“Mondays with Mary” – Martin Luther’s Teachings on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Since tomorrow, October 31, is the 500th Anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church igniting what would become the Protestant Reformation, I thought I would provide you some quotes from Luther regarding his Marian Theology. Contrary to popular belief these days, Martin Luther had a love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Although many Protestants today ignore Mary’s important role in Salvation History as well as make lavish statements regarding the Catholic Church’s teaching on Mary, Martin Luther speaks highly about the Mother of God. In his Sermon on the Gospel of John, he states,

“…she is rightly called not only the mother of the man, but also the Mother of God…it is certain that Mary is the Mother of the real and true God.”

I am aware, as many of you likely do as well, that many Protestants today are so far removed from Luther and have splintered countless times, most don’t recognize his teachings on many theological points, let alone his words on Mary. As you will read below, Luther’s Marian Theology, most pointedly his thoughts on Mary as the Mother of God, Mary as Ever-Virgin, the Immaculate Conception, Mary’s Assumption into Heaven, and Mary’s Spiritual Motherhood, are more closely related to the Catholic Church’s theology today than the modern-day theology of the Lutheran ecclesial community.

So with this being said, here are 7 quotes I found from different sources (see them below) focusing on Martin Luther’s Marian Theology –

1. “[She is the] highest woman and noblest gem in Christianity in Christ…She is nobility, wisdom, and holiness personified. We can never her enough. Still honor and praise must be given to her in such a way as to injure neither Christ nor the Scriptures.” – Christmas Sermon, 1531

2. “One should honor Mary as she herself wished and as she expressed it in the Magnificat. She praised God for his deeds. How then can we praise her? The true honor of Mary is the honor of God, the praise of God’s grace…Mary is nothing for the sake of herself, but for the sake of Christ…Mary does not wish that we come to her, but through her to God.” – Explanation of the Magnificat, 1521

3. “Christ…was the only Son of Mary, and the Virgin Mary bore no children besides Him…I am inclined to agree with those who declare that ‘brothers’ really mean ‘cousins’ here, for Holy Writ and the Jews always call cousins brother.”

4. “God has formed the soul and body of the Virgin Mary full of the Holy Spirit, so that she is without all sins, for she has conceived and borne the Lord Jesus.” – Luther’s Works (can’t find particular sermon).

5. “It is a sweet and pious belief that the infusion of Mary’s soul was effected without original sin; so that in the very infusion of her soul she was also purified from original sin and adorned with God’s gifts, receiving a pure soul infused by God; thus from the first moment she began to live she was free from all sin.” – On the Day of the Conception of the Mother God Sermon, 1527

6. There can he no doubt that the Virgin Mary is in heaven. How it happened we do not know. And since the Holy Spirit has told us nothing about it, we can make of it no article of faith… It is enough to know that she lives in Christ. – Feast of the Assumption Sermon, 1522

7. “Mary is the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of us even though it was Christ alone who reposed on her knees…If he is ours, we ought to be in his situation; there where he is, we ought also to be and all that he has ought to be ours, and his mother is also our mother.” – Christmas Sermon, 1529

For further reading, I would suggest reading my sources. They were a great help to me today for writing this “Mondays with Mary”, most notably the article by Dave Armstrong. I would also suggest reading the book, which is also a study by the Augustine Institute, True Reformers: Saints of the Catholic Reformation.


Armstrong, Dave. “Martin Luther’s Devotion to Mary.” , Catholic Culture , 2017, http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?id=788.

Editor, ChurchPOP, et al. 6 Beautiful Quotes on Mary You Won’t Believe Are From Martin Luther. ChurchPop , 7 Mar. 2017, churchpop.com/2017/03/07/5-surprising-quotes-from-martin-luther-on-the-blessed-virgin-mary/.

“Martin Luther (Founder of the Reform), Speaks on Mary.” Catholic Bridge, catholicbridge.com/catholic/martin_luther_on_mary.php.

“Mondays with Mary” – 54 Days of Rosary Quotes

Over the past 54 days here in the Diocese of Phoenix, we have been praying the 54-Day Rosary Novena in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima. This past Friday night, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted consecrated the Diocese of Phoenix to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Saints Simon and Jude Cathedral.

