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Something about Mary

Every day someone new from around the world tells us something about what Our Lady means to them.

This miraculous image is of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico). There are many more beautiful photos of Mary on Totus2us's Flickr page.
Music by the very generous (talented & Spanish) Jesús Cabello.

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With over 3000 responses since 8th September 2009, there's a podcast for each year: (1) Something about Maria  (2) Something about La Madonna  (3) Something about Our Lady  (4) Something about the Mother of Jesus  (5) Something about the Virgin Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help  (6) Something about the Mother of God

If you'd like to give Mary a metaphorical bunch of flowers by saying your something about her, please, pretty please, do get in touch with Totus2us. Thank you :o)

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd November 2018:

"Dear children, My motherly heart suffers as I am looking at my children who do not love the truth, those who are hiding it - as I look at my children who do not pray with their feelings and actions. I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him - my Son. That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil - to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge - that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him. My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh, and, carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles. Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory. Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you. Witness the love which never ends because it comes from the Heavenly Father who is eternal and who offers eternity to all of my children. The spirit of my Son will be alongside you. Anew I am calling you, my children: pray for your shepherds, pray that the love of my Son may lead them. Thank you."

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 October 2018

"Dear children! You have a great grace of being called to a new life through the messages which I am giving you. This, little children, is a time of grace, a time and a call to conversion for you and the future generations. Therefore, I am calling you, little children, pray more and open your heart to my Son Jesus. I am with you and love you all and bless you with my motherly blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! Ustedes tienen la gran gracia de ser llamados a una vida nueva a través de los mensajes que les doy. Hijitos, este es un tiempo de gracia, un tiempo y un llamado a la conversión, para ustedes y las generaciones futuras. Por eso los invito, hijitos, oren más y abran su corazón a mi Hijo Jesús. Yo estoy con ustedes, los amo a todos y los bendigo con mi bendición maternal. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado."

"Cari figli! Voi avete la grande grazia di essere chiamati ad una nuova vita attraverso i messaggi che io vi do. Figlioli, questo è tempo di grazia, il tempo e la chiamata alla conversione per voi e per le generazioni future. Perciò vi invito, figlioli, pregate di più e aprite il vostro cuore a mio Figlio Gesù. Io sono con voi, vi amo tutti e vi benedico con la mia benedizione materna. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."

22nd October - Feast of Pope St John Paul II - João Paulo      

"The Virgin Mary for me is my mother .. is the person with whom I try to talk. I wish I was a better son who would pray the rosary more often to make her happy. .. I ask her to remind me that she is always close to me."

João Paulo is from Brazil and gives his response in English & Portuguese.

21st October - Alexandre      

"Our Lady for me she’s a mother, as she is for every Catholic. She’s someone that I trust to lead me to Christ. She is the one who has imitated Christ in the best way in this world.

La Sainte Vierge est notre mère et alors que notre espérance dans ce monde c’est pouvoir imiter le Seigneur Jesus. Et bien elle l’a imité au plus haut degré."

Alexandre is 21 and from France.

20th October - Maria      

"Whenever I feel afraid I just hold the rosary in my hand. .. There are no words to explain the love of Jesus and Mary. The love is eternal, we can’t measure it."

Maria is from Kerala in India.

19th October - Feast of Ss John de Brebeuf, Isaac Jogues, Noël Chabanel & their companions - Marcela      

"Mary is my mother who loves me dearly. I can see her protection even at the time I didn't believe in her, and she is there for me whatever I need, and she has led me to lead a rosary group. She takes me to people and I think she is making me help others find her as a mother as well."

Marcela is from Slovakia and gives her response in English & Slovak.

18th October - Margot      

"Our Blessed Mother is everything to me. She’s my mother."

Margot is from Lebanon and gives her response in English and Lebanese.

17th October - Feast of St Ignatius of Antioch - Ephrem      

"Mary is the Mother of God and she’s the mother of the child who saved the world. When I think of her I think of saving and helping. No matter how we are or anything we do, she will always give us a second chance."

Ephrem is 17 and from France.

16th October - Feast of St Margaret Mary Alacoque & 40th anniversary of the election of Karol Wojtyla as Pope - Oliver      

"I consider Mary as my queen and my mother. She has a very special place in my heart. The devotion to Our Lady developed when I started a book on True Devotion to Our Lady by St Louis de Montfort and I always loved this quotation from him saying, if you want to go to God and be united with him, we must use the same means he used to come down to us, that means we should have a true devotion to Our Lady. So all that we are - and our holy father Pope St John Paul II has given us a very good example of consecrating oneself, Totus Tuus Maria - all that we have and all that we are we own, body and soul, we offer it to God through the hands of our dear mother. That is why she is my queen and my mother."

Oliver, from the Philippines, works to spread the message of Our Lady of Fatima through the World Apostolate of Fatima England and Wales.

