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.
How did God grow in wisdom and grace? Joseph and Mary practiced obedience. Jesus practiced obedience. We must all do our duty of state in obedience to God. Thinking of others first; practice a particular virtue and examine our conscience. Create a home where prayer and penance is a habit.