Mary Vitamin for March 19th
Topic: St. Joseph and Nourishment
"The milk with which the Virgin fed Him while a babe, she received, as the Church sings, from Heaven; it cost this sovereign maiden nothing..."
Edward Healy Thompson, M. A.,The Life and Glories of Saint Joseph, (Tan Books: 1980), 309-10.
[B]ut Joseph was subjected to great fatigues for many years in order to relieve the extreme poverty of his Foster-Son. To increase His strength he weakened his own; so that he might have said, like the holy Precursor,
"He must increase, but I must decrease."
Marvel of marvels! This great saint received into his arms a poor and necessitous God, who deigned to be dependent on him for His corporeal food. Joseph shared with his august spouse the glory of nourishing Him; she, of her own substance, and he of his substantial strength.
Edward Healy Thompson, M. A., The Life and Glories of Saint Joseph, (Tan Books: 1980), 309-10.
Today, when I pray the Our Father, I will pause over the words
"Give us this day our daily bread."
I will recall that both Our Lady and St. Joseph provided for "Him who provides for the necessities of all creatures." (Healy, 309)
(If I have the opportunity to provide meals for my children, elderly parents, or neighbors, I will remember that this is a heavenly gift to be able to share in God's office of providing for the "necessities of all creatures."
No one consecrated to the Immaculate can ever consider himself dispensed from the active Marian apostolate, carried out personally, either alone, or in a group. The consecration to the Immaculate is a mission, and necessarily entails missionary activity in every time and place. The consecration to the Immaculate - St. Maximilian teaches - does not consist in an act of dedication, however fervently recited, but consists in knowing how to suffer much for her.
Marian Seraphic Pathways, 7th Condition of Membership, Directory
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.