Blessed Virgin Mary: September 2011 Archives

Our Lady of Sorrows

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Why the Sorrowful Mother?  Why do Catholics honor Mary, the Mother of God with the title of "Sorrows"? Is it an honor to be called such? Some good questions, I think. Mark Miravalle answers the question this way:

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We could just as well ask St. Paul why he instructs all Christians to "make up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of his body, which is the Church" (Colossians 1:24).

We Christians, too, will suffer and do suffer. Our suffering has the capacity to release a portion of the infinite graces merited by Jesus at Calvary, what theologians call "objective redemption." But as these redemptive graces of Jesus must be personally received by the human heart, every Christian has a role in this mysterious release and reception of grace which theologians call "subjective redemption."

Mary alone, as the "New Eve" with Jesus the "New Adam," participates in both objective and subjective redemption: both in the historic acquisition of redemptive grace and in the providential release of redemptive grace. Blessed John Paul would teach of his mother and ours that Mary's intensity of suffering at Calvary was a "contribution to the redemption of all" (Salvifici Doloris, 25).

Most Holy Name of Mary

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Grant, we beseech you, almighty God, that to all who are celebrating her glorious name, the Blessed Virgin Mary herself may dispense the benefits of your mercy.

Nativity of Mary

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The feast of the nativity of the blessed Virgin Mary, born from the tribe of Judah, from the seed of Abraham and the race of King David, from whom the Son of God was born, made man through the Holy Spirit, that men might be freed from the ancient servitude of sin.

"...this feast of Mary's birth should remind us of God's loving plan" (Abp. Charles J. Chaput, Installation homily).

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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