Sixth Anniversary!

Happy Feast of Saint Callistus!

Today is the sixth anniversary of the first time I came to Mass at Santissima Trinita dei Pellegrini in Rome. It’s another one of my funny Roman stories (involving contradicting info on the website, total inability to communicate to Italians, and other fond aspects, also the best ciambella-fried Italian sugar donut- I have ever had with the sacristan at the time and the priest whose Mass I served that day). 

I never knew how important this Church would be to me. I give thanks to God for all the graces I have received here, everything I have learned, and for the people, priests and parishioners (Roman and not), who have taught me so much and have been so charitable.

Laudetur Jesus Christus! 

To Honor Mary, is to Honor Jesus

Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary.

Words of Saint Bonaventure.

Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.

Words of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

After the love which we owe Jesus Christ, we must give the chief place in our heart to the love of His Mother Mary.

Words of Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

Mary having co-operated in our redemption with so much glory to God and so much love for us, Our Lord ordained that no one shall obtain salvation except through her intercession.

More words of Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son.

Words of Saint Louie Marie de Montfort.

And finally the words of Our Lady to the three little children at Fatima:

My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and your sure way to God.

Novena to Our Lady: Day 9

A wise priest once taught that we should kneel down for 15 minutes each day before Our Lord Crucified and offer Him everything, our entire selves. It is there at the foot of the Cross, that we can place our troubles, our anxieties, our relationships, our joys, our gratitude, absolutely everything. All our ugliness, all our fear, all our confusion, all our sorrow. 

It is at the foot of the Cross that our life makes sense. 

And before departing to your duties that lay before you, kiss the pierced Feet of Our Lord and offer to Jesus all of your love.


Most Holy Virgin, who deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia and this favor which I so earnestly seek,

(Mention your Request)

which I ask of thee in this novena, for the greater Glory of God, for thine own honor and for the good of all people. Amen.

Novena to Our Lady: Day 8

At Fatima, the Blessed Virgin Mary told the three children that many souls go to hell because they have no one to pray or make sacrifices for them. In her Memoirs, Sister Lucy describes the vision of hell that Our Lady showed the children at Fatima:

She opened her hands once more, as she had done the two previous months. The rays [of light] appeared to penetrate the earth, and we saw, as it were, a vast sea of fire. Plunged in this fire, we saw the demons and the souls [of the damned]. The latter were like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, having human forms. They were floating about in that conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames which issued from within themselves, together with great clouds of smoke. Now they fell back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fright (it must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me). The demons were distinguished [from the souls of the damned] by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. That vision only lasted for a moment, thanks to our good Heavenly Mother, who at the first apparition had promised to take us to Heaven. Without that, I think that we would have died of terror and fear.

Meditate on the fact that, on account of your sin, you have merited hell. Then meditate on the fact that Our Lady, the refuge of her Immaculate Heart, is your sure path to God!


Most Holy Virgin, who deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia and this favor which I so earnestly seek,

(Mention your Request)

which I ask of thee in this novena, for the greater Glory of God, for thine own honor and for the good of all people. Amen.

Novena to Our Lady: Day 7

To be a child of Mary, one needs to be humble in kneeling down and seeking all graces from such a tender Mother and advocate who seeks all for us from the merciful Heart of Christ. Also, one must be obedient, fulfilling all that she has requested. And one must love.

The Litany of Humility:

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, Hear me. 

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the desire of being loved, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the desire of being extolled, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the desire of being honored, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the desire of being praised, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the desire of being preferred to others, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the desire of being consulted, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the desire of being approved, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the fear of being humiliated, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the fear of being despised, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the fear of suffering rebukes, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the fear of being calumniated, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the fear of being forgotten, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the fear of being ridiculed, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the fear of being wronged, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

From the fear of being suspected, Deliver me, O Jesus. 

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. 

That others may be esteemed more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. 

That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. 

That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. 

That others may be praised and I go unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. 

That others may be preferred to me in everything, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. 

That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. 


Most Holy Virgin, who deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia and this favor which I so earnestly seek,

(Mention your Request)

which I ask of thee in this novena, for the greater Glory of God, for thine own honor and for the good of all people. Amen.

Novena to Our Lady: Day 6


It is those who are pure of heart who see God. There is so much in the message of Fatima. And I don’t pretend that my words can do justice to the teachings, but I pray I may encourage you to simply look to Our Lady. 

In the apparition on 13 October 1917, not only did Our Lady appear as Our Lady of Carmel but also in her sorrow did she come. It is truly Our Lady of Sorrows who sees God, in all His Sorrows and thus the fullness of His Marks of Glory, and we can ask ourselves why this is? It is her purity. 

Spend this day contemplating the Purity of Mary. Ask her to remove all from your life that is not pleasing to Our Lord. That isn’t an easy prayer to pray. 


Most Holy Virgin, who deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather the fruits and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia and this favor which I so earnestly seek,

(Mention your Request)

which I ask of thee in this novena, for the greater Glory of God, for thine own honor and for the good of all people. Amen.