Category: The Redeemer, Mary, & You

The Spiritual and Mystical Experience

Veneration of the icon means focusing our attention on a specific element, such as Mary’s face or her right hand, which points to the image of the Child—any aspect that communicates an exchange of energy, a divine presence. The icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help presents no written words...

The Icon Its Miraculous Power

The Redeemer, Mary and You September 2014 The Icon-The Journey of an Icon: Part I The Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help was entrusted to The Redemptorists in 1866; its history extends far beyond the years it has been under Redemptorist care. Although there is no written record about...

Joy in God’s Presence

July-August 2014 When Jesus was asked where the reign of God was to be found, he simply responded that the reign of God is in our midst—in the midst of our families, our faith community, and our neighborhoods—in the midst of our world. The reign of God is especially found...

The Icon: Its Miraculous Power

July-August 2014 The Miraculous Icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help is the official title of this famous image of Mary. An icon is called miraculous when, through the prayers, devotion, and the sincere faith of those who come to the person represented in the icon, miracles occur. Not because...

The Icon: Holy Reading

May/June 2014 Since the Second Vatican Council, the Church has reflected on the Virgin Mary’s place in the divine mystery. Recent popes have positioned Mary as one who, by her acceptance of the message of the angel at the annunciation, became the dwelling place of the Incarnate Word. The early...

The Power of Fortitude

 May/June 2014 When the Communists were trying to take over Spain during the Spanish Civil War, an event caught the attention of many people. The Alcázar, an ancient fortress and training school for Spanish army officers, was under the command of Colonel José Moscardó. When Moscardó was ordered to surrender...

The Icon: Sacred Space

March 2014  The power of an icon lies in the sacred presence it invites us into as we pray and read the image before us. (Iconographers use the word written instead of painted because icons are considered another way of writing the gospel message. Therefore, instead of simply looking at...

Model of Faith

March 2014 The story is often told of a father and daughter who were part of a traveling circus in Poland during World War II. During their act, the teenage daughter would jump from a high wire—without a net—and her father would catch her. One morning the father had gone...

Shelter of Mercy

February 2014 In her autobiography, The Long Loneliness (HarperOne, 2009), Dorothy Day shares her experience with prayer. She was a single mother living on her own and lacking money, with no clue as to what to do with her life. She went to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception...

The Icon: Divine Grace

February 2014 Iconographers painting the face of Our Mother of Perpetual Help use a fourth-­century style to describe what our Blessed Mother looks like. This description circulated throughout the churches of Syria and Greece, where early iconography developed. This distinct form is taken from ancient fragments of a manuscript attributed...

The Simplicity of Jesus and Mary

 January 2014 Any human virtue or perfection that we strive to cultivate in our lifetime is but a faint image of God’s perfection. Ironically, of all God’s perfections, the one that reigns supreme is his simplicity. And it is simplicity that Jesus commands us to imi- tate: “Be perfect, just...

Joy In Suffering

December 2013 I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: One of the gifts or graces that Mary exemplifies and offers to those who pray to her is joy. And this joy is unique. It has the ability to permeate every moment of our lives, even those moments that...

November 2013

Ideas like morality, relationships, hope, and love are hard to understand and sometimes even harder to live out in a Christian way. What can we use to help us when choices are tough, answers vague, and the future uncertain? The roots of Catholic social teaching offer some simple ideas that,...

October 2013

This month’s issue is about discernment—a difficult concept. Our best choices sometimes come only after prayerful contemplation. Fr. Mark Haydu, the international coordinator of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, finds inspiration in art. His new book, Meditations on Vatican Art, offers readers a doorway to the beauty...

September 2013

A photograph of my mother’s brother, Lawrence Lynch, had a special place on the family piano in our home. Dressed in a captain’s uniform, he’s seated at a metal desk. He’s smiling warmly. Uncle Lawrence was a Redemptorist priest who served as an army chaplain with the Fighting 69th Irish...

July-August 2013

Christians who envision life to be like a voyage on the open sea seek the guiding light of Mary. In his classic sermon on Mary, St. Bernard of Clairvaux encourages us to take solace in Our Lady, “star of the sea” (Stella Maris), as we navigate the volatile sea that...

May-June 2013

The Yes that Changed the World It always amazes me that the Holy Spirit seeks to “renew the face of the earth” (Psalm 104:30) by coming to the simple and lowly, to the little, to the frightened, to the least. After these encounters their lives begin to flower, with nothing...

Mary and Vatican II

October 2012 This October, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council provides an opportune moment to look back and see what the council had to say about Mary. The council didn’t produce a document solely about the Mother of God; however, it did speak about Mary’s...