Many people I know have taken up the Holy Rosary and have prayed it devoutly these past weeks. My girlfriend and I met just before the novena began and have been praying it together often at night walking the streets of my neighborhood before she returns home to her place. It has been a tremendous gift for us as a couple as well as to the entire Diocese of Phoenix.

Over the 54 days, the Diocese of Phoenix sent out Flocknote messages, for those who signed up, reminders to prayer the novena. The messages contained quotes from many Saints about the Rosary, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Blessed Mother, including the words of Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children. For your reading enjoyment and daily prayer, below are the quotes that were sent –

1. “You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.” – Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

2. “The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.” – Blessed Alan de la Roche

3. “My impression is that the Rosary is of the greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady of Fatima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history. My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God.” – Sister Lucia, one of the visionaries at Fatima

4. “There are no surer means of calling down God’s blessings upon the family…than the daily recitation of the Rosary.” – Pope Pius XII

5. “When people love and recite the Rosary, the find that is makes them better.” – St. Anthony Mary Claret

6. “Continue to pray the Rosary every day.” – Our Lady of Fatima to Sister Lucia

7. “The Rosary is my favorite prayer.” – Pope St. John Paul II

8. “The Rosary is the weapon for these times.” – Padre Pio (St. Pio of Pietrelcina)

9. “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” – Blessed Pope Pius IX

10. “Say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be the monotony of “Hail Mary’s” which purifies the monotony of your sins!” – St. Josemaria Escriva

11. “How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening!” – Pope St. John Paul II

12. “Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with blood.” – St. Louis de Montfort

13. “The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon.  Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

14. “The Rosary is a school for learning true Christian perfection.” – Pope St. John XXIII

15. “The Rosary should be said with faith for our Blessed Lord said, ‘Believe that you shall receive; and they shall come unto you.’” – St. Louis de Montfort

16. “The Rosary is the scourge of the devil.” – Pope Adrian VI

17. “Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the heart of God, it obtains necessary graces! – St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

18. “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for the Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces are given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.” – St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

19. “When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds join in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.” – Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

20. “Recite your rosary with faith, with humility, with confidence, and with perseverance.” – St. Louis de Montfort

21. “The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” – Sr. Lucia dos Santos, Fatima seer

22. “We put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils which afflict our times.” – Pope Pius XII

23. “The family that prays together, stays together.” – Fr. Patrick Peyton

24. “Those who say the Rosary frequently and fervently will gradually grow in grace and holiness and will enjoy the special protection of Our Lady and the abiding friendship of God.” – Bishop Hugh Boyle

25. “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.” – Pope Pius XI

26. “If there were one million families praying the Rosary every day, the entire world would be saved.” – Pope St. Pius X

27. “The Rosary is a priceless treasure inspired by God.” – St. Louis de Montfort

28. “No one can live continually in sin & continue to say the Rosary: either they give up sin or they give up the Rosary.” – Bishop Hugh Doyle

29. “The Rosary is a prayer both so humble and simple and theologically rich in biblical content.  I beg you to pray it.” – Pope St. John Paul II

30. “The Rosary is the Bible on a string” – Fr. Ronan Murphy

31. “The Rosary is a magnificent and universal prayer for the needs of the Church, the nations and the entire world.” – Pope St. John XXIII

32. “You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.” – Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

33. “If families give Our Lady fifteen minutes a day by reciting the Rosary, I assure them that their homes will become, by God’s grace, peaceful places.” – Fr. Patrick Peyton

34. “If you have lost the taste for prayer, you will regain the desire for it by returning humbly to its practice.” – Bl. Pope Paul VI

35. “Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the great praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son. There can be no doubt that whatever we say in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux

36. “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” – St. Maximillian Kolbe

37. “In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose guidance alone is enough to dissipate every fear.” – St. Therese of Lisieux

38. “As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.” – St. Thomas Aquinas

39. “Let us run to her, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.” – St. Francis de Sales

40. “Prayer is powerful beyond limits when we turn to the Immaculata who is queen even of God’s heart.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe

41. “I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy.” – Our Lady of Fatima

42. “What a joy to remember that she is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?” – St. Therese of Lisieux

43. “In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, thing of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux

44. “After the love which we owe Jesus Christ, we must give the chief place in our heart to the love of his mother, Mary.” – St. Alphonsus Ligouri ‘

45. “Before, by yourself, you couldn’t. Now, you’ve turned to Our Lady, and with her, how easy!” – St. Josemaria Escriva

