The UNITED KINGDOM
Below are responses to Totus2us podcasts given by Brits whose Christian names begin with K.
"I think confession is something that I find particularly hard, I think a lot of people find hard. It’s admitting and talking to someone about your wrongdoings and something that you’ve done wrong. And I think it’s natural for everybody to shy away from admitting what you've done wrong. But I think confession is a brilliant way of creating a new start for yourself, a new way to go into life and to look at life differently and maybe to change you, if you're not happy with the way you've lived your life so far. It's a definite point where you can turn round and say that that was your starting point to becoming a new person and living life the way Christ has taught."
"Mary is first of all my mother, and the reason why she's a mother is because I do have a personal relationship with her but she brings me to Jesus. And, understanding her from a biblical point of view, she is the ark of the covenant, the new ark of the covenant, because she carried Jesus, the covenant, in her womb, and the reason why she was immaculately conceived was because she was going to receive Jesus. And I just love her because she's just 'Mama' to me."
"I came to know Mary through the Missionaries of Charity, through Mother Teresa and her sisters. And it was their deep love of Our Lady that really drew me to wonder a little about Mary, and drew me to want to learn to pray the rosary.. As a woman I think Our Lady is very important as a way to come closer to God. She can guide and she can help us in her beautiful feminity, her light, her radiance, her glory; she can draw us closer to her son and to God the Father."
"This time I knew that the Lord was calling me to something else, to that inner journey, that pilgrimage, that journey of the soul, that journey within. So my journey within started about 6 months ago and, having thought that I was going to be travelling around the world, I realised that that was not what the Lord wanted, that was not where he was taking me. So I've been looking for little signs and asking him where he'd like me to go and one of those places was to Medjugorje ... Each day at Mass I would pray and ask Our Lady to guide me; because I wasn't on a formal pilgrimage, I asked her each day to guide me and each day I would meet different people and it would become very clear where she wanted me to go. So on one day I climbed the mountain of apparitions and met Our Lady in a very profound way on that mountain; and another day she called me to climb the mountain of the Cross, Krizevac, and again I journeyed with Our Lady up that mountain, meeting different pilgrims on the way but also meeting the Lord. As I met the Lord he would guide me and help me to discern the way forward in my life. "
"Our Lady means to me a mother, someone that I can tell my troubles to, someone who keeps me safe and watches over my family. I can feel love when I think of Our Lady, It's like a mother's love and I'm just grateful for her every day, that she's here, that she's minding me and my family."
"I belong to an order which is specially dedicated to Our Lady. I look on her as my model and my guide through life. If I'm facing struggles and near disasters, I know that I can turn to her and from her example, it helps me to be a bit more steadfast."
Sister Kathleen is a Salesian Sister of St John Bosco.
"I would invite Our Lady to walk down the aisle with me with her arms around me when I received Jesus in Holy Communion, to teach me how to receive Him. And, well, I believe that she does that. I don't believe that I know how to receive Him, I don't believe I will ever know how to receive Him properly. But I know that she answers my prayer and as far as I can open my heart, she helps me to receive Him as worthily as I unworthily know how."
"Our Lady kind of enters into your life and transforms it and smooths away difficulties, makes you see things from a completely different perspective."
Father Keith chose Fr Michael Hollings as his Man for Others
"It wasn't just that he was available for everyone but there was a depth and a quality to his love and the way he listened to you, and how sometimes he said very simple things. It was the quality of his love that drew me to the priesthood… it made the presence of Jesus real."
Monsignor Keith Barltrop is parish priest of St Mary of the Angels in London.
"I pray to Our Lady, especially when I'm in need of help with my own children, I ask for her guidance. For many other reasons but mainly because she's a mother and I'm a mother and I ask her for help."
"I love Our Lady because she, like me, is a mum and I can totally sympathise with what she went through. I pray to God I would never have to go through anything like that but, yeh, she's a mum and she helps me keep going as a mum."
"For me Our Lady, to whom I pray every day for her intercession to El Niño Jesús of Prague (to whom I also pray every day), she being his mother, and I thank her every day for everything that she has given me, my family and everyone; and I pray for her help every day."
"Our Lady is a very real person in my life. She is incredibly kind and I look upon her as our Holy Mother who is an intermediary, who helps us get even closer to her Son Jesus Christ, to God the Father and to God the Holy Spirit. Amen."
"I have a particular to Our Lady of Fatima. I consider Our Lady, Mary, to be, as well as being the mother of God, a valuable advocate before Our Lord, and a loving and a gracious mother. I follow the advice of the holy Fathers of the Church through all the ages of always running to Our Lady. She is our greatest protector against sin, as well. Therefore, to Jesus through Mary."
"Growing up, I remember Our Lady to being a very sacred figure, from seeing her in church, in statues, in ornaments and I always felt almost intimidated by her, because she seemed so grand. But growing up I've realised that she's completely the opposite of that: she's very caring and she's very friendly."
The Gerasene Demoniac (Mark 5, 18) - Jesus said to him 'Go home to your people and tell them all that the Lord in His mercy has done for you'. So the man went off and proceeded to spread throughout the Decapolis all that Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.
"In times when I'm on a spiritual high and I feel very close to Jesus, I know that I will have to leave him, if it's in the presence of the Holy Eucharist, to go out and evangelise and tell people who do not have that faith, the beauty and majesty of Our Lord Jesus Christ."
"Our Lady is my mother, my mother in heaven. I know I have a mother on earth but she's my Mummy in heaven and I love her."
"Inside the priory, against one of the pillars, was a statue of Our Lady, and in front that stand was a votive candle stand and a prayer propped up. I didn't know the prayer at the time but now know it to be the Memorare. I lit some candles and I prayed this prayer for my sister, and immediately I had the most incredible sensation of a furnace, a blazing furnace having been lit deep down inside me. This was not a mental or a spiritual feeling, this was a physical feeling of burning right deep inside my body and an absolute and instant knowledge that my sister would recover, that she would get well again... It's a feeling I have no words to describe adequately and it's a feeling I've never, ever forgotten."