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5 Ways to Honor Mary this May

5 Ways to Honor Mary this May

1) Learn More about why Catholics venerate Mary

Why does Mary have a special role in helping us?

As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us.

Redeemed by reason of the merits of her Son and united to Him by a close and indissoluble tie, she is endowed with the high office and dignity of being the Mother of the Son of God, by which account she is also the beloved daughter of the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of this gift of sublime grace she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth. At the same time, however, because she belongs to the offspring of Adam she is one with all those who are to be saved.

Mary embraces God’s will and freely chooses to cooperate with God’s grace, thereby fulfilling a crucial role in God’s plan of salvation. Throughout the centuries, the Church has turned to the Blessed Virgin in order to come closer to Christ. Many forms of piety toward the Mother of God developed that help bring us closer to her Son. In these devotions to Mary, “while the Mother is honored, the Son, through whom all things have their being and in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell, is rightly known, loved and glorified and . . . all His commands are observed.”33 The Church honors her as the Mother of God, looks to her as a model of perfect discipleship, and asks for her prayers to God on our behalf.

How does our veneration of Mary and the saints relate to our worship of God?

The honor we give to God alone is properly called adoration, the highest honor we can give. The honor we give to Mary and the saints is called veneration. Proper veneration of the saints does not interfere with the worship due to God, but rather fosters it. “Our communion with those in heaven, provided that it is understood in the fuller light of faith according to its genuine nature, in no way weakens, but conversely, more thoroughly enriches the latreutic worship we give to God the Father, through Christ, in the Spirit.” With this understanding, we see that proper veneration of Mary does not detract from worship of God. Even as the Mother of the Savior, Mary has a place that is in every way subordinate to and dependent upon that of her Son, who is the one mediator between God and humanity. The maternal role that Mary fulfills toward us as Mother of the Church “in no wise obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows His power.”

The Second Vatican Council explained very clearly that Mary can be said to fulfill a mediating role only in a secondary and derivative manner:

For no creature could ever be counted as equal with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer. Just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by the ministers and by the faithful, and as the one goodness of God is really communicated in different ways to His creatures, so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source.

What Mary does for the salvation of the human family does not come from her own power, but from a gift of divine grace that is bestowed on her through her Son. All the salvific influence that she bestows on us is produced “not from some inner necessity, but from the divine pleasure. It flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on His mediation, depends entirely on it and draws all its power from it.”38 Mary in no way replaces Christ. Rather, her role is to bring us to Christ, as is illustrated in Mary’s admonition at the wedding feast of Cana, “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5).

2) Participate in a May Crowning at your parish

The rite of crowning an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary can take place either within Mass or outside of Mass. The official rite provides text for either event. The rite is best celebrated on a Marian solemnity or feast, but should never happen on a solemnity of Our Lord or on a penitential day (so, not during Lent). The crowning is not technically restricted to the month of May. If it is planned for within Mass, it takes places after the homily.

3) Pray the Rosary and other Marian prayers

Marian Prayers

  • Rosary
    The Rosary, or Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the most excellent prayers to the Mother of God. Thus, “the Roman Pontiffs have repeatedly exhorted the faithful to the frequent recitation of this biblically inspired prayer which is centered on contemplation of the salvific events of Christ’s life, and their close association with the his Virgin Mother. The value and efficacy of this prayer have often been attested by saintly Bishops and those advanced in holiness of life”.The Rosary is essentially a contemplative prayer, which requires “tranquillity of rhythm or even a mental lingering which encourages the faithful to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life”. Its use is expressly recommended in the formation and spiritual life of clerics and religious.
  • Regina Coeli
    By disposition of Benedict XIV (2 April 1742), the Angelus is replaced with the antiphon Regina Coeli during paschaltide. This antiphon, probably dating from the tenth or eleventh century, happily conjoins the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word (quem meruisti portare) with the Paschal event (resurrexit sicut dixit). The ecclesial community addresses this antiphon to Mary for the Resurrection of her Son. It adverts to, and depends on, the invitation to joy addressed by Gabriel to the Lord’s humble servant who was called to become the Mother of the saving Messiah (Ave, gratia plena).
     
  • Litany of Loreto
    Litanies are to be found among the prayers to the Blessed Virgin recommended by the Magisterium. These consist in a long series of invocations of Our Lady, which follow in a uniform rhythm, thereby creating a stream of prayer characterized by insistent praise and supplication. The invocations, generally very short, have two parts: the first of praise (Virgo clemens), the other of supplication (Ora pro nobis). [Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy]

Marian Devotions

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe – Patroness of the Americas and of the Unborn
  • Our Lady, Undoer of Knots – a popular devotion of Pope Francis
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel – a devotion directed towards the interior life

4) Sing Marian Hymns in your home

“Bring Flowers to the Fairest”

“Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above”

5) Plant a Mary Garden (with Texas native, drought-resistant plants!)

