Our Lady of Expectation

Magnificat-SMALLThe little known feast of Our Lady of Expectation occurs on December 18, a week before Christmas and a time the Church refers to as “the Week of Expectation.”  It originated in Spain at the Tenth Council of Toledo (AD 656) and was granted to the faithful who felt that because the Annunciation always falls during Lent, there is insufficient time given to celebrate the exalted state of Our Lady’s divine maternity. The Feast of Our Lady of Expectation arose as a substitute and came to be known as a “mini-Annunciation.” Read the rest…

Pro-Life Doctor Calls Us to Pray and Act

50476837 - doctor drawing heart beat symbolThis weekend I spoke at the Diocese of Allentown’s Inaugural Women’s Conference.  It was a tremendous blessing and honor to meet Bishop John Barres, speak alongside Helen Alvare, Founder of Women Speak for Themselves, and meet the beautiful women of the Diocese of Allentown. Read the rest…

Mary Visits Her Children: Our Lady of Fatima

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Nine-year-old Lucia dos Santos looked into the angry face of her mother and wondered if this was what the Beautiful Lady meant when she said Lucia would suffer. Little Lucia had never experienced such fury from her mother, nor had her mother ever called her a liar before. Indeed, her heart was deeply saddened. Yet a warm glow filled her whenever she thought about the Lady from Heaven who had visited her and her younger cousins, Jacinta and Francisco. Read the rest…

Mother’s Day, Mary, You and Me

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I hope those of you who are women had a blessed and happy Mother’s Day. Each of us, as women, are called to be mother. Some have been called to be a biological mother or an adoptive mother, but each of us, by virtue of our femininity has been called to be “spiritual mother.” Perhaps that is why I spent a good portion of my Mother’s Day thinking about our Blessed Mother. She is the pre-eminent and most exalted icon of spiritual maternity. In her we see the realization of the feminine ideal, the perfect woman, who identifies every woman’s call and mission. Read the rest…

A Miracle for Our Time

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Have you heard of the Eucharistic Miracle approved in Poland? What does it have to do with our day in time?  What does it tell us about God’s mercy?  This is just what we discussed last week during a special Women of Grace Live radio program with our staff journalist, Sue Brinkmann, OCDS, to talk about a Eucharistic Miracle in Poland that was recently declared by the Catholic Church to be authentic. Read the rest…