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And so I continue…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 12, 2017

 

Sacred Scripture

(All emphasis added by moi)


Those who TRUST in HIM understand TRUTH,
and the faithful will abide with Him in LOVE
because GRACE and MERCY are upon His elect,
and He watches over His holy ones. ~Wisdom 3:9

Let us then, with full confidence, draw near to the throne of GRACE,
that we may receive MERCY
and find GRACE to HELP in time of need. ~Hebrews 4:16

See to it that no one fail to obtain the GRACE OF GOD,
that no root of bitterness spring up and cause trouble,
and by it the many more become defiled. ~Hebrews 12:15

* For GRACE sanctifies and makes one Holy = always seeking the Will and greater pleasure of God. (1Cor 1:2)

* Justification comes by way of FAITH (Rom 5:1), and we have PEACE with God through Jesus Christ (Phil 4:7).

*All which comes by Jesus and we then REJOICE in the hope of sharing in the GLORY of GOD! (Phil 4:4-5)

All this, of course, echoes Our Lady’s words from her May 25th Message, when she said:

Little Children, open your hearts to the GRACE to which you are called.

GOD gives GRACE to the HUMBLE ~James 4:66

And those who are humble will:

Submit…to GOD. RESIST the devil and he will flee
Draw near to GOD and HE WILL draw near to you (see Rev 3:20)
Humble yourselves before the LORD
and He WILL exalt you. ~James 4:7-8a, 10

Therefore, gird up your minds, be sober,
set your HOPE FULLY upon the GRACE that IS coming to YOU
and the revelation of Jesus Christ.
And… as each [of you] has received a GIFT, EMPLOY it for one another
(read the parable of the talents in Mt 25:14-30),
as good stewards of GOD’s varied GRACE. ~ 1 Peter 1:13; 4:10

A profound moment…

And once again, mom’s call continues with the call confirmed by the above passages when she says:

Dear children, be prayer and a reflection of GOD’s LOVE for all those who are far from [Him] and [His] commandments. Little children, be faithful and determined in conversion and WORK ON YOURSELVES…

(Therefore, my beloved… work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for GOD is at work in you, both to WILL and to work for HIS GOOD pleasure. Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of GOD without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. ~Phil 2:12,13-15)

…so that, for YOU, holiness of life may be TRUTH. And ENCOURAGE each other through PRAYER, so that your life on earth will be more pleasant.

TIP OF THE ICEBERG

Ponder on the above, especially if YOU have felt yourself called to more prayer; whether that be an extra Rosary, or maybe beginning to pray a daily Rosary. Or perhaps taking 10 minutes at 3pm to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Or maybe you already do these things but now you’re wanting to take extra time to just sit quietly with our LORD and listen to what He wants to tell you ~Ps 46:10

More will I write. But take some time to discern for yourself if maybe GOD is calling YOU through His Mother in a more profound way?

Today I desire to thank you for your perseverance and call you to open yourselves to profound prayer. Prayer, little children, is the HEART of FAITH and is HOPE in eternal life… ~June 25, 2017, Monthly Message in part, emphasis added by me.

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Second Sunday Advent: The Story Continues…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 8, 2017

HAPPY SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
December 8, 2016

O Mary, conceived without the stain of
Original Sin, pray for us who
have recourse to thee.

Second Week of Advent…

This is a continuation from the previous week

Special Note: You’ll want your Bible present to look up passages.  If you have anything other than RSV, NAB, KJV, or NIV,  then your translation might lead you astray.  The newest translations are very loose with little holding to the original Latin text. And if you’re Catholic, I recommend the RSV, it’s the closest to the Latin text next to the Vulgate.

You’ll find Scripture colored maroon, the Catechism colored in deep green, my comments left plain, and the traditional writing done in various shades of blue and purple; and as always, emphasis has been added when appropriate.

Please take a moment to read the INTRODUCTION before you begin this Advent reflection.

ADVENT REFLECTION : PART II: Infancy and Childhood of the Mother of God

CATECHISM:

The “splendor of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary isenriched from the first instant of her conceptioncomes wholly from Christ: she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son.” The Father blessed Mary MORE than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him in love,” (cf. Eph 1:3-4).

CCC§492 (emphasis mine)

The question here, “is this possible?  Can God really do this?”  My answer, OF COURSE HE CAN! He did so for Jeremiah…

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”   ~ Jeremiah 1:5

Because…

“For with God, nothing will be impossible.” ~ Luke 1:37

So how much more will He do for the Mother of His Son?

TRADITION:

AFTER GOD HAD CREATED Mary’s immaculate soul, He showed it to the choirs of angels in heaven, and they felt intense joy upon seeing its unique beauty.

Then, as Mary’s soul was infused into her body, her holy mother, St. Anne, was filled with the [Holy Spirit] and experienced an extraordinary devotion and happiness. Throughout rest of her life, and especially during the next nine months, she constantly received new graces and enlightenment concerning the great mystery of the Incarnation, and frequently praised the Lord in canticles of love.

