***Please be advised that The Ever Blessed is not a site for apologetic discourse. It is merely a place where people can encounter Christ by way of beholding the handmaid of the Lord. If, however, you happen to disagree with some of the reflections posted here, feel free to express yourself in the most charitable way possible and contributors may respond to you at their discretion.***
Welcome to The Ever Blessed! The purpose of this site is to foster and encourage devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary among Catholic Christians. Throughout Church History, one of the distinctive marks of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church has been a strong devotion to Mary, Mother of God. Read the Church Fathers, the Saints, the Doctors, the Popes, and you will find that love for her is an integral component to deepening our love for Christ. Blessed Pope John Paul II, quoting St. Louis De Montfort in his encyclical Rosarium Virginis Mariae stated,
“Since Mary is of all creatures the one most conformed to Jesus Christ, it follows that among all devotions that which most consecrates and conforms a soul to our Lord is devotion to Mary, his Holy Mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to her the more will it be consecrated to Jesus Christ.”
It’s all about Jesus â€” He’s God. He’s every word that God has ever spoken, or will ever speak. And, by nature of His being incarnate, He is the very image of God. Our whole life must therefore be built up around Him, and proceed from Him. He calls us to His likeness, to be “conformed” to Him. It’s no accident that the Holy Father used that word in the quote above in relation to our Blessed Mother. The latin word that we derive “conform” from is configurari. This word literally means to be molded or shaped accordingly. Where was the Word of God molded and shaped into the image of God? The womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary! If we want to be molded and shaped into the likeness of Jesus, we must share that same womb, and so become sons and daughters of Mary.
The Ever Blessed is solemnly dedicated to the Most Holy Name of Jesus.
â€œAnd the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for you have found grace with God. Behold you shall conceive in your womb and shall bring forth a son: and you shall call his name Jesus.â€ Luke 1:30-31