Many saints through the ages have had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother and consecrated their lives to Jesus through Mary; most recent and notable: Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Saint John Paul II, to name a few. In Catholic teachings, consecration to Mary does not diminish or substitute the love of God, but enhances it, for all consecration is ultimately made to God. Throughout his pontificate Pope John Paul II taught us that such a devotion to Mary, in an act of Marian consecration, is to entrust all of one's being through, with, and in the Virgin Mother. His episcopal motto, Totus Tuus, from the Latin meaning "all yours," is the example of giving oneself to Jesus totally, wholeheartedly, and unreservedly through, with, and in his mother whose lifeblood he shared with her; and through the Paschal Mystery, in this Mystery of Faith - the Eucharist - he shares with the whole human race. For the Reason2bCatholic Prayer of Consecration, to Jesus through Mary, on this Feast of the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary, please click on the image. Peace be with you!
Each year on August 22nd the Catholic Church celebrates a memorial feast recognizing the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven. This, like all other Marian feasts, reminds us that we can turn to Mary in every need, counting on her intercession and mediation. For more about the Queenship of Mary and saints who had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin, please click on the image. Remember, in the words of St. Maximilian Kolbe, "Never worry about loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You could never love her more than Jesus did." Peace be with you!
In today's Office of Readings we encounter a reading from a homily by St Amadeus of Lausanne, bishop (1110 - 1159). For a reflection, "Queen of the world and of peace," please click on the image. Peace be with you!