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Give it all to Mary [Catholic Caucus]
Vultus Christi ^ | 4-28-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby

Posted on 04/28/2010 5:45:36 PM PDT by mlizzy

Mother of Perpetual HelpFriends, readers of Vultus Christi, and others often write me asking for intercessory prayer for a particular intention, for the resolution of a crisis, or for the healing of an affliction of soul or body. I take these requests seriously. They can, however, become overwhelming at times. I have, however, found a solution. I entrust them all to Our Blessed Lady. She is our Mother of Good Counsel, ever ready to guide us into the best way of interceding, the wisest way of intervening, the purest way of loving. She is also our Mother of Perpetual Help; that means that she is available everywhere and all the time. She is never far from us, never otherwise occupied. The other evening as I was praying for the many intentions recommended to me, this prayer rose in my heart. I' happy to share it with my readers.

O Mother of Good Counsel, Mother of Perpetual Help, I turn with confidence to thy maternal Heart, and I renew my total and irrevocable consecration to thee.

I am all thine, Most Holy Mary, and all that I have is thine. I give thee my past with its burdens. I give thee this present moment with its anxieties and fears. I give thee my future and all that it holds.

There is no part of my life that is not open to thee, no place so secret, or so darkened by sin that thy presence and thy influence are not wholly and ardently desired there.

I want to be completely transparent with thee, utterly simple, guileless, and childlike. Thou knowest, O Mother, all my preoccupations, all my intentions, and all those recommended to my prayer. Take them, I beseech thee, to thy Immaculate Heart and, as my Advocate and all-powerful intercessor and Mediatrix, present them to thy Son. Seeing them presented by thee and held in thy maternal Heart, there is nothing that He will not do to give to each intention the one response worthy of the infinite mercy and love of His Sacred Heart.

Praying in this way, I can be at rest, for thou art my Mother, and all that I entrust to thee will be, I am sure, received, and considered, and cared for with a Mother's love. Amen.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Prayer
KEYWORDS: catholic; fathermark; mary; virginmary
On this, the feast day of St. Louis De Montfort, I post the beautiful prayer from Fr. Mark Kirby.
1 posted on 04/28/2010 5:45:37 PM PDT by mlizzy
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To: mlizzy

That’s a very nice prayer. Like Fr. Kirby, when I want to pray for someone, I usually go to Mary, because I know she’ll get it done right.


2 posted on 04/28/2010 5:50:10 PM PDT by Tax-chick (There's a perfectly good island somewhere.)
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To: mlizzy

Such a beautiful prayer. Thank you.


3 posted on 04/28/2010 5:55:58 PM PDT by MrChips (MrChips)
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To: Tax-chick
That’s a very nice prayer. Like Fr. Kirby, when I want to pray for someone, I usually go to Mary, because I know she’ll get it done right.

Yes, indeed, I agree (on both counts!).

Have you read Fr. Mark's sidebar?
His Excellency, Bishop Edward J. Slattery of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma has given Father Mark a special mandate to live under the Rule of Saint Benedict in adoration before the Eucharistic Face of Jesus, offering thanksgiving, intercession, and reparation for all his brothers in Holy Orders. In this way, Father is preparing the foundation of the new Diocesan Benedictine Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle. Father Mark is available to the priests and deacons of the Diocese for spiritual and sacramental support in their pursuit of holiness. He is also charged with the spiritual formation of women who desire to dedicate themselves to spiritual motherhood in favour of priests.
Such an inspiring priest!
4 posted on 04/28/2010 5:57:09 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

I think I did see that mentioned previously. We used to live in Tulsa, so I keep an eye out for news of the Diocese. Bishop Slattery is my favorite bishop ever. He was very involved with the homeschooling families, completely open and friendly ... very Okie, even if he’s not from there.


5 posted on 04/28/2010 5:59:58 PM PDT by Tax-chick (There's a perfectly good island somewhere.)
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To: Tax-chick

Yes she will. And she has for me..


