Going home to Mother’s

A Rosary Meditation: The Fourth Glorious Mystery, The Assumption.

“Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon earth.” Judith 13:23.

While the above verse wasn’t necessarily written with Mary in mind it does fit, doesn’t it? And I’d add a little to it. ” … above all women upon earth and in heaven.”

At some point in time we’re all, each and every one of us, die. And we’ll all go home when that happens. Right now, in this life, we get to work on which address will be ours. But that’s another post. Right now we’ll figure we’re going to the right address and go from there.

Jesus said that in his Father’s house were many mansions and he was going to get a place ready for us. In my mind he got the place ready on the cross at Calvary. But it occurs to me that his Father’s house is his Mother’s house too. She is, after all, Queen of Heaven and earth. And she was assumed into Heaven at the end of her time here on earth. When we go home we’ll really be going home. We’ll be going home to Mother’s. Just think about that for a minute. We’ll be at home, His, hers, and ours. We’ll be with Mother Mary. We’ll get to set at her feet and listen to her just as Jesus did as a child. And we’ll learn and grow just as any other child would. But with a difference. This learning and growing will be perfect, just as our Heavenly Father is perfect. And our Heavenly Mother, who has gone on ahead and waits for us now.

So as you’re out and about today remember home, your real one, and think about what it’ll be like to live with Mom.

“Jesus answered, and said to him: If any one love me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and will make our abode with him.” John 14:23, Douay-Rheims.

Just a thought … We’ve got a lot to look forward to.

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Today is for venting … ;-) … Wednesday, September 18

Crowned Madonna, Rokitno, Poland, 1671

If you consider yourself Christian and call Jesus Lord you might like to think about what position that gives Mary.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation … Well, I was web searching, looking for a good quote or passage from a book, relevant to the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth for today’s post. I found other things instead. It’s hard to understand the venom, putting it mildly, that so many have towards Catholic doctrine. Especially when, given what they say and how they say it, they obviously have absolutely NO idea what it is they’re talking about. (Yes, I am on a stump. I’ll get down momentarily.) Its one thing to make an argument based on honest information, it’s another to willingly walk in ignorance and take obvious pride in it. So this post? Its going to be a little different. And to the point. The Blessed Virgin Mary IS Queen of Heaven and Earth. It is a: Theologically provable, b: With Biblical basis, c: With historical and cultural precedence, both worldly and Divine, d: A Dogma of THE Church and NOT a concoction of some manmade denomination, e: A truth that all WILL believe and accept, either in this life or the next. Which means, bluntly, the easy way or the hard way. And am I about to elucidate on each of these points? Hardly. I challenge naysayers to crack a book for themselves, A CATHOLIC BOOK with the IMPRIMATUR, and figure it out for themselves. One good way to study and a good study tool to always have on hand, this by way of suggestion, is to hold the book with BOTH hands. Which thing necessitates laying bias DOWN.

Today … There are a multitude of saints on our calendar today. Every one of them was a REAL saint. Every real saint is subject to proper AUTORITY. They are NOT loose canons, they do NOT go their own way. Every REAL saint has a King. Jesus. Every real saint understands that Jesus has a MOTHER. Every real saint KNOWS that the mother of the King IS the Queen Mother. Every real saint has Mary as their Queen. And they are happy to acknowledge her as such.

Think … “You may have heard it said that Catholics are not allowed to think for themselves; you may even believe it. And as long as you can believe things like that you will remain safely out of reach of any appeal which the Catholic Church could make to your reason. But someone ought to warn you that if you are beginning to think for yourself, you won’t be able to believe it much longer. Your mind, becoming more critical with exercise, will reject this along with a number of other quaint superstitions. Another point you should consider seriously is this: you may be the kind of person who, having once begun to think about a subject, continues to do so logically until he arrives at certain definite conclusions. This phenomenon today is comparatively rare; but if you are that kind of person you will probably accept these conclusions, even though they turn your former opinions upside down, and change your whole outlook. Finally you may decide that these conclusions you have formed are so important that you cannot ignore them, and that you must do something about them. This is one of the penalties of real thinking: and it is a penalty that a man or woman is prepared to face who wishes to live a life which is really human and not just vegetable. If ever you get as far as this in thinking about the Catholic Church, then you will be in very real danger of becoming a Catholic.” ~ Rev. Herbert H. J. Crees ~

NOTE: From time to time a non-Catholic, and maybe even an ill-informed Catholic, takes exception to a post, comments, and proceeds to take me to task. It doesn’t happen often. I think most people with a bias against the Church and/or Her Doctrine wouldn’t be reading this blog anyway. But just in case someone reads the above and decides to “set me straight” you might like to know that such comments are never answered and ALWAYS marked as spam. The blessed Virgin Mary IS MY QUEEN. And I don’t change my residency from one kingdom to another, and there are currently two of them with the other camp under the reign of Satan, just because a human being takes offence.

