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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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A Message Today From the Apostle, Paul…

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on October 14, 2009

Daily Reading:  A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans (Rom 2:1-11)

Therefore, you have no excuse, O man, whoever you are, when you judge another; for in passing judgment upon him you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.

2 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who do such things.

3 Do you suppose, O man, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume upon the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience?

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 which He lavished upon us. ~Eph 1:7

Do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

5 But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 For He will render to every man according to his works:

12 “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing My recompense, to repay every one for what he has done. ~Rev 22:12

7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, He will give eternal life;

8 but for those who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness, there will be wrath and fury.

They only plan to thrust Him down from His eminence. They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths, but inwardly they curse. ~Psalm 62:4

9 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,

23 If you return to the Almighty and humble yourself, if you remove unrighteousness far from your tents, 24 if you lay gold in the dust…25 and if the Almighty is your gold, and your precious silver; 26 then you will delight yourself in the Almighty…

27 You will make your prayer to Him, and He will hear you; and you will pay your vows. 28 You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.

29 For God abases the proud, but He saves the lowly. 30 He delivers the innocent man; you will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.” ~Job 22:23-29

10 but glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

17 And if you invoke as Father him who judges each one impartially according to his deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile. ~1Peter 1:17

Suggested Further Reading:

Deliberate Sin (recommend highly)
Sin and Redemption: Parts 5 & 6
Fulton Sheen: Choices Part 1 & Part 2

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