August 5 – Basilica of Saint Mary Major

Dedication of Saint Mary Major Basilica

listenGod Our Father, the Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome was the first church built to honor Mary as Mother of God.  A Roman couple had promised their inheritance to her, and one night she told them, in separate dreams, to construct a church.  The Pope also had this dream; at the same time, snow fell on the site Mary had indicated, despite the summer warmth, and so the basilica was built.  I ask the Blessed Mother to pray for the conversion of sinners throughout the world, that we may all accept the love of her Son.  May our churches soon be filled with those who now are lost.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.  Amen.

Quote for Today

Venerable Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

quoteIf your soul is as black as tar, if it has been a long time since your last Confession, know that the Mercy of God is far more than enough to heal your soul. If you do not believe Christ’s Mercy is enough to forgive the worst sins, then you commit an unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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