Expecting company? We should be … Thursday, August 1

Philippe de Champaigne, La Visitation. Museo d...

Expecting company? We should be.

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. “When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary … ” Luke 1:39a. What would you do if you heard a knock at the door and when you answered it you found Mary there? Knowing her as the Mother of Christ your Lord and as Queen of Heaven and Earth what would you do? Would you let her in? Would you be embarrassed for her to see that “Murray” was playing on your TV? Would the magazines on the coffee table need to be shuffled away out of sight? Would there be a Rosary anywhere evident? If she asked to look at your Bible for a moment would you know where it was? Would she see a crucifix on any of the walls, or would there be any holy water? Would you be comfortable with her being there? Hopefully these questions bring forth all the right answers. Because if they don’t, and if we aren’t OK with Mary being with us, how are we going to feel with Jesus knocking when He gets back?

Today … St. Hope. According to an Eastern allegory explaining the cult of Divine Wisdom, Faith, Hope, and Charity were the daughters of Wisdom, a widow in Rome. The daughters suffered martyrdom during Hadrian‘s persecution of Christians: Faith, twelve, was scourged and went unharmed when boiling pitch was poured on her, but was then beheaded; Hope, ten, and Charity, nine, were also beheaded after emerging unscathed from a furnace; and Wisdom died three days later while praying at their graves. When Jesus returns we can have hope if we exercise wisdom now in having faith and practicing charity. Doing these things we’ll be ready for anybody who might show up.

Think … Its to late to clean house when company arrives.

Something to sing about … Wednesday, July 24

Queenship of Mary - Tapestry

Queenship of Mary.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Glorious Mystery, the Assumption. “Sing to the Lord a  new song, for He has done wondrous deeds.” Psalm 97:1. Taking a creature and making that creature, that created being, Queen of all creation is a wondrous deed to sing about, isn’t it?

The Saints on Mary’s Queenship:

“No one has access to the Almighty as His mother has; none has merit such as hers. Her Son will deny her nothing that she asks; and herein lies her power. While she defends the Church, neither height nor depth, neither men nor evil spirits, neither great monarchs, nor craft of man, nor popular violence, can avail to harm us; for human life is short, but Mary reigns above, a Queen forever.” ~Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman.

“Just as Mary surpassed in grace all others on earth, so also in heaven is her glory unique. If eye has not seen or ear heard or the human heart conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9), who can express what He has prepared for the woman who gave Him birth and who loved Him, as everyone knows, more than anyone else?” ~St. Bernard of Clairvaux.

“She has surpassed the riches of the virgins, the confessors, the martyrs, the apostles, the prophets, the patriarchs, and the angels, for she herself is the first-fruit of the virgins, the mirror of confessors, the rose of martyrs, the ruler of apostles, the oracle of prophets, the daughter of patriarchs, the queen of angels.” ~St. Bonaventure.

Beautiful lyrics, aren’t they?

Today …

St. Kunegunda

St. Kunegunda

St. Kunegunda (1224-1292) was the daughter of King Bela IV and niece of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. She married King Boleslaus V of Poland at sixteen. On his death in 1279 she became a Poor Clare at the Convent of Sandeck, which she had founded. She also built churches and hospitals, ransomed Christians captured by the Turks, and served the poor and ill. She is also known as St. Kinga. Each of us has our own song to sing praising God for His goodness. Saint Kunegunda sang hers, and these few lines tell us about her tune. When we sing, do we hum or do we shatter glass like a fine opera star? 😉

Sing … “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

The Glory of Royalty … Saturday, June 22

The Virgin with saints

The Virgin with saints. Saints? Children of God, the King. Royalty.