6 posted on 04/28/2010 6:09:55 PM PDT by hstacey (Army Mom...)
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To: Tax-chick
I think I did see that mentioned previously. We used to live in Tulsa, so I keep an eye out for news of the Diocese. Bishop Slattery is my favorite bishop ever. He was very involved with the homeschooling families, completely open and friendly ... very Okie, even if he’s not from there.

Interesting ... I'll have to read up on Bishop Slattery. I don't really know about him, other than from Fr. Mark's blog.

Whenever I feel a little dry spiritually, I click into Vultus Christi, and in no time at all, I'm feeling well again. Fr. Mark truly is enLightened, not just with his content, but his organization, and graphic selections. I don't know where he finds the bulk of his images, but he has the best Catholic pics on the Net (also see another blog which is retired, Hallowed Ground, for pictures), to go along with his very spiritual words.
7 posted on 04/28/2010 6:16:47 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: MrChips
Such a beautiful prayer. Thank you.

You are welcome. When I stumbled on to Fr. Mark's blog, I knew I had found a treasure.

Vultus Christi
8 posted on 04/28/2010 6:19:16 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy
In the spirit of St. Louis De Montfort, whose feast day is today, and who would have loved this prayer of Father Mark's, I leave one of Louis' "Love-of-Mary" quotes:
The Hail Mary, the Rosary, is the prayer and the infallible touchstone by which I can tell those who are led by the Spirit of God from those who are deceived by the devil --St. Louis De Montfort.
Rosary for Peace
9 posted on 04/28/2010 6:27:02 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

I’ll look at the site in more depth when I have time. Thanks for the promo!


10 posted on 04/28/2010 6:43:35 PM PDT by Tax-chick (There's a perfectly good island somewhere.)
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To: mlizzy

Thank you, Mary! This evening I just learned that my son was accepted to the seminary! Pray for Christopher -


11 posted on 04/28/2010 6:46:44 PM PDT by firerosemom ("Don't make Me come down there..." --- God)
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To: firerosemom

WOW, on the feast day of St. Louis De Montfort? Really? Incredible!!! Prayers for Christopher.


12 posted on 04/28/2010 6:59:44 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: gizmotoby

What exactly is it about “caucus thread” that you don’t understand?


14 posted on 04/28/2010 7:05:06 PM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: gizmotoby; Religion Moderator

Please keep in mind this is a “Catholic Caucus” thread. ONLY Catholics are to respond.


15 posted on 04/28/2010 7:06:25 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: Tax-chick
Well I know who Bishop Slattery is NOW. A duh! moment for me I guess ... I can see why he's your favorite!

Bishop Slattery's homily in DC: What does obedience look like?
16 posted on 04/28/2010 7:09:40 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

**Bishop Edward J. Slattery of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma **

The Archbishop who did the “New” Old Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C. Stanidng room only, I heard and some were seated in a side chapel.


17 posted on 04/28/2010 8:00:22 PM PDT by Salvation ( "With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: mlizzy

**Whenever I feel a little dry spiritually, I click into Vultus Christi**

Or click into the Daily Readings thread, because I usually post Father Mark’s remarks.

Unabashed advertising...............smile.........


18 posted on 04/28/2010 8:02:06 PM PDT by Salvation ( "With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Thanks Salvation; I just found that out and read the piece. Quite amazing! The linky is either one or two above your comment ...


19 posted on 04/28/2010 8:02:51 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: firerosemom; wombtotomb

Oh, wow! Congratulations to your son.


20 posted on 04/28/2010 8:03:10 PM PDT by Salvation ( "With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

thanks salvation. We are still waiting to hear. Keep us in your prayers......


21 posted on 04/29/2010 3:53:05 AM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: firerosemom

Congratulations firerose!

I am awaiting that same news for my son Christian. Where is he attending?


22 posted on 04/29/2010 3:54:09 AM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: wombtotomb; firerosemom

Keep us posted on results, plrase.

And prayers for all involved!


