Tuesday, January 06, 2009

[MaryVitamin] Judith

Mary Vitamin for January  6th
Topic: Judith and the sign of an aqueduct
St. Bonaventure
"She is the full aqueduct, that others may receive her plenitude…Before the birth of the Blessed Virgin, a constant flow of graces was wanting, because this aqueduct did not exist."
Glories of Mary, (Tan Books: 1978), 159
St. Alphonsus di Liguori goes on to explain the image of Our Lady as an aqueduct by calling upon the Book of Judith. Judith was a virtuous widow who saved her people with  great courage and daring. She outwitted Holofernes, the commander of the enemy's forces, and killed him.
"But now that Mary has been given to the world, heavenly graces constantly flow through her on all. The devil, like Holofernes, who, in order to gain  possession of the city of Behulia, ordered the aqueducts destroyed, exerts himself to his utmost to destroy devotion to the Mother of God in souls; for if this channel of grace is closed, he easily gains possession of them."
 Glories of Mary, (Tan Books: 1978), 159
Today, I will think of Our Lady as the aqueduct God designed to bring the life giving water to my soul.  In St. John's Gospel the Lord says,
"whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."
John 4:13-14
 She will make sure that my soul receives the crystal clear and pure water of  Christ. I will continue to say my Rosary, Angelus and other Marian prayers.
Marian Vow:
Fr. Stefano Manelli, FI
"These figures and symbols embellish the personality of Mary concretely and dynamically, showing her more clearly to be a 'living creature,' as Garofalo writes, 'with all the force of her mystery and humanity, in the very lively panorama of the story of salvation narrated in the Bible.'"
All Generations Shall Call Me Blessed, (Academy of the Immaculate: 1986), 84.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.