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 151: Adele Brise Saw America's Mary in Champion, Wisconsin with Marge Fenelon

    May 31st, 2022  |  53 mins 29 secs
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    Marge Fenelon is a Catholic author and journalist living in Wisconsin. Her strong Marian devotion comes from her background in the Schoenstatt movement, and as a Wisconsinite, she has visited the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help on many occasions. Today, she joins Fr. Edward Looney to talk about the visionary Adele Brise, the message Our Lady entrusted to her, and how Adele and all of us can live that message.

  • Episode 150: Praying for the Poor Souls Isn't Just for November with Kristen Van Uden

    May 26th, 2022  |  39 mins 13 secs
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    Memorial Day is this weekend and many people will visit cemeteries, decorating their graves of loved ones, and offering prayers for their happy repose. In this episode. Fr. Edward Looney speaks with Kristen Van Uden from Sophia Institute Press about two recent books they published about Purgatory. If you have questions about Purgatory, hopefully she answers them! We talk about sources of the writers, what is Purgatory like, how do our prayers help, and is there time in Purgatory.

  • Episode 149: Stories about Mother Angelica from a Friar Who Knew Her with Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, MFVA

    May 23rd, 2022  |  38 mins 3 secs
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    Fr. Edward Looney speaks with Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, a Franciscan Missionary of the Eternal Word who left his career to help Mother Angelica with the network and who then eventually became an EWTN priest. In this conversation breaking down lesson four of Fr. Looney's book How They Love Mary, Fr. Joseph shares memories from his life working alongside Mother Angelica.

  • Episode 148: The Marian Devotion and Legacy of Pope St. John Paul II with Patrick Novecosky

    May 19th, 2022  |  38 mins 54 secs
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    In Fr. Edward's latest book How They Love Mary, he did not feature Pope St. John Paul II, but he was the pope for the first part of Father's life. Fr. Michael Gaitley and Jason Evert had already written about Pope St. John Paul II and Mary, so he was omitted. With the recent anniversary of May 13 and his birthday on May 18, it seems only appropriate to talk about the Marian Pope who was devoted to Our Lady and the rosary. Author Patrick Novecosky joins Fr. Edward to share about his own personal love and devotion to John Paul II.

  • Episode 147: The Miracles of St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina with Nicholas Salkowski

    May 16th, 2022  |  39 mins 53 secs
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    The National Center for Padre Pio in Pennsylvania stands as as a testimony to the miraculous intercession of Padre Pio in the ancestral line of Nicholas Salkowski, whose immediate family also experienced a miracle. St. Padre Pio is one of those household saint names popular among Catholics today. Learn more about Padre Pio, his devotion to Mary, and the National Center for Padre Pio in this conversation between Fr. Edward Looney and Nicholas Salkowski.

  • Episode 146: A Franciscan Friar Talks about the Franciscan Family and St. Francis with Fr. Paschal, MFVA

    May 10th, 2022  |  58 mins 23 secs
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    Fr. Paschal from the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word inspired Fr. Edward's chapter about St. Francis in the book How They Love Mary. In this conversation, Fr. Edward tries to understand how many different orders of Franciscans there are, why the Franciscans have custodianship of the Holy Land, and how St. Francis loved Mary.

  • Episode 145: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Mary Gardens and A Tidbit on Beekeeping with Neena Gaynor

    May 5th, 2022  |  42 mins 27 secs
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    We crown Mary with flowers during the month of May and people often leave flowers by her statues. But did you know there is a custom of flowers evoking different attributes of Mary? In this episode, Neena Gaynor, author of "A Garden for Mary" shares about the tradition of Mary Gardens and at the end she shares about being a beekeeper too.

  • Episode 144: The Priestly Holiness of Saint Damien of Molokai with Fr. Ervin Caliente

    May 2nd, 2022  |  43 mins 56 secs
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    Lesson 1 of Fr. Looney's newest book examines the Marian devotion of St. Damien of Molokai. He speaks with Fr. Ervin Caliente, a classmate of Fr. Looney's from seminary, who actually spent time assisting in the parish where St. Damien of Molokai served. Learn more about the need for holy priests and how St. Damien of Molokai is a shining example.

