Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Lourdes, Queen of Peace, Mother of Mercy, Mother of Christ, Queen of Angels, Queen of All Saints – title after title honors our Blessed Mother, from litanies to invocations from her many appearances through the centuries.
Invoking Mother Mary under privileged titles can help us to increase our Marian devotion, from this month of October, the month of the Rosary.
“My favorite devotion to Mary is that of Our Lady of Fatima,” said Ralph Martin, president of Renewal Ministries, host of the EWTN series. The choices we face, author and professor of theology. “His message there is so relevant to the current circumstances of the Church and the world. “
“The world is in even greater danger than it was between World War I and World War II,” he explained. “His plea to repent and turn to God is even more relevant today. His request to pray the Rosary every day for world peace remains urgent.
“His moving words that so many go to hell because so few pray and sacrifice for them must be more widely known. The example of the three children of Fatima who responded wholeheartedly to Mary’s request to offer prayers and sacrifices for the reparation of sin and the conversion of sinners must be more widely known. Our Lady identified with Fatima on October 13, 1917, as Our Lady of the Rosary. Martin also recommended “that people read Fatima in Lucia’s own words as the best first-hand account of this extraordinary celestial event and the most authoritative account of its message and what is asked of us today.
Notre-Dame helps in every title
Kendra Tierney (online at CatholicAllYear.com) shares that she, her husband James and their 10 children have great family devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. She is the author of The Catholic Compendium all year round: liturgical life for real life (Ignatius) and come on, Emmanuel.
Tierney explained, “In 2006, while we were members of a parish dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes, my husband was diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma. He started a year of treatment while I was earning and having gave birth to our fourth child. In addition to surgeries and medication, we included a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes and a dip in the waters with a baby as part of her treatment plan. Fifteen years later, my husband’s cancer journey continues, as does our devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. After a long remission (which saw us welcoming six more children), he is now in stage 4. But you wouldn’t know by looking at him. He continues to combine work and family life admirably with his medical treatments and his faith. “
Part of the Tierney’s special devotion includes an annual trip to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11.
“We are doing a family pilgrimage and a picnic in a local cave of Our Lady of Lourdes,” she said. “We hope, through his intercession, that we have much more to look forward to.”
Father Edward Looney, vice president of the Mariological Society of America and author (A heart like that of Mary, A litany of the rosary), shares that he really loves the history of Notre-Dame de La Leche.
On October 10, her statue at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche in St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest Marian shrine in the United States, was canonically crowned. Pope Francis granted the recognition because of the importance and sacredness of the devotion to Our Lady of La Leche.
This is only the fourth canonical coronation of a statue of Our Lady in the United States.
Father Looney described the statue as depicting “Jesus suckling … Baby Jesus receiving his food.” He explained that Mary is also known in this devotion as Our Lady of Milk, where there is a cave in the Holy Land of that name, and Our Lady of Good Delivery.
A priest in the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Father Looney turns to this devotion by “praying for the fertility of couples who are struggling to conceive,” he said. “I know many couples in difficulty and I have made a commitment as a personal apostolate of prayer to pray to Our Lady of La Leche.”
His devotion included two visits to the sanctuary in Florida. “I tweeted that I was visiting the shrine of Our Lady of La Leche” to pray for the fertility of these husbands and wives.
“When I was doing this, I received hundreds of names of people. It’s kind of like this unspoken problem. They don’t share it and they are grateful for the prayers.
“Last year,” he said, “I added social media. I made nine days of prayer, a novena to Notre-Dame de La Leche just before Christmas.
A response he received came from near his home.
“A couple in my ward had had three or four miscarriages. I informed them every time we prayed the Rosary in this novena. Now she is pregnant and is due to give birth here in (end) October or November. I attribute this to the grace of this novena and to the devotion I have for Our Lady of La Leche. In addition, Father Looney believes Our Lady of La Leche “really emphasizes the Incarnation” and the humanity of Christ. “Jesus suffered in all ways. He went through it all. He even breastfed.
As for Mary’s favorite tracks, speaker and author Jeannie Ewing (Parenting with the Beatitudes: Eight Sacred Habits for Daily Living together with her husband Ben) has two favorites. One is Our Lady of Consolation “because she appeals to her mercy, which ultimately appeals to the mercy of her Son, Jesus”, she explained.
“We live in a time when the free mercy of God is needed – not because each of us deserves it, but because there are so many wounds and breaks in us”
She added: “Mary’s maternal heart is a perfect bridge to God, in which her justice might otherwise be served, but where she can speak on our behalf on behalf of his mercy. “
Ewing (JeannieEwing.com) and her husband are also asking for Mary’s intercession as Our Lady of Sorrows. “Under this title,” she explained, “it says that we can ask her to reveal what is hidden in our hearts, on the basis of Simeon’s prophecy which is directly attributed to the Seven Sorrows of Mary.
“Again, to experience healing we must increase our self-knowledge so that we can more humbly and honestly confess our shortcomings in the sacrament of Confession. “
“October is a powerful month for families to recommit to practicing Catholic culture in their homes by praying to Our Lady,” said Emily Jaminet, Catholic author of Secrets of the Sacred Heart, among other titles, speaker, wife, mother of seven and executive director of The Sacred Heart Enthronement Network (EmilyJaminet.com).
“I love this month as we strive to draw closer to Mary, the Mother of God.”
Jaminet said: “The title that matters most to me at the moment is Our Lady, Queen of Peace, because it gives us the hope of peace in our home, in our hearts and of peace in the world. . She desires to bring us closer to her Son and, therefore, brings peace in our life. It not only stops wars, but it facilitates inner peace by distributing the graces of Jesus, especially through the Holy Rosary.
Jaminet reflects on Marian devotion with his children as they gather for evening prayer.
The family also visits local Marian shrines, looking into their own community.
“We go with the children to churches, pray and remind the children of their importance, especially for Our Blessed Mother during this month.”
She added: “They see the gift of being able to make this visit.”
Marian devotion is part of their family schedule.
Every week before their fifth year volleyball game, they visit the nearby local Marian cave. “Last week my kindergarten child said, ‘Mom, it’s time to go see Mary.’ I didn’t know what she wanted since it’s her sister’s name who plays volleyball, but instead she clarified and said, “It’s time to pray to the Mother of God. When we make prayer ordinary, it lays the foundation for life, ”said Jaminet,“ in particular, empowering the family to see Our Lady offers us graces. “
On Sunday evening, the Jaminets attended a sunset rosary family gathering at a local school / convent with the Little Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Columbus, Ohio.
Jaminet appreciates “not only the opportunity to expose my children to nuns, but to reinforce the importance of spiritual gatherings,” she said.
“This holy month is an opportunity for spiritual graces and the establishment of“ good habits ”. “
Ewing agrees. “It is important to note that each title of Mary gives us specific graces. God allows a part of his heart to be granted to us when we devote ourselves to her in any capacity.