15th October - Feast of St Teresa of Avila - Anna      

"What I love about Our Lady is her faithfulness. So in her original yes - so her yes to the Lord being now, and to be and to come - but also her faithfulness to us in our prayers to her. She always takes our prayers to Jesus’ heart and I’ve seen that in my own life so many times. When I pray for people who are vulnerable and meek: she was there with Jesus when he was on the cross, when he was at his weakest, and she does that for me and my friends and the loved ones I take to her. So I love her faithfulness."

Anna is 25 and from England.

14th October - canonization of Pope Paul VI - Sophia      

"I love Mother Mary and Mother Mary is my mother. I’m so devoted to her and in all my need I feel her presence always with me. The rosary is my weapon. One Hail Mary is a nuclear bomb against the devil. So I love Mother Mary and I love the rosary and I promote the devotion to Mother Mary. Ave Maria!"

Sophia is from India.

13th October - 101st anniversary of last apparition in Fatima - Freya      

"Our Lady for me is a hope. Lourdes is just a really important part of who I am and she’s obviously a massive part of Lourdes and she’s someone that’s just always been in my life and I feel like something that has led me back to my faith constantly, whether I like it or not. Yeh,  she’s just like something that’s steadfast in my life and I just love her."

Freya is 21 and from England.

12th October - Feast of Our Lady of Aparecida - Anne      

"Our Lady of Aparecida is very dear in our country and the special thing about her I think is that she comes to us very closely and silently. She doesn’t do anything strong. She just was there in the river and someone rescued her and people took her to their homes and then she began to give favours. And all the country gathers round her now - she had a room, she had a shrine, now she has a really big beautiful church where people call her mother, everyone calls that place 'our mother’s home - a casa da nossa mãe’. All over the world, all the over the hearts, she makes herself very close to us. "

Anne is from Brazil and gives her response in English and Portuguese.

11th October - Feast of Pope Saint John XXIII - Valiton      

"I look at Mary as my own mother … I know she’s with us the whole time because I can always feel her presence."

Valiton is 25 and from India.

10th October - Tins      

"Mary is the Mother of God and she is close to God … Pray the rosary - everything will happen!"

Tins is 27 and from India.

9th October - Feast of Bl John Henry Newman - Father Stephen      

"Our Lady very simply is the one who is for us a model of obedience to the Father’s will and who leads us to her son."

Father Stephen is from the archdiocese of Birmingham in England.

8th October - Sadia      

"Our Lady is my mother. .. I know that she will take all in her hands and I won’t be anxious anymore.

Vous avez un problème .. juste dites un ‘Je vous salue Mairie’ et puis commencez à lui parler."

Sadia is from France.

7th October - Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary - Sean      

"For me Our Lady means that we’ve got somebody on our side who’s intercessing between us and the Lord. It’s all about Jesus through Mary."

Sean is 39 & from Merthyr Tydfil in Wales.

6th October - Alessandra      

"I truly believe that what makes us ready to encounter Jesus is his mother."

Alessandra is 31 & from Italy; she gives her response in English & Italian.

5th October - Feast of St Faustina Kowalska - Doreen      

"Our Lady's beautiful, soft, warm, loving, and I just love her and want to love her more."

Doreen is from Saint Lucia.

4th October - Feast of St Francis of Assisi - Daniel      

"Mary for me is love and trust."

Daniel is 27 and from Wales.

3rd October - Sheena      

"I love my very special Mama. My earthly mother taught me about my heavenly mother and I love her to bits. I cannot go without a day saying the rosary because she's my helper, she's my carer, she's my guardian and she brings me to her son Jesus. With St Joseph, together I walk between them and they take me to Jesus in the Eucharist."

Sheena is from Harare, Zimbabwe.

2nd October - Feast of our Guardian Angels - Sister Maria del Fiat      

"I love Mary because she has been a mother to me ever since I consecrated myself to her. She has also been my spiritual director, my novice mistress, the cause of my perseverance in the spiritual life. For this reason I thank her and I always want to honour her."

Sister Maria del Fiat, from the Community of Servants of the Lord & the Virgin of Matara, is from the United States.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd October 2018:

"Dear children, I am calling you to be courageous and to not grow weary, because even the smallest good - the smallest sign of love - conquers evil which is all the more visible. My children, listen to me so that good may overcome, so that you may come to know the love of my Son. This is the greatest happiness - the hands of my Son that embrace, of Him who loves the soul, of Him who has given Himself for you and is always giving Himself anew in the Eucharist, of Him who has the words of eternal life. To come to know His love, to follow in His footsteps, means to have a wealth of spirituality. This is the wealth which gives good feelings and sees love and goodness everywhere. Apostles of my love, my children, be like the rays of the sun which with the warmth of my Son's love warm everyone around them. My children, the world needs apostles of love; the world needs much prayer, but prayer spoken with the heart and the soul and not only pronounced with the lips. My children, long for holiness but in humility, in the humility which permits my Son to do that which He desires through you. My children, your prayers, your words, thoughts and actions - all of this either opens or closes the doors to the Kingdom of Heaven for you. My Son showed you the way and gave you hope, and I am consoling and encouraging you because, my children, I had come to know pain, but I had faith and hope. Now I have the reward of life in the Kingdom of my Son. Therefore, listen to me, have courage and do not grow weary. Thank you."

