast of St Boniface - Hilda      

"La Vierge pour nous, c'est notre mère, c'est la mère de tous les chrétiens. C'est le devoir d'une mère: on demande qu'elle nous protège, qu'elle nous aide, qu'elle nous donne tout le temps la foi. C'est ce qu'on demande d'une maman."

Hilda is from Lebanon.

4th June - Feast of Pentecost - Father Conan      

"Celebrating Our Lady, Our Lady as Queen, Queen of the clergy, Queen of all Christians. She is indeed the Christian par excellence, she is the greatest model, witness of the faith. But also I like to refer to her as the New Ark of the Covenant, indispensable but also appointed and specially selected role to bear the Lord. And so, similar to the old ark, but par excellence Mary therefore brings to all Christians the power, the beauty, the wonder, the grandeur, the victory of her Son Jesus Christ. The battle is the Lord's but through, with, in Him and through the intercession of Our Lady, there is victory in her Son Jesus Christ."

Father Conan is from Dominica.

3rd June - Grace      

"Our Lady to me, she is my treasurer of grace. She is the treasurer of all graces. She has a mission from God to dispense the grace to whoever, whenever, whatever, in any quantity, in any time, in any place. She is the sole treasurer of all graces and because of her intercession all the graces I received, I offer my sincere gratitude to her. It is through her intercession that I receive my grace from God our Father, Jesus our Lord and our Holy Spirit. Thank you, Mama. Thank you."

Grace is from Hong Kong & gives her response in English & Cantonese.

2nd June - Tsegreda      

"Mary is my Saviour's mother, my mother, my children's mother, all of our's mother. She's sweet, I love my Mary. .. She's my beloved Mother, my loving Mummy."

Tsegreda, from Eritrea, gives her response in English & Tigrinya.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd June 2017:

"Dear children, as in the other places where I have come to you, also here I am calling you to prayer. Pray for those who do not know my Son, for those who have not come to know the love of God, against sin, for the consecrated - for those whom my Son called to have love and the spirit of strength for you, for the Church. Pray to my Son, and the love which you experience from His nearness will give you the strength to make you ready for the works of love which you will do in His name. My children, be ready. This time is a turning point. That is why I am calling you anew to faith and hope. I am showing you the way by which you need to go, and those are the words of the Gospel. Apostles of my love, the world is in such need of your arms raised towards Heaven, towards my Son, towards the Heavenly Father. Much humility and purity of heart are needed. Have trust in my Son and know that you can always be better. My motherly heart desires for you, apostles of my love, to be little lights of the world, to illuminate there where darkness wants to begin to reign, to show the true way by your prayer and love, to save souls. I am with you. Thank you."

1st June - Feast of St Justin - Luz      

"I believe in Mary a lot. I pray every day the rosary, every day because it’s important for my sleeping. If I don't pray the rosary, I don't sleep properly."

Luz, from Colombia, gives her response in English & Spanish. It is her birthday today - here's wishing you a very blessed, happy birthday, dearest Luz ♥

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)