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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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The Meat of the Message…continues

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on May 20, 2009

St. Paul continuously echoed this very same sentiment as he preached throughout the Roman Gentiles.  In his letter to the Colossians, chapter 3, St. Paul stresses this need vehemently:

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  (Notice how the next several passages will also reflect the words our Savior gave us when we pray to His Father, that is also Our Father…)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

3 For you have died, (Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? ~ Romans 6:3)

…and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. ~Romans 6:4)

Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication [adultery], impurity, passion [illicit], evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. (Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! He who sat upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war… He is clad in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is The Word of God (c.f. Jn 1:1)…  From his mouth issues a sharp sword with which to smite the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; He will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. ~ Rev 19:11, 13, 15)

7 In these you once walked, when you lived in them. 8 But now put them all away… Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices 10 and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator.

Give us this day, our daily bread…

11 Here there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, 13 forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Forgive us our transgressions as we forgive those who transgress against us…

14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (Remember that great joy from Post #1?  That Joy comes only from God and can only reside in those who are in service to Him, seeking His Love and His Glory. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies round about me; and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD. ~ Ps 27:6)

17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (I want each man to give credit to Me for the good that I allow to come through him into the world…all good comes from Me. ~May, 2009. And this is His commandment, that we should believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us. ~ 1Jn 3:23)

Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from all that is evil.  Amen.

Jesus reminds us again:

I need My chosen ones to remain closely tied to their decision to bring My light to others. Only in this way will the renewal push further into the world. Submit your feelings to me. When your feelings make you doubtful, sit with Me and together we will examine them, one by one. ~April, 2009

Believe Him when He says this!  Many an adoration He and I have sat together as I expressed my feelings of doubt, weariness, and concern for what I was doing, or as I perceived, not doing for the Kingdom of God.  Thankfully, our Lord knows, we see with human eyes and not with heaven’s eyes (as the song goes).  It is with Jesus’ eyes that we can come to understand our callings, our vocations, and thus live those vocations with the greatest joy and peace as made possible in Jesus Christ.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us. ~Romans 5: 3-5

For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.  ~Romans 8:24

Previous Posts:

Purgatory: Introduction
Continuing on Purgatory

Prayers and Purification
Be Imitators of Christ
Purify My Heart, Lord
We Begin…
The Meat of the Message

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