Monday, May 25, 2009

Our Lady, Pentecost and obedience

Mary Vitamin
Topic: Our Lady, Pentecost and Obedience
"[A]ll who love obedience are highly pleasing to the Blessed Virgin."
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books) 495.
St Bede the Venerable

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Hence Venerable Bede, explaining Our Lord's answer to the woman spoken of in the Gospel, who exclaimed,

Blessed is the womb that bore Thee Yea, rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it,

explains that Mary was indeed blessed in becoming the Mother of God, but that she was much more so in always loving and obeying the Divine will.

St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary,(Tan Books), 495.


Obedience is a hallmark of the Blessed Virgin Mary and one attribute which calls down the Holy Spirit:

 The God of our fathers has raised up Jesus whom you put to death. We testify to this. So too does the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those that obey him. (Acts 5:32)

Annunciation by Caravaggio, 1608

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To prepare to receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit this Pentecost, I will look for one opportunity to practice obedience. I will please the Blessed Virgin Mary and prepare my soul for the Holy Spirit.
Marian Vow:

St. Maximilian Kolbe

What kind of prayer is most efficacious? The most efficacious prayer is that which flows from obedience and obligation. In other words, those rather grim and everyday sources of grace for us and for souls.  This does not signify that private prayer is of little value, for it has great value, but only in relationship to those of obligation is it of lesser value.


Will to Love, (Marytown Press),96
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.

Deacon John

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