23 posted on 04/29/2010 8:05:55 AM PDT by Salvation ( "With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: mlizzy

Thanks for the wonderful post and the link to the site. It’s so nice to be on a Caucus thread! ;-D


24 posted on 04/29/2010 8:09:10 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Judith Anne
Thanks for the wonderful post and the link to the site. It’s so nice to be on a Caucus thread! ;-D

You're welcome Judith Anne. I am going to focus on putting up threads that qualify for Catholic Caucus; I think they are nice too, and I like to read what Catholics on Free Republic have to say about their faith, without a rebuttal. Father Mark's blog (I think his ENTIRE body of Work) would qualify for Catholic Caucus.
25 posted on 04/29/2010 9:07:05 AM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy

My husband and I had the practice of the daily rosary together, many times we watched the hummingbirds around the feeders at sunset, and said our prayers. I will remember those times forever, for the peace, love and beauty...


26 posted on 04/29/2010 11:16:32 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Judith Anne
My husband and I had the practice of the daily rosary together, many times we watched the hummingbirds around the feeders at sunset, and said our prayers. I will remember those times forever, for the peace, love and beauty...

Very beautiful story ... (ty)
27 posted on 04/29/2010 11:26:09 AM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy
Is that St. John Cantius at Easter?

It's beautiful, wherever it is.

28 posted on 04/29/2010 12:50:46 PM PDT by Campion ("President Barack Obama" is an anagram for "An Arab-backed imposter")
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To: wombtotomb

Wow! God bless you! Christopher will be at Mount St. Mary’s, for the Diocese of Bridgeport CT. Where is Christian waiting to hear from?


29 posted on 04/29/2010 12:57:58 PM PDT by firerosemom ("Don't make Me come down there..." --- God)
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To: Campion
Is that St. John Cantius at Easter? It's beautiful, wherever it is.

Yes, that is St. John Cantius, Chicago, and if you click on the photo or click here you can see many more photographs. We've been going since Jan.1 of this year, on Sundays, to either their Tridentine or their Latin Novus Ordo, both which are the most respectful Masses we've ever seen. When Mass ends, it is interesting, most parishioners don't get up and leave. They just sit there for awhile.
30 posted on 04/29/2010 2:02:52 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: firerosemom

Chris is waiting to hear from St. John Vianney Seminary College in Miami. Diocese of West Palm Beach. God bless you as well! It is nice to know there are others out there. We are not alone :)


31 posted on 04/29/2010 7:09:48 PM PDT by wombtotomb
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To: mlizzy

I finally had time to go to the link you gave, and the photos are absolutely exquisite. The music must have been a treasure.


32 posted on 05/06/2010 3:37:51 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Coleus; markomalley; Dr. Brian Kopp; Mad Dawg; wagglebee; netmilsmom; Salvation; johngrace; ...

With Mother’s Day coming, I have a special love in my heart for the Blessed Virgin.

This would be a great thread to post a prayer of consecration to Mary for us. How healing that would be!


33 posted on 05/06/2010 12:37:49 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: wombtotomb; Campion; firerosemom

ping to #33


34 posted on 05/06/2010 12:39:08 PM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Judith Anne
The anti-Catholics kept me away from St. Louis de Montfort all these years. I almost left Catholicism in 1991 under the sway of a fallen away Catholic fundamentalist.

It took 19 years to completely wash their erroneous beliefs out of my mind, and during that almost 2 decade struggle, their errors which I had internalized kept me from picking up St. Louis de Montfort.

I finally started reading him last month, and started the 30 day consecration on his feast day, April 28.

I'm finally at peace. The last vestiges of these protestant heresies have finally been exorcised from my intellect, and there are no facets of the True Faith about which I hold any reserves whatsoever.

St. Louis de Montfort's writings are integral to surviving the Last Days with the True Faith intact; True Devotion to Mary is a sign of the elect.

On the other hand...

"An infallible and unmistakable sign by which we can distinguish a heretic, a man of false doctrine, an enemy of God, from one of God's true friends is that the heretic and the hardened sinner show nothing but contempt and indifference for our Lady. He endeavours by word and example, openly or insidiously - sometimes under specious pretexts - to belittle the love and veneration shown to her."

TREATISE ON TRUE DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN
St. Louis de Montfort

Blessed Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us who have recourse to thee!

