Thursday, February 11, 2010
Mary Vitamin for February 11th
Topic: Our Lady of Lourdes and the Gloria
"The Lady left me to pray all alone; she passed the beads of her rosary between her fingers but she said nothing; only at the end of each decade did She say the 'Gloria' with me."http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/LOURBERN.HTM
Our Lady to Saint Bernadette at Lourdes:
“I am the Immaculate Conception.”
March 25, 1858
On March 25th, when St. Bernadette asked the name of the beautiful Lady in the Grotto, She replied "I am the Immaculate Conception." Our Lady did not say: My name is the Immaculate Conception or I am she who is immaculately conceived. She simply said: I am the Immaculate Conception. The manner of prayer shown by Our Lady at Lourdes confirms Her statement. Because Mary is the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady's entire being gives glory to God. She is unable to do anything but give glory to God. At Lourdes, Our Lady prayed the Rosary with St. Bernadette, She did not pray the Our Father; She doesn't need daily bread or forgiveness. She did not pray the Hail Mary; She is the one being addressed in the Hail Mary. But She did pray the Glory be to the Father, because She will never miss an opportunity to give glory to God.
Today, each time I say the glory, (in the Rosary, after the Angelus, or any extras) I will think of Our Lady of Lourdes. I will imitate Her reverence in praying the glory.
St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe
"True knowledge of the Immaculate One can only be acquired in prayer. The purer a soul is, the greater efforts it makes to avoid sin; and if it does happen to sin, it tries its best to rise from sin and to make up for its fault by love. The more humble it is, and the more spirit of penance it shows, the more and better it will get to know the Immaculate." (Conference 26.VII.39)
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.