Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
Anselm says, that just as he who is not devoted to Mary and protected
by her cannot be saved, so it is impossible that he who recommends
himself to the Virgin, and is regarded by her with affection, should be
Saint Bonaventure, too wrote: He who neglects the service of Mary shall
die in sin… And in the same sense the holy Church applies to Mary these
words of Proverbs: All that hate me love death...
On the other hand, Mary says: He that hearkeneth to me shall not be
confounded. He who has recourse to me, and listens to what I say to him,
shall not be lost. From which Saint Bonaventure said: Oh, Lady, those
who are mindful to honor thee, shall be far from perdition. Even when,
as Saint Hilary says, they have hitherto deeply offended God.
Hence the devil strives so hard with sinners, in order that, having lost divine grace, they may also lose devotion to Mary.
Saint Alphonsus of Liguori,
In The Glories of Mary, chap VIII
February 28 – Our Lady of Tears (Italy, 1522) – 11th apparition of Lourdes (France, 1858)
Our Lady of Tears confirms the message of Fatima
is a city in southeastern Sicily. Its Catholic shrine of Our Lady of
Tears is the most recent shrine in Sicily and one of the busiest with
visitors from all over the world.
It contains a bas-relief of painted plaster representing the Virgin Mary
and her Immaculate heart crowned with thorns and inflamed (as in
Fatima), which was originally in a modest home at the head of the bed of
a couple named Lannuso. But from August 29th to September 1, 1953, the
image of the Virgin wept human tears, which were scientifically
analyzed. The episcopate of Sicily has recognized the supernatural
origin of the occurrence and promoted the devotion. Our Lady of Tears
took the world by surprise and obtained numerous miracles for the
Shortly before the miracle, in May 1952, Our Lady appeared to Sister
Lucia in Fatima, Portugal, confiding to her that she was still awaiting
the consecration of Russia. During the summer of 1952, Sister Lucia
wrote: "I am sorry that it has not been done as Our Lady requested." In
this context, the tears of the Virgin of Syracuse in the summer of 1953
were interpreted as a confirmation of the request of Fatima.
The Mary of Nazareth Team
Adapted from Domenico MARCUZZI,
Original article published in Santuari mariani d’Italia, edizioni Paoline, Roma 1982
February 27 – Our Lady of the Road (Italy, 1617) – Blessed Marie of
Jesus (Marie Deluil-Martiny), foundress of the Congregation of the
Daughters of the Heart of Jesus (d. 1884)
* The first Jesuits prayed in front of this fresco
27 – Our Lady of the Road (Italy, 1617) – Blessed Marie of Jesus (Marie
Deluil-Martiny), foundress of the Congregation of the Daughters of the
Heart of Jesus (d. 1884)
The first Jesuits prayed in front of this fresco
Della Strada — the Italian for “Our Lady of the Road” — is the name of
an image of the Madonna and Child enshrined at the Church of the
Gesu, mother church of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in Rome.
In all likelihood, the image of Our Lady of the Road dates from the
middle of the 13th or the first half of the 14th century. The artist is
unknown. It was originally located in a small chapel named "Our Lady of
the Road" at the same location. This chapel was the first church
entrusted to the Jesuits at the time of Saint Ignatius. The first
Jesuits often prayed before this fresco of Our Lady.
The Jesuits built their first house, where Ignatius and his companions
lodged, next to the chapel of "Our Lady of the Road." Today, you can
still visit the rooms inhabited by Saint Ignatius. This is where the
saint wrote the Constitutions of the Society.
February 26 – Blessed Virgin Meschecia (Russia, 1492)
The Mother of Mercy watches over each and every one of us
Mary was standing near the cross of Jesus, she reached the full measure
of her vocation as Mother of Mercy. On Golgotha, we discover her unique
place in salvation history.
We evoke this unique place she holds every time we say the Hail Mary,
when we ask her to pray for us "now and at the hour of our death," in
the same way that she was there at the time of the death of Jesus
Whenever we utter these words, even if we do not think about them precisely, the Virgin Mary hears them.
The Mother of Mercy watches over the destiny of each and every one of us
and the only thing that is expected of us is to leave the door of our
heart—the door of our "yes"—open.