35 posted on 05/06/2010 12:43:22 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Judith Anne
Here's today's meditation from Divine Intimacy: Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year By: Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen O.C.D. It seems appropriate for this thread:

The Mother of God

Thursday of the Fourth Week after the Octave of Easter

Presence of God

Holy Mother of God, make my heart one with yours, which was ever one with the Heart of God!

Meditation

1. The divine maternity is the source of all Mary's privileges. Mary, the Immaculate One, the beloved Daughter of the Father, is also the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, whose power overshadowed her because she had been chosen to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word. All Mary's greatness and glory are explained in the light of her divine maternity; furthermore, her very existence is explained by her predestination to this high office. If God had not decreed that the Incarnation of His Son should take place in the womb of a virgin, we should never have had that masterpiece of grace and loveliness, the Most Blessed Virgin; we should never have had her smile or her maternal caresses. Therefore, we love and honour Mary because she is the Mother of God, the Mother of Jesus; and loving her in her relation to God, our devotion to her only makes our love for God, for Jesus, deeper and more tender. "Mater Dei, Mater Creatoris", Mother of God, Mother of our Creator, we invoke her in the litany. These two titles which seem to be contradictory, actually express a unique synthesis because Mary, although a creature, is really the Mother of her Creator, the Mother of God's Son to whom she has given a human body: the fruit of her flesh and blood is the Son of God in whom and by whom all things were created. Here we understand more than ever how Mary's dignity reaches the threshold of the infinite. "God could make a bigger world or a wider sky, but He could not raise a pure creature higher than Mary, for the dignity of Mother of God is the highest dignity that can be conferred on a creature" (St Bonaventure).

To anyone who wonders why so little is said about Mary in the Gospel, St Thomas of Villanova replies: "What more do you want? Is it not enough for you to know that she is the Mother of God? It would have been sufficient to say, 'De qua natus est Jesus,' Jesus was born of her." In fact, O Mary, all I need to know, in order to love you, is that you are the Mother of my God.

2. Although God, from all eternity, had predestined Mary to be the mother of His Son, He would not have her unaware of this, and so, when the time came for carrying out His plan, he asked the humble Virgin's consent. The Angel's message revealed to Mary the sublime vocation which God had reserved for her: "Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus" (Luke 1,31). Mary asked and the Angel explained the mystery of the divine maternity which would take place in her, without prejudice to her virginity. What could God have asked that Mary would have refused? It was not the first time that she gave up her own will for God's: from the beginning of her existence, she had lived in the state of perfect union with God, and her chief characteristic was simply this full conformity of her human will with the divine will. That is why Mary gave her consent with all the love of her soul, said her fiat, accepted voluntarily, and voluntarily abandoned herself to God's action. From this moment the mystery was accomplished, and the Virgin Mary bore God present within her, not only spiritually -- like all souls who are in the state of grace -- but also physically. St Peter Damien says that the Word of God was present in her "by identity", since He was one with her, as the child is one with its mother: identity of flesh and blood, and by the life of the body which Mary communicated to her Son; identity of grace by the abundance of supernatural life which the Son communicated to His Mother; identity of affections, desires and sentiments which the Heart of Christ implanted in the Heart of Mary. No one could ever say more truly than Mary: "I live, now not I, but Christ liveth in me" (Galatians 2,20).

Immense, marvellous mystery! And in the depths of this mystery we find the yes of a humble, human creature. God has created man free, and that is why, although He wants to work great things in him, He will not do so without his consent. God wants to transform us by His grace and to sanctify us, but before He does so, He waits for our assent. When this yes is complete and total, as Mary's was, God will accomplish His work in us.

