Category Archives: Blessed Virgin Mary in History

#285 – Our Lady of Pontmain

On 17 January 1871, a group of children in the small village of Pontmain claimed to have seen a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The reported apparition lasted for several hours, the effects of that apparition would last for much longer. Links: Official site of Our Lady of Pontmain Vatican norms regarding Marian apparitions […]

#267 – Sub Tuum Praesidium

The Sub Tuum Praesidium is the oldest prayer dedicated to the Mother of God we have. It is a prayer that continues to inspire the hearts of Christians today, just as it did over 1,750 years ago. Links: Extensive article on the Sub Tuum Praesidium Another article on the Sub Tuum Praesidium can be found […]

#230 – Michelangelo, La Pietà and Laszlo Toth

On Pentecost Sunday 1972, Laszlo Toth took a hammer to the masterpiece of Michelangelo amidst a crowd of stunned visitors to St. Peter’s Basilica. Links: Video of the damage to La Pietà – again the audio is a little too apocalyptic, but the images are very moving Articles on La Pietà Michelangelo’s other Pietà – […]

#197 – The Angelus

As the famous painting by Millet shows, the Angelus has been an important part of Franciscan and Catholic spirituality for hundreds of years. It inspires devotion to the saving deeds of Christ and reminds us of our own participation in that salvation. Links: The Angelus Follow me on Twitter! SQPN Website and the Catholic New […]

#188 – The Swallow

The Swallow in Europe has spiritual links both to Jesus Christ and to his Blessed Mother. The Swallow also announces the coming of spring and of our Savior. Plus, the Akathist and animal sounds. Links: Paul Camarata’s Saint Cast Episode on The Swallows of Capistrano Ordinary of the Mass in Eight Languages Picture – Swallow […]


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