Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Mary Vitamin for January 15th
Topic: Our Lady of Banneux
(feast January 15th)
"I am the Virgin of the Poor."
January 19, 1933
"You will be surprised to know that in the poorest neighborhoods in many of the cities where we live and work, when we get close to the people who live in shacks, the first thing they ask for is not bread or clothes, even though often they are dying of hunger and are naked. They ask us to teach them the Word of God. People are hungry for God. They long to hear his Word."
Mariette Beco was financially poor, but also spiritually poor. In January of 1933, Our Lady appeared outside the window of Mariette Beco's house. Our Lady appeared bright and shining like an orb of light. This beautiful Lady motioned to Mariette to come out of her house. Despite the cold and dark of a frigid January night, Mariette left the spiritual emptiness of her own house, endured the physical discomfort of the cold, to join Our Lady in praying the Rosary.
I have to be like Mariette Beco and leave behind the practices of spiritual impoverishment. Leave the old behind and walk out to meet Our Lady of Banneux. I will ask for the light of Our Lady of Banneux, who came as the "Virgin of the Poor," shining light and bringing relief to the suffering. I will ask Her to show me what behaviors I am hanging on to that get in the way of true spiritual growth.
"Resemblance with the Immaculate cannot be realized without the mortification of all passions, big and small, without the radical foreswearing of our own selfishness."
Marian Seraphic Pathways, #11,p86
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.