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 110: How to Make Christ the Center of Your Rosary Prayer while Understanding the Paradoxes of the Rosary with Dr. James Papandrea

    October 18th, 2021  |  31 mins 4 secs
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    Dr. James Papandrea is a professor of Church History at a Protestant Seminary but as a faithful Catholic his goal is to make sure we understand how Christ is central to the Marian prayer of the rosary. Listen in on today's conversation between Fr. Edward Looney and Dr. James Papandrea to deepen your rosary meditation.

  • Episode 109: Mary's Role in the Pro-Life Movement with Fr. Frank Pavone

    October 11th, 2021  |  37 mins 11 secs
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    Fr. Frank Pavone has been a pro-life leader for decades and has advocated for the end of abortion and the protection of all human life. He speaks with Fr. Edward Looney about his pro-life work and how he has seen Mary's presence in the movement.

  • Episode 108: The Impressions of a First Time Pilgrim to the Champion Apparition Shrine with Tony Ganzer

    October 4th, 2021  |  36 mins 28 secs
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    Tony Ganzer, an NPR Journalist from Cleveland and host of the Faith Full Podcast packed up the family van and set their eyes and GPS to Wisconsin. What brought him to NE Wisconsin? The site of Mary's 1859 apparition to Adele Brise located in Champion, Wisconsin. Fr. Edward Looney speaks with Tony today about his impressions of the Wisconsin apparition.

  • Bonus Episode 22- Trending Marian Tweets and Topics

    October 2nd, 2021  |  9 mins 13 secs

    On this bonus episode Fr. Edward collects the Marian tweets he came across this week including tweets about three Marian feasts- Our Lady of Ransom, Our Lady of Walsingham, and Our Lady, Undoer of Knots.

  • Episode 107: Praying the Rosary over the Kitchen Sink as a Catholic Mom with Caitlin Winters

    September 27th, 2021  |  28 mins 11 secs
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    Caitlin Winters is a Catholic mom reflecting on the rosary through her motherhood and helping other moms to do the same through her apostolate Motherhood through the Mysteries.

  • Bonus Episode 21- Trending Marian Tweets and Topics

    September 24th, 2021  |  8 mins 34 secs
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    Fr. Edward recaps the Marian tweets he saw this week about Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of La Leche, Our Lady of Hope, Protestants and Mary, Mary as a superhero, a beautiful image for meditation and other topics. Hear the round up and Fr. Looney's commentary.

  • Episode 106: Pope St. Pius V's Influence on Catholicism with Professor Roberto de Mattei

    September 20th, 2021  |  17 mins 44 secs
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    The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (formerly Our Lady of Victory) resulted when Pope St. Pius V called for the world to pray during the Battle of Lepanto. Pope St. Pius V also made other valuable contributions to Catholic life. Discover the saintly legacy of this pope during Fr. Edward Looney's conversation with Professor Roberto de Mattei.

  • Bonus Episode 20: Trending Marian Tweets and Topics- Our Lady of Sorrows

    September 15th, 2021  |  9 mins 13 secs
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    On the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, Fr. Edward Looney collects the tweets and articles he saw celebrating the memorial of Our Lady who stood at the foot of the cross.

  • Episode 105: The Holy Spirit Drew Close to Mary with Sr. Mary Ann Fatula

    September 13th, 2021  |  27 mins 54 secs
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    The Holy Spirit fell upon the apostles in the Upper Room on the fiftieth day after the Resurrection emboldening them to proclaim the gospel of Jesus. We are Jesus's disciples today. How do we draw close to the Holy Spirit? Sr. Mary Ann Fatula discusses her new book available from Sophia Institute Press.

  • Bonus Episode 19: Trending Marian Tweets and Topics on Mary's Birthday

    September 8th, 2021  |  8 mins 21 secs
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    Fr. Edward resurrects the Trending Marian Tweets and Topics for the feast of Mary's Nativity, and who knows, maybe these will become a weekly episode again. Enjoy the tweets and posts of fellow Catholics as we celebrate the feast of Mary's nativity!

  • Episode 104: How to Celebrate the Feast Days of Our Lady and the Saints with John Hart

    September 6th, 2021  |  34 mins 7 secs
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    The Church calendar is peppered with different memorials, feasts, and solemnities throughout the year as we honor Jesus, Mary, and the saints. One can celebrate these saints by spiritual practices and pious devotions. But you can also celebrate with food! John Hart, founder of Feast Day subscription box will help us understand how to live liturgically and celebrate these feast days.

  • Episode 103: The Light of Christ in Celtic Spirituality and How Mary Crushes Darkness with Julianne Stanz

    August 30th, 2021  |  45 mins 3 secs
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    Julianne Stanz is a diocesan employee, consultant for the USCCB, and an author of several books. Today, she joins Fr. Edward Looney to talk about Celtic spirituality and Mary's role in crushing the darkness of our lives.

  • Episode 102: How to Pray About Your Life as a Disciple with the Rosary Mysteries

    August 24th, 2021  |  37 mins 36 secs
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    Fr. Edward Looney shares a talk he gave to religious education leaders in the Diocese of Green Bay as this week's episode of How They Love Mary.

  • Episode 101: The Purpose of Miracles with Adam Blai

    August 10th, 2021  |  24 mins 56 secs
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    Miracles fascinate believers and unbelievers alike. What is a miracle? Why does God allow miracles? What are examples of miracles? How about Marian miracles? These questions and more are answered by Adam Blai on this week's How They Love Mary with Fr. Edward Looney.

  • Episode 100: The Church Needs More Priests Like Venerable Aloysius Schwartz

    August 2nd, 2021  |  44 mins 52 secs
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    Venerable Aloysius Schwartz was a saintly missionary priest. He left his homeland to study to be a priest and spent his life in South Korea. He lived poverty to the extreme. He loved Mary so much. His heroic work is recounted by Kevin Wells in "Priest and Beggar" available from Ignatius Press. Learn more about Fr. Schwartz this week as Kevin Wells joins Fr. Looney on How They Love Mary.

  • Episode 99: A New Perspective and Understanding of Jesus with Dr. Ray Guarendi

    July 26th, 2021  |  36 mins 37 secs
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    Dr. Ray Guarendi is a Catholic psychologist, known for his programs on EWTN. The author of many books, his latest is "Jesus, the Master Psychologist" which offers us a new approach to understanding the person and teaching of Jesus. In this conversation, Fr. Looney and Dr. Ray unpack the problems we face and how Jesus offers a solutions to all our problems.