Waiting at the gates … Satuday, April 13

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One of the many keys God has supplied us with that fit the Gate of Wisdom.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. “Happy are those who keep my ways, watching daily at my gates.” Proverbs 8:33-34. It’s Wisdom speaking to us here in Proverbs. Who is wise? A wise person would be one who says “Yes” to God. A truly wise one would say yes always. Has anyone ever done that? Has anyone ever said yes to God continuously? Mary did. And in this Mystery of Her Most Holy Rosary we see the results. No other human being has ever been or ever will be elevated to such Heavenly rank as Mary and its all because she was wise enough to say yes to God for a lifetime. Now that lifetime stretches into eternity, an eternity spent with God. Wisdom here invites us to follow Her example by keeping “my ways.” And just what are these ways? Well, what were the ways of Mary? Prayer, humility, obedience, and to work with love. Prayer kept the soon to be Queen in touch with the One she was saying yes to. Humility always reminded Her of Her place in God’s creation. Obedience kept Her close to the One she served and She served, She worked, out of a pure love for God. Its not really all that complicated. “Watching daily at my gates” for you and me might mean the vigilance it takes to daily do our best in prayer, humility, obedience, and loving service to God. That’s not all that complicated either. We complicate things when we allow self to get in the way.

Today … St. Carpus was a martyr with Papylus, Agathonica, Agathodorus, and companions. Carpus was the bishop of Gurdos, Lydia. Papylus was a deacon. Agathonica was a mother and Papylus’ sister, and Agathodorus was their servant. They were martyred in Pergamos. Just in case you wondered, God makes for us a free highway to Heaven. Free of defeat, free of fear, free of hate, free of remorse. But the world charges a toll to set and watch daily at those gates we read about just a minute ago in Proverbs. Be prepared.

Quote … I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
Mother Teresa

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Queen for a day? Queen for eternity! … Wednesday, February 27

Crowning of the Virgin by Rubens, early 17th c...

Crowning of the Virgin by Rubens, early 17th century (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. “”So now, children, listen to me; instruction and wisdom do not reject!” Proverbs 8:32-33. Sometimes children just won’t listen to their mother but subjects of any realm would be ill-advised not to listen to their Queen. Now there are of course two realms, God’s and Satan’s. We’ll leave Satan’s realm to him. Our interest is in God’s kingdom. Being subjects in His realm, well, the very word “subject” should make us think of being under the authority and care of another. And in God’s kingdom these are good things (unlike being under Satan’s cruel ruler-ship) and are meant for our betterment. God’s rules and regulations are a little like traffic laws. When obeyed things move along smoothly without accident. But we need to learn the rules in order to obey them don’t we? And we must listen in order to learn. Someone says, “Isn’t this post supposed to be about Mary?” And it is. Because if we obey our Queen Mother we’ll obey God. That’s because she has already given us all the instructions she needs to. “Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:5.

Today …  St. Baldomerus is the patron saint of locksmiths, a monk of Lyons, France. Baldomerus was a locksmith until he entered the monastery of St. Justus. He is depicted in liturgical art as carrying blacksmith tools and pincers. Years ago I took several locksmith course so I suppose I’m a locksmith kind of. I never really practiced the trade but the courses were actually a lot of fun. You really had to pay close attention to the instructions in order to get things right, like filing a key by hand. If it was to work, if it was going to open the lock, it HAD to be done right. So I know that Baldomerus was good at following directions. Which also tells me that, him being a saint and all, he listened to his mother. And his Queen.

And so … “Mary has been made Queen of heaven and earth by God, exalted above all the choirs of angels and all the saints. She is to be called Queen not only because of her divine motherhood, but also because she, by the will of God, had an outstanding part in the work of our eternal salvation” (Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Letter, To the Queen of Heaven).