The Pierced Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Is the Blessed Mother a martyr? St. Bernard of Clairvaux thought so. Building on the prophesy of Simeon that a sword would pierce her heart, he preached that “only by passing through your heart could the sword enter the flesh of your Son…. Thus the violence of sorrow has cut through your heart, and we rightly…

What Happened to the Virgin Mary After Pentecost? (Part 2)

In Part One, I retold the major tradition associated with the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. This tradition is attributed to various sources depending upon where the writer first encountered it. The most widespread version was that told (twice) by Jacobus de Voragine in the Golden Legend. This lengthy chapter in the Legend shows various signs…

What Happened to the Virgin Mary After Pentecost? (Part 1)

What do we really know about the life of Mary beyond what the Bible tells us? Scripture gives us only glimpses of the Blessed Mother before she vanishes from history, only to reappear in the Book of Revelation as the “woman clothed in the sun” (Revelation 12:1-6). We have the last words she speaks, resonating…

Is a Statue of Mary Weeping Oil?

I’m going to try not to make WeirdCatholic.com “Weeping Statue Central,” but this one is new and unusual enough, and the Washington Post did a not-horrible story on it, which is already a minor miracle.  In Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs, New Mexico, a seven-foot tall bronze statue of Our Lady of…