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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)

25th March - Solemnity of the Annunciation - Johannes      

"I was thinking about Adam and the first sin, the original sin, and Mary is like the 'original yes'. Mary is even more powerful than the 'no' of Adam. The original yes is influencing all of us and she is protecting this little, little, tiny little 'yes' which we say and helping this 'yes' to grow, helping us with her motherly love to grow to become a true disciple like she was and is."

Johannes is from Munich in Germany and gives his response in English & German.

19th March - Feast of St Joseph - Matthew      

"Mary for me is our mother, is our ‘Forever Mother’. I lost my mother a few years ago and I look to Mary as the mother that represents us all."

Matthew is 40 and from Seattle in the United States.

6th March - Ash Wednesday - Mimi      

"It might look like we don’t need anybody else to approach God but soon I realised that I actually don’t know how to approach God, how to love him, how to honour him and how to follow him, and I realised that Our Lady is the only one who can teach me, help me and give me not just an example but walk with me and support me with the graces. So I understood that if I want to see Jesus, I just knock on the house where he lives and it is Our Lady who opens the door. So I ask her, ‘I would like to see Jesus’ and she says ‘OK, come with me.’ And she takes me to Jesus. That’s all that she does, for me and for everybody else."

Mimi, from Slovakia, gives her response in English & Slovak.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd March 2019:

"Dear children, I call you 'apostles of my love'. I am showing you my Son who is the true peace and the true love. As a mother, through the mercy of God, I desire to lead you to Him. My children, this is why I am calling you to reflect on yourselves, starting out from my Son, that you look to Him with the heart and that you may see with the heart where you are and where your life is going. My children, I am calling you to comprehend that it is, thanks to my Son, that you live - through His love and sacrifice. You are asking of my Son to be merciful to you and I am calling you to mercy. You are asking of Him to be good to you and to forgive you, and for how long am I imploring you, my children, to forgive and to love all the people whom you meet? When you comprehend my words with the heart, you will comprehend and come to know the true love and you will be able to be apostles of that love, my apostles, my dear children. Thank you."

Our Lady's message to Marija Pavlović, Medjugorje, 25 February 2019

"Dear children! Today, I am calling you to a new life. It is not important how old you are, open your heart to Jesus who will transform you in this time of grace and, like nature, you will be born into a new life in God’s love, and you will open your heart to Heaven and the things of Heaven. I am still with you, because God permitted me out of love for you. Thank you for having responded to my call."

“Queridos hijos! Hoy los invito a una vida nueva. No importa cuántos años tengan: abran su corazón a Jesús que los transformará en este tiempo de gracia y ustedes, al igual que la naturaleza, nacerán a una vida nueva en el amor de Dios y abrirán su corazón al Cielo y a las cosas celestiales. Yo estoy aún con ustedes porque Dios me lo ha permitido por amor a ustedes. Gracias por haber respondido a mi llamado"

"Cari figli! Oggi vi invito alla vita nuova. Non importa quanti anni abbiate, aprite il vostro cuore a Gesù che vi trasformerà in questo tempo di grazia e voi, come la natura, nascerete alla vita nuova nell'amore di Dio e aprirete il vostro cuore al Cielo e alle cose celesti. Io sono ancora con voi perché Dio me lo ha permesso per amore verso di voi. Grazie per aver risposto alla mia chiamata."

11th February - Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes - Natalia      

"Now I know what is the love towards our Mother and she for me is everything, she’s my mother and I have unconditional love towards her and I can thank her that she gave me that gift to feel her love and I’m also thanking Our Lady that she’s praying for me to her son Jesus Christ."

Natalia lives in London.

10th February - Feast of St Scholastica - Sister Maria Panagia      

"I’d like just to think of this phrase from St Louis Marie de Montfort, it’s a Latin phrase, “de Maria numquam satis”, and it means about Maria, on Maria, there’s never enough. Which means you can actually never venerate her enough, never sing to her enough, never honour her enough because she’s so high and so celestial and so wonderful, what a wonderful intercessor, that there’s never a limit to how much you can pray to her and be with her and have her as part of your life."

Sister Maria Panagia, from the USA, is a sister of the Community of the Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará.

9th February - Josh      

"I really love music and to me Our Lady is God’s music, all beautiful, pure and holy."

Josh is 13 and from the United Kingdom.

4th February - Annalies      

"Our Lady is the most powerful and most beautiful intercessor we can ever pray for."

Annalies is 39 and from Luxembourg.

3rd February - Nick      

"Mary is my mother in heaven. She is the one who guides me. She's the one who I have entrusted my life to and I choose to serve God through her."

Nick is 37 and from the UK.

2nd February - Feast of the Presentation in the Temple - Lucia      

"I believe Mary is my mother, she loves me and she’s always with me … What I would like in life is to try to put my life in Mary’s hands and say yes to God as Mary did."

Lucia is 36 and from Slovakia.

Our Lady's message to Mirjana Soldo, Medjugorje, 2nd February 2019:

"Dear children, the love and goodness of the Heavenly Father give revelations which make faith grow, for it to be interpreted, that it may bring peace, certainty and hope. In this way I too, my children, through the merciful love of the Heavenly Father, always, anew, am showing you the way to my Son, to eternal salvation. But unfortunately many of my children do not want to hear me; many of my children are of two minds. And I always, in time and beyond time, magnified the Lord for all that He has done in me and through me. My Son gives Himself to you and breaks the bread with you. He speaks the words of eternal life to you so that you may carry them to everyone. And you, my children, apostles of my love, what are you afraid of when my Son is with you? Offer your souls to Him so that He can be in them and that He can make you instruments of faith, instruments of love. My children, live the Gospel, live merciful love for your neighbours and, above all, live love for the Heavenly Father. My children, you are not united by chance. The Heavenly Father does not unite anyone by chance. My Son speaks to your souls. I speak to your heart. As a mother I am saying to you: set out with me, love one another and give witness. Do not be afraid, with your example, to defend the truth - the Word of God, which is eternal and never changes. My children, whoever acts in the light of merciful love and truth is always helped by Heaven and is not alone. Apostles of my love, may you always be recognized among all others by your hiddenness, love and radiance. I am with you. Thank you."

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)