Not so unusual, look what happened when Mary, only a few weeks pregnant with our Savior, visited with her kinswoman Elizabeth: And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe in her womb leaped for joy; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!’ ”  Hey, does that sound familiar?  (Hail Mary full of grace…blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus…) ~Luke 1: 41-42

However, in order to increase her merit, God allowed St. Anne to undergo grievous trials during her pregnancy… Satan did not know that her daughter was to be the Mother of the Saviour,… [but] he did his best to tempt and disturb and harm her… she resisted all his attacks with humble fortitude, patience, and prayer.

CATECHISM

What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn its faith in Christ. ~ CCC§487

What Mary does, who Mary is, how Mary is obedient and LOVES God is the model for us, the the REAL HUMAN EXAMPLE of how we can LOVE God, be OBEDIENT to God, LISTEN to God and accept His commands…just as her Son would ALSO DO during His lifetime on earth.

Did Christ endure trials during His life, or was it all a ‘bed of roses’?  Did Satan try to tempt Christ or did he just leave the Son of God alone?  Did Jesus come to live among His creation because He LOVES us or…not?

He IS God and He IS man, and because His mother said, ‘YES’, to God’s plan we are redeemed.  Her participation LEAD TO our REDEMPTION!

The Christian tradition sees… the “New Adam” who, because He “became obedient unto death, even death on a cross,” makes amends superabundantly for the disobedience of Adam,(cf. 1Cor 15: 21-22, 45; Phil 2:8; Romans 5: 19-20).

~CCC§411

Thus it is SUPER IMPORTANT to make the distinction and dispel a common misunderstanding among many of our Christian brethren…

CATECHISM

All generations will call me blessed“: “The Church’s devotion to the Blessed Virgin is intrinsic to Christian worship,”(cf. Lk 1:48). The Church rightly honors “the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin has been honored with the title of ‘Mother of God,’ to whose protection the faithful fly in all their dangers and needs. . . .

This very special devotion . . . differs essentially from the adoration which is given to the incarnate Word and equally to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and greatly fosters this adoration.”  The liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and Marian prayer, such as [The Rosary], an “epitome of the whole Gospel,” express this devotion to the Virgin Mary.

~ CCC§971, (emphasis mine)

Catholics DO NOT worship Mary.  We Honor her as the Mother of God.  We have a special Devotion to her just as the favorite apostle of Jesus’ – that is John the Evangelist – did: “When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing near, He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold your son!’  Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother.’  And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” ~John 19: 26-27.

As many of us in the Church believe and understand, John ‘stood in’ for us as our Savior gave all of us His mother as OUR mother.

Thus when we HONOR Mary we are following the 4th commandment: You shall honor your father AND your mother, (cf. Deut 5:16).

St. Anne with child Mary
(Google Images)

TRADITION

Early in September, St. Anne was informed interiorly by the Lord that the time of her daughter’s birth was near…

One evening the three women arrived and embraced Anne, congratulating her warmly. Standing with them, she poured forth her deep joy and thankfulness in a beautiful spontaneous canticle, …St. Anne prayed until nearly midnight…While she was praying thus, a supernatural light began to fill the room. Noticing it, the three friends threw themselves onto the floor and hid their faces in awe.  So the dazzling light entirely surrounded St. Anne, making her invisible.

Sound familiar? It should. Jesus’ three closest disciples,” Peter, James, and John his brother”, did something very similar while Jesus was TRANSFIGURED before them, and a “bright cloud overshadowed them”, and God spoke from this cloud, and they ‘hit the dirt’!  See… Mt 17: 1-6

A moment later she was holding in her hands a beautiful, spotless, radiant baby, which she tenderly wrapped in her cloak and pressed to her heart. With tears of fervent love and joy, she gazed at her child and then, raising her eyes to heaven and holding up the baby, she prayed:

“O Lord and Creator, with eternal thanks I offer Thee this blessed fruit of my womb which I have received from Thy bounty without any merit of mine. But how shall I be able to treat such a child worthily?”

Another holy woman also offered a prayer of thanks giving for the birth of her long awaited child, much longer than this, but the point is these prayers of thanksgiving reflect very much the culture that Mary was born into giving further insight into why Mary is not just a fortunate girl but one set specifically aside, BY GOD, to participate in the EXTRAORDINARY.  See Samuel 2: 1-10

God gave her to understand that she was to bring up her daughter with all motherly love and care but without outward show of reverence, while retaining inwardly profound veneration for the future Mother of the Messiah.

Why, do you suppose?  I think a line from Fiddler On the Roof would fit in nicely here: “People, hmph!  If God lived on earth, people would break His windows!  True, of course true!” ~Yenta, the Matchmaker, circa. Fidler On the Roof.

