The Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church

Today we celebrate the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. This celebration, instituted by Pope Francis in 2018, is also an extension of yesterday’s celebration of Pentecost. In pondering the readings chosen for this feast, at first it can seem...

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We conclude the Marian month of May with the beautiful feast of Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth. What looks on the surface like a simple social visit of two pregnant relatives is actually a profound and mysterious event – which is why we ponder the Visitation when we...

The Annunciation of the Lord

Today we ponder an unimaginable wonder: the conception of God as man in the womb of a young virgin. The miracle that takes place in secret at the Annunciation will remain an unseen mystery for nine months, until the day we celebrate the birth of God as man on December...

The Marriage of Joseph and Mary

In the Jewish tradition, the joyful celebration of marriage lasted for one full week. This tradition is reflected in the one-week period which connects the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (March 19) with the Solemnity of the Annunciation...