My “Pushy” Jewish Mother in Heaven

Though I am primarily of Italian descent (1/4 Greek), I, like the rest of you, have a Jewish mother in heaven.  Her name is Mary. Why would I call Jesus’ mother and Our Lady “pushy”?  How could I be so bold?  Well, that’s a good story and tells of how this whole apostolate, Golden Arrow Music, ever got off the ground. When Mary told the waiters in John 2:5 to “Do whatever He tells you” it was probably with a  knowing wink and a nod in her heart to Jesus, confident that he “wouldn’t “let her down.”  Mothers, by nature,… Continue Reading


Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. For many years, Jan. 1 was known as the feast of the Circumcision of the Lord and the Holy Name of Jesus.  This feast was based on the Jewish custom of circumcising and naming a male child on the eighth day after birth. However, an ancient tradition also celebrated the maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary on this same day.  Finally, in 1974, Pope Paul VI officially designated Jan. 1 as the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. The feast of the Circumcision no longer appears on… Continue Reading