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Marian Thought – 3 May – “These virtues of the Mother will also adorn her children…”

Marian Thoughts – May, the Month of Mary – 3 May 2019

Apostolic Exhortation of St Pope Paul VI (1897-1978)
Marialis Cultus – 2 February 1974
To Honour Mary

The Blessed Virgin’s role as Mother leads the People of God to turn with filial confidence to her who is ever ready to listen with a mother’s affection and efficacious assistance. Thus the People of God have learned to call on her as the Consoler of the afflicted, the Health of the sick and the Refuge of sinners, that they may find comfort in tribulation, relief in sickness and liberating strength in guilt.

For she, who is free from sin, leads her children to combat sin with energy and resoluteness.   This liberation from sin and evil (cf. Mt. 6:13)-it must be repeated-is the necessary premise for any renewal of Christian living.

The Blessed Virgin’s exemplary holiness encourages the faithful to “raise their eyes to Mary who shines forth before the whole community of the elect as a model of the virtues.”   It is a question of solid, evangelical virtues – faith and the docile acceptance of the Word of God, generous obedience (cf Lk. 1:38), genuine humility (cf. Lk. 1:48), solicitous charity (cf. Lk. 1:39-56), profound wisdom (cf. Lk. 1:29, 34; 2:19, 33:51), worship of God manifested in alacrity in the fulfillment of religious duties (cf. Lk. 2:21-41), in gratitude for gifts received (cf Lk. 1:46-49), in her offering in the Temple (cf. Lk. 2:22-24) and in her prayer in the midst of the apostolic community (cf. Acts 1:12-14), her fortitude in exile (cf. Mt. 2:13-23) and in suffering (cf. Lk. 2:34-35, 49; Jn. 19 25), her poverty reflecting dignity and trust in God (cf. Lk. 1:48, 2:24) her attentive care for her Son, from His humble birth to the ignominy of the cross (cf. Lk. 2:1-7; Jn. 19:25-27), her delicate forethought (cf. Jn. 2:1-11), her virginal purity (cf. Mt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:26-38), her strong and chaste married love.

These virtues of the Mother will also adorn her children who steadfastly study her example in order to reflect it in their own lives.   And this progress in virtue, will appear as the consequence and the already mature fruit, of that pastoral zeal which springs from devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

Second Reading
The Little Office of Mary
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Quote of the Day – 31 May – The Last Day of Mary’s Month and the Feast of the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Quote of the Day – 31 May – The Last Day of Mary’s Month and the Feast of the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“… the figure of the Blessed Virgin,
does not disillusion any of the profound expectations
of the men and women of our time
but offers them the perfect model of the disciple of the Lord:

the disciple who builds up the earthly and temporal city while
being a diligent pilgrim towards the heavenly and eternal city;

the disciple who works for that justice which sets free the oppressed
and for that charity which assists the needy;

but above all, the disciple who is the active witness of that love
which builds up Christ in people’s hearts.”

Excerpt (37) from the Apostolic Exhortation “Marialis Cultus”

Blessed Pope Paul VI – 2 February 1974

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GAUDATE ET EXSULTATE: The Call for Holiness Is a Constant Battle, But We Can Count on Powerful Weapons God Gave Us

Pope’s 3rd Apostolic Exhortation on Holiness, Gives Practical Advice on How Not to Settle for Failure or Mediocritygaudete et exsultate

Jesus wants our happiness and wants us to be saints.   He does not want us to settle for a bland and mediocre existence.

Gaudate et Exsultate:  On the Call for Holiness in our Modern World was published today, marking Pope Francis’ 3rd Apostolic Exhortation after Evangelii Gaudium and Amoris Laetitia.pope francis gaudete et exsultate

The five-chapter, 98-page document can be considered somewhat of a practical handbook on how to help us achieve holiness in the circumstances of our ordinary lives. The chapters include: 1) The Call to Holiness 2) Two Subtle Enemies of Holiness 3) In the Light of the Master 4) Signs of Holiness in Today’s World 5) Spiritual Combat, Vigilance and Discernment.

Reflecting on saints, the Pope speaks specifically of the saints ‘next door:’ “Nor need we think of those already beatified and canonised” but, he stressed, “I like to contemplate the holiness present in the patience of God’s people:  n their daily perseverance, I see the holiness of the Church militant.   A holiness found in our next-door neighbors, the middle class of holiness.”

The document which stresses the need for discernment acknowledges that the Christian life is a battle. It notes that the devil tries to “poison with the venom of hatred, desolation and vice.”

Our call to holiness, it also asserts, is a constant battle.   If we do not realize this, it warns, we “will be prey to failure or mediocrity.”   Yet, it suggests, we can count on “the powerful weapons” God has given us, including prayer, meditation, Mass, Confession, Eucharistic adoration, charitable acts and community outreach.

While recalling some of the saints’ great examples, including St Francis of Assisi, St John Paul II, and Edith Stein, the Pope provides advice on how we can be good Christians.

The answer is clear, he says: “We have to do, each in our own way, what Jesus told us in the Sermon on the Mount.”

The life of a Christian, the text also stresses, is a constant battle, noting we need strength and courage to reject the devil’s temptations–those “dangers and limitations that distract and debilitate”– and to proclaim the Gospel. Pope Francis also warns against that which impedes our call to holiness, such as hedonism and consumerism, noting they “can prove our downfall.”

Pope Francis concludes the work, stating:  “It is my hope that these pages will prove helpful by enabling the whole Church to devote herself anew to promoting the desire for holiness.” (via Zenit)

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Link to full text of Apostolic Exhortation:  https://zenit.org/articles/gaudate-et-exsultate-on-the-call-to-holiness-in-todays-world-full-text/

Vatican Media has released a new video that focuses on the theme of the Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate: On the Call for Holiness in our Modern World.  The two-and-a-half-minute video shows how the exhortation addressed the needs of people of all ages around the world.

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Thought for the Day – 3 December “Praying Advent with Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation – “The Joy of the Gospel”

Thought for the Day – 3 December “Praying Advent with Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation – “The Joy of the Gospel”

Pope Francis begins by warning us about how our culture impacts us and robs us of our joy and our compassion:

The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures and a blunted conscience.   Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor.   God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of His love is no longer felt and the desire to do good fades.   This is a very real danger for believers too.   Many fall prey to it and end up resentful, angry and listless.   That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life;   it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ. 

Then, Pope Francis offers the remedy for this danger – our personal relationship with Jesus:

I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting Him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day.   No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.[ Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete in Domino (9 May 1975)] 

The Holy Father suggests this prayer:

Now is the time to say to Jesus:  “Lord, I have let myself be deceived;  in a thousand ways I have shunned Your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with You.   I need You.   Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into Your redeeming embrace”.now is the time - pope francis - the joy of the gospel - 3 dec 2017