February 2, 2023


Today is Candlemas - at least that's what it's called in the vernacular. Ecclesiastically it is actually called "Presentation of the Lord". We are celebrating something that happened far before [...]
December 8, 2021

December 8: Mary

Today the Catholic Church celebrates Mary, more precisely her "immaculate conception". A strange statement: Mary was conceived without original sin - mind you: she WAS conceived. It goes [...]
August 15, 2021

Maria? OMG!

Today the Catholic Church celebrates a feast with which I could not do much for a long time: We celebrate that Mary went to heaven with body and soul [...]
August 16, 2019

Magnificat II: Liberated?

Yesterday I wrote here about the Magnificat, the "Decalogue of Mary". It made it clear to me anew how much Christianity is a religion of [...].
August 15, 2019


This morning I heard a sermon that gave me a surprisingly new perspective on our religion. After 20 years as a professional Catholic, something like that is rare [...]
May 16, 2019

Poor Maria 2.0

Today I talked with the children about Mary in the school service. And sang a Marian song. Except for the organist, there were only women and children in the [...]
April 15, 2019

Day 35: Irrational

Then Mary took a pound of genuine, precious nard oil, anointed Jesus' feet and dried them with her hair. Joh 12, 3 Women! Always these exuberant sentimentalities. [...]
March 25, 2019

Day 17: Mary says "yes

Actually, I have never been a special devotee of Mary. But today's Solemnity has opened an access to her for me: God asks Mary to bring His Son into the world [...].
March 19, 2018

Joseph, protector of the unborn Jesus

Today is the feast of St. Joseph. In Bethany we venerate him especially because he placed himself protectively before Mary and her unborn child. When [...]