Day: December 7, 2023

December 8, 2023 Reflection – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary   December 8, 2023 Dear Family of Mary! Today we celebrate the wonder of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception. This reality, which is Mary, takes my breath away! “The Virgin Mary, chosen Mother of the Redeemer, is robed in the splendor of her stainless innocence, clothed with the beauty of Christ, and prepared to receive him in her womb.” (Magnificat. December 23. P 107) Yes, Our Lady is so pure, so unburdened by sin! She is the only human who could have received Jesus worthily as her Son! And through her, we have all received Jesus as our Redeemer and King! St. Anselm wrote these beautiful words about Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception: From a Sermon by Saint Anselm (Oratio 52: 158, 955-956) Virgin Mary, all nature is blessed in you! Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night –everything that is subject to the power or use of man –rejoice that through you they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and are endowed with inexpressible new grace. All creatures were dead, as it were, useless for men or for the praise of God, who made them. The world, contrary to its true destiny, was corrupted and tainted by the acts of men who served idols. Now all creation has been restored to life and rejoices that it is controlled and given splendor by men who believe in God. The universe rejoices with new and indefinable loveliness. Not only does it feel the unseen presence of God himself, its Creator, it sees him openly, working and making it holy. These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb. Through the fullness of the grace that was given you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new. Through the Son who was the glorious fruit of your virgin womb, just souls who died before his life-giving death rejoice as they are freed from captivity, and the angels are glad at the restoration of their shattered domain. Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance. Virgin, blessed above all creatures, through your blessing all creation is blessed, not only creation from its Creator, but the Creator himself has been blessed by creation. To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he loved as himself. Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same, by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary. God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Savior of the world. Without God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing could be redeemed. Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted that all nature should owe as much to you as to himself. (St. Anselm – Oratio 52: 158, 955-956) Our Lady, this amazing woman who God chose to be the Mother of His Son, longs for us to be close to her, to follow her and listen to her messages. She longs for us to be close to her Immaculate Heart where we will find God. We can only be stunned by this wonder of love! She told us: June 25, 2013 “Dear children! With joy in the heart I love you all and call you to draw closer to my Immaculate Heart so I can draw you still closer to my Son Jesus, and that He can give you His peace and love, which are nourishment for each one of you. Open yourselves, little children, to prayer – open yourselves to my love. I am your mother and cannot leave you alone in wandering and sin. You are called, little children, to be my children, my beloved children, so I can present you all to my Son. Thank you for having responded to my call.” Thank you, dearest Mother, for loving us and calling us to come closer to your Immaculate Heart!!! Thank you for calling us to be your children, your beloved children!! Thank you for drawing us ever closer to your Son, Jesus. We are dumfounded at this great gift, that you would be our Mother. We love you…. In Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Cathy Nolan (c) Mary TV 2023