Posts Tagged ‘Mary’

The Coronation – Franciscan Crown – Part VII

May 6, 2017

Coronation of Mary, Queen of the Universe.

“And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.”

(1 Peter 5:4)

In this mystery, we contemplate on Mary, who was assumed into Heaven and is crowned Queen of the Universe, with her never fading crown of the 12 stars spoken of in the book of Revelations.

The mystery calls to mind the extension of the Assumption and completion of , or the fulfillment of the vocation Mary was called to. As Mary was given to us on the cross as our own mother, we have the greatest advocate and intercessor who pleads for us with Jesus.

This mystery is all about the subject of perseverance. Perseverance, is that long, steady and abiding faith.. It is not that we do not fail, it is not that we do not fall, or falter from time to time. perseverance is about the efforts, it is about the work involved towards something. It is about truth, without and within. It is about truth from without, because God is the source. The Eucharist, often called the “Source and Summit ” is Jesus. God incarnate. It is faith at its deepest quaking in our hearts and souls.

It is our abiding with God. It says everything about how we are as a disciple. It has everything to do with how we live out our day to day lives in our work, in our rest, in our service, both to God and to our brothers and sisters.

It is from within, when we spend time in prayer. Not just the prayer of self…. Not the *I* prayer. You know the one I am speaking of. *I* need…. *I* want… What *I* am coming to you for …. These prayers that are centered in the desires of the world. This does not mean that we should not ask God for what we need. Or that it makes us bad Christians. It is changing the orientation of our prayer life.

from the child like process of give me “this” because I want it, into a more mature version of asking for Gods will. ” Lord. I have been presented with this situation, and we are seeking your will in what it is that we are to do “.

As in the “Prologue” of our Holy Rule states :

” All who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind , with all their strength, and love their neighbors as themselves, and hate their bodies with their vices and sins, and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and produce worthy fruits of penance. Oh, how holy and blessed are these men and women when they do these things and PERSEVERE (emphasis added) in doing them. ”

I once saw a poster of an injured lion. The lion had pulled itself up off the ground and stood strong and fearless. The caption at the bottom of the poster was this :

” It is not how we fall that matters…. It is how we RISE ! ”

As Christians, and as Franciscans this is primary in our necessity to examine how it is that we fallen, but more importantly, how it is that we rise in strength of perseverance and with the heart of the lion, strong in our faith, and strong in the knowledge and surety, in the perseverance of the love of our Lord !

This mystery is the Coronation of Mary, Queen of the Universe.

We meditate on Perseverance.

We ask pardon Lord, for those times when we have not lived the Holy Rule, as we should.

For when we have failed and faltered,

For when our failures have injured our brothers and sisters …

For those times when we have missed opportunities for worthy penance

For those times when we have stayed in our sin and vices.

We pray Lord for perseverance and strength and wisdom.

For the perseverance of mind, heart and soul, that we might not falter

For the strength of faith and character to live out our faith to the glory of God.

For the Wisdom, to see where we have failed to persevere, and to assist our brothers and sisters who may also need strength, assisting without judgment and with love in the examination of our own sin.

Finally, in perseverance of living our Holy Rule of Life to the fullest human extend with extraordinary heavenly graces, gifted to others through us.

Our Father who art in Heaven…..

May God give you the gift of His peace..

Hail Holy Queen – Franciscan Crown Part VI

April 27, 2017

The Assumption –

” A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth ” ( Revelations 12: 1-2)

In this reflection we meditate on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Queen of the Universe.

It goes without saying to many Christian denominations ( not just Catholics) that Mary is someone we honor as the Mother of God. She is not Divine, she is human. We do not pray to her as God. We ask her for intercessory prayer, much in the same way that you would ask a friend or neighbor to pray for you for something that is near to your heart. It is beyond the scope of this reflection to go through the ‘ “Why’s and How’s ” of the Dogma of the Assumption. So I will leave that to you.

