How They Love Mary

Weekly encouragement to begin or deepen your Marian devotion

About the show

For centuries, believers have honored the Blessed Virgin Mary. They have written books about her, painted images, and built churches in her honor. Shrines are dedicated to her. People seek her intercession. Join host, Fr. Edward Looney and his weekly guest, as they discuss the Catholic faith and the role of Mary in their life. Gain new insights and begin or deepen your Marian devotion.

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  • Episode 208: How Blessed Conchita Can Help Us Meditate on the Passion, the Priesthood, and the Eucharist with Kathleen Beckman

    April 3rd, 2023  |  41 mins 6 secs
    book interview, saints

    The spiritual life is vast and the holy men and women of our Catholic faith can inspire our devotion and deepen our love for Christ and the Church. Blessed Conchita is one of those holy women. A wife, mother, widow, and mystic, she delved deep into the spiritual life, receiving messages and revelations she has shared in her volumes of writings. Kathleen Beckman with her new biography about Blessed Conchita is introducing our contemporary age to the richness of her thought about the passion, the priesthood, and the Eucharist, in addition to her Marian spirituality.

  • Episode 207: The Passion and Resurrection of Jesus According to Venerable Maria of Agreda

    March 28th, 2023  |  9 hrs 20 mins
    maria of agreda, mystical city

    Last year Fr. Edward read the four volume, 2600+ page The Mystical City of God by Venerable Maria of Agreda. Listeners from last year remarked how moving the passion of Jesus was and their desire to listen to it again. In this unique, 9 hour episode, Fr. Looney has combed through over 30 days of readings, and brought together the Passion and Resurrection account from the Mystical City of God found in volume three.

  • Episode 206: Is the Impossible Novena Possible? with Elle of Miraculous_Revival

    March 20th, 2023  |  47 mins 51 secs
    devotion, novena

    My mind was blown away when I found out there is a nine month novena from March 25th to December 25th. It made sense-honoring the nine months of Mary's pregnancy. Is it an impossible novena? It has that moniker. But it's more an impossible novena to pray for impossible intentions. In this interview, Fr. Edward speaks with Elle who is promoting the novena through Instagram and the web. Learn about this novena, how to pray it, and why you should in this riveting conversation.

  • Episode 205: Two Lenten Projects You Can Still Take Advantage of with Bisong and Anthony

    March 13th, 2023  |  40 mins 17 secs
    book interview, movie interview

    Today is a special podcast, two interviews with two different people sharing about offerings for Lent that you can still take advantage of before Easter. Bisong joins Fr. Edward to talk about his 1 hour long meditation on the Stations of the Cross from Mary's perspective and Anthony Kolenc shares about the Catholic Teen Book Collective "Ashes: Visible and Invisible." Learn about the projects and what each has to offer in this episode!

  • Episode 204: A Story of Redemptive Suffering, Healing, and Forgiveness with Caitie Crowley

    March 6th, 2023  |  41 mins 2 secs
    book interview

    Catie Crowley as involved in a car accident and it took her a year to literally get back on her feet. She shares about her story in her book "Stepping Up!: How Christ Turned My Pain & Suffering into Hope & Joy." Her story is one that can help us better understand suffering during the season of Lent and whenever we experience it throughout life.

  • Episode 203: Blessed Stanley Rother Was the Patron Chosen for this Benedictine Monk with Br. Stanley Rother Wagner, OSB

    February 27th, 2023  |  46 mins
    current events

    The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City recently dedicated their shrine to Blessed Stanley Rother. One person who was in attendance was Br. Stanley Rother, OSB, a monk of St. Meinrad Abbey. In this episode he shares how Blessed Stanley Rother became his patron, the story of Blessed Stanley Rother, his impressions of being present for such a special celebration, and how he expresses his devotion to the missionary martyr.

  • Episode 202: Ordinary and Extraordinary Miracles Take Place in Lourdes Everyday with Marlene Watkins

    February 20th, 2023  |  40 mins 42 secs
    book interview

    Marlene Watkins is the founder of Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality North American Volunteers and has shared about her many years of pilgrimage experiences in her latest book "Everyday Miracles of Lourdes." Discovery the beauty of this Marian apparition through stories and sharing from Marlene in this episode of How They Love Mary.