And what did Jesus say to those He cured at the beginning of His ministry AND to His own disciples, “Tell no one who I am”, (cf. Mt 16:20; Mk 7:36,  8:30; Lk 5:14…just to name a few…)

Now in heaven the Blessed Trinity announced to the choir of angels:  “Our Chosen One shall be called Mary, and this name is to be powerful in grace.”

CATECHISM

…many Fathers and Doctors of the Church have seen the woman announced in the Protoevangelium as Mary, the Mother of Christ, the “new Eve.” Mary benefited first of all and uniquely from Christ’s victory over sin: she was preserved from all stain of original sin and by a special grace of God committed no sin of any kind during her whole earthly life.

~CCC§411 (emphasis mine)

Why not take a moment, if you will, to read a small bit on the Infancy of Mary

TRADITION : AFTER MARY’S INFANCY: around the age of 4 years…

One day, three old priests came from Nazareth to give examination, in order to determine whether [Mary] was worthy of being accepted for service in the Temple…Throughout the examinations, under the guidance and inspiration of her angels, Mary had remained perfectly recollected and serious, and at the same time strikingly beautiful and lovable.

A few days later everyone in St. Joachim’s home was preparing for the trip to Jerusalem. Several fine ceremonial dresses which had been made for Mary were carefully packed up. Finally…at dawn, two donkeys were loaded with baggage, and St. Joachim and St. Anne set out, [with St. Anne] carrying Mary in her arms. The holy child was very happy to be going to the Temple

She was dressed in a lovely sky-blue robe with garlands of flowers around her arms and neck, and in one hand she carried a candle decorated with flowers. On each side of her were three girls in white with flowers and candles. Then came other girls and women. Everyone who saw them was touched by Mary’s extraordinarily holy appearance.

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.” Lk 1:38

At the outer entrance to the Temple, they were met by St. Joachim, Zacharias, and several other priests…Mary, in deep humility and adoration offered herself to God. She alone perceived that the Almighty welcomed her and accepted her, for she heard a voice from heaven saying:

“Come, My beloved, My spouse, come into My Temple, where I wish thee to offer Me praise and worship.”

With tears in their eyes, her father and mother placed their hands on her head and solemnly pronounced the words by which they gave her to the Lord, while a priest clip a few locks of her hair…

Then, after St. Anne and St. Joachim had tenderly blessed her, little Mary, without hesitating and without looking back, began to climb up the fifteen steps. She would not let anyone help her, but with remarkable resolution and dignity, she hastened up all by herself, filled with holy fervor and joy. Everyone who saw her was visibly affected.

THE BLESSED VIRGIN SAID TO ST. BRIDGET OF SWEDEN:

“From my infancy the Holy Spirit was perfectly with me. And as I grew, It filled me so completely as to leave no room sin to enter. When I had attained an age to know something of my Creator, I turned to Him with unspeakable love and desired Him with my whole heart.

I vowed in my heart to observe virginity if it was pleasing to Him, and to possess nothing in the world – but if God willed otherwise, that His Will, not mine, be done. I committed my will absolutely to Him.”

“And Mary Said, ‘Behold, I am the handmade of the Lord; be it be to me according to your word.’ ” ~Luke 1:38

CATECHISM

After speaking of the Church, her origin, mission, and destiny, we can find no better way to conclude than by looking to Mary. In [Mary] we contemplate what the Church already is in her mystery on [the church’s] “pilgrimage of faith,” [AND] what [the Church] will be in the homeland at the end of her journey.

See... Rev 21:2, 28-21

There, “in the glory of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity,” “in the communion of all the saints,” the Church is awaited by the one she venerates as Mother of her Lord and as her own mother.

See… Jn 19: 26-27

In the meantime the Mother of Jesus, in the glory which she possesses in body and soul in heaven, is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come.

See… Rev 11:19, 12:1, 5 … Faithful to God, Obedient to His Love, and desiring complete union with our Creator.

Likewise [the Church] shines forth on earth, until the day of the Lord shall come, a sign of certain hope and comfort to the pilgrim People of God, (cf. 2Peter 3:10).

~CCC§972 (emphasis mine)

Dawn Finds me ready to welcome YOU…

PRAYER: Ps 119: 145-152

The dawn finds me ready to welcome YOU, my God…

I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me, I will keep Your commands.  I will call upon You, save me, and I will do Your Will.  I rise before the dawn and cry for help, I hope in Your Word.  My eyes watch through the night to ponder Your promise.

In Your love hear my voice, O Lord; give me life by Your decrees.  Those who harm me unjustly drawn near; But You, O Lord, are close; Your commands are TRUTH.  Long have I known that Your Will is established for ever.

The dawn finds me ready to welcome YOU, my God…

Guide, guard and protect our hearts, O Lord, as we continue to prepare a place for YOU to dwell with us.  In Your Holy and Precious name, Jesus Christ,  we pray, AMEN!

Recommended Reading:

Presentation I : Personal Reflection (scroll down)
Presentation II

Take a look at Jesus’ life as you pray with His mother:
Praying the Rosary

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