Thought for the Day – 6 October – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
“Month of the Holy Rosary”
The Fourth Joyful Mystery
The Purification of Our Lady and
The Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple
“Since the fall of our first parents, human mothers have carried in their wombs, souls dead to grace and have given birth to children stained with sin.
Therefore, it is necessary for the waters of Baptism to confer on these infants, a second life, the supernatural life.
A ceremony of purification is also required for these mothers, a rite which was of obligation under the Old Law but, under the New Law, remains only as a pious custom.
The Blessed Virgin was not subject to the rule of sin.
By a special privilege, she was preserved free from the stain of original sin and was created and conceived in the fullness of grace.
Moreover, she became a mother, not by any human agency but, by the power of the Holy Spirit, which preserved intact, her angelic virginity.
For this reason, Mary was not bound by the Mosaic Law which laid down the ceremony of purification as necessary for all mothers.
Nevertheless, in order to give us an example of humility and of absolute obedience to the law of God, she chose to fulfil this sacred rite.
How well do we comply with the law of God, with the precepts of the Church and with the commands of our superiors who represent divine authority?
Perhaps we can excuse ourselves too easily from our obligations.
Perhaps we are not sufficiently ready to give good example to others.
We may evade the sacrifices which our duty demands of us, or we may fail to see God in the person who gives us our instructions.
Let us learn from the Blessed Virgin.
Even when she was not obliged to do so, she obeyed the law and gave us a wonderful example of humility and submission to Almighty God.”
Antonio Cardinal Bacci