Theme for the Week:
Knowledge Of The Blessed Virgin
Acts of love,
pious affection for the Blessed Virgin, imitation of her virtues, especially
her profound humility, her lively faith, her blind obedience, her continual
mental prayer, her mortification in all things, her surpassing purity, her
ardent charity, her heroic patience, her angelic sweetness, and her divine
wisdom: "there being," as St. Louis De Montfort says, "the ten principal
virtues of the Blessed Virgin."
We must unite ourselves to Jesus through Mary - this is the characteristic
of our devotion; therefore, Saint Louis De Montfort asks that we employ ourselves
in acquiring a knowledge of the Blessed Virgin.
Mary is our sovereign and our mediatrix, our Mother and our Mistress. Let
us then endeavor to know the effects of this royalty, of this mediation,
and of this maternity, as well as the grandeurs and prerogatives which are
the foundation or consequences thereof. Our Mother is also a perfect mold
wherein we are to be molded in order to make her intentions and dispositions
ours. This we cannot achieve without studying the interior life of Mary;
namely, her virtues, her sentiments, her actions, her participation in the
mysteries of Christ and her union with Him.
And they came with
haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning
this child. And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told
them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her
heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the
things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. And after eight
days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was
called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the
...And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him. And it
came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting
in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And
all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. And seeing
him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so
to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said to
them: How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about
my father's business? And they understood not the word that he spoke unto
them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to
them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And Jesus advanced
in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.
for the Second Week