Tuesday, March 11, 2008

[MaryVitamin] Stations of the Cross with Mary XII

Mary Vitamin for March 11th
Topic: The Twelfth Station - Jesus Dies on the Cross

John Paul II's prayer which concludes the Encyclical
"O Mary,
Mother of Mercy,
watch over all people,
the Cross of Christ
may not be emptied of its power
that man may not stray
from the path of the good
or become blind to sin,
but may put his hope ever more fully in God
who is 'rich in mercy' (Eph 2:4).
May he carry out the good works prepared
by God beforehand (cf. Eph 2:10)
and so live completely
'for the praise of his glory' (Eph 1:12)."
August 6th, 1993

Fr. Faber
"The Crucifix is always the same, yet ever varying its expression so as to be to us in all our moods just what we most want and it is best for us to have. No wonder saints have hung over their Crucifixes in such trances of contented love. But Mary is a part of the reality of this symbol. The Mother and the Apostle stand  as it were, through all ages at the foot of the Crucifix, symbols themselves of the great mystery, of the sole true religion, of what God has done for the world which He created. As we cannot think of the Child at Bethlehem without His Mother, so neither will the Gospel let us picture to ourselves the Man on Calvary without His Mother also. Jesus and Mary were always one; but there was a peculiar union between them on Calvary. "
Father Faber,  The Foot of the Cross, (Tan Books: 1978), 240.

Today, I will keep the crucifix of my Rosary near me and I will pray with the sentiments of John Paul II that "the Cross of Christ may not be emptied of its power."
I will turn to the Mother of Mercy frequently today.

Marian Vow:
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
"I seem not to have suffered anything as yet and, consequently, I feel I have done nothing for my God."
The Thoughts and Saying of Saint Margaret Mary, (Tan Books: 1986), 81.

I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.