The Feast of Our Lady of Virtues

The Marian Family celebrates the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Virtues on July 10, a feast inherited from St. Joan of France. Let us ask Our Lady, says Chris Sparks, to train us to be virtuous like her, immaculate like her, and therefore have the world-changing power of her goodness, holiness, and intercession.

The Controversial Hymn

"One day, in the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, the 'unthinkable' happened," Br. Josh, MIC, relates. "A Marian leader announced that we would sing the hymn, 'A Mighty Fortress is Our God.'”

This Fourth of July, Call On Our Spiritual Mother

On July 4, remember that the Patroness of the United States is mother for all of us: those on the left or the right, Democrat or Republican, whatever our ethnicity, race, or even creed. Our Lady is the New Eve, Mother of the New Adam, and the Refuge of Sinners; she has been given the whole human race by God. 

The beautiful Sorrowful Mother of Poland

Licheń is the second most frequently visited Marian shrine in Poland, after Czestochowa. The shrine, run by the Marian Fathers and opened in 2004, is the largest in Poland. July 2 is the Feast of Our Lady of Licheń.

The ultimate grandparents: Sts. Joachim and Anne

God prepares and fulfills His plan of salvation slowly, through many ordinary (even obscure) people. From the biblical narrative, we know nothing about perhaps the most famous grandparents of all, Sts. Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus. We celebrate their feast day on June 26

"Here, take My Heart": The wonder of the Eucharist

The statue of the Divino Niño in Hanceville, Alabama. 

Jesus is waiting for you, at every Mass. He wants you here. He’s opening His Heart. He’s saying, “I thirst for you.” Pope Francis talks about the “merciful gaze” of Jesus. He knows you, and sees you.

By Fr. Andy Davy, MIC

North American Sanctity: St. Junípero Serra

In St. Junípero Serra (feast day: July 1), we find a true “mercy priest.” He forsook everything in his life, including physical health and comforts, to give his life as a missionary for others.

Saints Peter and Paul, Pray for Us!

Two converts, two Christians, two apostles, bishops, priests - two fathers of our faith, whom we celebrate on June 29.

Saint Andrew Bobola’s Feast

Venerable Pope Pius XII called St. Andrew Bobola, patron of Poland, "the greatest martyr." Brother Josh, MIC, learns why.

North American Sanctity: Blessed Bishop Vasyl Velychkovsky 

He may not have been born in Canada, but he was exiled and died there, and a national shrine of Canadian martyrs is named for him. He is Blessed Bishop Vasyl Velychkovsky (feast day: June 27), a Ukrainian Greek Catholic bishop martyred for the faith after the Soviet Union’s takeover of Ukraine during World War II. 

North American Sanctity: St. María Guadalupe Garcia Zavala

Saint María Guadalupe Garcia Zavala, also known as “Mother Lupita” (feast day: June 24), is the patron saint of nurses. She co-founded the Handmaids of St. Margaret Mary and the Poor, and in 2013 became Mexico’s second female saint.