Why You Need Mary

Why is Mary so important? How is Mary meant to be a part of our lives? Perhaps, you are someone who has struggled in your devotion to Mary or maybe you have a deep relationship with her. Wherever you fall, you are sure to enjoy and gain so much from this series on Mary from Mike Gormley and Dave VanVickle. Learn, be inspired, and grow in your love for Mary.

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“From Mary, we learn to love Christ, her Son and Son of God.”
-St. John Paul II


Ascension Resources on Mary

Whispers of Mary: What Twelve Old Testament Women Teach Us About Mary by Gayle Somers

Throughout the history of the Bible, incredible women have played a part in the story of salvation. 

Steeped in Scripture, the Blessed Mother would have known and pondered the stories of these women. She might even have recognized pieces of her own story in theirs.

Following the Great Adventure Bible Timeline, the same one used in The Bible in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz)™ podcast, Whispers of Mary: What Twelve Old Testament Women Teach Us About Mary invites Catholics to explore Marian typology through the lives of women like Eve, Esther, and Judith.

Written by Bible teacher Gayle Somers, Whispers of Mary serves as a resource for Catholics to grow in relationship with the Blessed Mother.

With thought-provoking commentary and hundreds of Scripture verses, Whispers of Mary deepens readers’ appreciation for the story of salvation by revealing how even in the Old Testament, the lives of heroic women pointed toward Mary, and through Mary, to God.

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother by Dr. Edward Sri

Filmed on location in the Holy Land, in these eight videos Edward Sri provides a captivating look at the life of Blessed Mother and an explanation of our beliefs about her.

These videos are just one part of the program. The Mary Study Set contains the study questions, responses, and talk notes needed for the study.

Videos Included:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Annunciation: Luke 1:26-38
  3. The Visitation: Luke 1:39-56
  4. The Nativity: Luke 2:1-20
  5. The Presentation and the Finding of Jesus in the Temple: Luke 2:21-52
  6. The Wedding at Cana: John 2:21-52
  7. Mary at the Cross: John 19:25-30
  8. Mary Crowned with Glory: Revelation 12
How to Pray Like Mary by Sonja Corbitt

Listen—and Respond—like Mary at the Annunciation. Mary has been called the “mother of listening.” She didn’t just hear the Word; she pondered it in light of her own relationships and circumstances and then let it transform her. 

Sonja Corbitt is a best-selling author and one of the most dynamic and compelling new voices in the Church today. After years of Bible study, she recognized that Mary, the “mother of listening,” was providing a model of prayer that has the power to revolutionize your life of prayer.

Starting with Mary’s response to the Annunciation, Sonja will show you how to pray with Scripture under the guidance of the Blessed Mother. You will learn a powerful practice for daily prayer as Mary models it: L–isten, O–bserve, V–erbalize, E–ntrust. Sonja draws from vivid biblical texts to show you the key to loving Scripture and deepening your relationship with God.


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 LayEvangelist.com, 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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