  • Episode 143: Sister Patricia is a Nun following in the Footsteps of Venerable Maria of Agreda

    April 28th, 2022  |  28 mins
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    Fr. Edward recently visited Spain and had the opportunity to visit Agreda and venerate the incorrupt body of Venerable Maria of Agreda, celebrate Mass in the monastery, and interview Sister Patricia about life in the convent founded Venerable Maria of Agreda.

  • Episode 142: Is there a coming Marian apocalypse? What is Marian Apocalypticism? With D.W. Lafferty

    April 25th, 2022  |  42 mins 42 secs
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    Fr. Edward Looney dives into the topic of the apocalypse, Mary's role in the apocalypse, and what we should make of Marian Apocalypticism in this week's conversation with D.W. Lafferty.

  • Episode 141: The Message of Our Lady of America and St. Joseph to Sr. Mary Ephrem (Mildred Neuzil) with Monsignor Arthur Calkins

    April 18th, 2022  |  1 hr 3 mins
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    In 2021, six US bishops issued a statement about the apparitions by Sr. Mildred Neuzil and said they could not nor would not authenticate them as supernatural. One of the reasons pertained to messages from St. Joseph regarding is role in salvation. In this conversation, Monsignor Arthur Calkins explains to us the Church's teaching about co-redemption and mediation of grace and we learn more about the messages and significance of this 20th century US Marian apparition.

  • Episode 140: He Knew Father Stu in Real Life with Fr. Bart Tolleson

    April 14th, 2022  |  22 mins 50 secs
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    The Catholic world is all a buzz about Father Stu, the new movie starring Mark Wahlberg who plays Father Stuart Long. Father Stu is a moving film about a man who overcame all odds to become a priest. Mark Wahlberg portrays Father Stu, but Fr. Bart Tolleson knew him in real life and joins Fr. Edward Looney today to share stories about his friend.

  • Episode 139: When Science Meets Faith in Eucharistic Miracles with Dr. Stacy Trasancos

    April 11th, 2022  |  50 mins 40 secs
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    Dr. Stacy Trasancos is a Catholic convert, mom, author, and chemist who wants to help people realize that science and faith are not at odds. She writes about the intersection of faith and science and has done so in her new book she co-authored with Fr. George Eliot called "Behold It is I." In this conversation with Fr. Edward Looney, Dr. Trasancos speaks about Christ's true presence in the Eucharist as manifested through Eucharistic miracles.

  • Episode 138: Look for your Unexpected Blessings with Roma Downey

    April 4th, 2022  |  35 mins 49 secs
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    In her latest book, Unexpected Blessings: 90 Inspirations to Nourish Your Soul and Open Your Heart, Actress and Producer Roma Downey looks back over her life and shares the unexpected blessings of her childhood and acting career. Hear her in this conversation with Fr. Edward Looney as she shares about her years on Touched by an Angel and friendship with Della Reese.

  • Episode 137: What it takes to Publish a Book and the Value of Spiritual Reading (especially during Lent and Holy Week) with Kristen Van Uden

    March 28th, 2022  |  35 mins 46 secs
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    Kristen Van Uden works for Sophia Institute Press and serves as spokesperson for deceased authors of classical works. In this episode, she speaks with Fr. Edward Looney about the process of getting a book published and the value of spiritual reading. They focus on three books perfect for Lent and Holy Week. It's still not too late to begin spiritual reading this Lent.

  • Episode 136: The Messages Received by Joseph Terelya in a Ukrainian Marian Apparition with Michael Lichens

    March 24th, 2022  |  35 mins 43 secs
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    Fr. Edward Looney talks with Catholic Exchange Editor Michael Lichens about a 1987 Marian apparition that occurred in Ukraine, received by Joseph Terelya, with a message about forgiveness, the state of evil in the world, and a call to pray for Russia. Learn about this apparition and others with the coffee table book "The World of Marian Apparitions" by Wincenty Laszewski and published by Sophia Institute Press.