The Assumption is, for those who may be unaware, is that at the end of her earthly life, Mary, was assumed into Heaven, body and soul, to live and reign. Jesus loved Mary, as any son would love his mother. There is nothing he would not do for her, that was within the Fathers will.

Mary, who was human, although free of sin and corruption, still lived a very human life. she knows the pains of the living. Being single, and betrothed, the feeling of being alone, or lonely. The challenges of being married to someone who was not perfect. The struggles of marriage… The feelings of separation. Mary was after all the champion empty nest-er ! The pains of watching her child struggle. She was a widow… She lost a family member … She suffered sickness,,, She struggled and worked to see her son do the things He was meant to do. It was long hours.. Late nights.., and early mornings. cooking, cleaning, preparing, serving.

On the Cross, in her pain, in His pain, Jesus gave His mother to us. What a gift… what an outpouring of love and grace !

Let us take the time to meditate on the joys and sufferings of the Blessed Mother. How there was not much of anything that was shared about the life of either Jesus or Mary during his formative years. How she knew of the suffering, and endured it anyway. How she struggled sometimes in silence just as we sometimes may do today. Even in the time of her life that is recorded, it was a life of service, charity and selflessness.

The Sixth Mystery – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary –

In this mystery, we meditate on long suffering, or perseverance , and our own resurrection at the coming of Christ.

Heavenly Father, we beg pardon, for those times when we have failed to live our Holy Rule of Life.
For those times when we have failed to show You to others in charity, in service or in love.
For the times when we have not walked, as Mary did , in humble acceptance of Your will for us.

We pray, that like Mary, we will walk our lives in faith…
That we will only want what ever is Your Holy will for us..
That we have the strength of faith, to walk the road you have prepared for us no matter the cost.

Finally, we pray that the Blessed Mother will intercede for us with her Son,
that when we fail on our earthly journey, that He forgive our failings and grant us a renewed vigor of faith, strength, and perseverance to follow His most Holy will !

Mary conceived without sin…. Pray for us who have recourse to thee !

Our Father who art in Heaven……

May God give you the gift of His peace !

Advent …It’s Here !

December 2, 2016

Advent…. It’s here.

“And do this because you know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed;

the night is advanced, the day is at hand. Let us then throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the armor of light;

let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day,* not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy.

But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.” ( Romans 13:11)

This is the very beginning of the season of Advent. Advent means to come. It comes from the Latin Ad ( to ) Venire (come). It is applied to the church calendar as the season prior to Christmas. It is set aside for us as a period, not unlike Lent, as a time of preparation, a spiritual house cleaning if you will.

Not unlike Lent it has been a time of fasting and praying. In fact there was a period of time when there was a 40 day fast that was just like Lent. ( without the fish frys). If we look at the time of Lent and the time of Advent as mirrors of each other, both have certain characteristics that are very similar in tone and purpose.

Both serve the purpose of preparing our hearts as a birthplace for Christ to reign, a channel through which God may share the blessings of Heaven with and through us. Prior to His arrival however we have a little preparation to do.

As a child the time previous to the holiday season, there was a certain amount of that ” spring cleaning” that my mother would always have my brother and I to do. There was silver to polish, vacuuming, scrubbing and There was a brass table to polish and well as the candlesticks that stood on either side of the fireplace. Dusting the furniture and all of that came after taking care of the animals we had. ( which in itself was an 8 hour job).

Yes, the preparations were something that we as kids did not look forward to in the least, as we would rather have been exploring the forest that we lived in, or the just relaxing around the house. On the other hand, once all the work was done, and night had fallen, there was a cool nip in the air, and we would turn off the lights in the livingroom, and light a fire in the fireplace. The house took on that certain feeling of “Hearth and Home”. When the holidays came, and we were able to entertain guests, and share our home with friends and family there was a certain comfort, a certain joy to be able to serve them and make them feel at home.

