Trust the Blessed Virgin Mary in everything, She is the softest pillow on which to rest and the hardest rock to stand on. Mary is good, She is with us all the time. The Comforter of the afflicted.


Growing in faith with Mary


One of the greatest means of salvation and one of the surest signs of predestination, is unquestionably, the devotion to the Most Blessed Virgin. All the holy doctors of the Church are unanimous in saying with St. Alphonsus of Liguori: “A devout servant of Mary shall never perish.” The chief thing is to persevere faithfully till death in this devotion. Numerous examples show how agreeable the three Hail Marys Devotion is to the Divine Mother and what special graces it draws, during life and at the hour of death, on those who never omit it for a single day.
This practice was revealed to St. Melchtilde (13th century) while she was beseeching Our Blessed Mother to assist her in her hour of death. Our Lady appeared to her and said: “I will, certainly. But I also want you to say three special Hail Marys to me every day.
“The first will be in honor of God the Father, Whose omnipotence raised my soul so high above every other creature that after God I have the greatest power in heaven and on earth. In the hour of your death I will use that power of God the Father to keep any hostile power far from you..
“The second Hail Mary will be said in honor of the Son of God Who communicated His inscrutable wisdom to me. In the hour of your death I will fill your soul with the light of that wisdom so that all the darkness of ignorance and error will be dispelled.
“The third Hail Mary will be in honor of God the Holy Ghost Who filled my soul with the sweetness of His love and tenderness and mercy. In your last hour I will then change the bitterness of death into divine sweetness and delight.”
Our Blessed Mother also revealed to St. Gertrude the Great: “To any soul who faithfully prays the Three Hail Marys, I will appear at the hour of death in a splendor so extraordinary that it will fill the soul with heavenly consolation.”
St. Leonard of Port Maurice, the celebrated missionary, had the Three Hail Marys recited morning and evening in honor of Mary Immaculate, to obtain the grace of avoiding all mortal sins during the day or night; moreover he promised in a special manner eternal salvation to all those who proved constantly faithful to this practice. He gave this devotion of Three Hail Marys as a penance in the confessional, especially for those who were struggling with sins of impurity.
Practice: Recite morning and evening, three Hail Marys in honor of the three great privileges bestowed upon Our Blessed Mother by the most Blessed Trinity with this invocation at the end: for the morning: “O my Mother preserve me from mortal sin during this day.” For the evening: “O my Mother preserve me from mortal sin during this night.”
(Pope St. Pius X gave his Apostolic Blessing to this practice and the devotion was raised to an Archconfraternity by Pope Benedict XV.)
The Hail Mary: Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with Thee: blessed art Thou amongst women and blessed is the Fruit of Thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

My Year of Divine Encounter 2021

Fact about the Aparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today, December 12th is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared under this title in Mexico on December 9 and December 12, 1531.

I’d like to share facts about this event in honor of her feast.

“Know, know for sure, my dearest, littlest, and youngest son, that I am the perfect and ever Virgin Holy Mary, Mother of the God of truth through Whom everything lives, the Lord of all things near us, the Lord of heaven and earth…” ~ Our Lady of Guadalupe

Facts about the Apparitions.

Our Lady appeared to a poor, humble widower in Tepeyac Hill, Mexico. He was an Aztec Indian who converted to Christianity and was baptized with the name Juan Diego in 1524.

Our Lady requested for a chapel to be built there. When Juan Diego told the bishop, he demanded proof that the apparition was authentic. Our Lady granted his request and provided two miraculous signs on December 12, 1531.
First: Dozens of Castilian roses bloomed in the middle of winter in an infertile location.
Second: When Juan Diego opened his tilma to reveal the roses to the bishop, a beautiful imprinted image of Our Lady appeared.

Even though the tilma, a poncho made from poor quality cloth, should have deteriorated within twenty years, it never did. The poncho and image of Our Lady are still fully intact, after almost 500 years! The original tilma is kept in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, on the outskirts of Mexico City, for veneration. Many miracles have occurred in its presence through Mary’s intercession.

The poncho and image have been scientifically tested over the years. There’s no scientific explanation for its preserved condition. Time and many factors — including humidity, salt, light, heat, chemicals, and an explosion — should have ruined it. The material has been tested and the origin of the fibers can’t been found. The image has no brush strokes and seems to have been placed on the surface all at once, which wasn’t humanly possible in 1531. The coloration in the image has no animal or mineral elements and the source can’t be determined. The temperature of the tilma remains at a constant 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, the same temperature as that of a living person.
When magnified, Mary’s eyes in the image show the reflection of what Juan Diego saw at the moment he revealed the tilma to the bishop.

