DAILY CATHOLIC   Monday, December 8, 1997   volume 8, no. 47



Immaculate Heart of Mary website: a triumph as we await the Triumph!

     With the glorious occasion of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception today, what better site to review for our SIGNIFICANT SITE OF THE WEEK than one dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. There are several on the net dedicated to the Immaculate Conception such as the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and numerous other sites, as well. But the site that caught our eye and is worth visiting is the Immaculate Heart of Mary web site at www.immaculateheart.com.

     Operated and designed by Virginian Michael Shea, out of total dedication and gratitude to Our Lady, this site offers three features that are exceptional. First, there is a new quarterly Marian publication entitled Mary Online which offers hard-hitting, right-on editorials and articles with a strong Catholic bent that tell it like it is. The only set-back is that it is a quarterly so the material is quite outdated, and we eagerly look forward to the winter quarterly since the one on-line - their inaugural issue - is dated August. Nevertheless, Shea’s article refuting, or should we say "exposing" the pathetic Newsweek article on Our Lady in late August is well worth reading, as are his editorial and movie review. Loved his intro for the latter: "Reviews of new movies that Catholics may find of interest, or which the culture is going to shove in their face anyway." He also features the excellent article by Patrick Coffin, which we ran two months ago. Coffin is the Information Director for Franciscan University and close associate of Dr. Mark Miravalle who is the foremost authority and proponent on the Fifth or "Final Dogma" on the titles of CoRedemptrix, Advocate and Mediatrix of all graces. All articles are easy to read with categories on Family, the Church, Apologetics and Opinion.

     This site also offers the Immaculate Heart Book Store in cooperation with the super international on-line purchasing-power web bookstore Books Now, which features books at discount prices on all subjects of Catholicism. In addition, there is a special Devotional section listing novenas and prayers that are very edifying entitled "Ave Maria". They also offer a web forum, chat-room capabilities, and a links section to other Catholic sites. But probably the best feature of this site is the excellent graphics, most probably because Shea is the owner of AdLib Digital Creations. His expertise in this field comes through throughout the site, including a fabulous collection of over 75 pictures/paintings of the Blessed Virgin Mary - the most of any site we know of. To make it simple for browsers, Shea offers thumbnail sketches to view before clicking on the selection of your choice to see the larger image with some background on it.

     Everything on this site, other than the book store, is free and Michael shares his graphics freely with permission. Overall, the generosity of Mary’s Heart pours out in Shea’s own heart for he states that not only is this the reason he offers this site, but all proceeds from sale of books are earmarked for EWTN to help Mother Angelica in her ministry. With that kind of benevolence, how can we not award the GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD this week to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Site, conferring SEVEN Hail Mary's.

December 1997