46. “We never give more honor to Jesus than we honor his mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly.” – St. Louis de Montfort

47. “If you ever feel distressed during your day, call upon Our Lady. Just say this simple prayer: Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now. I must admit – this prayer has never failed me.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa)

48. “If you invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you.” – St. John Vianney

49. “Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of Hell fear the name and protection of Mary.” – St. Bonaventure

50. “Pray! Pray a great deal and make many sacrifices, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and to pray for them.” – Our Lady of Fatima to St. Jacinta, St. Francisco, and Sr. Lucia

51. “To save the souls of poor sinners, God wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world.” – Our Lady of Fatima to St. Jacinta, St. Francisco, and Sr. Lucia

52. “Let us all willingly endeavor to follow faithfully the path that He has mapped out for us. Yes, because it was out of love that God sent us this pressing call from his mercy, in order to help us along the way of our salvation.” – Sr. Lucia

53. “Let us offer ourselves to God, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, in the acts of thanks and willingness; let us offer our sacrifices in union with Christ the Redeemer and, with our souls in prayer of atonement and conciliation, let us repeat: Lord Jesus, it is love of you, in reparation for sins and for the conversion of sinners.”  – Pope St. John Paul II

54. “Consecrating the world to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother means returning beneath the cross of the Son. It means consecrating this world to the pierced heart of the Savior, bringing it back to the very source of its redemption. Redemption is always greater than man’s sin and the ‘sin of the world.’ The power of Redemption is infinitely superior to the whole range of evil in man and the world. The heart of Mary is aware of this, more than any other heart in the whole universe, visible, and invisible. And so she calls us. She not only calls us to be converted: she calls us to accept her motherly help to return to the source of redemption.” – Pope St. John Paul II

Our Lady of Fatima…Pray for Us

“Mondays with Mary” – The Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima Visits Gilbert, Arizona

A year and half ago, my Pastor came to me and asked to get more information about the possibility of having the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima present at our parish.  We found out about it initially through one of our parishioners. After some quick research and speaking to the Centennial Coordinator, Katie Moran, we decided to book the statue to visit our parish on October 8.

After months of coordinating over the phone and through email, the Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima arrived at the parish that I work at here in Arizona – Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. To say it was a glorious day, would be an understatement! I have received a few acclamations already from parishioners thanking us for bringing the beautiful image of Our Lady of Fatima to the parish.

We were blessed to have the statue arrive mid-morning just in time for our last morning Mass (this was scheduled already), where we were equally blessed to have the Bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, Thomas J. Olmsted. Bishop Olmsted, present as well. He was invited out to the parish by my Pastor for Mass because the statue was visiting this day as well as to hear our teenage choral group, the Schola Justiciae. Listening to teenagers between the grades of 8-12 sing beautiful sacred music gives me great hope for the Catholic Church here in this particular diocese.

As Mass began, the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus led the procession followed by four Third Degree Knights who carried in the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Following them was my committee who carried flowers/roses, the parishioners who assisted me a in variety of ways to make this visit a special one. Behind us was the entrance procession made up of altar servers, Deacons, Priests, and Bishop Olmsted. One of the great highlights of the Sacred Liturgy, besides receiving Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, was when Bishop Olmstead consecrated the parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. After Mass concluded, many of the parishioners stayed behind to pray and venerate the statue.

At 7:00pm we had a dedicated procession and prayer service for anyone that wished to attend. We estimated around 350-400 people attended, with nearly 200 people being invested with the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. As someone who has worn the Brown Scapular, and has written on in the past, I found the investiture to be very moving and glad we promoted it as we did during the weeks leading up to the visit. Along with the investiture, we had a talk from the custodian, Patrick Sabat, about the history of the statue and saying “Yes” to Mary and Jesus today, a Marian consecration and a Holy Rosary, both which were led by our Pastor. Parishioners were asked to lead one of the five decades of the Glorious Mysteries.

When the prayer service concluded, with assistance of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, we moved the statue to our perpetual adoration chapel for the rest of the night where it remained until 7:00am this morning. As I said above, it was an incredible and blessed day not only for the Diocese of Phoenix, but most especially for our parish. It was one of the highlights this year here at St. Mary Magdalene.

Thank you most especially to Katie Moran and Patrick Sabat for your dedication to Our Lady and the World Apostolate of Fatima.

