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Playing catch up is never fun, and we’re behind on two Show Notes posts! Firstly, A Good Habit from September 24, where we talked about that day’s feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.
This feast is probably not widely known in the states, but it’s central to the Marian devotion of the Catholic Church in England. In fact, as we mentioned on the show, England has long referred to itself as the dowry of Mary, meaning that England saw itself as being under the protection and sheltering love of Our Lady in a unique way. Though the exact origins of the term are unknown, it arose in the medieval period, when Marian devotion in England was very strong. Fr. Mark Elvins, OFM Cap, believes the term arose, not from popular devotion, but from the solemn consecration of England to Our Lady by Edward II in 1381. If you’d like to read more about that very interesting topic click here. Continue reading