MOTHER OF GOD, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

I have been wanting to do a blog on the Blessed Virgin Mary for some time and just came across some meditations in the “Magnificat” that explains the Catholic Churches view of Mary very well.

VIGILANT WITH OUR LADY: In one of her antiphons, the Church solemnly tells us that “the fullness of time has come upon us at last.”  None of us in this room knows when the fullness of time will come for us. God grant we can meet it with courtesy. The fullness of time, in a deep spiritual sense, comes each day, a day which will never be again. Today is the absolute fullness of today. Let us be drawn to love and to give and to spread joy all about us.  We are not promised tomorrow, and we cannot do anything much about yesterday, except to regret what was wrong about it. But we have today!…

God expects that he will find us watching in prayer. This is where he found out Lady at the Annunciation. This is where he found her at Bethlehem. This is where he found her beneath the cross.   This is where he found her on Resurrection morning. This is where he found her in all the incidents of her life. This is where he found her at the moment of her death: watching in prayer. WILL HE FIND US WATCHING IN PRAYER?  We hope so, but we must will so.  We need to ask ourselves some very forthright questions.  Does he perhaps find us not watching in prayer but chafing under some circumstance, thrashing about in this situation, this thing that is asked of me, THIS SACRIFICE? It is up to us. HE WANTS TO FIND US WHERE HE FOUND OUR LADY, WATCHING IN PRAYER.   by Mother Mary Francis,P.C.C.

Keep in mind, all you who are talking about Respect for Women, Women Rights, etc. do you realize that Mary is the Mother of God, Jesus wants her to be respected and loved for who she is.

 

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Prayer to Mary, asking her to pray for us. This words all come from scripture

HAIL MARY, Full of Grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of the womb. Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen

 

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BIRTHDAY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Did you know Friday, Sept 8, was Mary’s birthday?  Pope Benedict XVI said: “Her soul was the space from which God was able to gain access into humanity.” “Today God welcomes on earth the holy throne which he had prepared for himself. He who established the heavens in wisdom has fashioned a living heaven.” (Byzantine liturgy).

The Jews kept records of births, we know Mary was born on Sept. 8. The Catholic Church celebrates her birthday.   Isaiah 11:1-3-A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding. A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.  Joseph was from the line of Jesse who was the father of David the king.

THE BIRTH OF IMMACULATE HUMILITY (MEDITATION OF THE DAY)

The devil really likes…pride…because it is the principle and source of all sin. On the other hand, it displeases God just as much as it pleases the devil. God is displeased by pride, and pleased by humility. God was so pleased with Mary’s humility that his goodness compelled him to give her the WORD, his Only Begotten Son–and she was the wonderful Mother who gave (that Word) to us. You know well that God’s Son did not take flesh within Mary until she had clearly expressed both her will and her humility by saying. Ecce ancilla Domini. Let it be done to me according to your Word. But as soon as she had said this, she conceived within her the dear spotless Lamb. By this, gentle First Truth was showing us how excellent this little virtue is, and how much those receive who in humility give their will as an offering to their Creator…………………….(Saint Catherine of Siena)

Prayer: Oh God, you gave life to the world through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, Son of the Blessed Virgin for whose birth we give thanks this day. Grant us, we beseech you, the grace to honor with our lives the Savior whom she bore, Christ our Lord. Amen

MARY, MOTHER FOR LIFE

O Mary, Mother of the Life Within, all life we entrust to You: the life of every expectant mother and the child within her womb, the life of every human body, the life of every human soul, the life of every newborn child and the life of all grown olf. You held the Lord to Your own Heart and drew Him so close in. So draw us now in all our needs, O Mother of the Life Within.

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF HOPE

O Blessed virgin Mary, mother of grace, hope of the world. Hear us, your children, who cry to you.

Oh Mother of Mercy, have pity on me in my distress. You are all-powerful with your divine Son. He can refuse no request of your immaculate heart. Show yourself at true mother to me by being my advocate before His throne.

Above all I pray, O dearest mother, that through your most powerful intercession my heart may be filled with holy hope, so that in life’s darkest hour I may never fail to trust in God my Savior, but by walking in the way of His commandments I may be united with Him, and with you in the eternal joys of heaven.

Mary, our hope, have pity on us. Hope of the hopeless, pray for us.   (from the Novena to Our Lady of Hope.)

GOD BLESS YOU ALL, PRAY FOR OUR PREGNANT MOTHERS AND THEIR UNBORN CHILDREN, THAT THEY MAY IGNORE THE WORLD, SEEK HELP, AND BRING GOD’S BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN INTO THE WORLD.

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR-ARE YOU WILLING TO FOLLOW JESUS?

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

SIMEON NOW SPEAKS TO THE MOTHER OF THIS LITTLE CHILD HE IS HOLDING IN HIS ARMS. He is looking ahead to the division between those who opt to follow Jesus, and those who do not.

Mary herself will have to make the decision to be on one side or the other. She is his mother, but will she become not only a mother who loves her child, but also someone who believes in the way of life that he preaches? That act of faith goes beyond family ties.

Mary made the decision. The Gospels show her relating to Jesus not only as his mother, but also as his disciple-a difficult bridge to cross. Pope Paul VI described her as the first and most faithful disciple.

All of us have to cross this bridge.  There is a “sword of division” between those who simply admire Jesus…and those who are willing to follow Jesus.

WHICH RAISES THE QUESTION: HAVE I CROSSED THAT BRIDGE?

TALK TO THE LORD ABOUT IT.

HAVE A HAPPY AND HOLY NEW YEAR. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!