Monday, March 25, 2013
[MaryVitamin] Monday of Holy Week
Mary Vitamin for April 2nd
Topic: Monday of Holy Week
Redeemed souls, and my beloved children, do not pity me only for the hour in which I beheld my dear Jesus expiring before my eyes; for the sword of sorrow predicted by Simeon pierced my soul during the whole of my life.
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary
Was the horrible sight of the crowning of thorns the first and only time Our Lady saw Jesus crowned in humility? The Lord's whole earthly life, taking on the nature of a human being was a humiliation. Since no man before Christ was born perfect and sinless and the teaching of the Trinity cannot be known through human reason alone, who on earth is able to distinguish the God-Man from sinful humanity? How humble is the Lord! It is similar to entering a penitentiary, wearing prison garb, yet never having committed a crime and being willing to be seen first as a criminal. How many examples must Our Lady have witnessed of this unending display of humility which culminates in the Lord's Crowning with thorns and cruel mockery by the soldiers.
Our Blessed Lady herself said to St. Bridget, "I heard some say that my Son was a thief; others, that He was an impostor; others, that no one deserved death more than He did; and every word was a new sword of grief to my heart."
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, 446-7.
St. Augustine says: Man sinned and became guilty; God is born a man to free man from his guilt. Man fell, but God descended; man fell miserably, but God descended mercifully; man fell through pride, God descended with his grace.
Office of Readings, Saturday from January 2nd to Epiphany
Today I will consider the long and bitter sorrow the Blessed Virgin Mary endured because She shared all things with Her Son. I will remember this in the Rosary today.
Fr. Stefano Manelli, FI
It was the fullness of love which opened the Hearts of Jesus and Mary for a superabundant outpouring of every gift of love. Hence, the fullness of divine love and the outpouring of every gift of divine love are the content of the Marian vow.
Father Stefano Manelli FI, The Marian Vow of Unlimited Consecration to the Immaculate, (Academy of the Immaculate), 20.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.