A Perfect Mother’s Heart…..

Behold, the only Heart which loves Jesus with a Mother’s love….

image And would she not be perfect, and pure and rendered impeccable by God for her unique and glorious privilege:  to conceive, bear and mother the only-begotten Son of God, Jesus Christ Who took upon Himself her very flesh.

Immaculate Mary, pray for us!

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Mary bashing…they should know better

I rarely visit Twitter. My followers are in double digits…barely. But, a couple of nights ago, I happened to glance at the feed, and to my shock, Our Lady was the subject of some twitter banter. Sadly, many people were claiming that she had been only an “incubator” for Jesus, that she had not even given Him flesh. Others said to “forget about Mary,” and to “put her aside.”

Well, I joined some other Catholics who were defending our Beloved Mother and tried to help enlighten those who were so cruelly disparaging her. What I found most heartbreaking was that they weren’t even neutral in their opinion, but rather anti-Mary…as though they wished they could just make her go away.

Because of this recent incident, I’m dusting off a past post I wrote about our Blessed Mother, and yes, I’ll be linking to it on Twitter. I doubt it will open any closed minds, but maybe the rosary I’m about to say will!  You just never know….

O Mary, Gate of Heaven, Morning Star, Ark of the Covenant, Theotokos, pray for us!

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Sandro Botticelli, circa 1480

Mary was on my mind yesterday during adoration, no doubt because I was reading 33 Days to Morning Glory, and also because of the recent events related in my last post.

But it’s more than that. I’ve mentioned before that I listen to Catholic radio a lot, and during the call-in shows, Mary is often a topic of conversation. So many people simply do not grasp her sublime place in God’s Plan for our salvation, or worse yet, they think she was simply a convenient vehicle used by God to bring the Savior into the world. After Jesus was born, these individuals assume that Mary and Joseph led a normal married life and that Mary simply faded into oblivion.

What an insult to God! First to imagine that His Son would be conceived by an ordinary woman who had not been perfectly prepared by Him. Secondly, to ascribe to God such a capricious attitude of using one of His creatures for so exalted a purpose and then to essentially forget about her….to credit nothing to her for the sacrifice of her very own Son.

Scripture and the Church present us with such a very different picture of Mary’s life and Mary’s purpose.

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you….

What a great Mystery!  Mary is asked, and consents to be the Mother of Jesus.

And…in a glorious silence containing all the Power of Heaven and earth, the Holy Spirit overshadows her and enters into her virginal womb to create the Body and Soul of the God-Man, that Human Nature which would be hypostatically united to the Divine Nature and Person of the Son of God.

The Incarnation is God’s greatest Work, and It took place within Mary, hidden in silence, unheralded save by Gabriel’s few words to the chosen maiden.

How holy Mary was from the first moment of her Immaculate Conception… Full of Grace, as Gabriel addressed her. But what new and unique Graces surely flooded her soul in that wondrous Instant when she became the Mother of God, and truly the Spouse of the Holy Spirit!

Can anyone really dare to think that all of this happened in an off-handed, matter of fact way? That God overshadowed Mary, and then departed, bestowing no splendor of Grace, no bond between Himself and this Woman carrying the very Son of God, now incarnate?

Mary is matchless, and we can never comprehend her holiness and her unique relationship to God.  She is not Divine. God is infinitely above all of His creatures. But Mary has an exalted place which cannot be approached by even the greatest of the Saints.

She is the God-Bearer. And once you say that, what is left to say about her greatness? All that she is and all that she has was bestowed upon her because of the ineffable and most pure intimacy she experienced with the Most Holy Trinity.

Who can plumb the mysteries which passed between God and Mary in that Moment which changed everything? The Son became her Child…uniting her flesh to His Being in an act of humility and Gift for which the angels surely were rendered speechless to praise.

Yes, God defeated Satan through a humble maiden, forever raised to the heights of holiness because of her relationship with God.

If we become holy through Baptism, when The Trinity comes to dwell within us, then what is there to say of Mary’s holiness, her relationship to God, her exaltation?

O Mary, Daughter of the Most High, Mother of the Eternal Word, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us!

Tuesday adoration….Mary is matchless

Mary was on my mind yesterday during adoration, no doubt because I was reading 33 Days to Morning Glory, and also because of the recent events related in my last post.

But it’s more than that. I’ve mentioned before that I listen to Catholic radio a lot, and during the call-in shows, Mary is often a topic of conversation. So many people simply do not grasp her sublime place in God’s Plan for our salvation, or worse yet, they think she was simply a convenient vehicle used by God to bring the Savior into the world. After Jesus was born, these individuals assume that Mary and Joseph led a normal married life and that Mary simply faded into oblivion.