1st October - Feast of St Theresa of Lisieux - Danny      

"If Our Lady wasn’t born, we’d never be here today ... I pray to her every night before I go to sleep, and I love her, loads."

Danny is 12 and from England.

TOP CHAT about Totus2us & 1000 somethings about Mary     

This 'chat' was not originally intended to be heard other than by Erin-Thérèse (from the Totus2us team) to help with the article she was writing about Totus2us. She pulled the trick of an article out of her hat with such charm & aplomb (& a determination that wasn't to be dodged) that Ruth (also from the Totus2us team) couldn't fail but cave in! Once recorded (over skype with a deep-breathing computer), Erin & her darling husband & mother then gave the shpeel that others might like to hear something about the story of Totus2us. So here it is, in great thanksgiving for 1000 somethings about Mary and 3 years of Totus2us.

(28 mins of TOP CHAT with Erin-Thérèse, recorded in August 2012)

Pope Benedict XVI: "We do not praise God sufficiently by keeping silent about his saints, especially Mary, "the Holy One" who became his dwelling place on earth. The simple & multiform light of God appears to us exactly in its variety & richness only in the countenance of the saints, who are the true mirrors of his light. And it is precisely by looking at Mary's face that we can see more clearly than in any other way the beauty, goodness & mercy of God. In her face we can truly perceive the divine light."
(Homily, Feast of the Assumption, 2006)

Papa Benedicto XVI: "Nosotros no alabamos suficientemente a Dios si no alabamos a sus santos, sobre todo a la "Santa" que se convirtió en su morada en la tierra, María. La luz sencilla y multiforme de Dios sólo se nos manifiesta en su variedad y riqueza en el rostro de los santos, que son el verdadero espejo de su luz. Y precisamente viendo el rostro de María podemos ver mejor que de otras maneras la belleza de Dios, su bondad, su misericordia. En este rostro podemos percibir realmente la luz divina." (Homilía, fiesta de la Asunción 2006)

Papa Benedetto XVI: "Noi non lodiamo Dio sufficientemente tacendo sui suoi santi, soprattutto su "la Santa" che è divenuta la sua dimora in terra, Maria. La luce semplice e multiforme di Dio ci appare proprio nella sua varietà e ricchezza solo nel volto dei santi, che sono il vero specchio della sua luce. E proprio vedendo il volto di Maria possiamo vedere più che in altri modi la bellezza di Dio, la sua bontà, la sua misericordia. Possiamo realmente percepire la luce divina in questo volto." (OmeliaFesta dell'Assunta 2006)

Pape Benoît XVI: "Nous ne louons pas suffisamment Dieu si nous nous taisons sur ses saints, en particulier sur "la Sainte" qui est devenue sa demeure sur la terre, Marie. La lumière simple et multiforme de Dieu ne nous apparaît de manière juste dans sa variété et dans sa richesse que dans le visage des saints, qui sont le véritable miroir de sa lumière. C'est précisément en voyant le visage de Marie que nous pouvons voir, plus que par d'autres moyens, la beauté de Dieu, sa bonté, sa miséricorde. Nous pouvons réellement percevoir la lumière divine sur ce visage." (HomélieFête de l'Assomption 2006)

Papst Benedikt XVI: "Wir loben Gott nicht genug, wenn wir über seine Heiligen schweigen, insbesondere über »die Heilige«, Maria, die seine Wohnung auf Erden geworden ist. Das einfache und facettenreiche Licht Gottes erscheint uns in seiner Vielfalt und in seinem Reichtum allein auf dem Antlitz der Heiligen, die der wahre Spiegel seines Lichtes sind. Und vor allem im Antlitz Marias können wir die Schönheit Gottes, seine Güte und Barmherzigkeit mehr erkennen als auf andere Art und Weise. Auf ihrem Antlitz können wir das göttliche Licht wirklich wahrnehmen." (Predigt, Hochfest der aufnahme Mariens in den Himmel)

Papa Bento XVI: "Nós não louvamos a Deus suficientemente calando-nos acerca dos seus santos, sobretudo sobre "a Santa", que se tornou a sua morada na terra, Maria. A luz simples e multiforme de Deus manifesta-se-nos precisamente na sua variedade e riqueza somente no rosto dos santos, que constituem o verdadeiro espelho da sua luz. Exactamente quando contemplamos o rosto de Maria, podemos ver mais do que de outras maneiras a beleza de Deus, a sua bondade e a sua misericórdia. Podemos realmente sentir a luz divina neste rosto." (HomiliaFesta da Assunção)