A fun way to honor Mary is to plant a garden with flowers and herbs that have been thought to symbolize Mary and her life. Mary Gardens date back all the way to the 7th Century. There are hundreds of plants that are associated with Mary that can be included in your garden

15 Beautiful Reminders of Your Mother’s Love for You

15 Beautiful Reminders of Your Mother’s Love for You

Since the beginning of Christianity, saints and sages have venerated the role of Mary in our salvation.  Her unassuming nature, yet bold confidence in God, beckons us who are riddled with sin to approach her heart with confidence and find relief in her motherly love.  As the Protestant Reformation silenced prayers and devotions to our Lady, calling them idolatrous, faithful Christians remained steadfast in their heartfelt supplications to the one who bore our Savior.  Known by many affectionate titles, Mary, the mother of God, is said to be our refuge and advocate.  During this month of May, journey with these fifteen saints who were well-acquainted with Mary and knew how to love her well, so that your love for her may please God and pave the way for mercy at the hour of death.

1. “Men do not fear a powerful hostile army as the powers of hell fear the name and protection of Mary.” -St. Bonaventure

Many exorcists concur with St. Bonaventure that the holy name of Mary causes demons to instantly flee.  If they fear her, we should run to her for protection when we are struggling with a particular sin, vice, or even battling spiritual attack.  Turn to her with confidence, dear soul, knowing that she leads the Heavenly Hosts to battle the legions of hell on your behalf—simply implore her motherly mercy. 

2. “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” -Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Here is a perfect and succinct explanation of the Catholic tradition of honoring Mary.  When a skeptic mentions that we worship her, you can correct him/her with this quote from St. Maximilian Kolbe.  Your love for Mary will always lead to a deeper love for Jesus, so be bold in your relationship with her.  In her humility, she points the way to her son rather than pointing to herself.  So remember that your love for her can never be too much, only too little. 

3. “Before, by yourself, you couldn’t. Now, you’ve turned to our Lady, and with her, how easy!”-St. Josemaria Escriva

Many modern Catholics have turned to Marian consecration as a form of entrusting one’s soul to our Lady.  The great Marian theologians, such as St. Louis de Montfort, claim that this act of joining our souls to the heart of Mary is a certain and simple road to sanctification.  As our mediatrix, Mary is the bridge between us and Heaven.  If we are intimidated by approaching our heavenly Father, perhaps due to the comparison between God and our earthly father, Mary is the one we can encounter without fear.  She acts on our behalf to accomplish spiritual feats and to reach God more readily than we do of our own accord.

4. “If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you.” -St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney knew this to be true, since he was spiritually attacked more than once.  Satan comes to us in all forms, especially in the cunning psychological and emotional attacks that so often lead us to sin: despondency, discouragement, anger, jealousy, ambition, greed, lust, etc.  Temptations begin cognitively, so we can conquer them immediately when they invade our thoughts.  We do this best by invoking the name of Mary, perhaps in a simple prayer to her, such as, “Mary, please come to my aid right now in this temptation.” A Hail Mary suffices when we are at a loss for words during intense temptation.  Be assured that you will overcome it with her assistance.

5. “If you ever feel distressed during your day — call upon our Lady — just say this simple prayer: ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.’ I must admit — this prayer has never failed me.” -Blessed Mother Teresa

Most of us become distressed throughout the day, because life has taken on an entirely new level of busyness in our modern epoch.  Stress comes to us in many forms, such as insomnia, heartburn, anxiety, fear, nervous habits, etc.  At the moment you acknowledge your source of stress, pray to Mary.  Ask her to be with you in your time of need, but especially come to her as a child seeking his/her mother: dependent, open, expectant, trusting.  Do this, and she will not fail you.

6. “No one will ever be the servant of the Son without serving the Mother.” -Saint Ildephonsus, Bishop

This is a brazen proclamation, albeit a true one.  Mary is the gateway to Jesus.  Recall that she was the First Tabernacle, safely carrying the Word Incarnate in her womb.  Therefore, she is the means by which we return to Jesus, as well.  We cannot fully know Jesus without His mother.  We may partially understand particular spiritual tenets or grasp an aspect of Jesus’ humanity and divinity, but we will never obtain the entire picture of who Jesus is without Mary.