The same thing applies to our spiritual lives. Paul is telling us to use Advent as a time to remove from our hearts the spiritual “baggage”. that we need to throw off. Those things that belong to the dark, and not to the light. Those things that we have been holding onto, that do not aid us in our spiritual journeys, those things that hold us back from serving Christ, or keep us from being the conduit of the blessings, or keep us from helping someone else from seeing Christ because of our actions.

So let us work on throwing off those works, those deeds, and put in some of the work in those areas of our lives to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus. Throw out those pains, and grudges, lets fix those broken relationships. Let’s be the one who extends the olive branch, and extends the hands. Let us be the Christ in the season, and really live the life of faith we profess.

May God give you the gift of His peace !

Holy Family Model ( Part II )

January 8, 2015

In this weeks reflection we will look at Mary.
Mary is the model of peace in a sea of turmoil.

Mary’s story begins with the Magnificat. The Angel of the Lord appears unto Mary and tells her she is highly favored of God and is to be the mother of God.  Mary says YES !  Let it be done to me according to His word.
She knows at least in the short term what this could mean. The reprocussions could be collosal and still she said yes !  It might mean the end of her prospects for marriage, it could mean death for her by stoning.
It could mean rejection by her family, her friends, the entire community and she still said YES !

What a model she is for us in her faith !  When things were hard for her in her relationship with Joseph. She did not run away.  When Joseph was confronted with this information, he stayed.  They worked on their lives in faith.
Mary even after she was pregnant, went to her cousin Elizabeth and served her in her need.  She could have stayed home, and propped up her feet and waited for the birth of her Son, but instead she went to serve.  She served God in the person of Elizabeth.

Then came the journey for the Census which would be the journey to the birth of Christ.  Indeed, it was hard for her.  She being pregnant and traveling over rough terrain, over long distances, for long hours.

Mary was the model of patience.

Through her travels, in extreme discomfort.  She lived through her son growing and then His leaving home knowing what was coming.  She suffered and sacrified for her family.
She spent time working for her family, supporting them, and loving them through her day to day existance.

Mary was the model of Motherhood.

She was teacher, comforter, supporter. When things were hard, she encouraged Jesus ever forward to what she knew in her heart was best, even though her own heart was breaking.

She helped to provide for her families needs.  Throught the daily chores, through the daily care she showed in her attention to the needs of others. She quietly went about her day.  When she was asked what to do she pointed the way to Jesus.

In our daily lives we get challenges, we are tired, frustrated and in pain.  We are frustrated and sometimes nearing our wits end. There are most assuredly crosses that we must bare.

How do we deal with the difficulties of life.  Those pains in life from trivial to devastating ?

Mary lived her lived her life in service to her family, through her faith.
Indeed we too can learn to live our lives in service not only to our own family, to to our brothers and sisters in the world, through our faith which asks that we love one another, and forgive one another, as we have been both forgiven and loved by God.

Ultimately, our daily lives and our response to the things that happen for us in our daily lives, should be an outpouring of our faith in action.

May God give you the gift of His peace.

The Holy Family … A Model for us all ! ( Part I )

January 1, 2015

As we prepare to return to our jobs, and our normal routines, the day to day functions that we are called away from during the

holidays, let us look back over Advent.  Lets look back at where we have traveled from and where we are going.
Advent is that special time of year where the peace and love in all of humanity comes to the surface, when we take time to

remember those things which are important.

 

As you know the Christmas season is only part of the way through..  Epiphany is on January 6th this year, the celebration of the

visitation of the Wise Men.  Then we have Candlemas or the Presentation of the Lord on Feb 6th.. The celebration of Jesus, the

light of the world.   Basically, the intent and indeed the need for us is to be in continual renewal, and to continue to seek the

Child Jesus in our hearts through the year as we have in the manger.

 

The Holy Family is a great model for us to follow in our efforts to carry our Christmas spirit with us throughout the year.

First lets look at Joseph.  Joseph had it ruff.  He was a laborer, a carpenter, someone who worked daily with his hands. So he did

not have money laying around casually to be used for the finer things.  His was a daily, hand to mouth existence.  He lived

project to project, payment to payment for his labors.  Then he was required to head out for this census.   This meant time off

work. This meant no money was coming in.  He also had to travel some distance to get there.

