Thought of the Day:Devotion to Mary
Thought of the Day:Devotion to Mary
My Child, when My mother received the praises of her cousin Elizabeth, she immediately directed those praises to God, the Source of all good. Amid this admirable outburst of humility, the Holy Spirit inspired her to prophesy her future place in the hearts of My loyal followers. Under divine influence she declared: "Henceforth all generations shall call me blessed!" In honoring My mother, you join the countless multitudes who have sung her praises through the centuries.
At the very dawn of creation her greatness was foretold. Satan was told that his head would be crushed by the heel of a woman. Under God, My Immaculate Mother is the most feared enemy of hell.
Her greatest praise was expressed even before she became My mother. The Angel Gabriel was instructed to address her as "full of grace," a title reserved for her alone. The better you understand this holy title, the greater will be your admiration for My mother.
To be "full of grace" one must have an all-consuming love for God, a self-dedication so complete that all forms of self-interest are subdued by the pure desire to please God at every moment. Even before she became My Virgin-Mother, she had already achieved this exalted virtue. She was already "full of grace." Her response to the angel's message was a perfect summary of her entire life: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word!" She lived with the highest purpose possible to man or angel-to devote herself unreservedly to God's holy Will. Many have formed this high resolve, but only My mother has fulfilled it to perfection. Only she is "full of grace."
Not only does My mother deserve your admiration and praise, but she also deserves your purest love. In becoming My mother, she also became yours in a very true sense. As your earthly parents cooperated with God in giving you your earthly life, so too did My mother cooperate with God in bringing supernatural life to your soul.
She knows and loves you as a true mother, indeed, as the most perfect of all mothers. Her prayers for your needs are frequent and powerful. As she obtained help for the bridal couple of Cana without their knowledge, so does she often obtain help for you in many needs of which you are unaware. As I could not refuse her request in Cana, so too can I not refuse her prayers in Heaven. Her glorious merits bring you many a favor of which you are unworthy, Be a loyal child of your heavenly mother, and your salvation is assured.
Mary's highest merit was her self-dedication to God. When Jesus heard a woman praising His mother for having such a wonderful Son, He pointed to His mother's greatest glory: "Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it." She who was "full of grace" lived these words to perfection. Therefore she deserves my highest praise. And yet, she deserves something more. As my heavenly mother she has given me her love and attention since my first moment of life. Can I refuse to love her in return? My love will be proved by my obedience to the only command of hers which Holy Scripture records: "Do whatever He (Jesus) tells you." If I am loyal to this command, Heaven is surely mine.
O Virgin-Mother of Jesus, I cannot ask you to be my mother, since you are already that. I will, however, ask you to help me become a grateful and loving child of yours. My devotion to you is not half so generous as your devotion to me. I shall never tire of singing your praises. Your pure love for me has often gone unnoticed and unrepaid. I desire now to make reparation for such deep ingratitude. You are indeed the perfect mother. You have given me the advice and the example which will lead me to the eternal success of Heaven. Moreover, you can obtain for me the light and strength to walk along your holy way. Help me abandon my daily faults and follow you at last along the way to God. Amen.
See you tomorrow with another thought!
Encyclical Letter "Laudato si'" of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home, 2015/06/18!