Wednesday, April 16, 2008

[MaryVitamin] The Fifth Glorious Mystery

Mary Vitamin for April 16th
Topic: Fifth Glorious Mystery, The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
"Arise, make haste, my love, My dove, My beautiful one, and come; for winter is now past and gone…. Thou shalt be crowned."
Canticles 2:10-11 & 4:8
St. Alphonsus di Liguori explains the Coronation from the viewpoint of the Son of God:
"Come in soul and body, to enjoy the recompense of thy holy life. If thy sufferings have been great on earth, far greater is the glory which I have prepared for thee in heaven. Enter, then, that kingdom, and take thy seat near Me; come to receive that crown which I will bestow upon thee as Queen of the universe."
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 391.
We also find in the gospel Our Lord confirming the reward Our Lady will receive because of her virtuous life:
While he was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, "Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed." He replied, "Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."
Winter does come to an end. For Our Lady, Her life of self-immolation ends in great triumph. She is rewarded because She is the Immaculate Conception. She is honored as the Mother of God. She is crowned because of Her virtue.
Today I will think of Our Lady's Coronation and pray for perseverance.

Marian Vow:
"There are seven Biblical passages, however, which may be used as guideposts for the spiritual ascent of every M.I.M. missionary, from the battle with sin (Gen. 3:15) to the appearance of the "Woman clothed with the sun" (Apoc. 12:1).
In fact, these seven passages treat the ascetical-mystical life as it begins with purification and practice of virtue (charity, prayer, mortification, purity) and concludes in union with Christ, in self-immolation with Mary, in the very life of the Holy Spirit, via identification with 'the woman clothed with the sun.'."
 Marian Seraphic Pathways, Statutes, Article 7.

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