In the Catholic Tradition, the month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.

From the eve of the Feast of the Assumption on August 15 to the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15, we will be celebrating 33 Days of Mary with daily quotes from the saints and popes which may help us reflect on the role of Our Lady in the life of the Catholic Church.

Our Lady of Sorrows, Quentin Metsys

September 15 – Our Lady of Sorrows
“Let us bind ourselves tightly to the Sorrowful Heart of our Heavenly Mother and reflect on its boundless grief and how precious is our soul.” — St. Padre Pio

September 14
“In trial or in difficulty, I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear.” – Saint Therese of Lisieux

September 13
“However great a sinner may have been, if he shows himself devout to Mary he will never perish.” – St. Hilary of Poitiers

September 12Holy Name of Mary
“In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux

September 11
“For, since it is the will of Divine Providence that we should have the God-Man through Mary, there is no other way for us to receive Christ except from her hands.”– Pope St. Pius X

September 10
“Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary.” –St. Bonaventure

September 9
“Every grace which is communicated to this world has a threefold origin: it flows from God to Christ, from Christ to the Virgin, and from the Virgin to us.” – Pope Leo XIII

The Virgin in Prayer, Joos van Cleve

September 8 — The Nativity of Mary
“Let our land laugh and sing with merriment, bathed in the glory of this great Virgin’s rising. She is the flower of the fields on which the priceless lily of the valleys hath blossomed.” – St. Augustine

September 7
“I therefore command all my Brothers, those living now and those to come in the future, to venerate the Holy Mother of God, whom we always implore to be our Protectress, to praise her at all times, in all circumstances of life, with all the means in their power and with the greatest devotion and submission.”–St. Francis of Assisi 

September 6
“Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendor.”–Saint Padre Pio

September 5
“Mary, give me your Heart: so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate; your Heart so full of love and humility that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life and love Him as you love Him and serve Him in the distressing guise of the poor.”–St. Mother Teresa 

September 4
“Oh, how I love my Mother! She knows it; and then Jesus Himself gave Her to me and told me to love Her very much. And what great kindness this Heavenly Mother has always shown me! What would have become of me, if I have not had Her?” – St. Gemma Galgani

September 3
“What a joy to remember that she is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?” –Saint Therese of Lisieux

September 2
“Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.” –Saint Francis de Sales

September 1
“You are My Mother, the Mother of Mercy, and the consolation of the souls in Purgatory.” –Saint Bridget to our Lady

August 31
“Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life.” The gift of the Mother, the gift of every mother and every woman, is most precious for the Church, for she too is mother and woman.” – Pope Francis

August 30
“Mary seeks for those who approach her devoutly and with reverence, for such she loves, nourishes, and adopts as her children.” – Saint Bonaventure

August 29
“Mary is a woman who loves. How could it be otherwise? As a believer who in faith thinks with God’s thoughts and wills with God’s will, she cannot fail to be a woman who loves.” – Pope Benedict XVI

August 28
“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin Mary too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”  — St. Maximilian Kolbe 

August 27
“To succeed in your intentions, entrust yourselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary always, but especially in moments of difficulty and darkness. ‘From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s will in things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ, her Son and the Son of God…Learn from her to be always faithful, to trust that God’s Word to you will be fulfilled, and that nothing is impossible with God.’”– Pope St. John Paul II

August 26
“To give worthy praise to the Lord’s mercy, we unite ourselves with Your Immaculate Mother, for then our hymn will be more pleasing to You, because She is chosen from among men and angels. Through Her, as through a pure crystal, Your mercy was passed on to us. Through Her, man became pleasing to God; Through Her, streams of grace flowed down upon us.”–St. Faustina

August 25
“The Church sees in Mary the highest expression of the ‘feminine genius’ and she finds in her a source of constant inspiration.” – Pope St. John Paul II

From St. John Paul II’s Letter to Women:
“Necessary emphasis should be placed on the “genius of women”, not only by considering great and famous women of the past or present, but also those ordinary women who reveal the gift of their womanhood by placing themselves at the service of others in their everyday lives. For in giving themselves to others each day women fulfil their deepest vocation. Perhaps more than men, women acknowledge the person, because they see persons with their hearts. They see them independently of various ideological or political systems. They see others in their greatness and limitations; they try to go out to them and help them. In this way the basic plan of the Creator takes flesh in the history of humanity and there is constantly revealed, in the variety of vocations, that beauty-not merely physical, but above all spiritual-which God bestowed from the very beginning on all, and in a particular way on women.”

August 24
“When our hands have touched spices, they give fragrance to all they handle. Let us make our prayers pass through the hands of the Blessed Virgin. She will make them fragrant.” — St. John Vianney

August 23
“Happy are the faithful servants of the Queen of Heaven, for they shall enjoy true liberty!” – St. Cecilia

The Coronation of the Virgin Mary Mosaic

August 22 — The Queenship of the Virgin Mary
“To serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign there, and to live under her commands is more than to govern.”  –St. John Vianney

August 21
“She is the highest woman and the noblest gem in Christianity after Christ . . . She is nobility, wisdom, and holiness personified. We can never honor her enough. Still honor and praise must be given to her in such a way as to injure neither Christ nor the Scriptures.” – Martin Luther

August 20
“Before, by yourself, you couldn’t. Now, you’ve turned to our Lady, and with her, how easy!”--St. Josemaria Escriva

August 19
“As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.”- Saint Thomas Aquinas

August 18
“The Church sees in Mary the highest expression of the ‘feminine genius’ and she finds in her a source of constant inspiration.” – Pope St. John Paul II

August 17
“The greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as a powerful helper to assist them.” –St. Louis Marie de Montfort

August 16
“Mary was the first person to take the ‘way’ to enter the Kingdom of God that Christ opened, a way which is accessible to the humble, to all who trust in the word of God and endeavor to put it into practice.”— Pope Benedict XVI

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, Guido Reni

August 15 — Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
“Christ is the first fruits from the dead and Mary is the first of the redeemed, the first of “those who are in Christ”. She is our Mother… our representative… she is the first of the redeemed, who has arrived in heaven.”— Pope Francis

August 14
“Approaching directly to her heart you will attain a greater knowledge of her and be inflamed by a greater love for her than all human words together could teach you.” — St. Maximilian Kolbe