Author Archive for Fr. Edward Looney

Fr. Edward Looney

Edward Looney is a seminarian for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin and is a second year theologian at the University of St. Mary of the Lake—Mundelein Seminary. In 2011, he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Philosophy, cum laude, from Conception Seminary College in Conception, Missouri. He is an associate member of the Mariological Society of America and has researched and written on various topics in Mariology. More specifically, he has researched, written, and spoken about the 1859 Marian apparition received by Adele Brise which is the first and only US approved apparition. He is the author of "The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help—A Self-Guided Tour," a children’s book, "The Story of Sister Adele", and a rosary reflection book, "Praying the Rosary with Sister Adele". All are available from Tau Publishing. Visit Edward's personal website at: http://www.edwardlooney.com

Rediscovering Mariology: Going Beyond Apparitions
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Rediscovering Mariology: Going Beyond Apparitions

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Recently while perusing Marian books at a Catholic gift store, I discovered many of the topics pertained to Marian apparitions, some approved and others not. Over dinner, I mentioned that I enjoyed the study of Mary, known as Mariology, and the other person shared with me that he had visited Lourdes. After giving a talk on the rosary, someone from the congregation asked, “What do you think […]

A Call to Conversion: John the Baptist, Jesus, and Mary
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A Call to Conversion: John the Baptist, Jesus, and Mary

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St. Asterius of Amasea wrote: “Reflect for a moment on the wealth of [God’s] kindness. Before he came as a man to be among men, he sent John the Baptist to preach repentance and lead men to practice it. John himself was preceded by the prophets, who were to teach the people to repent, to […]

Sides of the Same Coin: St. Angela Merici and [Sister] Adele Brise
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Sides of the Same Coin: St. Angela Merici and [Sister] Adele Brise

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This year January 27th falls on the Third Sunday of Ordinary Time. Ordinarily the Catholic Church would celebrate the memorial of St. Angela Merici, an Italian saint on this date. When I first heard the story of St. Angela Merici in the college seminary, I was struck by the similarities St. Angela shared with [Sister] […]

153 Years Later—Our Lady’s Message to Adele Brise Is Still Relevant
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153 Years Later—Our Lady’s Message to Adele Brise Is Still Relevant

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The Queen of Heaven Visits Adele Brise On October 9, 1859, the life of a Belgian immigrant named Adele Brise was forever changed. It was on that day she received her third apparition of the Blessed Mother, who identified herself as the Queen of Heaven. Our Lady’s specific request of Adele was to pray for […]

Wearing the Rosary: Fashion Accessory or Religious Weapon?
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Wearing the Rosary: Fashion Accessory or Religious Weapon?

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This past summer, I spent eight weeks in Guatemala as part of a Spanish language immersion program where I joined twelve other seminarians for this summer adventure. Not surprisingly, one of the religious devotional sights we saw during our stay in Guatemala was the rosary being worn around the neck. Several individuals questioned me regarding […]

Lacrimarum Valle—The Vale of Tears
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Lacrimarum Valle—The Vale of Tears

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In the English translation of the Marian Antiphon, the Salve Regina, the word vale is used to indicate our current situation—our existence within a vale of tears. The pronunciation of this word differs between priests, seminarians, consecrated men and women, and the laity throughout the country. I have heard it pronounced similar to the word […]

Calling Mary "Our Life, Our Sweetness, and Our Hope"
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Calling Mary “Our Life, Our Sweetness, and Our Hope”

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When it comes to the Mother of God, the Catholic Church honors Mary with many titles, prayers and devotions.  During the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, priests, deacons, seminarians,  consecrated men and women and the laity conclude the final hour of the Liturgy of the Hours, Compline (Night Prayer), with a hymn to Mary—the Salve […]

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Being Pro-life with the Saints

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One of the most central elements to the Catholic pro-life movement is prayer.  As Catholics we have the power of the communion of saints and in my own reflection, I have come to identify a handful of saints who could be considered “co-patrons” of the pro-life movement.  The Holy Family exemplifies for us a common […]

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