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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"For me, Our Lady - she's always all the woman that I could ever dream of being and, also for me, she's all the mother I've dreamed of as well. And it's my greatest desire to be her daughter and to make her proud."
Christiana is from London.
"For me, Our Lady is the Mother that Jesus gave us to look after us on this journey. So every opportunity I have to go on a pilgrimage, to say thank you or to ask her for something, I tend to do. And I feel very contained by her love and the reassurance that she's walking with us and she knows how difficult the journey can be at times. So it's always a feeling of thanks towards the one I think of as my Mum."
Sonia is from Argentina & gives her response in English and Spanish.
"Our Lady is a mother who brings us closer to Jesus and she's a protector."
Eric, who's 27, was born & brought up in Kuwait.
"Maria - she’s my Mum, she’s Mum of everyone."
Rosa is from Cape Verde and gives her response in English & Portuguese.
"Our Lady, she saved my life twice. .. Our Lady she protects me all the time.
La Madonna è nel mio cuore perché mi protegge sempre, sempre, sempre."
Carolina is from Italy. It's her birthday today so here's wishing you a very blessed, joyous, happy birthday, dear Carolina!
"I think Mary is very important to me and she always has been because it's very easy to pray to her because I consider her like a mother. I've been thinking a lot about her because we have a friend who passed away last Thursday, very young (our age), and I was thinking about his mother and how Mary has gone through the same thing in a way. So I think it's very good for us to pray to her now because she can understand very well how that pain is."
Gustav is 20 & from Brazil; he gives his response in English & Portuguese. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Alessandro, whose funeral is in Brazil tomorrow, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.
"For me Mary is somebody who always protects me and helps me with anything that I ask of God."
Sergio is 19 & from Brazil; he gives his response in English & Portuguese.
10th May - Feast of St John of Avila - Myriam
"Our Lady is for me a mother, sister. Our Lady is for me somebody I trust, somebody who cares for me, somebody I thank my mother for teaching me about.
La Virgen María para mí es una mamá, es una amiga, es a quien en quien confío completamente"
Myriam is from Colombia.
"Mary to me? Wow! She’s too big to just put into words but I’ll try: she’s intercessor, she's in my life every day, she is my help, she is my way to Jesus."
Jo is from the United States.
"For me, Mary is a mother, she is my heart.
Maria è il mio cuore."
Catarina is from Florence, Italy.
"Mary has been very important to me because I think her spirit is something very motherly and very protective."
Sol is 20 & from Argentina. She gives her response in English & Spanish.
"Mother Mary is the way we describe Mary in Ireland and she is a very dear mother to us. There was a song sung this evening in St George's Cathedral ‘Vergin Tuto Amor’ which means "Virgin full of love' and I don't think there can be any higher expression in relation to Mary than that."
Fra Eunan is from Ireland.
"Mary means a lot to me. I've been in Medjugorje thinking a lot about the relationship with Mary: the need we have for a mother who is always there, who loves us more than we can ever realise and the strength that gives us to know how loved we are. In the family of God, I think the mother figure is very important and obviously her link to Jesus is amazing - that they're always combined. So I feel that I will be walking with Mary and talking with Mary for the future and just wanting to experience her as my mum and to trust her in everything and ask for her help at all times. It's wonderful, wonderful gift that she gives us and, yeh, I'm going to go forward with Our Lady. Amen."
Marion is from the United Kingdom.
"I have a great devotion to Our Lady .. I have been to Lourdes over 40 times - I’ve brought groups to Lourdes every year for the past 42 years, since I got ordained (one year I went twice)."
Father Jimmy is from county Kildare in Ireland.
2nd May - Feast of St Athanasius - John
"What Our Lady means to me is the mother of Jesus who is my Lord and my God, the centre of my life and everything. He loves her infinitely and amazingly shares her with all of us - so she is my mother too and yours. We can pray through her to Jesus and, if we ask her in humility, she will ask her Son for us. 'Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.'"
John is from England.
Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd May 2017:
"Dear children. I am calling you to pray, not to ask for but to offer sacrifice - sacrificing yourself. I am calling you to reveal the truth and merciful love. I am praying to my Son for you, for your faith which is all the more diminishing in your hearts. I am imploring Him to help you with the divine spirit as I also desire to help you with my motherly spirit. My children, you must be better. Only those who are pure, humble and filled with love sustain this world - they are saving themselves and the world. My children, my Son is the heart of the world. He should be loved and prayed to and not always betrayed anew. Therefore you apostles of my love, spread the faith in the hearts of people by your example, your prayers and merciful love. I am beside you, I will help you. Pray for your shepherds to have all the more light, so as to be able to illuminate all those who live in darkness. Thank you."
1st May - Feast of St Joseph the worker - Carl
"With Mother Mary, it’s like having your loving, considerate, protective mother there. So when I think about walking into the kitchen she puts her arms around my side and I can see the concern and love on her face, that she would actually speak my case before I would get in any trouble, and she would stand up for me and look after me. And that's the way I feel it is with her being in front of Jesus and the Father, where I've done things wrong and I feel bad, that she would actually speak on my behalf."
Carl is from England.
30th April - 3rd Sunday of Easter - Rene
"For me, after coming into my dreams, Mary has been ever since part of my prayer, each night and each day. And I say the rosary which I think gives me so much energy and passion. It shows me as well the love I need to give to God, to Jesus. And she became my model, as an individual, as a person, as a human being, to give myself wholly to God."
Rene is a Jesuit scholastic from the Philippines & gives his something about Mary in English & Filipino.
29th April - Feast of St Catherine of Siena - Father Matthew LC
"Just this morning, the day that we were leaving, I was outside the church in Medjugorje at about 4.50am and these two ladies were standing at the statue of Our Lady and one of them says to me 'Are you the priest?' .. I said 'Er, yes, I am a priest.' And then she said 'Oh great, because I've only got 5 minutes and I need to go to confession.' And she said to me 'I asked Mary, I said to her 'Look Mary, I'm going home, you have to send me a priest.' And this was before 5am! .. So that was for me a very, very tangible sign, among so many signs, of the very real presence of our mother and of how much she cares for us and how much she loves us as her little children."
Father Matthew Devereux, a Legionary of Christ priest from New Zealand, has lived and worked in Krakow, Poland, for the last 15 years.
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)