Saturday, November 19, 2011

Go in Haste

My mom and I had an outing planned to Lancaster County today, so I went to Mass and Adoration early.  The priest who offered Mass is very devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary and whenever possible, he always celebrates her votive Mass on Saturdays.  Afterward, I was meditating on the Joyful Mysteries and I remembered an image of Mary being told by the Angel Gabriel that her cousin Elizabeth was with child and Mary going off without delay to visit her.

I thought of St. Therese's words to Mary, about how Jesus wanted her to be the example of the soul searching for Him in the night.  But Mary was also an example of the soul who receives Him in the Eucharist.  Mary, who was the first human to receive Him, did not bask in the honor given to her.  Instead, she put herself aside and set off immediately to greet and wait upon Elizabeth.

I don't know why I wanted to write about this, except that I recently had to explain to someone who is not Catholic how praying the Rosary, which is made up predominantly of prayers to Mary, can be pleasing to God.  I did my best to explain that it is because it is through Mary's eyes that we contemplate the Gospel Mysteries.  All that she asks of us is never for herself but for us to draw closer to her Divine Son.

Just like St. Therese.


  1. Archbishop Fulton Sheen used to say, if you want the son to help you the best way is to be nice to his mom!
    Thanks for this post. God bless.

  2. Richard yes. I can't remember the famous priest who told this story but it's a good one nonetheless. St. Paul encountered a man he knew had been a notorious sinner. He asked St. Peter how the man had gotten into Heaven. Pointing to the Virgin Mary, he said: "His Mother."

    God Bless


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