The Gospel Butterfly
Devotion to Our Lady
Our Lady has long been prayed to in times of sorrow and distress. As the mother of Our Lord Jesus she understands people who are suffering, after having seen her only son crucified on the cross.
Praying the rosary daily, is a wonderful way to honour Our Lady and it can provide you with many graces. For more information about this please visit Rosary Benefits
Interview with Father Dave Heney
I am delighted to introduce Father Dave Heney who has agreed to be interview for my Gospel Buttefly website on the subject of Our Lady.
How did I become a priest?
I was inspired by both the bad example of our Pastor in the parish where I grew up and the wonderful example of our Associate Pastor at the same time. I learned from both how not to lead people to Christ and how to better lead people to Christ.
What is the best part of Priesthood?
Jesus came to show us how to find lasting happiness. I enjoy seeing that work in the lives of my parishioners. Most of all, I enjoy saying Mass, which is the main gift that Our Lord gave to us to celebrate every day. The Mass is especially powerful at the Sacrament of Marriage and at Funerals. when people are most open to the power of love in their life.
How is Our Lady important to me in my ministry?
The first time that Mary speaks is to ask a question! She therefore honors everyone who has ever had a question about God's plan for their life. God can only accomplish His plan once we have it understood, just as Mary requested, so that our choice to follow is as freely given as Mary's was. Her final words are spoken at Cana, "Do whatever He tells you." Every question we might have about our life can be answered by simply following what Our Lord says.
How is Mary important to the Church as a whole?
Marian Apparitions have occurred around the world and in every culture, showing the universal application of her gift of Our Lord for our lasting happiness.
What lesson can we learn from our study of Our Lady?
Mary always kept her promises. She had earlier taken a promise of celibacy to God and so questions the Angel Gabriel how God could now ask her now to conceive a child. However, once she understands, she accepts. We understand from this account that God always desires to work together with our human intellect to accomplish His mission of salvation. God never imposes His will on us, but always proposes, as Pope St. John Paul II famously said.
How did COME PRAY THE ROSARY HAPPEN?
Mr. George Esseff, of my former parish of St. Paschal Baylon in Thousand Oaks, California, came up with the idea. He asked Michael Emerson, a noted TV and Film Producer to make it happen, and filmed it at St. Paschal's.
What makes me happy?
I am the happiest when I can apply our Catholic faith to a problem that a parishioner might have, and see that it produced a good result. I am especially happy when the Mass is that event that changes a person's life.
What is my favorite prayer to Our Lady?
The Hail Mary says it all!
What are all the different devotions to Mary?
I think there are about 18 masses during the Liturgical year dedicated to different aspects of Mary's life. I am mainly focused on those, as a parish priest who celebrates these masses.
For information about Father Dave Heney, please visit DaveHeney.com