Monday, June 01, 2020

A Fascinating Study of Marian Apparitions and Titles

May is traditionally the month dedicated to Mary, but any time is a good time to learn more about Our Blessed Mother. In Virgin, Mother, Queen: Encountering Mary in Time and Tradition, Michael O’Neill, “The Miracle Hunter”, and Marian expert and professor of systematic theology Dr. Robert L. Fastiggi combine their talents to share information about Marian apparitions and different traditional titles of Mary.

Ten different Vatican-recognized apparitions and titles are explored. Some of the apparitions may be familiar to readers, such as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Our Lady of Fatima. Several others may be relatively unknown, such as Our Lady of La Salette (which I was blessed to write a book about), Our Lady of Hope (Pontmain), The Knock Apparition, Our Lady of Beuraing, Our Lady of Banneaux, and Our Lady of Kibeho.

The historical exploration and explanations of these apparitions is fascinating. These apparitions take place in various centuries and locations, from Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531 Mexico to Our Lady of Lourdes in 1858 France to Our Lady of Kibeho in 1981 Rwanda. However, even more important than the details of when, where, and why the apparitions took place are the messages that Our Blessed Mother comes to share. She loves us, her children. Each and every time she has graced humanity with her presence, “she calls us to conversion and penance in order to draw us ever closer to her Son.”

Dr. Fastiggi provides theological background and support for venerating Mary under different titles, such as Mary as Virgin, Mother of God, Immaculate and All-Holy, Mother of Sorrows, Mediatrix of Grace, Advocate, Mother of Mercy, Mother of the Church, and Queen of Heaven. 

Anyone interested in learning more about Mary and her apparitions and titles will love Virgin, Mother, Queen: Encountering Mary in Time and Tradition.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

How to Help a Senior Friend Stay Safe and Healthy

Today's guest post is by Beverly Nelson of

How to Help a Senior Friend Stay Safe and Healthy

When a senior doesn’t have close friends or family living nearby, they can have trouble staying healthy or navigating daily challenges. That’s why it’s important to get involved in your community and find out who could use some help. Along with the members of your church congregation, you can assist older adults with things like cooking, finding rides, and staying safe so that they can age-in-place comfortably. Here’s a brief guide on how to get started.

Help Them Get Proper Nutrition

Help Them Stay Active

Help Prevent Cognitive Decline

Help Them Stay Independent

Help Them Stay in Touch

Help Them with Pets

Help Them Get Involved

Helping the older adults in your community feel safe and loved is a great way to improve their quality of life, so talk to them about their needs and how you can help. You never know what kind of change you can bring about!

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