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The Woman Who Conquered Mexico

Fr. Joel Church meets World, Mary of the Month

December 9, 1531, Bishop Juan de Zumarraga received an unusual visitor at his Bishop’s palace in Mexico City. The Spanish conquistadores firmly held the reins of power, having conquered the Aztecs and ended the pagan worship and human sacrifice. They were not kind to the newly conquered Aztecs. The Bishop’s visitor was one of the few converts to embrace the new religion. His …

Mary of the Month (May 2013)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help recently received a new statue of Mary as she appeared to the visionary, Adele Brise in 1859. The statue reflects the way Adele described Our Blessed Mother, as having golden hair and a white dress tied with a yellow sash. It was unveiled on Wednesday, May 1st. See more photos from The …

Mary of the Month (February 2013)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

Anyone who has studied Christian art, or just wandered through one of the art galleries in Italy, will quickly notice that a very popular subject for a painting is “Mary with the Baby Jesus and Saints.” Here is a version of that theme, done in mosaic. From the crypt of Dormition Abbey in Jerusalem.

Mary of the Month (January 2013)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

At the beginning of this New Year, I would like to share an image of Mary that seems most appropriate for a new year, Mary Undoer of Knots. May she untie the knots in our lives, and most of all the knots in marriages.

Mary of the Month (November 2012)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

Students of art history will notice that this stone relief, featuring Mary and the Child Jesus with Sts. Peter and Paul, is very medieval in its design and execution. This carving sits over the door of the sanctuary of St. Michael the Archangel in Puglia, southern Italy. Although the figures are a little worn by the weather, they still stand …

Mary of the Month (October 2012)

Benjamin Mary of the Month

October is the month of the Rosary. I have no idea why this is so, but it might be because, in the United States, October comes before election day. This is Our Lady from the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva in Rome. The Church was built on top of a pagan temple, a good reminder that Christianity triumphs over …