“Powerful,” I always think, whenever I read the story the wedding at Cana, “Mary had such power.” I’m not thinking of the kind of dominating power of dictators, but the power of one woman. One woman was chosen by God among all the women to bring Him to all of us.
“I’m just one woman!” I often exclaim in entirely different contexts; when I’m feeling frustrated or powerless and small. But sometimes I pause and reflect that if God can do such great things with Mary, maybe he can do something with me.
May seemed like the perfect time to explore this, and I wanted to talk to other women and get their perspectives. I prayed and asked friends about who would be good to talk to, and was delighted that these four ladies shared and discussed with me. What follows is the product of phone calls that I didn’t want to end. We talked about what it looks like to be a Catholic woman who loves Mary, and to take her into our homes as our Mother. Each woman is so incredible and authentic and it brought so much light to my life to hear their stories of Our Lady in their lives.
As we approach Mother’s Day this year, it is important to acknowledge the human and social issues impacting women in our society, mothers and families. Bishop McGrattan speaks of domestic violence and its impact upon women and mothers, and ways to respond in the true spirit of Christian renewal. Read more
Sr. Madeleine Gregg tells the story of Venerable Marie Madeleine d'Houet - the Foundress of the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) religious order, now celebrating their bicentennial. Their order also plays a vital role in the formation of Catholic schools in Alberta. Read more
Wayne Ottenbreit reminds us to appreciate what is perhaps the first of our human relationships, with our mothers. We can thank these women explicitly with words and gestures, but implicitly, in how we generously live our lives. Read more
Murphy Alungaram, parishioner of St. Anthony, felt incredibly blessed by his pilgrimage to Lourdes, where his Marian devotion blossomed. Determined to share his love for the Blessed Mother, "An Evening with Mary" lay association was born. Read more
Olivia Liboiron, Brooks: "Imagine my surprise when, after a totally-unexpected job offer, I walked into St. Joseph’s Collegiate in Brooks, Alberta, ready for more disappointment, only to be welcomed with the most genuine of greetings: 'We’ve been waiting for you!'" Read more
John deJong's deep desire to have Catholic education for his children was realized in 1996. Now a Catholic School trustee for Brooks, John says of his children: "Their experiences in Catholic education were so important in the career decisions and direction each of them was to make." Read more
Cherie Pinney, Fort McMurray: "Working in a Catholic school division has provided me with many opportunities to pray and grow with my fellow staff and students. At a time when physically being together is not acceptable, we have found ways to still gather in our faith." Read more
Pope Francis has invited Catholics and 30 Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of praying the Holy Rosary for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic and the resumption of social and work activities. Each day of the month is also characterized by a prayer intention for the various categories of people most affected by the pandemic.
A different shrine will lead the daily Rosary according to local practice. Watch and pray together every day at 10 AM MST - livestreamed on our website: catholicyyca.ca