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Mary, the mother of Jesus, holds a special place in the heart of every Catholic. Deepen that devotion by learning what the Bible says about her, what the Church believes about Mary and how Catholics can honor her.

Seasonal Features
Learning About Mary
Catholic e-Greetings honoring Mary
Send free Catholic e-cards to friends and family members.


Last Secret of Fatima: My Conversations With Sr. Lucia
New! With an introduction by Pope Benedict XVI and including information previously suppressed, the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, definitively reveals and explains one of the most controversial events in 20th-century Catholicism—the 1917 apparition of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. Click here to find The Last Secret of Fatima audiobook in the SAMP Books catalog.

Mary of History
New! In this Catholic Update, Robert P. Maloney, C.M.examines the Mary of history, whose life is so intertwined with the mystery of Jesus, by exploring religious, economic, cultural and political circumstances of her life.

Mary and the Bible
In Search of the Real Mary
Mary, the First Disciple
The Many Faces of Mary in Nazareth

What Catholics Believe About Mary
The Maternity of Mary
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Catholic Devotion to Mary
Picturing Mary: A Mother's Love
Crowning the Queen of the May
Calling Upon Mother Mary
Our Lady of Guadalupe: A Guide for the New Millennium
Mother Teresa's Handwritten Prayer to Mary
Honoring Mary in Your Garden
Praying the Rosary

Our Lady of Lourdes
Lourdes: 150 Years of God’s Healing Care
Pope John Paul II and Suffering
The Witness of a Cross-carrying Pope
Prayers for Healing
News Feature: Lourdes’ 150th Anniversary

Resources About Mary
Marian prayer, tradition, devotions and spirituality from the Mysteries of the Rosary to Our Lady of Guadalupe are the focus of resources from St. Anthony Messenger Press Books and Servant Books that reflect the special place that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, holds in the heart of every Catholic.


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Junipero Serra: In 1776, when the American Revolution was beginning in the east, another part of the future United States was being born in California. That year a gray-robed Franciscan founded Mission San Juan Capistrano, now famous for its annually returning swallows. San Juan was the seventh of nine missions established under the direction of this indomitable Spaniard. 
<p>Born on Spain’s island of Mallorca, Serra entered the Franciscan Order, taking the name of St. Francis’ childlike companion, Brother Juniper. Until he was 35, he spent most of his time in the classroom—first as a student of theology and then as a professor. He also became famous for his preaching. Suddenly he gave it all up and followed the yearning that had begun years before when he heard about the missionary work of St. Francis Solanus in South America. Junipero’s desire was to convert native peoples in the New World. </p><p>Arriving by ship at Vera Cruz, Mexico, he and a companion walked the 250 miles to Mexico City. On the way Junipero’s left leg became infected by an insect bite and would remain a cross—sometimes life-threatening—for the rest of his life. For 18 years he worked in central Mexico and in the Baja Peninsula. He became president of the missions there. </p><p>Enter politics: the threat of a Russian invasion south from Alaska. Charles III of Spain ordered an expedition to beat Russia to the territory. So the last two <i>conquistadors</i>—one military, one spiritual—began their quest. José de Galvez persuaded Junipero to set out with him for present-day Monterey, California. The first mission founded after the 900-mile journey north was San Diego (1769). That year a shortage of food almost canceled the expedition. Vowing to stay with the local people, Junipero and another friar began a novena in preparation for St. Joseph’s day, March 19, the scheduled day of departure. On that day, the relief ship arrived. </p><p>Other missions followed: Monterey/Carmel (1770); San Antonio and San Gabriel (1771); San Luís Obispo (1772); San Francisco and San Juan Capistrano (1776); Santa Clara (1777); San Buenaventura (1782). Twelve more were founded after Serra’s death. </p><p>Junipero made the long trip to Mexico City to settle great differences with the military commander. He arrived at the point of death. The outcome was substantially what Junipero sought: the famous “Regulation” protecting the Indians and the missions. It was the basis for the first significant legislation in California, a “Bill of Rights” for Native Americans. </p><p>Because the Native Americans were living a nonhuman life from the Spanish point of view, the friars were made their legal guardians. The Native Americans were kept at the mission after Baptism lest they be corrupted in their former haunts—a move that has brought cries of “injustice” from some moderns. </p><p>Junipero’s missionary life was a long battle with cold and hunger, with unsympathetic military commanders and even with danger of death from non-Christian native peoples. Through it all his unquenchable zeal was fed by prayer each night, often from midnight till dawn. He baptized over 6,000 people and confirmed 5,000. His travels would have circled the globe. He brought the Native Americans not only the gift of faith but also a decent standard of living. He won their love, as witnessed especially by their grief at his death. He is buried at Mission San Carlo Borromeo, Carmel, and was beatified in 1988.</p> American Catholic Blog God is great. God is good. And God, in his fatherly love, has a plan for our lives that will work out for our benefit and salvation. All we have to do is trust and obey.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Blessed Junipero Serra
This Franciscan friar was instrumental in founding many of California’s mission churches.

Happy Birthday
May this birthday mark the beginning of new and exciting adventures!

Sts. Peter and Paul
Honored both separately and together, these apostles were probably martyred during the reign of the emperor Nero.

Wedding
Help the bride and groom see their love as a mirror of God’s love.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help
God gave Mary to us as a help in our quest for holiness.




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