Friday, May 08, 2009

[MaryVitamin] Jewel Case

Mary Vitamin for May 8th
Topic: Meditation and The Jewel Case of Heavenly
Annunciation by Caravaggio, 1608

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St. Louis de Montfort
"During her whole life the Blessed Mother's chief concern was meditation on the virtues and sufferings of her Son."
Father Gabriel Allegra, O.F.M.,
"She who had given human nature to the Word of the Father, thus making Him her Son, meditated upon everything that concerned Him as she later meditated upon all His words and actions. She is the jewel-case of heavenly treasures, to which Scriptures, and especially St. John, attest."
Mary's Immaculate Heart, (Franciscan Herald Press: 1985), 7.
How can I spend my day looking into this treasury which encapsulates the Gospel? How can I imitate Our Lady's meditation?
At some point during the day, I will consider the Beatitudes and try to imagine Our Lady fulfilling each of them.
The Beatitudes
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are the meek: for they shall posses the land.
  • Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. 
  • Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
  • Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
  • Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
  • Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the ki
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    ngdom of heaven.
Marian Vow:
Pope Leo XIII
"In Mary we see how a truly good and provident God has established for us a most suitable example of every virtue. As we look upon her and think about her we are not cast down as though stricken by the overpowering splendor of God's power; but, on the contrary, attracted by the closeness of the common nature we share with her, we strive with greater confidence to imitate her. If we, with her powerful help, should dedicate ourselves wholly and entirely to the undertaking, we can portray at least an outline of such great virtue and sanctity, and reproducing that perfect conformity of our lives to all God's designs which she possessed in so marvelous a degree, we shall follow her into heaven."
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.


Deacon John