 

He had to travel on foot, hauling his wife, on a donkey ( not the most cooperative of animals) and his wife was pregnant.
This means she was not a happy camper because it was not a comfortable trip to make.  THe census was a pain.  It took him away

from his life, he did not travel with a caravan,  they were on their own.

Mary, goes into labor.  Birth of a child is a happy occasion, a gift to be sure.  There was no rooms available, there was no place

to go and his wife was suffering.   Image, how truly helpless he felt, not being able to provide for her.  Imagine the turmoil

that must have circulated in his mind.   We don’t really know since these things were not recorded, but, we can imagine the tests he went through and the pressures he felt.

Can you imagine him saying to himself something like ” How can I provide for this family when I can’t even find a room ?” or ” I wonder what Mary must think of me now ?” or ” Why in the world is all this happening to me ?”….   You get the idea.

 

We spend a good deal of our time in worry about why things are as they are, or why does God let this or that happen.  Maybe instead we spend time praying for something different to happen so our lives will be easier.

Joseph couldn’t have been different.  He started this whole thing with just wanting to marry a good woman.  A simple woman who loved God and would provide a good mate for him, a good match.   Look at all that has happened to him in the last year !!

His fiance ends up pregnant with a baby that is not his.  His fiance says this child is from God.  He starts hearing angels telling him its all good, and he should still marry this girl.  He does and now he is hauling his pregnant wife across the other side of the country just so the government can stick it to him later.  Only part way through this ordeal, and all he really wants is to go home with his family so he can get back to his life.

Sound like anyone you know ?

 

Look closer at Joseph…  A man of faith.  A man who to spite what other people think has connected to his faith life and took in his fiance.  A man who honors her and his promise to her.  A man whose heart is full of love and care for his bride and the child she is about to bring into the world.

What happens after Jesus birth ?  Joseph gives Mary some time to rest before he continues on his way.  Joseph goes back to his journey and takes Jesus with him !  THis is exactly what we should be doing !  As we have taken some time during this holiday season to rediscover Jesus.  We have found Jesus in the Bethlehem that is our hearts, and now as we begin to head back out into the world and into our lives, we need to take Jesus with us and share him with the world.  Lets not leave him behind in a manger where we found Him !

Like Joseph we can take Jesus, we can share our lives with Him, we can present Him to others, we can share Him with others, and learn from Him the way of Love as we go.

As we continue our Christmas season, carry the messages of Peace and Love with us as we go.  O Come, Let us adore Him !
May God give you the gift of His peace !

He Has Come to the Help of His Servant Israel ! (Magnificat – Part III )

May 30, 2014

He has come to the help of his servant Israel ,

For He has remembered this promise of mercy,

The promise He made to our fathers,

To Abraham, and his children forever “.

This portion oof the canticle speaks about the fulfillment of the promise that the savior would come and that He would be of the lineage of David.

The Incarnation cames in through Israel,  and an interesting thought…

The promise was that there would be children as numberous as the sands on the beach, or stars in the heavens.

Indeed  because, through the Incarnation He has gained children for the Heavenly Father.

The last portion once again recalls theExodus.  The point where God looked upon Isreal and brought them to this point.  This is being fulfilled through Mary’s fiat.

Mary is excited, and as one can imagine , like someone who first experiences a moment or period of conversion, there is usually a rush of emotion and a flooding of the Holy Spirit suich that it is all consuming.  While aware of the blessing she has recieved, she is also pointedly aware of the fact that there is a duplicity there. that He comes in mercy.

Another interesting point of the Magnificat is that just prior to this was the idea that God has Mercy on those who fear Him in every generation.   This idea is important because it means that God  shows His loving mercy from the beginning of time. Not only at the point of the Incarnation, but beyond and through the future generations.

Mary uses the story of the Exodus and the fulfillment of this promise as a point of mercy. Elizabeth would have understood these things since they were from the same lineage and family.   Just as these canticles retell the same stories, this is how their  history was passed on.

