Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today is “special” in many ways. We are living in a time when both Jesus and Mary have been neglected by many in the world, while we see also great confusion, unrest and violence. There is an obvious Truth – in all this, for we have heard from Jesus:
…“the love of many will grow cold.” (Mt. 24:12)
But today is special because the Church yesterday gave us the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross and today gives us this Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows. Today is special because Jesus from His Cross said to John and to all of us:
“Behold your Mother”
We hear the Church repeat those words in the gospel for today:
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom He loved
He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then He said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
Let us ponder those words and seek to obey Jesus as John did by taking Mary into our lives as John and all the saints have done. St. Louis de Montfort in particular was given God’s Grace to share with the Church, the Truth he learned from the Holy Spirit – in writing “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”.
Today, is a good day to begin reading (or re-reading) prayerfully, with attention and devotion, a few verses each day, asking the Holy Spirit to give us grace to behold our Mother as He would have us “see” her by the supernatural gift of Faith, given to us in Baptism. Clicking on the title of this book, you can read from the online version. I’ll use that version, and God willing, post from it every day as God enables me. May we “see” by supernatural Faith, and by Supernatural Hope and above all Supernatural Charity may we daily grow closer to Jesus through Mary!
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your Faithful, kindle in us, the Fire of Your Love! Jesus , we trust in You! Mary. Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Please help us as we read from True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin:
INTRODUCTION OF SAINT LOUIS MARIE
It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world.
Because Mary remained hidden during her life she is called by the Holy Spirit and the Church “Alma Mater”, Mother hidden and unknown. So great was her humility that she desired nothing more upon earth than to remain unknown to herself and to others, and to be known only to God.