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The Town of Le Puy in Early Marist History

Part 1 of 2 Forty years after he heard Mary’s call to form the Society of Mary, Jean-Claude Courveille wrote to Gabriel-Claude Mayet in February 1852. He gave this account of what he “heard” from Our Lady: “Here is what I want. I have always imitated my Divine Son in everything. I followed Him to […]

The Town of Le Puy in Early Marist History

Part 1 of 2 The Cathedral town of Le Puy, with a population of about 19,000, is 140 km south-west of Lyons. The town is built in the crater of a volcano. Two volcanic plugs — puy, in French – rise over it. The chapel of Saint Michel D’Aguilhe, almost 1100 years old and 630 […]

Marist Mission in Bahia

The Mission of the Society of Mary in Bahia, Brazil, began in 1987. This happened after much research in order to find a diocese that was located in a poor area of the country where we could offer support, not only in parish ministry, but also to the diocese as a whole. The idea was […]

Mary’s Month

I have never been convinced by the claim of northern hemisphere Catholics that “May is Mary’s Month.” I have never been convinced by explanations that try to attach Christian meanings to non-Christian customs and festivals.  I prefer to follow the liturgical year and the church calendar that have been set out for us in the […]

Saturday 21 April

Acts 9:31-42; Ps 116; John 6:60-69 Miracles Peter is performing miracles. Firstly for Aeneas, who was paralysed, then raising Tabitha from the dead. Do you know someone who is critically ill? Pray for that person, perhaps through the intercession of Venerable Suzanne Aubert, the Founder of the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion.

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour

Our Lady of Perpetual Succour is familiar to most Catholics and, like many well-known pictures of Our Lady, it has a chequered past. It was believed to have been painted in the 15th century for the Greek Orthodox Church by an artist in Crete, although some think the image is much older, originating from St […]

A Reflection on Mary, Mother of God

There are at least eleven explicit and/or implicit references to Mary in the Gospel of Luke

Mary and the Reformation (1) – Erasmus

500 years ago Many things contributed to the breaking up of the Catholic Christian world of the Middle Ages: the Hundred Years War, the Black Death, the Western Schism, and the Islamic invasions. Humanism found a warm reception in Rome with the popes of the late 15th and early 16th centuries, all worldly men more […]

The Mary Garden

The first Mary Garden was thought to have been created by St Fiacre of Breuil

Mary for Today: Mary in Culture (8)

Apparitions within Culture The phenomenon of Marian apparitions or visions is a culturally specific feature understandable to Mediterranean people or those in contact with Mediterranean cultural scripts. In visionary form, the mother of Jesus has been part and parcel of Mediterranean living from time immemorial. At times such visions lasted only a few minutes, at […]