  • Episode 201: Everything You Wanted to Know About Mormonism and Why Jeremy Christianson Left It To Become Catholic

    February 14th, 2023  |  46 mins 57 secs
    book interview, conversion story

    Jeremy Christianson recently penned his conversion memoir "From the Susquehanna to the Tiber: A Memoir of Conversion from Mormonism to the Roman Catholic Church" with Ignatius Press. In this interview, Fr. Edward Looney learns the basic tenants of Mormonism and what they believe, and why Jeremy Christianson found Catholicism attractive.

  • Episode 200: Fr. Edward's Reflection on 200 Episodes

    February 8th, 2023  |  29 mins 24 secs
    fr. edward monologue

    In this episode, Fr. Edward looks back at why he started a podcast, the guests he has interviewed, and shares the top 15 most downloaded episodes. This is the 200th episode (its more if you count bonus episodes) and there are many more to come!

  • Episode 199: Why Do Some Catholics Consecrate Themselves to Mary? with Shane Kapler

    January 23rd, 2023  |  51 mins 33 secs
    book interview, marian consecration

    St. Louis de Montfort in the 1700's proposed total consecration to Jesus through Mary. He wasn't the first. In fact, Catholic apologist Shane Kapler argues that Marian consecration has its roots in the bible, and not just the New Testament but also in the Old Testament. In this interview, you will learn why Catholics consecrate their lives to Mary and where you can find that in the bible. We also talk about vocabulary and whether or not we should say consecration versus entrustment. If you are considering Marian consecration, then this is the episode to convince you as to why you should.

  • Episode 198: The Inspiring Stories and Heroism of Our Someday Saints with Laurie Schmitt

    January 16th, 2023  |  44 mins 31 secs
    book interview, saints

    Blessed Solanus Casey, Venerable Frederic Baraga, and Venerable Samuel Mazuchelli all have something in common. They are someday saint and also featured in a book by Laurie Schmitt. In this conversation with Fr. Edward Looney, Laurie shares about her writing projects, devotion to the someday saints, and how they impress her.

  • Episode 197: How Pope Benedict XVI Influenced the Conversation about Fatima and the Third Secret with Kevin Symonds

    January 10th, 2023  |  1 hr 3 mins
    current events, fatima

    Another contribution of Pope Benedict to Marian theology was his commentary on the third part of the secret of Fatima. In this conversation, Fatima scholar Kevin Symonds talks about Cardinal Ratzinger turned Pope Benedict XVI's contribution to understanding Fatima.

  • Episode 196: Pope Benedict XVI was a Marian Pope with Dr. Kevin Clarke

    January 4th, 2023  |  49 mins 2 secs
    current events

    With the recent death of Pope Benedict XVI on December 31, 2022, many people have been reflecting about his life as a theologian and as pope. Theologian Dr. Kevin Clarke joins Fr. Edward Looney to discus the biblical Marian theology of Pope Benedict, in addition to the Eucharistic theology and devotion of the late pontiff.

  • Episode 195: A Portrait of the Home of Nazareth

    December 30th, 2022  |  23 mins 37 secs

    Fr. Edward revisits a talk he wrote and delivered in 2014 about the Holy Family. In it, he invites us to enter the home of Nazareth and observe it, finding what is worthy of our meditation, reflection, and imitation.

  • Episode 194: How Did Mary Celebrate the Birth of Jesus according to Venerable Maria of Agreda

    December 21st, 2022  |  42 mins 19 secs
    maria of agreda

    Fr. Edward has been reading the Mystical City of God for the entire year. A recent reading seemed worthy of sharing here, as it was Mary's celebrations of the incarnation and nativity.

  • Episode 193: The Power of Sacramentals for Today, Tomorrow, the New Year, and the Rest of Your Life with Allison Gingras

    December 13th, 2022  |  47 mins 16 secs
    book interview, sacramentals

    Sacramentals are often given as gifts for special sacramental celebrations. Rosaries, scapulars, medals, and the list goes on. What is the value of a sacramental? How do you pick a sacramental for your life? Catholic mom, writer, blogger, and podcaster Allison Gingras recently published her book "Encounter Signs of Faith" with Ave Maria Press about her adoption journey and its connection with sacramentals. Join Fr. Looney and Allison for this conversation about the role of sacramentals in their lives.