Saturday, October 11, 2014

Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy!

"Then let us call her by that name, let us treat her as a  mother -- as the Mother of God first of all and then as our own Mother -- since Jesus, when dying on the Cross, put at our disposal the treasures of her maternity.  Our Lady has a maternal mission to accomplish in our souls.  Jesus Himself has entrusted it to her; therefore, it is very dear to her, and she desires to fulfill it perfectly.  Yes, Mary wishes to be our Mother, she wishes to use the privileges and treasures of her maternity for our advantage, but she cannot do so unless we entrust ourselves to her care like docile, loving children.  Even among those who are consecrated to God, not all realize sufficiently the necessity of giving themselves to Mary as her children, of opening their soul to her maternal influence, of having recourse to her with complete confidence, of calling upon her aid in all their difficulties and dangers, and of placing their whole spiritual life under her patronage.  In the natural order a child needs a mother, and suffers both morally and spiritually without one; so also in the supernatural order, souls need a mother, they need Mary, most holy.  Without her and her maternal care, souls suffer, their spiritual life is stunted and often becomes lax, or, at least, is not as vigorous as it should be.  On the other hand, when souls give themselves to Mary, seek Mary, and trust themselves to her, their interior life progresses rapidly, their journey toward God is more simple and swift; everything becomes easier because there is a Mother's hand to sustain them, there is a Mother's heart to comfort them."

~Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, O.C.D., Divine Intimacy

I love you, Mary, Mother Most Wonderful!
I love you and I give you my heart,
confident that you will keep it safe
until at last I behold face-to-face
your Beloved Son, Jesus,
my Lord and my All,
my King and my God.
Amen!  Alleluia!

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