An Explanation of Marian Devotions

The Rosary, the Miraculous Medal, the Brown Scapular – these are some of the most well-known Marian Devotions. But what is their origin? What is their purpose? How are they different from charms or magic? Michael Gormley and Dave VanVickle discuss these Marian Devotions and respond to common questions about them. They share their experiences with Marian Devotions and how they have impacted their lives.

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Our chances of dying in a state of grace can be greatly heightened due to the prayers of Mary interceding for us.



Steps to Praying a Family Rosary
  • Especially with little children, start small. Pray an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be. Get your children accustomed to the prayers and in a habit of praying them.
  • As your children grow and their familiarity with prayer increases, begin praying a full decade each day.
  • Finally, move to a full Rosary. This can be intimidating and children may complain, but persevere. The cadence of the Rosary quickly leads to habit. You and your children will benefit greatly from the grace and peace that can be found in praying the Rosary.
The Miraculous Medal and St. Catherine Laboure (from the Ascension Blog)

Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine twice in the year 1830. The first time, Catherine was woken up by a “shining child” at her bed and told that Our Lady was waiting for her in the chapel. Catherine went to the chapel and observed at first that it was empty, but then, after hearing what she thought to be the rustling of silk, Mary appeared, and Catherine rushed to her side. The two talked for hours, Mary revealing to her that troubling times were ahead for France and that the Lord wants to bestow a great task unto her. Mary appeared several months later, urging Catherine to keep the apparitions a secret to all except her confessor, and commissioned her to have a medal made, now known as the Miraculous Medal. The medal has since then been made and distributed over a billion times all across the world. 

Check out this video from Fr. Mark-Mary Ames and Fr. Gregory Pine on the Brown Scapular


Meet Your Hosts


Michael “Gomer” Gormley

Michael spent 17 years in full-time parish ministry and is now the Mission Evangelist for That Man Is You!, a men’s apostolate for Paradisus Dei. Michael is a frequent speaker at conferences, retreats, and parish missions all over the US and Canada.

He is the founder and creative director of, and hosts three Catholic podcasts: Every Knee Shall Bow, Catching Foxes, and Becoming God.

He is married to his college sweetheart, Shannon, and has four beautiful and hilarious children: Kateri, Cecilia, Noah, and Thomas.


David “Dave” VanVickle

Dave VanVickle

Dave VanVickle fell in love with the Lord at the age of fourteen and has since dedicated his life to bringing others into a radical relationship with Christ.

He is a speaker and retreat leader who focuses on proclaiming the universal call to holiness, authentic Catholic spirituality, spiritual warfare and deliverance. Additionally, Dave has over ten years of experience assisting Priests with their ministries of exorcism and deliverance.

Dave married his late wife Amber in 2010. He now resides in Pittsburgh with his five children: Sam, Max, Judah, Josie and Louisa.

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