Wishing you all a very joyous Easter.
Alleluia, He is risen!
From: The Mystical Rose (by Blessed John Henry Newman) pgs. 106-107
Queen of Martyrs: Why is she so called? – she who never had any blow, or wound, or other injury to her consecrated person…. To answer this question, it must be recollected that the pains of the soul may be as fierce as those of the body….
What an overwhelming horror it must have been for the Blessed Mary to witness the Passion and the Crucifixion of her Son! Her anguish was, as holy Simeon had announced to her, at the time of her Son’s presentation in the Temple, a sword piercing her soul. If our Lord himself could not bear the prospect of what was before him, and was covered at the thought of it with a bloody sweat, his soul thus acting upon his body, does not this show how great mental pain can be? And would it have been a thing to wonder at if Mary’s head and heart had given way as she stood under his cross?
Thus is she most truly the Queen of Martyrs.
The Institution of the Eucharist -
Having blogged at Contemplative Haven for almost six years now, and at this site for the past few, it has always been a difficult choice as to what to focus on for Holy Thursday. So many things happened on this night: the Last Supper, the washing of the feet, the betrayal of Judas, the Agony in the Garden, the arrest of Jesus, His intense suffering at the hands of the Roman soldiers, Peter’s denial… During Mass, we also have the chrism oils, and remember that this is the most holy day of the year for our priests.
But this year, as I was reflecting on all these, the Rosary also came to mind – the fact that the Last Supper (when Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist) is the fifth Luminous mystery (mystery of Light), and that Mary is the Mother of the Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary are forever entwined, and why wouldn’t they be, since the Holy Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and Mary is the Mother of God – and their Sacred and Immaculate Hearts are perfectly united.
We have been given everything we need to help bring Light into the darkness. As Gerald Francis wrote in “Our Lady and the Eucharist”, at The Real Presence: “When Catholics anchor their faith on these two indestructible, inseparable pillars-the Eucharist and our Lady-then the enemy will be defeated and a great calm will descend upon both the Church and the world.”
We who suffer, we who are in anguish and anxiety, should stand with the Virgin Mary under the cross. Through her, we will find the courage to keep believing, and the strength to bear the burdens that tear our souls apart.
Catherine Doherty, from: God in the Nitty-Gritty Life