Madonna del Latte
Our Lady of the Milk in Debbio, northern Italy. The fresco of Mary suckling Jesus was painted in the 15th century and has been an object of devotion ever since.
Until the 1960s it was common for women to visit the shrine of the Madonna of the Milk to ask for the grace of a child, protection during pregnancy, childbirth and lactation, which in past centuries often meant the survival of a newborn. It was also customary to bring babies to Debbio and present them to Mary, accompanied by a prayer and an offering of candles and flowers.
Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria.
A prayer of consecration to Mary from Saint Louis de Montfort’s ‘True Devotion to Mary’. In English it reads: I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours. I take you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.
True devotion to Our Lady is interior, that is, it comes from within the mind and the heart and follows from the esteem in which we hold her, the high regard we have for her greatness, and the love we bear her.
- St Louis de Montfort
I only wish to know what I could do to love Mary more. If I knew it, I would do it at any cost.
- St Joseph Cafasso
Among the simple faithful are found many times good souls who have such an exalted idea of Mary that they experience towards her the greatest possible transport of devotion and fervor imaginable. For them, Mary is an object to which nothing can stand comparison, to which everything in creation is inferior. They know well that God is above everything, but as if not daring to treat with Him about domestic matters they turn their eyes to Mary and they attribute to her all that is great, beautiful, amiable and holy that they are able to express or imagine; from this comes the transport of lively warm hearted affections towards her, the promptness and confidence with which they have recourse to her in every trouble and difficulty; from this source comes the eagerness and joy to celebrate all her feasts, to take part in all the practices that redound to her honour and glory.
- St Joseph Cafasso
Pilgrims making their way to the sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima on their knees, Portugal.
Our Lady of this House
An American holy card with a prayer to Mary for the protection of a house and its inhabitants.
Some photos of the crowing of the statue of Our Lady of Loreto by pope Pius XI in 1922. The ceremony took place in the Sistine chapel.
To love Mary is my constant wish. I have promised her “Your servant am I”. My, heart, O Mary, burns forever with love and joy, for you, ornament of heaven.
- From “Maria zu Lieben”, a German devotional hymn.
Queen of the Holy Rosary, Help of Christians, Refuge of the human race, Conqueress in God’s battlefields, to You and to Your Immaculate Heart in this tragic hour of human history we entrust and consecrate ourselves, and the Holy Church.
- The opening words of pope Pius XII’s consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 1942.
A group of orphans in prayer before the shrine of the Madonna dell’Arco in Anastasia near Naples, Italy.
The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary celebrates a name that doesn’t only belong to Jesus’ mother, but also to millions of women - and men - worldwide.
Especially among Catholics it is very common to name one’s child Mary, Marie or Maria. For instance, my paternal grandmother was called Marie, my father’s third name was Marie, and my sister’s second name is Maria. Catholics have an almost natural inclination to pay tribute to the Mother of God, and naming one’s child after her is one of the many ways of doing so. Moreover, it is believed Mary especially looks out for those named after her.
Catholics believe there are many graces attached to the name Mary. As St Bonaventure once said: Happy is he who loves your sweet name, O Mother of God!