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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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Benedict Joseph Labre: Benedict Joseph Labre was truly eccentric, one of God's special little ones. Born in France and the eldest of 18 children, he studied under his uncle, a parish priest. Because of poor health and a lack of suitable academic preparation he was unsuccessful in his attempts to enter the religious life. Then, at 16 years of age, a profound change took place. Benedict lost his desire to study and gave up all thoughts of the priesthood, much to the consternation of his relatives. 
<p>He became a pilgrim, traveling from one great shrine to another, living off alms. He wore the rags of a beggar and shared his food with the poor. Filled with the love of God and neighbor, Benedict had special devotion to the Blessed Mother and to the Blessed Sacrament. In Rome, where he lived in the Colosseum for a time, he was called "the poor man of the Forty Hours Devotion" and "the beggar of Rome." The people accepted his ragged appearance better than he did. His excuse to himself was that "our comfort is not in this world." </p><p>On the last day of his life, April 16, 1783, Benedict Joseph dragged himself to a church in Rome and prayed there for two hours before he collapsed, dying peacefully in a nearby house. Immediately after his death the people proclaimed him a saint. </p><p>He was officially proclaimed a saint by Pope Leo XIII at canonization ceremonies in 1881.</p> American Catholic Blog Today offers limitless possibilities for holiness. Lean into His grace. The only thing keeping us from sainthood is ourselves.

 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Pope Francis!

Why did the pope choose the name Francis? Find out in this new book by Gina Loehr.

The Seven Last Words

By focusing on God's love for humanity expressed in the gift of Jesus, The Last Words of Jesus serves as a rich source of meditation throughout the year.

Visiting Mary
In this book Cragon captures the experience of visiting these shrines, giving us a personal glimpse into each place.
John Paul II

Here is a book to be read and treasured as we witness the recognition given John Paul II as a saint for our times.

The Surprising Pope

Get new insight into this humble and gentle man—Pope John XXIII--who ushered in the Church's massive changes of Vatican II.


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Holy Thursday
The Church remembers today both the institution of the Eucharist and our mandate to service.
Wednesday of Holy Week
Today join Catholics around the world in offering prayers for our Pope Emeritus on his 87th birthday.
Tuesday of Holy Week
Today keep in prayer all the priests and ministers throughout the world who will preside at Holy Week services.
Monday of Holy Week
Holy Week reminds us of the price Jesus paid for our salvation. Take time for prayer at home and at church.
Palm Sunday
Holy Week services and prayers invite us to follow Jesus into Jerusalem, experiencing the events of his passion and death.



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