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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)

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)