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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Part 4: The Fourth Joyfull Mystery, the Presentation

Part 4 of a 15 part series on the Holy Rosary.

The fourth joyful mystery: The Presentation.

Proud parents going to the Temple to make a cleansing sacrifice. A new-born Child dictates such a sacrifice according to the law of Moses. A sin offering meant to cleanse, to remove, to blot out sin. But here there was no sin. The Blessed Virgin, the Childs only truly human parent according to the flesh, was born without the stain of original sin in order to make her a fitting vessel, a Holy Ark meant to contain the Word of God. And she had kept her vessel clean. She was everything Eve was meant to be and wasn’t. Holiness IS possible when we co-operate with God’s perfect will. And what of Joseph? There was no sin on his part in any of this. On the contrary, he was nothing less than obedient to God. And the Child? No guilt nor stain of guilt was with Him nor ever would be. So why the sin offering? Simple. The people around them knew none of the above. To not offer sacrifice would have scandalized these. The answer? Just do the next right thing, even when it’s not strictly necessary. The result? The giving of Joy, the Joy Child, to both Simeon and Anna. Two pious Jews waiting all their lives to just glimpse the Promised One. Doing the next right thing even when I don’t have to, even when according to the law there is no real reason because there is no sin whether others know it or not, brings what into the world? Into the life of others? Maybe nothing. Maybe great joy. Maybe an example that shows them Jesus. Maybe Jesus.

Prayer: Mother Mary, please help me do the next right thing for love of Jesus.

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A Series of Thoughts on the Rosary

Soon I will be starting a 15 part series on the Most Holy Rosary. I’ll be posting other stuff along the way too but I firmly believe that, after the Sacraments, the Rosary is the most powerful piece of Christian armor that we have in this life. With it we can, at home or anyplace else and at any time of day or night, celebrate all the Mysteries found in Holy Mass. Everything is there either in the Mysteries themselves or in the prayers. When I carry my Rosary in my pocket its like having my Bible, my prayer-book, my catechism, and my missal all there with me. Therefore a series is worth my effort. If nothing else, putting my own thoughts down will help me. I can hope and pray that others will be helped in some way also. In this series I will share my own personal thoughts on each mystery. Trust me, these will not be long or complicated. I try hard to keep things simple. Well, I don’t have to try very hard. I was pretty simple the day I was born. 🙂 But sharing is often fruitful. Especially if whats shared is worthwhile. The Rosary is certainly that. Maybe my thought will trigger a thought in you that you’ll share with somebody else who will share with somebody else who will … And that makes the sharing more than worth the effort. Who knows? In all that sharing maybe we will forge a chain, like the chain of a Rosary, that will bind hearts to Jesus through Mary.

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