Colloquy

"I give You thanks, O Lord God, from the depths of my heart, because You condescended, for love of us unworthy creatures, to take upon Yourself our human nature. Born of a Virgin, You were nourished by her milk, cradled in her bosom; You were submissive to her, You who preserve and direct everything that exists. And You have deigned to enlighten me, a miserable creature, so that I might know that You have a Mother; You permit me, unworthy as I am, to be able and to dare to address her…. Oh! with what devotion should I not give my heart to you, O Virgin Mary! My mouth should be filled with wonderful sweetness when I speak to you, sweet and gentle Lady, and when I bless the fruit of your womb. Oh! when I address you, how is it hat I am not so filled with delight that I forget everything but you and the fruit of your womb? What greeting is more welcome than the one which recognizes you as the Mother of God? You wish men to rejoice in you, so that their love will always reach your divine Son; therefore, you wish to be called and recognized as the Mother of God. Hail, then, O Mary, and truly hail! O wonderful Ave, that drives the demons away, frees sinners, and makes your children rejoice…. The Angel congratulates you, O Virgin; the Word took flesh in your womb, and you became the Mother of God. Every creature sings an endless Ave to you! With how great reverence, honour and devotion should we salute you, O Blessed Virgin, because you seek them, you nourish them, and adopt them as your children. Oh! blessed is he who has the joy of having you for Mother, who embraces you lovingly and imitates you in his works! Oh! blessed is he who does all he can to conform himself to you, O Mother of God! Certainly he is one who, despising every creature, attaches himself to God alone, his only love, and, crucified with Christ, sighs for the salvation of souls" (cf. St Bonaventure).

36 posted on 05/06/2010 12:53:32 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: mlizzy

My “prayer card” (phrase I made up when I found I couldn’t keep up with all the requests for prayers - “Oh Goodness ME! I do believe my prayer card is full!”) is full until June 2.

But I think we should think seriously about an FR Novena of some kind for all those to whom the Rosary does not seem to be a suitable devotion.


37 posted on 05/06/2010 12:56:04 PM PDT by Mad Dawg (O Maria, sine labe concepta, ora pro nobis qui ad te confugimus.)
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To: Judith Anne
I finally had time to go to the link you gave, and the photos are absolutely exquisite. The music must have been a treasure.

Through an inner ear curse "gift," I no longer have very good hearing, Judith Anne, but the 10% I *do* retain (when wearing a digital aid), brings me more joy than acute hearing in both ears of someone who does not believe. God is good!!
38 posted on 05/06/2010 12:58:23 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
St. Louis De MontfortI've been reading him too, Dr. Kopp.:):)

“Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if—and mark well what I say—if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.” --Saint Louis de Montfort
39 posted on 05/06/2010 1:12:09 PM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: Dr. Brian Kopp
I'm finally at peace. The last vestiges of these protestant heresies have finally been exorcised from my intellect, and there are no facets of the True Faith about which I hold any reserves whatsoever...
Blessed Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us who have recourse to thee!
"How Beautiful are the 'feet' of those who bring Good News!" - Isaiah 52:7
40 posted on 05/07/2010 7:29:45 AM PDT by mlizzy ("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
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To: mlizzy
Amen.

Here's today's meditation from Divine Intimacy: Meditations on the Interior Life for Every Day of the Liturgical Year By: Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen O.C.D.:

Our Mother

Friday of the Fourth Week after the Octave of Easter

Presence of God

O Mary, since you are really my Mother, make me your true and worthy child.

Meditation

1. When she consented to become the Mother of the Son of God, Mary bound herself by very close bonds not only to the person of Jesus, but also to His work. She knew that the Saviour was coming into the world to redeem the human race; hence, when she agreed to become His Mother, she also agreed to become the closest collaborator of His mission. In fact, by giving us Jesus, the source of all grace, Mary collaborated most effectively and even directly in the diffusion of grace in our souls. "If Jesus is the Father of our souls," St Alphonsus says, "Mary is their Mother, for, in giving us Jesus, she gave us true life; and later, by offering on Calvary the life of her Son for our salvation, she brought us forth to the life of divine grace."

As one woman, Eve, had co-operated in the losing of grace, so by a harmonious disposition of divine Providence, another woman, Mary, would co-operate in the restoration of grace. It is true that all grace comes from Jesus, who is the only source of grace and the one and only Saviour; but, inasmuch as Mary gave Him to the world, and was intimately associated with His whole life and work, we can truly say that grace also comes from Mary. If Jesus is its source, Mary, according to St Bernard, is its channel, the aqueduct which carries it to us. Since Jesus willed to come to us through Mary, so all grace and all supernatural life come to us through her. "This is the will of Him who decreed that we should have everything through Mary" (St Bernard). All that Jesus merited for us by strictest right, condignly, Mary has merited for us fittingly, congruously. The Blessed Virgin is then truly our Mother. When she brought forth Jesus, she brought us forth at the same time to the life of grace; we can address her in all truth: "Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy; our life, our sweetness and our hope!"

