Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette Soubirous • Saint stories

Our Lady has appeared to many people throughout history, including a fourteen-year-old girl in Lourdes, France–Bernadette Soubirous. Bernadette lived in a very poor house in Lourdes, France, with her parents, two brothers, and a sister. You’ll find Bernadette’s story, and a movie suggestion based on her life.

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: The Magnificat

We pray it as part of the Liturgy of Hours, and we hear it proclaimed in the Gospel reading on the feast of the Visitation — May 31 — but I’m not sure most Catholics stop often enough to think about what a beautiful gift we have in Mary’s Magnificat. This post by Our Sunday Visitor editorial director for periodicals Gretchen Crowe reminds us of its importance.

Common Marian flowers

There are over 1,100 flowers that honor Mary. Here are a few that you may be familiar with, with their medieval names after their common names. Amaryllis – “Beautiful lady” […]