Saturday, May 31, 2008

Feast of the Queenship of Mary

In the Traditional Liturgical Year we celebrate today the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. To read the Pope Pius XII encyclica "Ad Coeli Reginam" establishing the feast, please follow the LINK

Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us!

Our Lady's righteousness was based on her piety or  in latin devotio. In her devotion and piety she just lovingly gave herself up to God. St Alphonsus de Liquori says with great accuracy that Our Lady is like a sunflower, which is always turning towards the source of light, the sun. She always sought God first and He was the center of her life. She called herself His maiden and simply confessed with her exemplary trust and devotion: "be it done to me according to thy word." (Luke 1:38). In these words she gave her consent to become Man of Sorrows' mother. With unlimited abandonment to God's will she just simply and lovingly accepted her chalice of sorrows. We should always look at Our Lady as the most devout soul and most edifying example to follow. Maybe some of us think themselves already standing by God, doing His Will. Well, it maybe correct, but often devotion - including mine - lasts as long as all goes well, no sufferings, no loss, no persecution. But when spiritual desolation and physical illness come along, sometimes we lose patience and complain to God for permitting all these misery. We need to look at Mary and learn from her what is true piety. In fact it means abandonment to God with total trust. In moments of trial let us remember Our Lady's words: "Be it done to me according to thy word." (Luke 1:38)

Today's image of Our Lady is "Virgin with the child and rose" Cuzco School, Peru - mantilla twitch to Ken from Hallowedground blog.