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Nativity (Birth) of Mary

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on September 8, 2016

Hail, Mary, Full of Grace!

Hail, Mary, Full of Grace!

Greetings!:  Recently we celebrated the birth of the Mother of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. This reflection as seen from the eyes of the Mother of the Redeemer, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Please refer to the: INTRODUCTION if you are a first time reader, as it explains the origin of the reflection below.

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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. Ann, 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.

However, in order to increase her merit, God allowed St. Ann 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.

St. Ann, mother of Mary, pray for us!

St. Ann, mother of Mary, pray for us!

Next, Satan incited some of St. Ann’s women friends to treat her with open scorn and mockery because of her late pregnancy.  St. Ann did not permit herself to be upset by this injustice, but in all meekness and humility she bore the insults and acted with still greater kindness toward these women.

Early in September, St. Ann was informed interiorly by the Lord that the time of her daughter’s birth was near…she sent for three of her closest women relatives…When she told St. Joachim, he rejoiced and went among his flocks in order to choose the finest lambs, goats, and bulls, which he sent to the Temple in care of his servants as an offering of gratitude to the Lord.

One evening the three women arrived and embraced Ann, congratulating her warmly. Standing with them, she poured forth her deep joy and thankfulness in a beautiful spontaneous canticle,…St. Ann 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. Ann, making her invisible.

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 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?”

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.

Later St. Ann retired to her room and lay down on her bed with her baby in a little cradle next to her, and St. Joachim was called in. The holy old man knelt beside the bed, deeply moved at the sight of this lovely daughter for which he and his dear wife had waited and suffered for twenty long years. While warm tears flowed freely down his cheeks, he carefully took the baby in his arms and sang a fervent hymn of praise to God.

The next day many friends and neighbors of St. Ann St. Joachim came to see the baby and congratulate the happy parents. Everyone was deeply touched upon seeing little Mary lying in her cradle, wrapped in her red and gray swaddling clothes, and there was general rejoicing.

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.”

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Saint Anne with her daughter, Mary, the Mother of God

Saint Anne with her daughter, Mary, the Mother of God

Hail [Mary], full of Grace, the Lord is with you! ~Luke 1:28

As we continue to pray and prepare for the coming of God – Jesus Christ – both into our hearts and in to human flesh, may we ever be mindful of the privilege and power that God has given to His Mother.  Especially we our society so frequently abuses her name and virginity.  PRAY for those who wound God so closely with their words of ignorance and hatred!  It is they who will receive much justice at the hand of the Returning King.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, [Jesus]! ~Luke 1:42

Pray for US SINNERS, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen!

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40 Days for Life…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 14, 2012

The Christ Child lived in the womb of the virgin, Mary… Would you call Him a “fetus”???

An excerpt (emphasis added) from an e-mail from HLI (Human Life International), Dateline: Oct 8, 2012

To suffer with the other and for others; to suffer for the sake of truth and justice; to suffer out of love and in order to become a person who truly loves-these are fundamental elements of humanity, and to abandon them would destroy man himself.

Yet once again the question arises: are we capable of this? Is the other important enough to warrant my becoming, on his account, a person who suffers? Does truth matter to me enough to make suffering worthwhile? Is the promise of love so great that it justifies the gift of myself? The saints were able to make the great journey of human existence in the way that Christ had done before them, because they were brimming with great hope. (Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi 39)

Seeing Dan unpack himself from the tiny VW Bug was a sight. He must be six foot five and is very broad shouldered. He must have played football. But on this cool and damp day outside the abortion mill in Wisconsin, it is Dan’s warm smile and gentleness that leave the strongest impression.

He was just one of the unsung 40 Days for Life prayer warriors outside a tragically busy abortion mill in a poor part of Milwaukee. Although we were able to meet for a short while after praying, I was unable to figure out what brings him so often to this dark place, and how he can do it with an obvious love and joy. That is, with so much hope.

A heart filled with love and hope can do amazing things... go HERE to read more!

There are over 247  cities around the WORLD who are participating in this MIRACULOUS event!  Please take a moment to visit their site, and if you are able, become INVOLVED – both in Prayer and Fasting –  and praying at location where children are losing their lives daily.  They NEED your prayers as well as their mothers – who are often forced and coerced into killing their children because they feel they have no choice… or even worse – they’re lied too and told, “it’s not a baby”.  Will you give them your prayers AND your support.  

Thanks for visiting!

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Is A Fetus A Person?
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