Our Lady of Fatima…Pray for Us 

“Mondays with Mary” – Prayer to Our Lady, Queen of the Angels

Since Friday was the Feast of the Archangels – Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, and today is the memorial of the Guardian Angels, I thought I would provide you with a prayer to Our Lady under her title, Queen of the Angels. However, before I do this, I want to provide you three quotes from the encyclical, Ineffabilis Deus, the document written by Pope Blessed Pius IX declaring the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception dogmatic. In the document, the Holy Father says the following in regards to Mary’s Queenship and relationship to the Angels –

“Far above all the angels and all the saints so wondrously did God endow her with the abundance of all heavenly gifts poured from the treasury of his divinity that this mother, ever absolutely free of all stain of sin, all fair and perfect, would possess that fullness of holy innocence and sanctity than which, under God, one cannot even imagine anything greater, and which, outside of God, no mind can succeed in comprehending fully.”

“It is the clear and unanimous opinion of the Fathers that the most glorious Virgin, for whom “he who is mighty has done great things,” was resplendent with such an abundance of heavenly gifts, with such a fullness of grace and with such innocence, that she is an unspeakable miracle of God — indeed, the crown of all miracles and truly the Mother of God; that she approaches as near to God himself as is possible for a created being; and that she is above all men and angels in glory.”

“Bearing toward us a truly motherly affection and having in her care the work of our salvation, she is solicitous about the whole human race. And since she has been appointed by God to be the Queen of heaven and earth, and is exalted above all the choirs of angels and saints, and even stands at the right hand of her only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, she presents our petitions in a most efficacious manner.”

Since Mary is the Queen Mother to Jesus Christ, who is the fulfillment of the Davidic Kingdom (see 1 Kings 2), and since she is the Queen of Heaven and Earth, Mary, although still a human being, has dominion and reign over all the angels. They willingly and obediently serve Christ and Her. In union with Jesus Christ, and St. Michael, she crushes the head of Satan and the evil he and his fallen angels, the demons, who try to bring destruction to human souls. The prayer below states this perfectly –

August Queen of Heaven, 
sovereign queen of Angels,
you who at the beginning
received from God
the power and the mission to crush the head of Satan,
we beseech you humbly,
send your holy legions so that,
on your orders and by your power,
they will track down demons,
fight them everywhere,
curb their audacity and plunge them into the abyss.
Who can be compared to God?
Oh good and tender Mother,
you will always be our love and our hope.

Oh divine Mother,
send the Holy Angels and Archangels to defend me
and to keep the cruel enemy far from me.

Holy Angels and Archangels defend us,
protect us. Amen.

 Our Lady, Queen of the Angels…Pray for Us

“Mondays with Mary” – Mary, Star of the Sea

In my blog post on August 7th of this year, I spoke about Mary as the Morning Star, but also mentioned in that post that I would write about Mary, Star of the Sea (Stella Maris) in September, closer to the actual feast day, which happens to be this Wednesday, September 27.

When speaking about the Marian star, there are two variations – the six-pointed star and the eight-pointed star. As you might know, the six-pointed star is essentially the Davidic Star. This star is used to show the role Mary plays in all of Salvation History. It fulfills her role as both Co-Redemptrix and Mediatrix of All Graces. This star shows the repair that happens between God and man through the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, where Mary assists her Son as his “helper.” Here we see the fulfillment of Adam and Eve with the New Adam and New Eve, since Adam’s “helper” in the Garden was Eve.

The eight-pointed star finds its origins in the number eight itself. The number eight represents salvation. The meaning comes from Genesis 6:18 – “But I will establish my covenant with you; and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” Here we see that eight-people escaped the Great Flood, finding salvation in the ark. In regards to the Blessed Virgin Mary, this star could be used to articulate one or most of the traits of Mary – i. Her role as Mother of the Redeemer in all her holiness and fullness of grace; ii. In regards to Jesus and the Trinity, she is His forerunner, his dawn before the sun rises; and iii. Through her role as Mother, she is luminous in all things.

