Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Glories Of Mary

Today the Church celebrates the beautiful Marian feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mary was preserved by God from the moment of her conception from original sin making her the most fitting and perfect of God's creatures to bear His Son, Jesus Christ. The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception is dogma, therefore it is something we must believe as Catholics. Today is also a Holy Day of Obligation meaning attending Mass today is mandatory. Even if it were not, I can not imagine as Catholics not wanting to celebrate this feast with the holy sacrifice of the Mass. Jesus gave us His Mother from the cross, and as Fr. John Corapi has often said, "If she is good enough for Jesus, she is good enough for us!"
For your reflection and menditation today, I offer you this excerpt from St Alphonsus Liguori's The Glories of Mary.

How becoming it was that each of the Three Divine Persons should preserve Mary from Original Sin

GREAT indeed was the injury entailed on Adam and all his posterity by his accursed sin; for at the same time that he is thereby, for his own great misfortune, lost grace, he also forfeited all the other precious gifts with which he had originally been enriched, and drew down upon himself and all his descendants the hatred of God and an accumulation of evils. But from this general misfortune God was pleased to exempt that Blessed Virgin whom He had destined to be the Mother of the Second Adam-----Jesus Christ-----Who was to repair the evil done by the first. Now, let us see how becoming it was that God, and all the Three Divine Persons, should thus preserve her from it; that the Father should preserve her as His Daughter, the Son as His Mother, and the Holy Ghost as His Spouse...
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Mary333 said...

Father Corapi has a makes a good point about Mother Mary :) I love this quote by St. Alphonsus. I've always wondered what it must feel like to NOT have a fallen nature. I know the Church calls Adam's sin "O happy fault which brought us so great a Redeemer" (and I agree of course because I couldn't imagine life without Jesus) but I can't help but wonder about it. There's a lot of suffering in the world.

Karinann said...

Thanks for your thoughts on this one Mary. Our Lady's "unfallen nature" is sometimes the very thing that causes me difficulty with devotion to her. It is in those times I try to remember that she was also a woman who had to live the trials of everyday life.

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.