‘My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge
and the way that will lead you to God’

A Woman Pre-Figured

“And a great sign appeared in the Heavens, a Woman clothed with the Sun, with the Moon beneath Her feet and upon Her head, a crown of twelve stars..” - Revelation 12:1A beautiful woman - a queen, no less - disobeys the King, who issues a decree banishing her from his...

A Call To Peace

"We need to develop the awareness that nowadays we are either all saved together or no one is saved" - 'Fratelli Tutti' (Pope Francis)In his recent Encyclical Letter ‘Fratelli Tutti’, on the call to fraternity and brotherhood, our Holy Father Pope Francis had written...

Catherine and the Medal

"Let all the children of the Catholic Church, who are so very dear to us, hear these words of ours. With a still more ardent zeal for piety, religion and love, let them continue to venerate, invoke and pray to the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, conceived...

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Heavenly Tenderness

Heavenly Tenderness

"Mary is also the one who obtained mercy in a particular and exceptional way, as no other person has." - St John Paul II, 'Dives In Misericordia'   Icons are said to be 'written' rather than just drawn or painted. This writing of an Icon expresses, in a visual way,...

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St Pio and Fidelity

St Pio and Fidelity

"He was a man of prayer and suffering." - Pope St Paul VIThere is no doubt that Saint Pio of Pietrelcina - popularly called Padre Pio - is one of the great Saints of our era. At the mention of his name, perhaps the first word we associate with him is 'stigmata' - for...

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The Place of Suffering

The Place of Suffering

Beholding the Mother of Sorrows at the foot of the Cross, cradling the dead Body of Her Son, Her suffering was all within Her Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart; this was Her place of suffering. And it is ours, too, regardless of the cause of our suffering. When we think...

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Sacred Space

Sacred Space

Every one of us needs to make space - a sacred space - where we can listen to the voice of the Lord. The Blessed Virgin is our example - Her Immaculate Heart is an enclosed garden, reserved for the Lord.   Such noise, such distraction throughout all the world! So many...

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Lost In The Rosary

Lost In The Rosary

"Pray the Rosary every day" - Our Lady of FatimaI have written on many occasions previously about the prayer of the holy Rosary, looking at it from a number of different perspectives. It is the most exquisite of prayers, the one the Mother of God repeatedly asks us to...

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Mary At The Cross

Mary At The Cross

"At the Cross, Her station keepingStood the mournful Mother, weeping.Close to Jesus to the last.." - 'Stabat Mater' It's easier for us to imagine the joys and the glories of the Blessed Virgin Mary, rather than Her immense sorrows. And yet, it was through Her intimate...

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Marian Spirituality

Mary Our Queen

Mary Our Queen

“Mary is the Queen of heaven and earth by grace as Jesus is King by nature and by conquest.. So we may call Her, as the saints do, Queen of our hearts.” - St Louis de Montfort, 'Treatise On The True Devotion' The notion of the Blessed Virgin Mary as ‘Queen’ is an...

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A Nation Given To Mary

A Nation Given To Mary

“Tell everyone that God grants graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, that they are to ask Her for them.” - Saint Jacinta of FatimaThree years ago, we celebrated the Centenary Year of the appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, where She had shown...

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The Homeland Above

The Homeland Above

“With God, nothing is lost! In Mary, the goal has been reached and we have before our eyes the reasons why we journey: not to gain the things here below, which are fleeting, but the homeland above, which is for ever.” - Pope FrancisWith these words issued today, our...

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Our Lady’s Martyr

Our Lady’s Martyr

“If anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his Mother, he will not have Christ for his Brother.” - St Maximilian KolbeSome Saints of the Church seem to really stand out from the crowd - the crowd of normal and everyday humanity, but also the ‘crowd’ of the...

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Her Little Gifts

Her Little Gifts

"O Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of Hell, and lead all souls to Heaven - especially those in most need." - Our Lady of Fatima Like all good mothers, the Blessed Virgin Mary cares very deeply for Her children. She is concerned for our welfare - in...

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A False Devotion

A False Devotion

For all who profess a devotion to the Mother of God, it is a salutary - in fact, a necessary - task to stop from time to time and to compare the practice of our devotion to those descriptions given by the Church, by the Popes and by the great Marian saints such as...

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The Love of a Mother

Her Appearances

Fatima

1917

Miraculous Medal

1830

Lourdes

1858