Mary, Star of the Sea finds its foundation in the Scripture passage, 1 Kings 18:41-45, which references a small cloud that appears above the sea as a symbol of hope. It’s implying that rain is coming and the drought will cease. It is understood that the small cloud, about the size of a human hand, is seen from Mount Carmel and is the “Star of the Sea.” Mary, as the Star of the Sea brings hope, freedom, and rebirth to all of humanity for it is through her that we have Jesus Christ. This scriptural image was so profound that the Carmelites built a church on Mount Carmel and named it, Stella Maris.

The genesis of the term, stella maris, is often associated with St. Jerome, however, he called Mary “a drop of the sea” (stilla maris). Nevertheless, many of the Early Church Fathers focused on the term “Stella Maris” in their writings. A later period Church Father, and Archbishop of Reims, Hincmar, says that Mary is “a star of the sea assumed into the heavens.”

Not only did Early Church Fathers focus on her, early century composers wrote about Mary as the Star of the Sea. Most notably is the anonymous hymn from the eighth to ninth century titled, Ave Maris Stella. It is often attributed to St. Bernard of Clairvaux and a few others, however nothing definitive has been proven. This hymn is still used today in the Divine Office (Liturgy of the Hours) for Vespers (Evening Prayer) on Marian feasts. At the end of this blog post is the English translation and here is the Latin text.

Mary, the Star of the Sea is often associated with individuals that live and work near the sea. It is very much a maritime title for the Blessed Virgin Mary. In his 1997 Apostolic Letter (“moto proprio”), Stella Maris, Pope St. John Paul II said,

“Stella Maris has long been the favourite title by which people of the sea have called on her in whose protection they have always trusted: the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her son, Jesus Christ, accompanied his disciples in their vessels, helped them in their work and calmed the storms. And so the Church accompanies seafarers, caring for the special spiritual needs of those who for various reasons live and work in the maritime world.”

As we approach and celebrate this Marian feast on Wednesday, let us remember all those who have endured tragedy and sufferings, most especially the smaller islands in the Caribbean, with the recent Hurricanes of Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and ask for Mary’s intercession for these people through her title as Mary, Star of the Sea.  

Ave Maris Stella –

Hail, bright star of ocean,
God’s own Mother blest,
Ever sinless Virgin,
Gate of heavenly rest.

Taking that sweet Ave
Which from Gabriel came,
Peace confirm within us,
Changing Eva’s name.

Break the captives’ fetters,
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.

Show thyself a Mother;
May the Word Divine,
Born for us thy Infant,
Hear our prayers through thine.

Virgin all excelling,
Mildest of the mild,
Freed from guilt, preserve us,
Pure and undefiled.

Keep our life all spotless,
Make our way secure,
Till we find in Jesus,
Joy forevermore.

Through the highest heaven
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son and Spirit,
One same glory be. Amen

Mary, Star of the Sea…Pray for Us 


“All About Mary.” Star of the Sea : University of Dayton, Ohio, udayton.edu/imri/mary/s/star-of-the-sea.php.

12 Quotes from the Great Saint of Pietrelcina

Today in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we celebrate the memorial of the Great Saint of Pietrelcina, otherwise known as Padre Pio. If you are not familiar with this amazing 20th century Catholic Saint and Franciscan, I would encourage you to read up on him and learn as much as you can. He is one of my favorites and a favorite of many Catholics I know.

So since it is his day in the liturgical calendar, I wanted to provide you with some pretty amazing things he said this side of Heaven. I would encourage you to read them, memorize them, and/or pray with them. Many are just one sentence, but there is so much in just a few words. Here are 12 quotes from the Great Saint of Pietrelcina –

1. “Do not undertake any course of action, not even the most lowly and insignificant, without first offering it to God.”

2. “Every Christian who is a true imitator and follower of the Nazarene can and must call himself a second Christ and show forth most clearly in his life the entire image of Christ. Oh, if only all Christians were to live up to their vocation, this very land of exile would be changed into paradise.”

3. “Our body is like a jackass that must be beaten, but just a little, otherwise it will throw us to the ground, and refuse to carry us.”

4. “Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is a key that opens God’s heart. You must speak to Jesus, not only with your lips, but also with your heart; actually, on certain occasions, you should speak with only your heart.”

5. “Do not ever lose heart when the tempest rages; place all your trust in the Heart of the most gentle Jesus. Pray and I might add, devoutly pester the divine Heart.”

6. “As long as there remains a drop of blood in our body, there will be a struggle between right and wrong.”

