Saturday, August 30, 2008

Hail, O Queen of heav'n enthroned, alleluia!
Hail by angels mistress owned, alleluia!
Root of Jesse, Gate of Morn, alleluia!
When the world's true Light was born, alleluia!

Glorious Virgin, joy to thee, alleluia!
Loveliest whom in heaven they see, alleluia!
Fairest thou, where all are fair, alleluia!
Plead with Christ our sins to spare, alleluia!

[12th Century, Public domain]

The Church honors Our Lady on Saturdays in Ordinary Time, and when there is no Obligatory Saints Memorial, there are special Mass Propers that can be used. Today was one of those days and the Gospel reading was the story where Our Lord told the Parable about the 5, 2, and 1 talents the master gave his servants.

St. Louis de Montfort (1716+) wrote about this in regard to Our Lady in his book, God Alone.
And so he points out:

[My comments are bracketed in red]

1. Mary alone found grace with God for herself and for every individual person. No patriarch nor prophet nor any other holy person of the Old Law could manage to find this grace.
[Mary was "full of grace" as the angel said to her at the Annunciation! And she stayed that way because she never sinned. No other human being could say that!]

2. It was Mary who gave existence and life to the Author of all grace, and because of this she is called the "Mother of Grace."
[Through Mary's Fiat, the Holy Spirit caused 3 drops of her Immaculate blood to leave her pure Heart and travel to her womb where the Body of Jesus was formed.]

3. God the Father, from whom, as from its essential source, every perfect gift and every grace come down to us, gave her every grace when He gave her His Son. Thus, as Saint Bernard says, "the will of God is manifested to her in Jesus and with Jesus.
[Because Mary consented to bear the Son of the Father, she was awarded this special grace of being "called Blessed for all generations as the Mother of God.]

4. God chose her to be the treasurer, the administrator, and the dispenser of all His graces, so that all His graces and gifts pass through her hands. Such is the power that she has received from Him that, according to Saint Bernardine, "she gives the graces of the Eternal Father, the virtues of Jesus Christ, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit to whom she wills, as and when she wills, and as much as she wills."
[This is why we should consecrate ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, wear her Brown Scapular, and pray the Rosary daily. Then Mother Mary will know us as her child, shape us into an image of Jesus, her Divine Son, and be recognized by the Eternal Father as members of His Kingdom!]

Blessings to all+
Deacon John