Our Lady of Kazan, Pray for usÖ All! Two years ago our late Holy Father, John Paul II, gave the ancient icon of Our Lady of Kazan back to the Russian Orthodox Church. For centuries the icon was venerated by the Russian people, yet, not many know how precious it was to the Pope.
Who Were Mary's Parents? The story of Mary's birth and details about her aging parents, Joachim and Anne, come from apocryphal writings known as the Protevangelium of James the Lesser that was written by an unknown author.
Living Waters or a Withered Spring? Static faith makes of us withered springs, incapable of supporting life, doomed to run dry, but the bold witness of the Word of God is filled with living waters that pour forth from within and quench the spiritual thirst of the parched.