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation. “Hail, O Queen of Mercy, protect  us from the enemy, and receive us at the hour of death.” *Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Gradual* You know, I feel genuinely sorry for people with no Royalty in their lives. It seems to me a sad way to live, with no one of authority and worth to look up to, to turn to. All they have is themselves. And Royalty? The real kind is a sort of trickle-down Divine economy. It begins with the King of kings. And make no mistake, Jesus Christ, God Almighty, IS KING of kings. He is NOT President of presidents, or Chancellor of chancellors, or Chairman of the Board. If He was it would say so someplace so that we could know. What it DOES say is that HE IS KING. Now for the trickle-down Divine economy part. Because He is King his Mother IS Queen Mother. If she isn’t then it would say so someplace so that we could know. If we are, as Believers, children of God (and as believers we are) then we are all related, aren’t we? Which brings us back to my feeling sorry for folks with no Royalty in their lives. If there is no place for Royalty in a person’s life then they are left entirely on their own with no One to turn to, and this is eternally a sad state of affairs. For us to be without Royalty in our lives is to be without lineage, and to be outside the family of God. Because if we’re His children, and this would automatically make us the Queen’s children as well, we are Royal too. If we aren’t then it would say so someplace so that we would know. Happily its up to us to say so. And the King? Gives us over to His loving Mother, the Queen of Heaven and Earth. “When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son.” John 19:26.

Today …

St. Consortia

Foundress of a convent endowed by King Clotaire I of Soissons and the Franks. Consortia reportedly cured Clotaire’s daughter of a mortal illness. She has long been venerated at Cluny, in France. See how beautiful real royalty is? King Clotaire gave, by God’s grace, our saint a beautiful convent to further the work of the King of kings. More of the trickle-down economy. When it trickles down, where do we stand? Under the trickle?

Think … “For you are all the children of God by faith, in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26. If God is the Ultimate Royalty (KING of kings), and He is, then what does that make YOU?

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.

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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Pick your seat … Monday, March 4

Mary crowned with stars. A reflection of the b...

Mary crowned with stars. A reflection of the biblical image in Revelation 12. Biblical proof of the seat reserved for her by God. Begin reserving your seat now. Statue by Attard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; for he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid.'” Luke 1:46-48. Mary praises God, her Savior. Some might pose the question, “If Mary was sinless why did she need a savior?” And that’s a good question. Mary was born without original sin in order to prepare a fit vessel to contain the Son of God. But it was God that made this immaculate conception happen. It was God who saved Mary from the stain of original sin. So she had been saved by God. And after her birth, coming into the world sinless, by her own free will she maintained, with God’s help and by His grace, this relationship with Him. So He was always her Savior. And Mary, for her part, did what Eve should have done but didn’t. She obeyed. Mary seems to have counted her obedience as nothing.  ” … the lowliness of His handmaid.” Mary took to heart the truth about obedience and our own worth as a result. “So you also, when you shall have done all these things that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do.” Luke 17:10. Mary took this truth to heart. So should we. If Mary, being perfect before God, was humble and understood her need of Him as her Savior, how much more should we? And if we take this truth to heart, if we follow Mother’s example, the result will be what exactly? What results did God allow for her? She rules now, seated at His right hand, as Queen of Heaven and Earth. Remember what Jesus said in Luke 14:10. ” … sit down in the lowest place; that when he who invited thee, cometh, he may say to thee: Friend, go up higher. Then shalt thou have glory before them that sit at table with thee.” It worked for Mother, didn’t it? As her children it will work for us. Lets try, and pray, trust God for this, to live the example she left us. Who knows? We may get a better seat if we do.

Today … St. Owen was a Benedictine monk. Once a steward in the household of St. Etheldreda, he entered a Benedictine monastery at Lastingham, England, under St. Chad. He later migrated to Lichfield, following St. Chad. A steward. He was a servant. A monk. He was a follower. An example. He is a saint. I’d say God gave him a good seat, wouldn’t you?

Saints … For a person to be saintly doesn’t mean that God waved a magic wand and, !POOF!, instant holiness. It means that the saintly person set their will aside in preference for God’s. And that’s not magic. That’s work.

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).

When the world and the worldly war against Christ’s Church, Who wins?! … Monday, January 28

Shrine of Blessed John Henry Newman

Shrine of Blessed John Henry Newman (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

And Cardinal Newman has the answer, here …

Assumption – No one has access to the Almighty as His Mother has. | Newman Friends International.

 

In the morning we’ll resume our daily Rosary meditations. The past few days have been a little difficult, “things”, like me being older and etc., don’t always work like I’d like ’em to.