God having mercy in every generation means that today and into the future generations , God’s mercy is with us.

Mercy is an interesting concept.  Mercy is a gift that is given freely, without the recipient necessarily deserving it or asking for it or even thinking of it.  Gods mercy is everywhere and indeed all thoughout the Bible.   The mercy that was given to us at the institution of the Eucharist, at the Last Supper wich is extended to us today and everytime we receive Him at the Eucharistic celebration.

Years ago I served as a Eucharistic Minister  (EMHC) and chaplain at a local cancer hospital.  Those were long days and there were many people to see and I was the only one who was going.  There were, honestly , days I really did not want to go.  I would say “Lord, I  REALLY dont want to go”. I went anyway because I knew in my heart that those people .. our brothers and sisters, needed Jesus Christ  and I was supposed to take Him there.

There are actually two paints of Gods’ mercy here :

First, God planted the seed that caused me to go, and to be with those who needed Him desperately.

Second, is that every time I felt that way going into the building, I left filled with the Spirit.  I always received so much more than I ever gave.

We become what we receive.  We receive Jesus in the Eucharist, in Holy Scripture, and in the Body of Christ , the community of believers  and then we take Him with us, to be given to others.   At the same time,  we receive mercy through the Eucharistm and then we are then to extend that mercy to others through our corporal works and spirituall works of mercy.    In tihs waywe fulfill our role as Christians, to go forth and proclaim Him to all the world.

We can fulfill our own fiat, our own Magnificat !

Filling The Hungry ( Magnificat – Part II )

May 24, 2014

” He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation,

He has shown the strength of His arm,

He has scattered the proud in their conceit

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent away empty”.

 

This section of the canticle speaks again of the goodness of God, and also about what it is that He really wants for us.

 

The mercy that it speaks of in the first line of this section is not a mercy that is a freedom from judgment, or a mercy where God is sparring us from a punishment of some sort.  Instead this is a mercy that is born of love.

 

A mercy born of this kind of love is Gods’ love for us. It is His desire to shelter us, to provide for us, and indeed to bless us with all that is good.

 

When the canticle speaks of these those who fear Him, what does that mean exactly ?  Fear in this context means reverence, respect, love, honor and glory.  This is not the fear of fright, trembling, bone shaking and unnerving lack of peace or tranquility.

This section of the canticle again harkens back to tell or remind its audience about the Exodus.  The beginnings of the story of how Gods’ plan for the Messiah has been brought about.  God showed the strength of His arm, through the plagues , through the fire, through the parting of the Red Sea, and providing for His people in the dessert.

” He has cast down the mighty” , who were the Egyptians and Pharaoh and ” He has lifted up the lowly”  who were the slaves of Egypt.

“He has filled the hungry with good things…” This last line of this section speaks of how the slaves finally find the “Land of Milk and Honey” and are filled with good things and the Egyptians are left empty with nothing.

So what does this part of the canticle mean for us today ?

Just as in the days of the Exodus, God still wants to “fill us with good things”.  He wants to bless us and care for us.  Maybe you have questions about God, and maybe you have questions about your faith.  The question then becomes what is it that you will then do with the questions you have ?

 

Even the questions have questions !  Then the questions you initially have, lead you to other questions !! The “Big Question” is what to do with ALL those questions.

The first hurdle is to overcome that very human sin of pride !  Possibly you have a fear of having others know , that you don’t have some seemingly basic piece of knowledge that you think everyone else has !

Maybe you find that your questions is somehow embarrassing, or there are things you do not want to share with your friends, acquaintances, or maybe even your pastor to know.

Faced with the combination of the seemingly overwhelming questions and the human tendencies toward the sins of pride, fear and our ego, we can choose the path of turning away and ignoring the questions and do nothing. You can choose to put these thoughts and questions on the shelf and ignore them for a while.   You can cover them over, filling your mind and your life with other things , other thoughts etc.

