Mexican musicians in Queens, NY preparing to serenade Our Lady of Guadalupe.
“Father…Help us by her prayers to live in your presence without sin”…and have peace in our soul.
Father of mercy,
give your people help and strength from heaven.
The birth of the Virgin Mary’s Son
was the dawn of our salvation
May this celebration of her birthday
bring us closes to lasting peace.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Gift to the Blessed Mother: To be in the state of grace, to be good souls (soil), so that His words (seed of eternal life) can bring numerous fruits. While we have to accept pain along the way—hope exists, offering a piece of heaven for ourselves and those around us.
“Happy the womb that bore you and the breasts you sucked!” But he replied, “Still happier those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Luke 11: 27-28
The Blessed Mother is a constant help for those sincerely seeking to hear the word of God and live it — urging us to pray constantly.
Jesus is the “new man” (cf. Eph 4:24; Col 3:10) who calls redeemed humanity to share in his divine life. The mystery of the Incarnation lays the foundations for an anthropology which, reaching beyond its own limitations and contradictions, moves toward God himself, indeed toward the goal of “divinization.” This occurs through the grafting of the redeemed onto Christ and their admission into the intimacy of the Trinitarian life. The Fathers have laid great stress on this soteriological dimension of the mystery of the Incarnation: it is only because the Son of God truly became man that man, in him and through him, can truly become a child of God. Saint Pope John Paul II, Novo Millennio Ineunte, 2001
Artwork: Paul Cezanne
The Blessed Mother, speaking in Medjugorje, is a lot kinder to the ‘shepherds’ of the Church than they are to her. But the Holy Spirit may not be so kind — in response to their mistreatment of God’s grace.
“Since I am truly your merciful Mother, and that of all men, I will grant everyone who visits this sanctuary the fruit of my affection, my compassionate attention, my help and salvation. I will hear your cries of distress so as to cure all your sufferings and ills.” Nican Mopohua, Mexico 1981, pp.28-32
It’s good to be consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and also good to pray and fast for an end to U.S. support for terrorism (rebels) in Syria.
How happy my soul was, good Mother,
when I had the good fortune to gaze upon you!
How I love to recall the pleasant moments spent
under your gaze, so full of kindness and mercy for us.
Yes, tender Mother, you stooped down to earth
to appear to a mere child…You, the Queen of heaven and earth
deigned to make use of
the most fragile thing in the world’s eyes.
Mary responded to Bernadette’s request — “who are you?” (on March 25, 1858), with the words: “Que soy era Immaculada Councepciou.”
And from our hearts we sing to her: Hail Holy Mother, you gave birth to the King, whose name is eternal; she who has conceived has at the same time the joy of motherhood and the glory of virginity. Fernandez, “In Conversation with God”
Artwork: El Greco (1541-1614)