holy rosary

I love the Blessed Virgin Mary!

I’ve been wanting to publish another post on Mary for a long while now (probably since straight after the last), but found it too tough to write one. But just now, during (maybe after) praying the holy rosary (joyful mysteries), I realised I could just write out of love, rather than knowledge of some area of Mariology.

I love her! When I think of Mary, my heart leaps within me, like the foetal Baptist leapt in Elizabeth’s womb in response to the Mother of God’s greeting. Mary is full of grace, and the Lord is with her, and she is united to Christ, and so wherever she goes, she brings God. As she put it herself,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.”
(Lk 1:46-47)

Whenever Mary is present in a gospel scene, and even when she isn’t, you will love Jesus more perfectly if you unite your love with the love of his mother. This is the beauty of the holy rosary.

In pictures of the coronation of Mary as Queen of heaven, I had noticed that the crown is being placed on her head by an army of angels, which is wonderful, but I recently realised, that it was(is?) surely placed by Jesus himself, who delights to give us his own glory (Jn17:22). Happily, there are plenty of images where Jesus lays the crown (which is surely his own) upon her head. But certainly, a great crowd of angels and saints watch with glee.

If anyone finds the idea of a created Queen of heaven strange or shocking, imagine if I said that we (hopefully) who conquer, are to sit with Jesus upon his own throne (Rev 3:21).

Mary wonderfully presents to us the people of God, of old and new covenants, as she faithfully awaits her coming Messiah, and receives him with love into her life and follows him when he is born. Who can contemplate the Virgin Mother, holding the Divine Child, gazing upon him with love, and fail to love them also? The light of Christ reflects off of her face. At this moment it is clear, she is closest to Jesus, and if you wish to be closer to him also, you must draw near her. If you wish to hold him in your arms, you must receive him from hers. If you approach to bathe your face in his light, you can’t escape the same light reflecting off of her own face.

There is much more I wish to praise of the Holy Theotokos, but it is perhaps too much for me.

‘You must know that when you “hail” Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many—on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!’
-St. Bernardine of Siena

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

God bless you!

P.S. If you want some extra wonderful learning about Mary, I recommend O Immaculate Conception, by Saint Maximilian Kolbe. It’s wonderful.

The presentation of the Lord

(Luke 2:22-38)
Here is something I have been shown while praying the holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary (I didn’t need to specify, but her name brings me joy), and meditating on the joyful mysteries.

The presentation of the baby Jesus in the temple is a lot like mass.
Mary goes before God, to offer her firstborn child, Jesus who is God-incarnate, to God. She does this both as a duty and a gift to God the Father, in obedience to and delight in the law. She only has her son, who is God, by the grace of God, and her great offering is only what God gave to her in the first place.
By her motherly love, she is so united to Jesus that she cannot give Jesus without giving herself with him.
Mary presents and gives Jesus to the Lord, and the Lord accepts, then presents and gives Jesus to the world, through the proclamation of His prophets. And with Jesus, comes Mary, and so her heart will be pierced with her son, and her life too will be given to all mankind.
Similarly, at each mass, we (especially priests) come before God, to offer Him Jesus, who is God-incarnate. This is both our duty and our gift, in obedience and in love. We only have Jesus in the Holy Eucharist by the grace of God, and we are only offering what God has given to us before.
We offer mass, and are offering God as a sacrifice to God, and He surely accepts, and then gives Himself to us, as our true food and true drink, and to the whole world through us.
And by our love, we ought to unite ourselves to Jesus at every mass, and offer ourselves with him as a sacrifice, and can expect to be sent out to live and suffer for the world with him.
We give to God, and He gives to the world, and gives perfectly.

God bless you!