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 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.

  • Episode 135: The Devotion of Ukrainians to Mary with Dr. Richard Lenar

    March 21st, 2022  |  53 mins 55 secs
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    Dr. Richard Lenar wrote his doctoral dissertation at the International Marian Research Institute on the Marian Devotion of Ukrainian Catholics, utilizing a special collection at the Marian Library. Dr. Lenar shares his wealth of knowledge about Ukrainian history with Fr. Edward in this conversation.

  • Episode 134: How Dan Venezia Became Devoted to the Rosary During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    March 17th, 2022  |  42 mins 36 secs
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    Dan Venezia, a former MLB player, was one of the first people in New York who came down with Covid-19. Hospitalized during Holy Week, he turned to prayer, and through television, he began praying the rosary with Mother Angelica on EWTN. In this episode, Dan shares his passion, love, and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary with host Fr. Edward Looney.

  • Episode 133: How to Notice the Devil in Your Spiritual Life with Dan Burke

    March 14th, 2022  |  30 mins 23 secs
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    In this week's episode, Fr. Edward Looney speaks with Dan Burke, founder of the Avila Institute, about the spiritual life and how to notice the presence of the devil. Dan will help you to learn how to pray beyond intercessory and to enter into discursive prayer with the Almighty God.

  • Episode 132: The Message, Prophecies, and Miracles of Garabandal with Glenn Hudson

    March 7th, 2022  |  54 mins 8 secs
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    A few years ago, Fr. Edward Looney learned about Garabandal through a movie that he the chance to see. At the time he was skeptical about the phenomena, but recently he has been growing in devotion and appreciation of this 1960s Spanish Marian apparition. Today, he speaks with Glenn Hudson about everything related to Garabandal. Take a listen and judge for yourself.

  • Episode 131: Saintly Moms Inspiring Modern Day Moms with Kelly Guest

    February 28th, 2022  |  34 mins 29 secs
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    Years ago Kelly Guest would not have imagined being a mother when she entered the convent. God led her out of the convent before her final vows and now she is the mother of nine children. As a faithful and devout Catholic, Kelly Guest has turned to the holy example of saintly moms to help her be a better and holier mother. Learn about these saintly moms as Fr. Edward converses with Kelly.

  • Episode 130: Go Deeper with Mary in Family Prayer Every Week of the Year with Katherine Bogner

    February 20th, 2022  |  32 mins 44 secs
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    Katie Bogner is helping families incorporate prayer to Jesus through Mary with her series, "Through the Year with Jesus" and "Through the Year with Mary." In this conversation with host Fr. Edward Looney, Katherine discusses Mary in the context of families, catechesis, the rosary and Advent.

  • Episode 129: The Faith of an Actress in Hollywood with Brenda Lorena Garcia

    February 17th, 2022  |  28 mins 28 secs
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    Brenda Lorena Garcia is a stunt-double and a Hollywood actress who loves God and the Blessed Mother. A part of Opus Dei and the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary, she seeks to attend Mass daily, pray the rosary, and do spiritual reading. She recently discovered Fr. Edward Looney's Mystical City of God in a Year Podcast and shares why she is listening and what she hopes to take away from the work of Venerable Maria of Agreda.

  • Episode 128: Being Single on St. Valentine's Day with Annie Harton

    February 14th, 2022  |  40 mins 31 secs
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    Annie Harton is a single lady, who happens to be a marriage therapist. After a break up with her boyfriend, she observed a dating fast, and during that time wrote her book "Single Truth: You Are More Than Your Relationship Status." Today, she speaks with Fr. Edward about dating, praying for your spouse, and the marriage of Joseph and Mary.

  • Episode 127: A Family Prayer for Healing in Lourdes with Christy Wilkens

    February 7th, 2022  |  36 mins 15 secs
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    Christy Wilkens journeyed to Lourdes, France with her husband and son. There they prayed for a miracle. She shares their experience and the unexpected graces received.