7. “It is impossible to save one’s soul without devotion to Mary and without her protection.”-Saint Anselm, Archbishop and Doctor of the Church

Along with the previous quote, St. Anselm tells us that devotion to our Lady is the only way we can obtain perfect salvation.  Consider all of the worldly perils you encounter on a regular basis, and compound them with the spiritual sufferings that assail you.  Could you possibly overcome them all?  Of course we rely upon God’s grace to resist temptation, but we have at our assistance the beautiful mother of God who can swiftly and assuredly resolve our troubles by pleading to God on our behalf.  Beseech her intercession often, and you will draw nearer to Heaven.

8. “I have great doubts about the salvation of those who do not have special devotion to Mary.”-Saint Francis Borgia

Apparently most saints concurred that those Christians who neglect honoring Mary aren’t grasping the full picture of Christianity.  To entirely ignore her presence and her role in salvation is a grave mistake.  It’s impossible to know a person completely without knowing his or her mother, as well.  If we love Jesus, we will naturally love His mother, especially since we are certain He loved her more than we ever could.

9. “The honor of Mary is so intimately connected with the honor and glory of Jesus that to deny the one is at the same time a denial of the other.” -Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

I love the devotion to the United Hearts of Jesus and Mary, because it shows how beautifully intertwined are the love of mother and Son.  When you come to love Mary’s Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart, you come to love Jesus even more than ever before.  Once you develop a devotion to Mary, you cannot fathom your interior life without her presence, guidance, and gentle mercy. 

10. “To desire grace without recourse to the Virgin Mother is to desire to fly without wings.”-Pope Pius XII

What a beautiful metaphor!  What if a bird knew it could – and should – fly, yet it didn’t have any wings, or perhaps didn’t know how to use them.  It would feel trapped, as if something in its life were tragically missing.  The same is true for us as sons and daughters of Mary. We stifle so much potential growth in our interior lives without her.  We long for the heights of Heaven, yet we fall short without her, because we do not have our wings to fly there.

11. “What a joy to remember that she [Mary] is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?” -Saint Therese of Lisieux

Mothers are intuitive and are able to determine nuances of their children that others may overlook.  Therese of Lisieux, wonderful Saint and mystic, reminds us that Mary, as our spiritual mother, is able to do this concerning our sins, weaknesses, and failures.  She is capable of reaching into our hearts to the most vulnerable of places, even the parts of us that we’d rather deny or rationalize.  She meets us where we are with the kindness of an earthly mother: a kiss, an embrace, rest, and refreshment.

12. “You are My Mother, the Mother of Mercy, and the consolation of the souls in Purgatory.”-Saint Bridget to our Lady

One of my favorite titles of Mary is Mother of Mercy.  In this Year of Mercy, we can be assured of her love for us when we approach her with humility.  Many saints have received visions of Purgatory, and when our Lady visits the suffering souls in Purgatory, she becomes their oasis in the desert, providing refreshment and hope for an end to their suffering.  When we believe we are lost and all is impossible, we must turn to Mary, Mother of Mercy.  She is sure to touch our wounds with the healing balm of her love.

13. “Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.” -Saint Francis de Sales

Little children carry such trust in their parents, total faith that they will be cared for and protected.  If we approach Mary with the same confidence in her intercession and protection, we will know how to love her as our mother.  Then we will adopt the childlike faith and trust that is so necessary for our sanctification, a type of purity of heart that reaches from mother to child through the heart’s dialogue of prayer.

14. “All true children of God have God for their father and Mary for their mother; anyone who does not have Mary for his mother, does not have God for his father.” -Saint Louis Marie de Montfort

Children thrive best in a home where both father and mother are present and provide a mystical model of the Holy Trinity through their expressed love.  A child of God likewise discovers harmony in his or her relationship with God the Father and Mary, our mother.  We receive the fullness of the masculine love through the Father and the feminine love of Mary. 

15. “As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.” -Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church

Mary is the star that acts as a beacon of illumination for our spiritual journey.  When we feel as if we are walking in darkness, and we aren’t sure of God’s will for us, we can look to Mary with assurance that she will light the way to Heaven for us.  Mary is our hope for salvation.  She connects us to God by bridging the chasm between Heaven and Earth.

Skepticism and reticence of wholehearted Marian devotion will always exist, but, no matter how close we are or aren’t to our Lady, we can draw nearer through prayer and meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary.  It’s not worship to adore and love someone so dearly, and the hidden treasure we have in our spiritual mother is immeasurable.  It’s better to love fully rather than halfheartedly, and God will honor our complete and faithful devotion to His mother with showers of graces.  

