Blessed Virgin Mary: December 2009 Archives

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O God, who for the salvation of souls didst place the Order of Preachers under the special protection of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, and wast please to pour out upon it her constant benefits: grant unto thy suppliants that we may be led unto the joy of heaven through the aid of that same protectress whose memory we revere today. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Pray for the Friars Preachers on the anniversary of papal approval in 1216.

Thumbnail image for Annunciation detail Angelico.jpgWe have all had the occasion by a moment to sense more intensely the presence of Christ in the Eucharist during the celebration of the Mass, during Eucharistic adoration, or even in the Tabernacle, when we walk into a church. There is Christ. He is there whether we sense or experience His presence.  But precisely because this is the case, we are sometimes given to experience that He is present. Such experience is not the source of faith, but in some way it is its consequence.

But what about the experience of the Blessed Virgin Mary during Advent? It is reasonable, like the Fathers of the Church, to see Mary as the original tabernacle. The Word became flesh and dwells among us.  This being hidden but present among us is first of all realized during the time of Advent in the home of Nazareth, in the womb of Mary, under the protection of Saint Joseph.  Mary meditated upon all these things and kept them in her heart. We can reasonably speculate that she read scripture during this time, in silence, most likely the words of Isaiah, his prophesies, and found in them a sense of the meaning of what was happening to her.

St. Augustine says that she conceived the Word in her heart before she conceived the Word in her flesh. So that her maternity was accompanied by an intensification and growth in faith, in contemplation, in the intelligent perception of mystery. The Second Vatican Council says that during the time of her pregnancy the heart of the Incarnate Word beat gently below the heart of Mary, her immaculate heart. Two immaculate hearts, beating silently and prayerfully in the night of this world.

(Fr. Thomas J. White, OP, Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC)

Our Lady of Guadalupe

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OL Guadalupe.jpgOur Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose, make intercession for the holy Church, protect the Sovereign Pontiff,  help all those who invoke thee in their necessities, and since thou art the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God,  obtain for us from thy most holy Son the grace of keeping our faith, sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life, burning charity and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, pray for us.

This prayer was approved and enriched with an indulgence by Pope Pius X at all audience held on August, 1908, and was included in the official edition of approved indulgenced prayers (1950).

"I am your merciful Mother, the Mother of all who live united in this land, and of all mankind, of all those who love me, of those who cry to me, of those who have confidence in me. Here I will hear the weeping and their sorrows, and will remedy and alleviate their sufferings, hardships and misfortunes...Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?"

Words spoken by Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, 1531
The privilege of Mary Immaculate does not consist solely in the absence of original sin, but much more in being "full of grace." The Mother of Jesus gave to the world that very life which renews all things ... and was enriched by God with gifts befitting such a role ... She was adorned from the first instant of her conception with the splendors of an entirely unique holiness (Lumen Gentium 56).

Gabriel's greeting, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!" is the strongest testimony of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, who would not be "full of grace" in the complete sense of the word if she had been stained by sin for a single moment. 

Thus the Blessed Virgin began life with a richness of grace which far surpasses that which the greatest saints acquire at the end of their lives. When we also consider her absolute fidelity and her total availability to God, we can faintly imagine to what heights of love and communion with God she attained far beyond all other creatures in heaven and on earth (Lumen Gentium 53).

Divine Intimacy
Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

Immaculate Conception of Mary

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Hail Mary, full of grace!

"Today we celebrate the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. As we venerate her life of holiness, full of grace from the beginning of her existence, we praise God and acclaim the power of his gifts. May all Christians, filled with joyful hope and following the example of Mary, be faithful to God's grace and seek a life of holiness."
(Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus address, December 8, 2009)

"She is the branch of Jesse, the Virgin Mother, the garden wherein grew the divine plant, the holy fountain sealed with the mysterious gift: she it is that made the world happy by the fruit of her virginal womb."

Paul the Deacon, monk of Montecassino

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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