Jesus, King of kings … Mary, Queen of queens … Saturday, May 18

Crowned Madonna Della Strada in the Church of ...

Crowned Madonna Della Strada in the Church of the Gesu in Rome.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation. “He who finds me finds life, and wins favor from the Lord.” Proverbs 8:35. Think about it. Mary spent her entire earthly life with Jesus. She now spends eternity with Him. As mother of the King of kings she is the reigning Queen Mother and this will never change. If you find her what is it that you find? Who is it that she has pent and is spending her life with? When you’re in the presence of the Queen Mother you are reminded of nothing other than the King. “He who finds me finds life.” The King of kings? He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The above verse from Proverbs is a reference to wisdom. And of all creatures who is wiser than one who would spend all of their existence with God? One who would spend all of their self for God? And of all living creatures who does this honestly and to the fullest? Mary. In honoring her, and the mother of any king is surely due honor, we are honoring Him. And we win favor from the Lord.

Today …

St. Eric IX of Sweden

St. Eric IX of Sweden

St. Eric IX of Sweden

King of Sweden from 1150, Eric did much to aid Christianity in his realm and was responsible for codifying the laws of his kingdom, which became known as King Eric’s Law (also the code of Upland). He led a victorious expedition against the marauding Finns and persuaded English bishop Henry of Uppsala to remain in Finland to evangelize the Finns. Eric was killed and beheaded near Uppsala by rebelling Swedish nobles in the army of Magnus, son of the King of Denmark, who had invaded his territory, on May 18. Though never formally canonized, Eric was long considered the Patron of Sweden. His feast day is May 18th.Now, do you think people were respectful towards his mother? If they needed something from King Eric do you think they might have asked his mom to intercede? And do we think a Heavenly Queen should be treated any differently, or that she has no ties to her Son, that He wouldn’t listen to her? As a loving mother do we think she won’t listen to us?

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth …

The young Eugenio Pacelli (later Pope Pius XII) had to walk past the Church of the Gesu in Rome on his way to school every day. He would spend hours there in the small chapel of the Madonna Della Strada, sometimes missing lunch. His mother asked: “What are you doing in the chapel all the time?” He responded: “I pray and tell Mary everything”. As a pope, he defined the dogma of the Assumption and consecrated the world to Mary.