Spend this month of May, our Lady’s month, deepening your ardor for her, and you will find yourself closer to Jesus and to Heaven

The greatest of all saints in the church?

The greatest of all saints in the church?

I want to say that the Church is blessed with somany saints over the existence of the church. However, some of the saints has outstand some others by their great works and impacts on the world.

i will be highlighting people’s idea of who is the greatest saints in history in the church before offering my own idea

please enjoy and contribute your own idea too.

Lawrence Bloom, Caregiver to wife. A Most viewed writer on Nihilism.Simple

Saint Lawrence was always my favorite saint. He was alive during the persecution of the Christians in Rome. The story goes like this. The Romans thought the Christians had some great hidden riches. St. Lawrence being a leader of the church was told by the Romans to bring the wealth and the riches of the Church to them.

St. Lawrence then brought to the Roman authorities a group of people who were sick, poor, meek, and suffering. He told the Romans. These people, the poor, the needy, and the suffering are the riches of the Church.

The Romans were not pleased by the riches St. Lawrence brought to them. They placed him on top of a gridiron over hot coals in order to burn him to death. It is said, he told the Romans. Turn me over, I am done on this side. He was a martyr in service to the poor. He is a widely venerated saint and Rome has numerous churches and reliquaries honoring him as one of the great fathers of the Church. His name is enumerated in every holy mass celebrated in the Latin Church and he is also venerated by the Anglican Church.

David Pettit, Russian Orthodox Christian, American. Lifelong historian.A

The Blessed Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary. Without debate, the greatest of all the Saints, hands down, end of discussion. Nobody even comes close.

The Forerunner John the Baptist. Arguments could begin here at number 2 and mix up a bit amongst several of the following, but my understanding is that John is the second greatest of all the Saints.

The Apostles. Notably, the XII. Well, the XII after Judas Iscariot was replaced.

The Apostles, The LXX.

Saint Paul

Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker.

Saint Stephen the Martyr

Saint James the Just

The Holy Great Martyr Saint Barabara

Saint Elijah

Saint Moses

The Prophets

Now we get into territory rife with discord. It’s open season after this. Saint Gregory the Theologian? Saint Basil the Great? Saint Seraphim of Sarov? Saints Joachim and Anna?

The list is long. lets have your opinion

Thanks for reading

Is Mary the mother of the world?

Is Mary the mother of the world?

Glory to Jesus; Honour to Mary and Joseph

The question of whether Mary is the Mother of the world should not be mentioned. Mary is a woman everybody should hold with esteem. She begot the Son of God, Jesus. We shall be hinting us on the reasons why mary is the mother of the world.

The following reasons indicate that She merited that honour:

  1. Mary is the mother of Jesus; God Son
  2. When she visited Elizabeth,the mother of John the Baptist, she acclaimed that ” all generation shall call her blessed”
  3. on the foot of the cross, Jesus gave His mother to John the Beloved,”Son behold thy mother and mother behold thy Son”
  4. Mary became Queen of the whole universe following her assumption

Who is God’s mother?

The mother of God must be someone who mother the God’s Son, Jesus. If Jesus is God, then the mother of Jesus is the mother of God. Many argue that Mary is the mother of Jesus but not mother of God. Jesus is both God and Man. She is claimed to have miraculously appeared to believers many times over the centuries. The Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches believe that Mary, as mother of Jesus, is the Mother of God (Greek: Θεοτόκος, translit. Theotokos, lit. ‘God-bearer’

Mary visited Elizabeth

Mary visits her relative Elizabeth; they are both pregnant: Mary with Jesus, and Elizabeth with John the Baptist. Mary left Nazareth immediately after the Annunciation and went “into the hill country…into a city of Judah” (Luke 1:39) to attend to her cousin (Luke 1:36) Elizabeth.

As soon as her greetings reaches her hear (Elizabeth), the child in the womb of Elizabeth leaped for Joy. This Prompted Elizabeth to Say:

Who am I that the mother of my Lord should visit me, for as soon as the your greeting reaches my hear, my child rejoice. And Mary replied, ” ……. All Generation shall call me Blessed.”

Jesus Gave his Mother to us

At the foot of the cross, Jesus gave us His Mother when he said:

‘Son, behold thy mother and Mother, behold thy Son.

At this point Mary, mother of Jesus adopted John and the rest of the world as her children and the acceptance by John means that all of us have accepted her too.