Saturday, November 24, 2012


Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine-Euclid, Ohio
(C) Spirit Singing, 2012
Mary presents our good works to Jesus. She does not keep anything we offer for herself, as if she were our last end., but unfailingly gives everything to Jesus. So by the very fact we give anything to her, we are giving it to Jesus. whenever we praise and glorify her, she immediately praises and glorifies Jesus. When anyone praises and blessed her, she sings today as she did on the day Elizabeth praised her, " My soul glorifies the Lord."

At Mary's request, Jesus accepts the gift of our good works, not matter how poor and insignificant they may be for one who is the King of kings, the holiest of the holy,. When we present anything to Jesus by ourselves, relying on our own dispositions and efforts, he examines our gift and often rejects it because it is stained with self-love, imbued with selfish motives.

But when we present something to him by the pure, virginal hands of his beloved Mother, we take him by his weak side, in a manner of speaking. He does not consider so much the present itself as the person who offers it. Thus Mary, who is never slighted by her Son but is always well received, prevails upon him to accept with pleasure everything she offers him...

True Devotion to Mary #148-149

Peace be with you!
Rosemarie, ocds

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