Author Archives: Fr. John Larson

The Return of the Blog

It was down for a while there, but it’s back. At this time, I would just like to quote from an Angelus address of St. John Paul II: Mary, in fact, when considered in the fullness of the Church’s mystery and mission, not only expresses its independent personality, at the apex and at the beginning… Read More »

Catholic Documentaries

I’ve decided to highlight a few Catholic documentaries I’ve seen recently. Some can be watched completely online, and some must be purchased. One that is quite touching is La Mama: An American Nun’s Life in a Mexican Prison. Here a clip from the beginning of the documentary: The story is quite amazing. Antonia Brenner (1926-2013)… Read More »

(Soon to be Saint) Stanislaus Papczynski

Yes, Pope Francis is scheduled to canonize the founder of the Marians on June 5 in St. Peter’s Square. Yes, the Marians can finally say we have a saint–the founder of the congregation! I hope to be there, although I’m going to have to travel all the way from California. For further information about our… Read More »

Charles Untz

It doesn’t hurt to ask… Well, here’s the prayer to ask for the intercession of Charles Untz, a teenager who died in 2000 and some consider to have been a rather holy young man. A very simple website testifies to him: My Lady’s Knight. A prayer asking his intercession: Oh, Jesus, in these most difficult… Read More »

Max and Me

If you’ve seen the CGI movie The Greatest Miracle, then you know Dos Corazones films. The CGI in that movie was somewhat primative, but they have boosted their efforts for their next movie: Max and Me. This will interweave a modern story with the story of St. Maximillian Kolbe. Although there is not a trailer… Read More »

Cornelius a Lapide’s Marian Commentaries on Scripture

I found a rather useful doctoral dissertation concerning the commentary of Cornelius a Lapide and Mariology. The dissertation is entitled Cornelius a Lapide’s biblical methodology used in Marian texts and its comparison with a contemporary approach. It was written by the Very Rev. James Presta. It contains a number of translations into English from the… Read More »

Alessandra di Rudinì (1876-1932)

Her story is filled with intensity. I don’t think it would make a good movie. It would have to be a miniseries. A radio drama was made about her, but it only gives a small taste of her life, and alters some of the facts. It can be found as an episode of the Ave… Read More »

Religious Liberty

This is a time when religious liberty is clearly under attack in the United States. Let’s pray for the triumph of God’s will. Holy Hours, novenas, and Mass intentions are in order. May freedom of religion be maintained in our land.

Ven. Fulton J. Sheen — keep asking his intercession

With the passing of St. Patrick’s day, I am reminded of a famous Irish-American who just might be called “Saint” one day. Yes, the cause for Ven. Fulton J. Sheen is basically on hold, but that doesn’t mean we should forget about him. A biographer of his wrote a final chapter concerning the sanctity of… Read More »

Annunciade Sisters

The Marians of the Immaculate Conception received Pontifical status in 1699, but did not get their own rule at the time. Instead, they were put under The Rule of Ten Virtues (modified for a male community), a rule for a community called The Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and more commonly known as the… Read More »

10 years ago

What was happening 10 years ago? Students from Franciscan University of Steubenville, as part of the Sonlife California mission trip, participated in an episode of The Price is Right and one got on the show! Read about it in an old blog entry.