An invitation from the Queen … Wednesday, May 1

Sandro Botticelli, Magnificat, 1480-81, temper...

Sandro Botticelli, Magnificat, 1480-81, tempera on panel, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth. (A very wonderful Mystery to fall on May 1, the beginning of Mary’s month.) “Come to me, all you that yearn for me, and be filled with my fruits.” Sirach 24:26. Here is an invitation that could very easily fall from the lips of Mary. An invitation to take part in Her fruits. All of life is a gift from God, of ourselves we are and we have nothing. Understanding this, and living it, is at the heart of true humility. Mary was and is the most humble of all God’s creation. So what would Her fruits be? Something of Her own, or something given Her? Where does the good that we have within ourselves come from? And a saintly answer is this: “If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain that the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.” The Rule of St. Benedict, 4:42-43. (Just a thought here. Want to simplify your reading and also boost your spiritual growth all at the same time? Get a Bible and read it. Get a catechism and read it because it’ll help you understand your Bible. Then get a good prayer book so that you can pray about what you’ve learned. And finally, get a copy of the Rule of St. Benedict because it will explain how to live what you’ve just learned and prayed about. Other books? Oh, there are lots of good ones, but there’s also Ecclesiastes 12:12-13 … “12 More than these, my son, require not. Of making many books there is no end: and much study is an affliction of the flesh. 13 Let us all hear together the conclusion of the discourse. Fear God, and keep his commandments … ” ) So what good is there, what fruit of Mary’s that She would invite us to partake of?


The Canticle of Mary.

46v And Mary said:* “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;w 47 my spirit rejoices in God my savior.x 48 For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.y 49 The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.z 50 His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.a 51 He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.b 52 He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.c 53 The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.d 54 He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,e 55 according to his promise to our fathers to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”f

It is the Fruit of Her womb, Jesus, that She calls us to. And this same Fruit is the reason for Her Queen-ship.

Today … St. Isidora. Nun and hermitess of Egypt. Revered in her monastery, Isidora moved to a remote hermitage in the desert and remained there until her death following the eremitical custom of that era. Sometimes I think that people like St. Isidora choose solitude because after having taken part in the Fruit of Mary they don’t want or need anything else. Being alone with Him, with no distractions, is Heaven wherever they are.

Remember … “By their fruits you shall know them.” Matthew 7:16a.