A 20-part series on the life of our Lady, in a Marian year that began on 14 February, 2010 for the 80th anniversary of the moment when Saint Josemaría saw that women too could follow the path of Opus Dei.
LIFE OF MARY
Life of Mary (I): The Immaculate ConceptionDecember 8th is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. The first chapter in the 20-part "Life of Mary" available on the web page explains the meaning of this feast.
Life of Mary (XX): Coronation and QueenshipThe final chapter in the series on our Lady's life: "And the Angels pay her homage as her subjects...and the patriarchs and the prophets and the Apostles...and all sinners and you and I."
Coronation and Queenship: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsThe crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of the universe, as seen in texts from the Magisterium, saints and Christian poets.
Dormition and Assumption: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsTexts from the Magisterium of the Church, saints and Christian poets on our Lady's passage from this world and entry into heaven.
Life of Mary (XIX): The Dormition and Assumptionin 1950, Pius XII declared that the Assumption of our Lady into heaven, body and soul, is a dogma of faith.
The Coming of the Holy Spirit: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsIn the atmosphere of expectation that prevailed in the Upper Room after the Ascension, Mary played a central role in the descent of the Holy Spirit.
Life of Mary (XVIII): The Coming of the Holy SpiritA chapter from the 20-part "Life of Mary" series. With link to story of St. Josemaria's decision in 1971 to consecrate Opus Dei to the Holy Spirit.
Life of Mary (XVII): Christ's Resurrection and AscensionChristian tradition is confident that Jesus appeared first to his Mother after rising from the tomb, as a reward for Mary's faith and suffering.
Christ's Resurrection and Ascension: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsOur Lady's joyful encounter with her Son after his Resurrection, seen through texts from the Magisterium, saints and poets.
Life of Mary (XVI): Burial of ChristThe scene of the "Pietà," with the dead body of Christ resting in Mary’s arms, has often moved Christian hearts.
Burial of Christ: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsReflections on scene of the “Pietà,” in texts from the Magisterium, saints and Christian poets.
Beside the Cross of Jesus: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsTexts from the magisterium, saints and Christian poets reflecting on the presence of Christ's Mother at his crucifixion.
Life of Mary (XV): Beside the Cross of Jesus“Beside the Cross of Jesus were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene” (Jn 19:25).
Wedding Feast at Cana: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsThe scene of the weddiing at Cana, through texts from the magisterium, saints and poets.
Life of Mary (XIV): Wedding Feast at CanaA new episode in the life of our Lady. "And so, it was in Cana of Galilee that Jesus performed the first of the signs by which he manifested his glory, and his disciples believed in him" (Jn 2:11).
The Nazareth Years: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsReflections on the years spent by the Holy Family in Nazareth, in texts from the magisterium, saints and poets.
Life of Mary (XIII): The Nazareth YearsThe thirteenth chapter in the Life of Mary looks at the many years spent by the Holy Family in Nazareth, years marked by daily work, prayer and joyful family life.
Life of Mary (XII): Jesus with Doctors of the LawIn this scene of the finding of Jesus in the Temple, Christ prepares his Mother for the mystery of the Redemption.
Jesus with Doctors of the Law: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsThe scene of the finding of Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem, in texts from the Magisterium, saints and poets.
Life of Mary (XI): Return to Nazareth"In this Family, love for God and neighbor centered on loving attention to Jesus, the Father’s eternal Word, who learned how to talk with human words and to love with the heart of a man."
Return to Nazareth: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsThe Holy Family's return to Nazareth, as seen in texts from the Magisterium, saints and Christian poets.
Flight into Egypt: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsThe Church's Magisterium, saints and Christian poets reflect on the flight of Joseph, Mary and the Child into Egypt.
Life of Mary (X): Flight into Egypt"They were months of quiet work and hardship, spent with nostalgia for their homeland, but also with the joy of seeing Jesus growing up healthy and strong, far from the danger they had left behind."
Adoration of the Magi: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsThe Wise Men's adoration of the Child in Bethlehem, as seen by the Magisterum of the Church, saints and Christian poets.
Life of Mary (IX): Adoration of the MagiAs the Marian Year continues, the series on Mary’s life pauses before the scene in Bethlehem when Wise Men come from the East to adore the Child.
Birth of Christ: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsA selection of texts on Christ's birth in Bethlehem.
Life of Mary (VII): Birth of ChristA new installment in the series on our Lady's life. As we begin the time of Advent in this Marian year, we turn to the scene of Christ’s birth.
Life of Mary (VIII): Jesus' Presentation in the TempleMary offers her Son to God and learns that she too will share closely in Jesus' redemptive mission. A chapter from the 20-part series on our Lady's life.
Jesus' Presentation in the Temple: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsA selection of texts related to the Presentation of Jesus by Mary and Joseph in the Temple 40 days after the Child's birth.
Life of Mary (VI): Visitation to Saint ElizabethThe sixth reflection on our Lady's life during this Marian year in Opus Dei. This month we consider Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist.
The Visitation: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsA selection of texts about Mary's visitation to her cousin Elizabeth.
The Annunciation: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsSelected texts on the culminating moment in mankind's history: the Incarnation of the Son of God.
Life of Mary (V): The AnnunciationThe fifth reflection on our Lady’s life during this Marian Year in Opus Dei. This month we consider the Archangel Gabriel’s Annunciation to Mary, and Christ’s entry into the world.
Betrothal to Joseph: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsA selection of texts from the Magisterium, saints and Christian poets on Mary and Joseph's virginal marriage.
Life of Mary (IV): Betrothal to JosephWith the union of Mary and Joseph, mankind’s history is approaching its culminating moment. The scene of their marriage is the fourth installment in the Life of Mary during this Marian year in Opus Dei.
Presentation of our Lady: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsA selection of texts for Mary's Presentation in the Temple.
Life of Mary (III): Presentation of our LadyDuring this Marian year in Opus Dei, we reflect this month on Mary's Presentation in the Temple. With texts from the Magisterium, saints, and poets.
Life of Mary (II): Birth of our LadyThe Church celebrates the Nativity of our Lady on September 8th. From the series of reflections on the LIfe of Mary for the current Marian year in Opus Dei.
Birth of our Lady: Magisterium, Saints, PoetsThe birth of the Virgin Mary as seen in texts from the Magisterium, the saints and Catholic poets.
Immaculate Conception: Magisterium, Fathers, SaintsMary's Immaculate Conception is given clear expression in texts of the Magisterium, Fathers of the Church and saints. We offer here a selection.