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.

Easter Sunday

Regina Caeli

Rejoice, O Queen of Heaven, Alleluia!
For He Whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia!
Has risen as He said, Alleluia!
Pray for us to God, Alleluia!

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!
R. For the Lord has risen indeed, Alleluia!

Let us pray: O God, who hast given joy to the whole world
through the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ;
grant that through the prayers of His Virgin Mother Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ, our Lord
Amen.

(The Regina Caeli is said instead of the Angelus during the Easter Season)

Under the Cross

Raphael (c. 1503) "The Crucifixion with Sts Mary Virgin, Mary Magdalen, John and Jerome" (National Gallery, London)

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

Easter Sunday

Our Lady of the Resurrectionblessed-virgin-2

Mary,
at the Resurrection of your Divine Son,
God’s Anointed One,
your heart was filled with joy beyond all telling
and your faith was wonderfully exalted.
For it was in faith
that you conceived Jesus,
and it was in faith
that you awaited His Resurrection,
the strongest proof of His Divinity.
In the strength of faith
you waited for that day of light and life
when the night of death would be ended,
the whole world would exult,
and the infant Church would tremble with joy
at seeing again her immortal Lord.
You knew at that first Easter
that His Divine life was the model for our lives
and that He has merited for us
the grace of living for God.
Enable me to rise with Jesus spiritually
and live a life free from sin.
Help me to do God’s Will
and to be patient in suffering.
Enrich my soul with sanctifying grace
through Sacraments, prayer, and good works.
And let the life of Jesus grow in me,
so that He may live in me.

(From “Favorite Prayers to Our Lady”)

The Crucifixion

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Excerpt from, “The Mother of the Saviour and Our Interior Life”, by Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. (pgs. 188-189):

What must have been the value of her sufferings at the foot of the Cross, granted the understanding she then had of the mystery of the Redemption!

In the spiritual light which then flooded her soul, Mary saw that all souls are called to sing the glory of God. Every soul is called to be as it were a ray of the divinity, a spiritual ray of knowledge and love, for our minds are made to know God and our wills to love Him. But though the heavens tell God’s glory unfailingly, thousands of souls turn from their Creator….

Mary saw all that evil, all those wounds in souls, just as we see the evils and wounds of bodies. Her fulness of grace had given her an immense capacity to suffer from the greatest of evils, sin. She suffered as much as she loved God and souls: God offended by sin and souls whom it rendered worthy of eternal damnation. Most of all did Mary see the crime of deicide prepared in hearts and brought to execution: she saw the terrible paroxysm of hatred of Him Who is the Light and the Author of salvation.

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Mother of the Eucharist

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On Holy Thursday, Christ instituted the sacrament of Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper with His apostles.  Do we generally think of Mary in relation to the Last Supper, or indeed, every time we receive Holy Communion?  We should.  In the Dictionary of Mary (pg. 381), we learn about the “Presence of Mary in the Eucharist”:

“We must not see her presence there as the presence of Christ.  The consecration effects the Real Presence of the Christ of Glory in the act of His Sacrifice under the appearance of bread and wine, with His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.  Nothing of the kind is true in Mary’s humanity.  Yet the Presence of Jesus brings with it in some way the presence of His Mother….

 
The Christ Who becomes present on the altar is the same Christ Who took from Mary His Body and Blood of the Eucharistic Sacrifice that are given as nourishment to us.  The reality of the Word made flesh can be perceived only in its twofold relation of Son:  the one according to which He is eternally engendered by the Father and the one according to which He was begotten in time by Mary.

Hence, our faith in the Eucharistic Christ includes a background reference to His Mother according to the flesh:  Ave verum Corpus natum de Maria – Hail true Body born of the Virgin Mary!”

I have found an article at Catholic Tradition which you may enjoy reading when you have time, as it gives further insights into this subject.