Her appearance was meaningful for the Aztecs and demonstrated that she was the Mother of God: The turquoise mantle symbolized heaven.  The stars on her mantle symbolized royalty. The sash around her waist symbolized pregnancy. Her complexion symbolized the indigenous people, specifically a mestizo which is a combination of Mexican and Spanish. The sun behind her symbolized her superiority to their sun god. The moon under her feet symbolized her superiority to their moon god. The black cross on her neck symbolized the Catholic missionary priests in Mexico.

Research published by Fr. Mario Rojas Sánchez and Dr. Juan Homero Hernández Illescas shows that the stars on her mantle are positioned in exactly the same way as they were before dawn on December 12, 1531.
The event is linked to Scripture: “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth” (Revelation 12:1-2 NABRE).

Spanish explorers arrived in Mexico in the early 1500’s. A small group of Franciscan missionary priests tried to convert the native Aztecs to Christianity, but they faced tremendous challenges. The Aztecs were devoted to a polytheistic religion and worshipped many gods and idols. They also performed human sacrifices, killing tens of thousands of men, women and children every year. The explorers were disturbed by the natives’ actions, especially the human sacrifices, and didn’t treat the Aztecs with respect. When Our Lady appeared to Juan Diego, the two groups were on the brink of war.
By 1539 almost 9 million Aztecs converted to Christianity, the largest conversion in the history of the Church! Without Mary’s intercession, a brutal war would have occurred and Christianity may have disappeared from Mexico.

Because Guadalupe is a Spanish word, and the indigenous people spoke native languages, the reason for Mary’s title isn’t clear. She may have used the Aztec Nahuatl word coatlaxopeuh when referring to her title. This word, pronounced quatlasupe, sounds similar to Guadalupe. Using this word, her title means “the one who crushes the serpent.” In Christianity Mary is known as the one who defeats Satan, the ancient serpent (see Genesis 3:14-15). Snakes were also a prominent symbol in the Aztec religion and used in the rituals of human sacrifice, an act of great evil which ended after the apparitions.

It was the first Marian apparition in the New World and was foreshadowed by Christopher Columbus’ 1492 expedition. The main ship, Santa María de la Immaculada Concepción, was named in honor of Our Lady. The names of the smaller ships point to the future apparitions. Niña, which means “little girl,” points to her appearance as a virgin maiden. Pinta, which means “painted one,” points to her image being imprinted on the tilma.
After the events, Juan Diego lived as a hermit near the chapel. He cared for the church and the pilgrims who visited until his death. He was canonized in 2002 and is the first Roman Catholic indigenous saint from the Americas. His feast day is December 9th.
The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, known as Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Spanish, is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage site in the world. It’s also the third most visited sacred site in the world. Over 10 million people visit the shrine each year.

The Virgin of Guadalupe is honored in a special way in Mexico, and her feast is observed as a national holiday. She’s the patroness of Mexico, the Americas, the New Evangelization, and the unborn.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!
Saint Juan Diego, pray for us!

Growing in faith with Mary

O Sweet Mother Mary,  I want to love you with all my heart. My heart has abandoned you to love the things of this world, inspite of this betrayal, you claim me in love, give me courage that I may love no other thing but You. O Mother of noble loving, grant me the grace of loving you and your Beloved Son, now and forever. Amen

Our Lady, Mother of Hope

Hold on to hope knowing that after the rain there’s always sunshine. There’s always happiness after the pain. There’s always courage after the fear. There’s always a smile after the tears. There’s always light after the dark. There’s always a flame after the spark. There’s always honesty after the lies. There’s always laughter after the cries. Don’t you dare give up on holding onto hope for a better tomorrow. You deserve what comes after.

Our Lady, Mother of Hope.. pray for us
Growing in faith with Mary

December 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Many early Fathers, including Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and John of Damascus commented on Mary as the “new Eve” who was free from sin. The feast came to Rome in the ninth century. Church dogma, formally proclaimed in 1854, teaches that “from the first moment of her conception the Blessed Virgin Mary was, by the singular grace and privilege of Almighty God, and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of mankind, kept free from all stain of original sin.”

Oh Mary conceived without original sin, Pray for us who have recourse to thee. 🙏




“Hold on tightly to the Rosary. Be very grateful to the Madonna because it was she who gave us Jesus.”
“The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.”-Saint Padre Pio

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” – Blessed Pope Pius IX

“The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”
“For those who use their intelligence and their study as a weapon, the Rosary is most effective. Because that apparently monotonous way of beseeching Our Lady as children do their Mother, can destroy every seed of vainglory and pride.”
– St. Josemaria Escriva

“The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.” – Pope Pius XI