However, in due time, those questions tend to resurface In the quiet, in the stillness of your mind God is calling.

 

The other choice is to go meet those questions head on !  T grow in your faith means you place yourself at risk to some degree.  Whether that risk is physical, financial, or some other type of personal or psychological work, there is a need to venture our of your comfort zone.

To step out in faith means you begin to trust God.  You believe that God will take you and do what ever needs to be done which is what is best for you.  It is how God fills you with “good things”.

 

When are the rich sent away empty ?  This is not necessarily a literal financial statement   Consider when a person is not faced with worldly challenges, the questions are fewer or may be different.  Those who  believe themselves rich, or that they already have all the answers to their questions, or maybe even do not care about the questions at all because their lives are “fine”.  They never ponder these questions and therefore they are “sent away empty” because they do not ask the questions.

” You have not…. because you ask not”.

 

 

 

Canticle of Zachariah (Preface )

August 31, 2013

For those who daily pray the Liturgy of the Hours this prayer is prayed each and every morning.  It is for most who pray the liturgy, said to the point that it is committed to memory.  One morning I was sitting there praying the Morning Prayer and after I had completed my prayers I began to contemplate on what a beautiful prayer it is.  Like Manyparts of our faith, it can be easy to go into rote memorization and not have a good grasp on the origins of the prayer, what it is, or why we say or do the things that we do !

The first question we should answer is … Who is Zachariah, and why is he important in the scheme of the history of salvation ?  Zachariah was a priest.   In that time, he was a member of a particular family, there were 24 families, or courses, or groups of priests.  Each of these groups of priests would in turn go to Jerusalem in order to care for, serve , offer prayer and sacrifices in the Temple.  Among these priests who went to serve there were various jobs necessary to functioning of the temple.. They included tending the sacred fire  ( consider this in relation to the tabernacle lamp we have now), and changing the loaves,  offering incense, or tending the 7 branched lamp .  These jobs were given to each priest by drawing lots.

It was Zachariah’s turn to go forward to offer the incense at the incense altar,  and while he was in there, the angel Gabriel appeared to him. and announced to him that he would have a son.  Zachariah was, by this time of an advanced age,  and had not been able to have children.   So Zachariah questioned the angel.  Gabriel said to him, that because he did not believe who he had been told,   Zachariah would not be able to speak until these things had come to pass.  Zachariah then returned home to his wife.   Zachariah’s wife was Elizabeth,

Now, up to this point in time, Elizabeth had indeed been barren.  This fact was a point of sorrow for both Zachariah and Elizabeth, because children were seen as a gift from God.  Blessings to be greatly desired and treasured.  SO when Elizabeth was pregnant, she went into seclusion, and stayed there until, as we all know, shortly afterward the angel Gabriel visited the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Mary then went and visited Elizabeth who  was then pregnant with John and in her  sixth month when Mary came to Elizabeth and stayed to serve her cousin.

Once Elizabeth had given birth to John, then Zachariah was freely able to speak again, and he , filled with joy and love at the birth of his first born, and with the knowledge that Gabriel has told him that John would be the precursor, to the savior , he composed this Canticle.

A Canticle is a song.  This particular song is divided into 2 distinct verses.    The first half is composed in praise of God for all he has done and what he knows is yet to come !  The second half is directed directly to John and the joy Zachariah felt at the knowledge that his son would be a great prophet and would be doing great things for God..

**Note**  This will be the beginning of a 6 part series on this Canticle, I pray this series brings some deeper spiritual meaning and light to your daily prayers.. Pax et Bonum !

Take Out Your Spiritual P. D. A. !!

August 3, 2013

One of the Gospel readings from this last week (John 20) , we find Mary at the empty tomb of Jesus , frantic and distraught, crying  because she believes that someone has taken the body of Jesus.   Jesus appears and calls to her, and in her despair she thinks he is the gardener.  She asks if he took Jesus and to let her have Him.  Jests speaks again and she then finally recognizes Him, calls  him “Rabuni” ( teacher) and then He tells her to stop holding on to Him and go tell the other disciples !