What an insult to God! First to imagine that His Son would be conceived by an ordinary woman who had not been perfectly prepared by Him. Secondly, to ascribe to God such a capricious attitude of using one of His creatures for so exalted a purpose and then to essentially forget about her….to credit nothing to her for the sacrifice of her very own Son.

Scripture and the Church present us with such a very different picture of Mary’s life and Mary’s purpose.

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you….

What a great Mystery!  Mary is asked, and consents to be the Mother of Jesus.

And…in a glorious silence containing all the Power of Heaven and earth, the Holy Spirit overshadows her and enters into her virginal womb to create the Body and Soul of the God-Man, that Human Nature which would be hypostatically united to the Divine Nature and Person of the Son of God.

The Incarnation is God’s greatest Work, and It took place within Mary, hidden in silence, unheralded save by Gabriel’s few words to the chosen maiden.

How holy Mary was from the first moment of her Immaculate Conception… Full of Grace, as Gabriel addressed her. But what new and unique Graces surely flooded her soul in that wondrous Instant when she became the Mother of God, and truly the Spouse of the Holy Spirit!

Can anyone really dare to think that all of this happened in an off-handed, matter of fact way? That God overshadowed Mary, and then departed, bestowing no splendor of Grace, no bond between Himself and this Woman carrying the very Son of God, now incarnate?

Mary is matchless, and we can never comprehend her holiness and her unique relationship to God.  She is not Divine. God is infinitely above all of His creatures. But Mary has an exalted place which cannot be approached by even the greatest of the Saints.

She is the God-Bearer. And once you say that, what is left to say about her greatness? All that she is and all that she has was bestowed upon her because of the ineffable and most pure intimacy she experienced with the Most Holy Trinity.

Who can plumb the mysteries which passed between God and Mary in that Moment which changed everything? The Son became her Child…uniting her flesh to His Being in an act of humility and Gift for which the angels surely were rendered speechless to praise.

Yes, God defeated Satan through a humble maiden, forever raised to the heights of holiness because of her relationship with God.

If we become holy through Baptism, when The Trinity comes to indwell us, then what is there to say of Mary’s holiness, her relationship to God, her exaltation?

O Mary, Daughter of the Most High, Mother of the Eternal Word, Spouse of the Holy Spirit, pray for us!

Immaculate Mary….

The Immaculate Heart.  The Immaculate Conception.  The Immaculata….

Could there be a more perfect word to describe Our Blessed Lady?  All pure and pristine and spotless.  “Our tainted nature’s solitary boast…”

Sweet, sweet Mary, Heart so Pure, never desiring anything but the Will of God.

Yes, spotless and stainless and sinless.

How sad I am when Mary’s magnificence is misunderstood. How unthinkable it is to me that God would permit His Only Begotten Son, the Eternal Word, to become flesh in the womb of a sinful woman….to take up His Sacred Humanity from and within sinful flesh. Mary’s flesh became His flesh. She is His link to the human race. His true Mother. Of course she had to be Immaculate, free from any stain of sin.

What is misunderstood is that God did not glorify Mary for herself alone, but rather because He chose her to be the Mother of His Son. All the privileges bestowed upon her redound to her unique relationship with Jesus.

There is so much to say about Mary. But for today, I want to rejoice that she is Immaculate in Heart, Soul and Body. And doesn’t Jesus deserve such a peerless Mother?

Gabriel knew, when he addressed her, “Hail Full of Grace…”  It is her name. A fitting name for the one who would become the Mother of God.

Mary, at The Beautiful Gate, posted a link to a riveting story about a woman who died and had her very sinful life judged by Our Lord. One of the most comforting details in the story was of Our Lady, who prostrated herself at the feet of Her Divine Son and interceded for this woman. Mary will be with us always. She is, afterall….a Mother.

Holy Mary Mother of God
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour
of our death, Amen.

Rejoice O Sweet Mother of God…..

 

THE AKATHIST HYMN

Rejoice, Thou through whom joy will shine forth:

Rejoice, Thou through whom the curse will cease!

Rejoice, recall of fallen Adam:

Rejoice, redemption of the tears of Eve!

Rejoice, height inaccessible to human thoughts:

Rejoice, depth undiscernible even for the eyes of angels!

Rejoice, for Thou art the throne of the King:

Rejoice, for Thou bearest Him Who beareth all!

Rejoice, star that causest the Sun to appear:

Rejoice, womb of the Divine Incarnation!

Rejoice, Thou through whom creation is renewed:

Rejoice, Thou through whom we worship the Creator!

Rejoice, O Bride Unwedded!