Mary became the Lord’s dwelling place!
August 9, 2023
Dear Family of Mary!
Day 2 of our preparation for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary! Mr. Perna chose the following quote from Pope Benedict XVI as #2:
2. “St Augustine says: “Before conceiving the Lord in her body she had already conceived him in her soul”. She had made room for the Lord in her soul and thus really became the true Temple where God made himself incarnate, where he became present on this earth.
Thus, being God’s dwelling place on earth, in her the eternal dwelling place has already been prepared, it has already been prepared for ever.
And this constitutes the whole content of the Dogma of the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into heavenly glory, expressed here in these words.
Mary is “blessed” because – totally, in body and soul and for ever – she became the Lord’s dwelling place.
If this is true, Mary does not merely invite our admiration and veneration, but she guides us, shows us the way of life, shows us how we can become blessed, how to find the path of happiness.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Our Lady is so much more than we can probably ever understand! But Pope Benedict nailed it here! Our Lady, in her purity and total love for God made a place for God to dwell in her very person, freely given. She prepared her heart and soul for the Lord to enter in, and He did! We were saved by the Incarnation, which Mary anticipated by her love for God! She is the dwelling place of God, the Tabernacle of the Most High! It is more than we can ever understand!
Here are amazing words of wisdom from Our Lady about her role in the Incarnation of Jesus:
February 2, 2020
by the act of the decision and love of God,
I am chosen to be the Mother of God
and your mother.
But also by my will
and my immeasurable love for the Heavenly Father
and my complete trust in Him,
my body was the chalice of the God-man.
I was in the service of truth, love and salvation,
as I am now among you
to call you, my children, apostles of my love,
to be carriers of truth;
to call you to spread His words,
the words of salvation,
by your will and love for my Son:
that with your actions you may show,
to all those who have not come to know my Son,
You will find strength in the Eucharist –
my Son who feeds you with His Body
and strengthens you with His Blood.
fold your hands [in prayer]
and look at the Cross in silence.
In this way, you are drawing faith to be able to transmit it;
you are drawing truth to be able to discern;
you are drawing love that you may know to love truly.
My children, apostles of my love,
fold your hands [in prayer],
look at the Cross.
Only in the Cross is salvation.
Mother Mary, your Assumption into Heaven did not take you away from us, but rather opened the way for you to draw close to each one of us and mother us with your incredible love. You are here with us today. We want to draw very close to you, and to be guided by you in everything. Mother please make us presentable, and then present us to your Son, that we might live with Him and You in Heaven forever!
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!