Problems have this certain way of clouding our vision.  They can, if we allow them to take over, and consume us.  Emotions and feelings come in, fear or despair, hopelessness sometimes to the point  that there appears to be no answer to the problem we face !  Either out of hopelessness we do nothing, and just hide from the issue , or we act out of desperation, fear, or frustration, which can be just as bad. 

In this Gospel reading the Lord is calling to Mary.  We can look at the problems in life in the same way, where each problem can be a call from God.  It can be a puzzle that can give us a lesson, or a view into what ever God has in mind for us.  God is always calling us, bringing us back to Himself.  And, just like this reading, sometimes he has to call more than once before we can recognize what is truly happening. 

There is no owners manual for your life , each life is different.  The point being there is no way for you to automatically know how to fix ALL of your life’s problems.  That is why you have your Spiritual PDA.   – Not the Personal Digital Assistant, but a process to figure out what to do . 

P.D. A. – Stands for Prayer – Discernment- Action.

Pray – Pray about what is going on in your life, constantly seeking whatever is  God’s will for you and the situation at hand.

Discernment –  The process of trying to figure it all out.  Read the Gospels !  There is a literal wealth of wisdom for daily life in them and they are like Gems with facets that show light to you, and reflect to you and in you differently  as your life revolves around them.  Take counsel and advise from those whom you trust who have experience with your problems, and who you know has a good spiritual foundation,  There may be a light with that advice you may not have considered as of yet. 

ACTION ! – Once you have completed your discernment  it is time to put a plan into action.    In the plan you have in place, be very sure that the plan you have made, include a way in which God will be glorified through your action, example, and/or testimony.

This is a cumulative process.  You pray at every stage.  You discern at every stage, and then in action, you still pray and you still discern to be sure you are on the right path.   

In the Gospel Jesus tells  Mary to stop holding onto Him- When it comes to the problems you face you should pray and be pro-active in solving those and then when you have dealt with the issue, and its over, PUT THE CROSS DOWN ! and like Mary,  go tell what God has done , Share your experience, and give God the glory through your example..  Be the channel of graces and blessings for others carrying their cross today !

Thy Will Be Done !

October 7, 2009

Today we celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Many people have a vast misconception about Catholics and their praying the Rosary, or to Mary at all for that matter.  So I would like to set the record straight.    Catholics do NOT worship Mary as a God.   Catholics Honor and vernerate Mary.  Now some of you would like to know why there is an attachment to Mary.

First, Mary had to agree to the whole thing.  She had to say YES TO GOD.  She had to agree to carry a baby who was God.  She had to put aside her own will and carry Jesus.  She had to say yes knowing what that would mean to her socially  and that she would have to explain things to her family, and to her fiance.

Today she would probably have been committed.   Imagine how hard it was knowing that you are agreeing to try and raise God.  Teach God,  To raise the child who will be the saviour of  the world.   Mary had the tuffest parenting job in the world.   She was not at the top of the food chain either, she was just the neighborhood girl.   BUT she was pure of heart and full of faith and sinless from her birth.

Next point, Mary was the mother of Jesus.  Now think about that for a moment.  If you are going to do anything for anyone its more than likely going to be your mom.    If your mom asks you for something, your probably going to do it.     We pray to Mary to ask her to talk to her son for us.   This does not mean we dont also go to Jesus in prayer.  We do.    We have a special place in our hearts for the one who, by her saying yes to God, cooperated and was instrumental in the process of  of the Paschal Mystery.

Her prayer was ” Let it be done unto me, according to your word”.     Now, the important thing in for us to remember, is that we too can share in this process.  Daily, we can pray for the will of the Father to be done here on earth.   Particularly when we are suffering.  We can pray for relief, for recovery, and primarily for the will of God to be done in all that we do and are.   We are join our suffering with his passion, we can become empowered in our weakness.

We have an advocate in Mary,who is queen of Angels and Men.