7. “In all that you do, always be humble, guarding jealously the purity of  your heart and the purity of your body; these are the two wings which will raise to God and make us almost divine.”

8. “Satan fears and trembles before humble souls.”

9. “It is difficult to become a saint. Difficult, but not impossible. The road to perfection is long, as long as one’s lifetime. Along the way, consolation becomes rest; but as soon as your strength is restored, you must diligently get up and resume the trip.”

10. “Be content to obey, which is never a small thing for the soul who has chosen God as his portion, and resign yourself to be for now a small hive bee to make honey.”

11. “At all times, try to conform to the will of God in everything that you do, and have no fear. This conformity is the surest way to Heaven.”

12. “Let us become saints so that having been together on earth, we may be together in Heaven.”

Prayer of Pope Saint John Paul II to Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Teach us, we pray, humility of heart, so that we may be counted among the little ones of the Gospel to whom the Father promised to reveal the mysteries of His Kingdom. Help us to pray without ceasing, certain that God knows what we need even before we ask Him. Obtain for us the eyes of faith that will help us recognize in the poor and suffering, the very face of Jesus. Sustain us in the hour of trouble and trial and, if we fall, let us experience the joy of the sacrament of forgiveness. Grant us your tender devotion to Mary, mother of Jesus and our Mother. Accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage toward the blessed Homeland, where we too, hope to arrive to contemplate forever the Glory of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina…Pray for Us


Kelly-Gangi, Carol. The Essential Wisdom of the Saints. Fall River Press, 2008.

“Prayers of Padre Pio.” Padre Pio Devotions, padrepiodevotions.org/prayers-of-padre-pio/. 

The Marian Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows

Today in the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, we celebrate the Marian memorial known as Our Lady of Sorrows. This traditional devotion, which helps us understand Mary’s role in the suffering of Our Lord Jesus Christ, began in 1814 by Pope Pius VII. Many of the Church Fathers and other saints wrote on how Mary is united with Christ in his suffering and how we are to suffer with Christ as well. Focusing on the Cross, which is how Christians should unite their suffering with Christ, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen says this,

“Unless there is a Cross in our lives there will never be a resurrection.  The Christian law of life is we have to die in order to live. Now I do not mean and He did not mean physically dying.  He meant mortification, self-denial, the application of the Cross in our lives.”

If you don’t know or haven’t realized it yet, suffering is very much a part of the Christian lifestyle, and although following Christ brings us happiness and joy, suffering is something that we all must learn to embrace. Jesus says in the Scriptures, pick up your cross and follow me. He does not say if you follow me, life will be a bed of roses.

As Catholics, we are reminded of this very concept every time we walk into a Catholic Church and see the crucifix in the sanctuary. As she is in all things that pertain to the Christian faith, the Blessed Virgin Mary is the perfect example for us when it comes to suffering with Christ. Although she was free of all sin because of her Immaculate Conception, she still had to endure great pains and mental suffering as she watched Jesus’ Passion and Death.

To wrap up today’s short blog post, here are the many other posts I have written in previous years that focus on the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Mother and Lady of Sorrows.

1. “Mondays with Mary” – 7 Quotes by Pope St. John Paul II on Our Lady of Sorrows

2. “Mondays with Mary” – Our Lady of Sorrows 

3. “Mondays with Mary” – Marian Reflections from St. Alphonsus Ligouri

4. “Mondays with Mary” – The Burial of Our Lord, and the Loneliness of the Blessed Virgin

5. “Mondays with Mary” – The Crucifixion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ and Mary at the Foot of the Cross

6. “Mondays with Mary” – The Suffering of Mother Mary

7. “Mondays with Mary” – Jesus, Mary, and the Cross

8. “Mondays with Mary” – Mary Under the Cross

9. “Mondays with Mary” – The Method of Praying the Rosary of the Mater Dolorosa

10. “Mondays with Mary” – Pope St. John Paul II on the Suffering of Mary 

11. “Mondays with Mary” – The Prophecy of Holy Simeon

12. “Mondays with Mary” – Litany of the Mater Dolorosa 

13. “Mondays with Mary” – The Blessed Sorrowful Mother at the Cross through the words of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen 

If you are interested in hearing 5 very good homilies on suffering, I would suggest listening to the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time homilies from the our parish priests on iTunes and Google Play Music.

Our Lady of Sorrows…Pray for Us