Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception

In “To the Priests, Our Lady’s Beloved Sons”, we find the locutions received by Father Stefano Gobbi from the Blessed Virgin, covering the period of July 1973 to December 1989.  As I was looking through the book tonight, I saw that every single year contains an entry for December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, save for 1973, 1974 and 1976.

The following are excerpts taken from the message of December 8, 1988 entitled “A Sign of Hope and of Consolation”:

[note:  red highlights are the way I’m feeling now.]

The exemption from every stain of sin, even the original one, has made it possible for my soul to be completely filled with the life of God; for my mind to be filled to overflowing with the Spirit of Wisdom who has opened me to a comprehension of the divine Word; for my heart to be molded into the most perfect form of love; for my body to be enwrapped in the immaculate light of a virginal purity…

Because I am ‘all beautiful’ – tota pulchra – I am for you a sign of hope in the days in which you are living, when my Adversary has succeeded in making everything ugly, through the stain of sin and of impurity.  You are living under the sign of his great bondage, which is depriving you of the reflection of all spiritual beauty.  Souls are being darkened by sins, which prevent the glory of life and of union with God from reaching them.  Bodies are being brutalized by the takeover of the passions and of impurity.  Man is being crushed under the weight of a civilization without God, which disfigures in him the image of his original dignity.  The world is being darkened by a persistent rejection of God.  A dense darkness has now descended to obscure everything…

Because I am ‘all beautiful’ – tota pulchra – I am for you also a sign of consolation.  You are living in the time of the great tribulation and sufferings and trials are increasing for everyone.  The wicked are continuing with obstinacy along the road of evil and of sin, without accepting my repeated urgings to conversion and to a return to the Lord.

The good are becoming tepid and as it were paralyzed by the unhealthy surroundings in which they live…

Today I call upon you all to look at me, your Immaculate Mother, as a sign of sure hope and of consolation, and to allow yourselves to be enfolded in my light, in these days of profound darkness and universal obscurity so that, led and guided by me, you may go to all places in order to illumine the earth.

I’m so glad it’s Advent. I just want to walk with Mary and ask for her help so that these “highlighted red parts” stop weighing down my heart and soul. Mary, thank you for being my hope and consolation.

Rejoice

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

As we honour Mary today on this beautiful solemnity of her assumption into heaven, I share with you the Morning and Evening Poem for August 15th, by Thomas E. Burke, C.S.C. (as found in “Hail Mary.  A Marian Book of Hours”, compiled by William G. Storey, D.M.S.):

If flowers are too stainless to remain
Concealed in the dark caverns of the earth,
But must be lifted up by God again
To know a second birth – a glad rebirth!
How could Christ leave her body in the tomb
Who was above all other women blest,
Who gave him refuge in her virgin womb,
And fed him on the lilies of her breast?
Is she not fairer far than any flower?
What bloom could ever boast her loveliness?
What fragrant rose in its sequestered bower
Has ever vied with her in spotlessness?
Truly the Lord, her God, the Holy One,
Has placed his tabernacle in the sun!

Today I celebrate my 5th anniversary of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I can hardly believe it’s been five years already. (Or has it only been five years… mystery of mysteries… I’ll explain in my next post…)

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Our Lady stated that her Heart is the hope of the world. She expressly requested the practice and spread of devotion to her Immaculate Heart [at Fatima], saying that it is in the designs of the Divine Mercy to help the world through this Heart.

Mary,

Your heart is a shrine of peace, for it is the heart of the Mother of the Prince of Peace, a heart never for a moment disturbed by evil passion, a heart whose gifts to mankind are mercy, love, and peace. To all of us your immaculate heart after that of Jesus is most loving and most merciful. How many afflicted hearts are consoled in you! How many frail hearts are strengthened by you! How many are now in heaven because of the protection given them by your merciful heart! We obtain everything for our peace of soul in time and eternity from the Father through the Heart of Jesus and everything from Jesus through your heart. You are truly the “Queen of Peace.”

[From: Mary My Hope, Fr. Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D., pgs. 61-62 and 65-66]

With a special intention at this time for Syria, dear Mother.

Easter Sunday

Wishing you all a very joyous Easter. 

Alleluia, He is risen!

Good Friday

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.

Holy Thursday

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.”