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Monday, 10 October 2011

Monthly Clergy Assembly

Reflection during Holy Hour

 

A life which is always in love with our Blessed Mother

 

Our Blessed Mother was a willing instrument of the Father’s plan of salvation. And she without any hesitation, without any condition, gave her total consent. She made herself available to God for the fulfillment of His redemptive action. The Blessed Mother manifested her complete trust and obedience to God’s plan and divine mission. Like our Blessed Mother, we are also called and chosen to cooperate to God’s plan of saving mankind. We have to collaborate to God. We are sent to serve and save our people. Like our Blessed Mother we must give also our unconditional “fiat,” our whole self to God. Like her we must also submit ourselves to God’s way and will. We must agree with God. We must do what God wishes for us. We can show our love to our Blessed Mother Mary if we follow what she said, “do whatever He tells you” (John 2, 5). We truly love her if we imitate her purity of life, her fidelity to God’s word and her total devotion to Jesus. If we conform our lives with her examples then we can show how much we love her, how much we revere and respect her. Her whole life was lived for Jesus. She was always united with Jesus. She was always there for Jesus. She loved Jesus and whom Jesus loved. Thus to love her is to do what she did to Jesus. To show our love for her is to live the life of Jesus. Our love for her makes us always be there for Jesus, will make us always say, “let it be done to me as you have said” (Luke1, 38).

Let me tell you this story.

Saint Dominic de Guzman (1170-1221) was entrusted by Pope Innocent III in 1204 with a mission to work for the conversion of the Albigenses. This was a group of heretics in the regions of Provence, in southeastern of France. Saint Dominic was, at that time, a young priest.

For fourteen years, he had a little success. So he sought the help of Our Lady. Then one night, as he was saying his prayers in the chapel of Notre Dame at Proille, Our Lady appeared to him. She inspired and instructed him to pray the prayers taken from the Gospel, that is, the Our Father, the Hail Mary to be repeated many times and with the Glory Be, in order to glorify the Blessed Trinity. She said, the Rosary should be his weapon and means to convert those heretics. Taking the Blessed Mother’s advice, preaching the life of Christ and praying the Rosary, Saint Dominic emerged victorious.

Our Blessed Mother Mary brought the Savior to the world. Through her, Jesus was born. She gave Jesus to the whole world. She shared Jesus to others. Like her, we must introduce others to Jesus. We must also bring others to Jesus. The words and examples of our Blessed Mother are our inspiration and our encouragement to be true and dedicated followers of her Son, Jesus. The life of purity of our Blessed Mother Mary as well as her service and humility are challenges for us to make our own life pleasing and worthy to God. Thus, let us give to our Blessed Mother what is due to her. And that is love. Let us love her with the love of her Son Jesus. Let us accept her with the reverence of Archangel Gabriel. Let us honor her with the homage of her cousin Elizabeth. As we love the Son, so we should also love the Mother. As we honor the Son Jesus, so we must also respect our Blessed Mother. As we seek the protection of Jesus, so we should also place our selves under the care of our Blessed Mother Mary. To be identified with her Son Jesus we must be united with our Blessed Mother Mary. Surely we cannot have Jesus Christ as our brother and savior if we cannot have the Blessed Virgin Mary as our beloved Mother. To love Jesus is to love her Mother Mary. To live the life of Jesus to show that we love His Mother Mary.

Let us conclude this reflection with a prayer of Blessed Pope John XXIII to our dearest Mother Mary.

“Holy Immaculate Mary, help all who are in trouble.

Give courage to the faint-hearted,

console the sad,

heal the infirm,

pray for the people,

intercede for the clergy,

have special care for nuns.

May all feel, all enjoy your kind and powerful assistance,

all who now and always render and will render you honor,

and will offer you their petitions,

Hear all our prayers, O Mother, and grant them all.

We are all your children.

Grant the prayers of your children.

Amen forever.”

 

 

+Ruperto Cruz Santos

Bishop of Balanga

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Diocese of Balanga
(Bataan, Philippines)