Tuesday, April 08, 2008

[MaryVitamin] First Glorious Mystery

Mary Vitamin for April 8th
Topic: First Glorious Mystery of the Rosary – The Resurrection
St. Francis de Sales
"Certainly a day will come when we shall rise from the dead, and these mortal bodies which we have, now subject to corruption, will be immortal, entirely spiritual [I Cor. 15:51-54 ] and remade like that of Our Lord. [Phil. 3:21]"
Sermon on the Presentation of Our Lady – November 21, 1620
The Sermons of St. Francis de Sales on Our Lady, (Tan Books),  119.
"Die, then, to every human sentiment and affection, that Jesus Christ crucified may live in you. Thusly being transformed and, as it were, transfigured, you may have no other feeling in your heart; you may no longer hear or see any object but your Lord attached to the Cross, and dying for you. In doing this you will be following the example of the blessed Virgin; so that, being entirely dead to the world, your soul may breathe no other life than that of faith, thus, waiting that happy resurrection when the Lord will fill you with spiritual joy and the gifts of the Holy Ghost; you, I say, and all mankind in whose conduct the fervor of the apostolic age should be renewed. Be attentive, then, to prayer, meditation and pious affections, that you may obtain the gifts and graces of God."
Treatise on the Spiritual Life (Loreto Publications), 36.
Today, in my rosary, I will pray to have a holy death. I will also strive to live today as though it were my last by saying my prayers well and  by following the virtuous example of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Marian Vow:
St. Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church, wrote these comforting words in a letter to his dying friend,
"As your soul departs from your body, may the shining cohorts of angels hasten to greet you, the tribunal of apostles acquit you, the triumphant ranks of white robed martyrs accompany you, the lily-bearing bands of glorious confessors surround you, the choir of virgins bring up your train with rejoicing, and in blest tranquility may the patriarchs receive you into their loving embrace. May our Lord Jesus appear before you gentle and eager of countenance and assign you a place amid those who stand in His presence for evermore."
Felicitas Corrigan, O.S.B., The Saints Humanly Speaking (Servant Publications) 277-8.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.

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