As our biological father gives life, our biological mother bears life. So God the Father gives life, His own life, so that we may live spiritually, Mary bears His life so that we may live spiritually. She is the mediatrix of all grace – grace is the life of God. As the source of grace, Jesus Christ came into the world through Mary, and so God chooses to continue to give the grace that He gives through her.
Mary was conceived in the womb of St. Ann, and in that moment, and for all eternity, she was and will remain untouched by any and every stain of sin. Not since the sin of Adam had such a child been conceived, and only one child would be conceived after her in that way. That child would be God Himself, conceived in the womb of the Immaculate Conception.
“There is no problem or difficulty that cannot be solved or resolved by faithful persevering recourse to My Mother’s most holy Rosary. The Rosary is My Mother’s gift to the poor and to the simple, to the little ones who alone are capable of hearing the Gospel in all its purity and of responding to it with a generous heart. It is to such as these—the childlike and the weak, the poor and the trusting—that the Rosary is given. It is to such as these that the Rosary belongs. There are no sufferings that cannot be borne peacefully, so long as a soul is praying the Rosary. Through the Rosary, all the grace and power of My mysteries passes through My Mother’s Immaculate Heart into the hearts of the little ones who invoke her, repeating the angel’s ‘Ave’ over and over again. There are illnesses that can be cured through the Rosary. There are clouds of darkness and confusion that only the Rosary can disperse, and this because it is My Mother’s favourite prayer, a prayer that originated in the heights of heaven and was carried to earth by My Archangel, a prayer echoed and amplified in the Church through the ages, a prayer loved by all My saints, a prayer of disarming power and of immense depth. There are those who find the Rosary difficult. The difficulty lies not in the Rosary but in the complexity of those who struggle to enter into its simplicity. Invite souls to the prayer of the Rosary; through it I will heal the sick of mind and body, through it I will give peace where there is conflict, through it I will make great saints out of great sinners, through it I will sanctify My priests, give joy to My consecrated ones, and raise up new vocations in abundance. Listen, then, to My Mother’s plea in so many places. Listen to her, take her plea to heart, pray her Rosary and, for you, as for her, My Father will do wondrous things.”
(From In Sinu Jesu, the Journal of a Priest)
There is a great consolation in the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary remained on earth for many years after her divine Son returned to heaven having accomplished His mission to reunite man and God to save us from our sins. Mary remained – she endured the sadness and the suffering of this world. We all have sadness and suffering, and we have a mother who knows what we’re going through herself, having known God like no other. She remained for many reasons. While her biological Son had gone to heaven, she had other children to care for, spiritual children.
When meditating on the maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the first thing we think of is Our Lord. She is His mother, which is the source and summit of all of her honors, dignities, and power. But we know that she is our mother as well. So although our first thought – and rightly so – when we hear Maternity of the Blessed Virgin is of Our Lord, today we will think a little bit about her as our mother, for this feast includes that.
Today we celebrate the External Solemnity of the Feast of the Holy Rosary. There is a lot of attention paid to Mary and the Rosary during the month of October, so it is worth taking an extra look at why we do that. As Christians, we are called to be imitators of Christ. And, of course, the Lord loves his Mother.
In this Mother’s Day sermon, we are reminded that Mary does not take us on as some troublesome burden. Rather, she takes us on as her own children. We, for whom her Son died, are still here, and her care for us is the care that only a mother can have. She is immeasurably happy to be with her children, to teach them and to form them to be like her natural Son.
“For you are all the children of God by faith, in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you be Christ’ s, then are you the seed of Abraham, heirs according to the promise. ” [Galatians 3:26-29] From the most ancient of days, the feast held on January 1st has been a dual feast of both the circumcision of our Lord and the maternity of Mary. Baptism is the new circumcision, and by it we are set apart from the world to live for God and God alone.
A study of the Blessed Mother’s devotion to the Eucharistic Christ and the Secret prayer from the External Solemnity of the Feast of Corpus Christi (“Graciously give Your Church, we beseech You, O Lord, the gifts of unity and peace which are betokened by the gifts we offer.”). [Read more…]
A sermon about the queenship of Mary – why do we crown her? Why is she a queen? What does that mean to us? Based on teachings by Pope Pius XII.