Mary Vitamin for April 7th
Topic: Easter Joy
"My heart is ready, O God
I will sing, sing your praise.
Awake my soul;
Awake, lyre and harp
I will awake the dawn."
St. Claude de La Colombiere explains spiritual joy:
"By God's infinite mercy I feel a liberty of spirit which fills me with great joy. It seems as though nothing could now make my unhappy. The thought that I am serving God fills me with this joy, and I feel that it is of far greater value than all the favor of kings would be. The occupations of the worldly seem very despicable in comparison with work done for God."
The Spiritual Direction of Saint Claude de la Colombiere, (Ignatius Press), 70.
Liberty of spirit brings joy. Liberty to do God's Will not our own. This is the secret of Our Lady's joy and the joy of the saints. It is the message of St. Paul: "God's Will is good, pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:2)
Today, when I pass my image of Our Lady, I will repeat the words of St. Paul ("God's Will is good, pleasing and perfect") and remember that Our Lady lived St. Paul's words exactly and experienced perfect joy.
St. Maximilian Kolbe
"If Mary is the Mediatrix of All Graces, then only in proportion to our nearness to her are we able to become channels of grace, mediators of grace that comes from the Father through the Son who merited them and the Immaculata who dispenses them so that as they come upon us they will through us flow into the lives of other souls.
Will To Love, (Marytown Press) 48
John Paul II
The Gospels mention various appearances of the risen Christ, but not a meeting between Jesus and his Mother. This silence must not lead to the conclusion that after the Resurrection Christ did not appear to Mary; rather it invites us to seek the reasons why the Evangelists made such a choice.
General Audience of 21 May 1997,
St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church:
One day after receiving Communion, it seemed most clear to me that Our Lord sat beside me; He told me that immediately after His resurrection He went to see our Lady because she then had great need and that the pain she experienced so absorbed and transpierced her soul that she did not return immediately to herself to rejoice in that joy. By this I understood how different was this other transpiercing, the one of my soul. But what must have been that transpiercing of the blessed Virgin's soul! He also said that He had remained a long time with her because it was necessary in order to console her.
St. Teresa of Avila, Spiritual Testimonies, (ICS Publications), 390-91.
I will think often of the Lord consoling the Blessed Virgin Mary after the Resurrection especially in my Rosary.
St. Maximilian Kolbe
Whatever happens for the cause of conversion and sanctification is a work of the grace of God. But the Mediatrix of that grace is the Mother of God. As Jesus is sole Mediator with God the Father, so the only Mediatrix with Jesus is the Mother of God. Therefore, conversion and sanctification come through her.
Will to Love, (Marytown Press), 48.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.