As he walked up Tepeyac Hill to attend mass on December 9, 1531, Juan Diego had already seen so many dramatic changes in his life as to make the challenges we face in 2020 seem very small. He was born in 1474 and was given the name “Cuauhtlatoatzin,” which means
What does it mean to consecrate (or entrust) yourself to Mary? Why should you do it? A consecration to Mary is more accurately described as a consecration to Jesus through Mary. We go to Mary to get to Jesus, and she is the best possible person to lead us to
We live in a society that loves to create lists. We want to quantify, categorize and rank everything we can, even things that defy quantification. Some lists can lead to thoughtful debate, others devolve into mindless prattle. The Holy Spirit inspired Saint John Paul II to give us the Luminous
Immaculate Mary. Mother of God. Holy Mary. Our Lady of Sorrows. Queen of Heaven. Mother of Good Counsel. Our Lady of Guadalupe. Morning Star. Our Lady of Lourdes. Mother of Mercy. Our Lady of Fatima. Refuge of Sinners. Mom. I’m not sure anyone in history has more titles than Mary.
We can lose sight of how awesome the Nativity is due to the over-commercialization of Christmas. (I can imagine Jesus pulling down merchandise from the shelves of Walmart, saying, “The Word did not become flesh so you can get a deal on a giant TV!” Maybe that’s neither here nor