Monday, January 05, 2009

[MaryVitamin] Rebecca

Mary Vitamin for January 5th
Topic: Rebecca a sign of Our Lady
"O Lady, do thou pray for me, for thou wilt ask for the graces I require with greater devotion than I can dare ask for them; and thou wilt obtain far greater graces from God for me than I can presume to seek."
A prayer by a devout writer
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 227.
"Rebecca [the wife of the Patriarch Isaac] was a figure of Mary; and she, when asked by Abraham's servant for a little water to drink, replied, that not only would she give him plenty for himself, but also for his camels, saying, 'I will draw water for thy camels also, till they all drink.' On these words Saint Bernard addresses our Blessed Lady, saying: 'O Mary, thou art far more liberal and compassionate than Rebecca; and therefore thou art not satisfied with distributing the treasures of thy immense mercy only to the just, of whom Abraham's servants were types, but also thou bestowest them on sinners, who are signified by the camels.'"
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary,  (Tan Books), 227.
Today, with my May devotions or with my image of the Blessed Virgin, I will wholeheartedly turn to our Lady for graces. I will have hope whether I am in the category of the just servants or the category of the camels. She looks with eyes of mercy on both.
I am a camel and the journey is long and arduous, the earth is  a dry desert, please give me to drink from the fountain of life, Your Son, so that I may have the strength to continue.
Marian Vow:
The Marian vow is a sign of great hope and riches:
"The liberality of Mary, 'says Richard of Saint Lawrence, 'is like that of her Son, who always gives more than He is asked for.'"
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, 227.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.
Further spiritual reflection on the story of Rebecca by St. Louis de Montfort:
True Devotion to MaryThe link brings you to the Biblical story. Here's the Interpretation of the story.