Our Queen … Saturday, August 31

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation. Something different today. I know I’m a little late with this, but better late than never. (At least on this side of eternity.)



Today …



St. Aidan of Lindisfarne

Aidan of Lindisfarne, born in Ireland, may have studied under St. Senan before becoming a monk at Iona. At the request of King Oswald of Northumbria, Aidan went to Lindisfarne as bishop and was known throughout the kingdom for his knowledge of the Bible, which knowledge means he understood Mary’s Queenship, his learning, which means he understood Mary’s role in redemption, his eloquent preaching, which at times no doubt spoke of Mary his Queen, his holiness, patterned after God’s Holiness as it shines forth through His saints with Mary as the Queen of all saints, his distaste for pomp, remembering the simplicity of his Lord and His Mother, his kindness to the poor, as King Jesus and Queen Mother Mary are kind, and the miracles attributed to him as a result. He founded a monastery at Lindisfarne that became known as the English Iona and was a center of learning and missionary activity for all of northern England. He died in 651 at the royal castle at Bamburgh.

And also … “Popular devotion invokes Mary as Queen. The Council, after recalling the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in “‘body and soul into heavenly glory’”, explains that she was “exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords (cf. Rv 19:16) and conqueror of sin and death.” ~ Pope John Paul II the Great ~ (Lumen Gentium, n. 59).