A MAY DEVOTION AS WE PONDER OUR BLESSED LADY

 

Mary lived with her eyes fixed on Christ, treasuring His every word: “She kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” {St. Luke. 2} The memories of Jesus, impressed upon her heart, were always with her, leading her to reflect on the various moments of her life at her Son's side. In a way those memories were to be the Rosary which she recited uninterruptedly throughout her earthly life.

And again, after the events of her Son's hidden and public life, events which she must have shared with acute sensitivity, it was on Calvary that Mary's suffering, beside the suffering of Jesus, reached an intensity which can hardly be imagined from a human point of view, but which was mysterious and supernaturally fruitful for the Redemption of the world. Her ascent of Calvary and her standing at the foot of the Cross, together with the Beloved Disciple, were a special sort of sharing in the redeeming death of her Son. Entrusting himself/herself to Mary in a filial manner, the Christian, like the Apostle John, ‘welcomes' the Mother of Christ into his own home, and brings her into everything that makes up his inner life, that is to say into his human and Christian “I”, just as Saint John took Mary “into his own home”. Thus the Christian seeks to be taken into that maternal charity with which the Redeemer's Mother “cares for the brethren of her Son”, in whose birth and development she co-operates in the measure of the gift proper to each one through the power of Christ's Spirit.

And so, we say to Mary, our Mother: To your care we entrust all the necessities of all families, the joys of children, the desires of the young, the worries of adults, the pains of the sick, the serene old age of senior citizens! We trust to you, Mary, the fidelity and abnegation of your Son's priests with the hope for all who are preparing for priesthood, the joyous dedication of all in the cloister, and all the prayers and concern of men and women Religious – indeed we entrust to you, O Sacred Virgin Mary, the lives and the commitment of all those who work for Christ's reign on this earth!

{Pope St. John Paul II}

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Let us pray: Hail Mary! First of the Disciples and our loving, sweet Mother: Mother of the Church: help us always to account for the hope that is in us, with trust in the Father's love. Teach us to build up the world, beginning from within our own souls in the depth of prayer and contemplation, in the joy of Christian love and in the unique fruitfulness of the Cross. Faithful Virgin Mary, holiest dwelling place of the Word made Flesh, teach us to listen to that Word and to the voice of the Spirit. Sacred Virgin Mary: we beseech thee, pray for us always, and keep us ever faithful to Jesus, the world's Redeemer.

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And a Passing Thought

Blessed are they who abandon themselves into our Lady's hands. Their names are written in the Book of Life. {Saint Bonaventure}

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WE LOVE THEE, O BLESSED QUEEN OF HEAVEN: AND WE GIVE THEE OUR HEARTS!

MARY, QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES: INTERCEDE FOR US ALWAYS!

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: O, BE OUR SALVATION!

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Mary is the Immaculate, as she is the Virgin and the Mother of God. As the two latter designations mark her position in the scheme of Redemption, so the former denotes her position in the scheme of grace. And the whole of God's plan for raising human sanctification to its highest term, in a crowning example and a masterpiece of redeeming power, comes out to view. The ascending scale of sanctities is completed. That mystical ladder ascends from the earth in Jacob's vision, and the angels ascend and descend upon it, and God Himself is leaning on it; and on its topmost degree, above the ascent of every other created sanctity, is placed the Immaculate Mother of God. The interval between the thrones of the saints and the throne of Jesus is filled up. The psalm sings of Christ in His glorious Kingdom, that: “The Queen stood at His right hand in a garment of gold, encircled with variety.” (Psalm 44: 10) Most truly is she but a creature, and Jesus is her Creator. But what a creature – founded in original grace , and the Mother of her Creator! All the saints were sinners once, but Mary was always the dear child of God. By her formation in grace above the saints, by her maternity above the angels, her position in the universe is clearly defined, its causes understood, her influence explained. Mary is the Bridge from God to man, across the gulf of eternity.

{from ‘The Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God' by Archbishop William Ullathorne, 1855}

Archbishop Ullathorne of Birmingham was the great, great, great Uncle of Angela Ullathorne, our own much loved friend, and the Guardian of the ArchConfraternity Mission at Midhurst.

 

 

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