2. "From the moment that the Blessed Virgin Mary became the Mother of the Saviour, she loved us so much, and she devoted herself so completely to obtaining our salvation that", St Bernadine of Siena tells us, "from that moment she carried us in her bosom like a most loving mother." Even as the redemptive mission of Jesus, begun at the moment of His Incarnation, was consummated on Calvary, where His death merited supremely for us, so too, Mary's maternity found its fullest expression at the foot of His Cross. While Jesus was dying in the midst of the most atrocious torments, His loving Heart was preparing a truly exquisite gift for us. On earth, His dearest possession had been His Mother; now He would leave her to us as a most precious inheritance. "Behold thy Mother" (John 19,27), He said to St John, thus giving her to the Apostle who, at that moment, represented the whole human race. These words of Jesus expressed the great truth which had had its beginning at the first moment of His Incarnation in the Virgin's womb and which now was fulfilled at the foot of the Cross: this is the truth of Mary's spiritual motherhood of all mankind. Mary saved our souls together with Jesus, for as He was offering Himself in sacrifice for us, Mary was offering Him, her Son, as the divine Victim for our redemption. As co-redemptrix, she procured the life of grace for us; therefore, she is the woman who in the supernatural order gives us life: she is our Mother.

"God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son for our salvation," says the Evangelist (cf. John 3,16), and similarly, St Bonaventure declares, "it can be said that Mary so loved the world that she gave her only Son, in order that, through Him, all might have eternal life." See at what price Mary had become our Mother and we have become her children. Because it has cost her so much to give us birth, she very rightly desires us to live as her true children, worthy of the life of grace, which flows from the pierced side of her Jesus and from her maternal heart, pierced by the sword of sorrow.

Colloquy

"Oh blessed confidence, O sure refuge, you, the Mother of God, are my Mother! How can I fail to hope, since my salvation and my sanctity are in the hands of Jesus, my Brother, and Mary, my Mother?" (cf. St Anselm).

"O Mary, Mary, bearer of the fire of love, and dispenser of mercy! Mary, co-redemptrix of the human race, when you clothed the Word with your flesh, the world was redeemed. Christ paid its ransom with His Passion, and you paid it with the sorrows of your body and soul" (St Catherine of Siena).

"O Mary, you are that garden enclosed, which contains the Giver of Life; God Himself is within you, with heaven and all creatures. The whole world is saved by the Blood received from you. Without you, O Mary, there would be no paradise for me; without you, there would be no God for me….

"O Mary, how countless are the gifts and graces which you wish to bestow on creatures! And who would not want to receive them? It is perseverance in desiring them which is lacking; you, most loving Mother, do not offer gifts to your children when you see that they would not appreciate them and would throw them away; for you know that the guilt thus incurred would have to be punished later. O Mary, you want to grant me your gifts, but I deprive myself of them, because I want to mingle my gifts with yours. I should like to have your graces, but I want my own will at the same time, and so I cannot have them. I should like to have your good will, but also the love and kindness of creatures. I cannot have both. I want your love and my self-love, but this combination is impossible. I want to live under your mantle, but also under the mantle of my own comfort. Yet, it is not fitting to be delicate members of a thorn-crowned head; neither is it fitting for your children to seek their comfort under your mantle, O sweet Mother, when you had so little regard for your own comfort.

"O Mary, what can I offer and give you that will please you? If I offer you my will, I fear that you will not accept it, because it is not conformed to God's will. If I offer you my intellect, it is not enlightened; if I give you my affection, it is not pure. I offer you the Heart of your only Son! And a greater gift I cannot offer" (St Mary Magdalene dei Pazzi).

41 posted on 05/07/2010 12:17:20 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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