Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Week II: St. Maximilian Kolbe: Reflection #3…

To grow in holiness - that is to grow in the purity of the soul and the body - we NEED Mary's intercession.

To grow in holiness – that is to grow in the purity of the soul and the body – we NEED Mary’s intercession.

Daily Prayer for Week II: Under Your Patronage (250 A.D.)

We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from danger, O ever glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

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Today the focus is on how Mary is:

The creature most completely filled with this love, filled with God Himself…who never contracted the slightest stain of sin, who never departed in the least from God’s Will. United to the Holy Spirit…she is one with God in an incomparably more perfect way than can be predicated of any other creature. ~Day 11 of 33

Which confirms a lot of the details written in the previous reflections that discusses how very much engulfed Mary is with the Living God.  Remember, the Incarnation could never have been without her purity enabling her to say YES! when she was approached by the Archangel, Gabriel, about being the Mother of the Son of God. It was because of God’s total embracing of Mary that she had the GRACE to accept the calling God had specifically fashioned her for. And moreover, to be able to follow through with the Will of God in her life:

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done unto me according to thy word. ~Luke 1:38

So it stand to reason that Mary could also help us to follow God’s Will in our own lives by her very example and also by her powerful intercession – since she IS the Mother of the King of Heaven:

They have no more wine… Do whatever He tells you. John 2:3c, 5

Mary’s intercession at the Wedding Feast at Cana is a prime example to that positive influence the Mother has with the Son.  All she had to say was those five little words to the servants and her Son went to work.

How can we, then, do the Will of the Father with the assistance of our Immaculate Mother?

One way is to put into practice that “dying to self ” spoken of in previous reflections, better known as the daily death which places God’s plan forefront in our day. The words, “Your Will, not mine” become a regular mantra every time we start to live for ourselves. And Our Lady can help us with that because she “die to herself ” the moment she replied,

“Behold the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” ~Lk 1:38

Thus God’s Will is accomplished in her life at all times, and our reflection questions ask the following:

This dying to self and living for the Glory of God, how can it apply to my own life? 

Further what elements in your life seem to take precedence over God that you require a “daily death” too? Have you asked Our Mother and her Spouse – the Holy Spirit – to help you with this?

St. Maximilian Kolbe says:

Marian Consecration is not as much as a gift of self for the sake of achieving the greater glory of God, but rather as becoming an instrument in the hands of Mary for the purpose of extending the Kingdom of the most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Thus Mary’s love of Jesus is her desire to lead all men and women to the Merciful Heart of her Son.

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