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 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.

  • Episode 126: Fr. Edward Talks to a Super Fan of How They Love Mary

    January 31st, 2022  |  44 mins 31 secs
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    Kirby, a listener of How They Love Mary tagged Fr. Edward in a Twitter post indicating that on Spotify Unwrapped he was the number one listener of this podcast. Fr. Edward thought it would be fun to talk with Kirby about the podcast, and what he likes, and to give Fr. Edward feedback and advice.

  • Episode 125: Meet Sister Thea Bowman, a Black American with a Cause for Sainthood with Karianna Frey

    January 24th, 2022  |  45 mins 33 secs
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    February is Black History Month and Fr. Edward thought it would be good for him to learn about some of the Black Americans with a cause for sainthood. Thanks to Ave Maria Press and Karianna Frey, this February he will be getting to know Sister Thea Bowman, a fellow Wisconsinite and holy woman of God.

  • Episode 124: Jesus and Mary Care About Your Mental Health with Colin Nykaza

    January 17th, 2022  |  41 mins 23 secs
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    Colin Nykaza discovered his devotional life aided his struggles with mental health. By turning to Our Lady and the Divine Mercy, he found heavenly help with anxiety and ocd. In this conversation with Fr. Edward Looney, the two discuss The Chosen, Dorothy Day, Young Adult Ministry, and how devotionalism aids mental health.

  • Episode 123: Ask for Mary's Quick and Prompt Help in New Orleans with Sr. Carolyn Brockland

    January 10th, 2022  |  26 mins 1 sec
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    The Ursuline Sisters arrival in New Orleans brought a devotion to Our Lady as Prompt Succor. Andrew Jackson implored the help of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, and many have throughout the centuries. She is the patroness of Louisiana and is invoked during time of hurricanes. Learn more about Our Lady of Prompt Succor with Sr. Carolyn Brockland.

  • Episode 122: A Handy Little Podcast about Prayer As We Begin 2022 with Barb Szyszkiewicz

    January 3rd, 2022  |  31 mins 51 secs

    Barb Szyszkiewicz has authored "The Handy Little Guide to Prayer" with OSV and offers us tips to engage and deepen our prayer life in 2022. How do you pray now? What are your favorite prayers? How do I pray without ceasing? What if I don't feel God's closeness? All these questions and more are addressed in today's conversation.

  • Episode 121: Introducing The Mystical City of God in One Year Podcast

    January 1st, 2022  |  25 mins 51 secs
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    Venerable Maria of Agreda, a 17th century Spanish mystic, wrote the life of the Blessed Virgin in "The Mystical City of God." It's four volumes and more than 2500 pages long. And Fr. Edward Looney is going to read it in a year. In this episode, he shares why and the first day of the podcast.

  • Episode 120: [Replay] How To Pick A Saint for the New Year with Meg Hunter Kilmer

    December 30th, 2021  |  1 hr 22 mins
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    Meg Hunter Kilmer joined Fr. Edward at the end of 2020 to talk about her love for the saints and encouraged us to pick a patron saint in 2021. Her episode is the number one most listened to podcast of How They Love Mary. With the new year approaching, I am re-releasing our conversation for your spiritual edification.

  • Episode 119: How to Read More Books in 2022 with Steven McEvoy

    December 28th, 2021  |  39 mins 13 secs
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    Steven McEvoy reads hundreds of books each year. How does he do it? He shares reviews on his book blog, (available here: Today, he shares his methods and secrets to help us become more voracious readers.

  • Episode 118: How Mary's Yes Provides Hope in the Darkness of Advent with Dr. Erika Kidd

    December 13th, 2021  |  49 mins 26 secs

    Dr. Erika Kidd is an associate professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. A convert to Catholicism, Mary found a way into her family life by coincidental dates for major life events. And when her second child was stillborn at 40 weeks, she turned to Mary in the moment of her grief. Mary's yes to God, not only at the Annunciation but throughout her life, provides hope for us in the dark times of our own Advent.

  • Episode 117: Was Mary an Unwed Mother? with Stephanie Landsem

    December 6th, 2021  |  25 mins 21 secs
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    Fr. Edward Looney speaks with author Stephanie Landsem about an article of hers which she explains the marriage of Joseph and Mary and corrects a common error in talking. She also shares about her books of biblical fiction.

  • Episode 116: Two Devotees of Our Lady's Apparition in Beauraing Discuss the Significance of the Apparition

    November 29th, 2021  |  39 mins
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    Fr. Edward Looney learned of the Belgian apparition in Beauraing many years ago. In 2015 he visited the site of the apparition. And he has included the apparition in many of his books including "A Lenten Journey with Mother Mary." In this week's episode, Fr. Looney discusses Our Lady's apparitions with Andrew Rabel, a social media follower who messaged Fr. Looney about Beauraing. Andrew is a wealth of knowledge about the apparition and on today's episode you will hear a passionate conversation.

  • Episode 115: Will You Celebrate Christmas with The Chosen? An Interview with Katherine Warnock

    November 22nd, 2021  |  22 mins 30 secs
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    The global sensation "The Chosen" has captured the hearts of believers throughout the world. It has been downloaded more than 300 million times across their platforms, and from December 1-10, they are releasing a Christmas special "Christmas with The Chosen: 'The Messengers.'" Today, Fr. Edward Looney speaks with their producer Katherine Warnock.

  • Episode 114: A Shrine to Mother Cabrini Nestled Among the High Rises in Downtown Chicago with Sr. Bridget Zanin, MSC

    November 15th, 2021  |  30 mins 10 secs
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    St. Frances Xavier Cabrini founded a missionary order of religious sisters and she made her way to the United States, arriving first in New York, journeying to Colorado, and living out the remainder of her life in Chicago. Today, the National Shrine welcomes pilgrims to learn about this saintly woman and ask for her prayers.

  • Episode 113: How St. Thomas Aquinas Can Help You Understand the Last Things with Dr. Kevin Vost

    November 8th, 2021  |  38 mins 10 secs
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    Death, judgement, Heaven, and Hell, these are the four last things. I've always had lots of questions about them, especially the second coming. I was delighted to speak with Dr. Kevin Vost who answered the many questions I had, and will offer a great lesson for you today.