Rorate Caeli

Tu gloria Ierusalem!

Gaude, Maria Virgo,
cunctas hæreses sola interemisti in universo mundo!


...all the graces that the Author of all good deigns to bestow upon the poor descendants of Adam are, by favorable design of Divine Providence, dispensed through the hands of the Most Holy Virgin...
Benedict XV
Letter "The 27th of April, 1915" to the Secretary of State
May 1917

With even greater reason after the Assumption and her entrance into glory, Mary is the distributor of all graces. As a beatified mother knows in heaven the spiritual needs of her children whom she left on earth, Mary knows the spiritual needs of all men. Since she is an excellent mother, she prays for them and, since she is all powerful over the heart of her Son, she obtains for them all the graces that they receive, all which those receive who do not persist in evil. She is, it has been said, like an aqueduct of graces and, in the mystical body, like the virginal neck uniting the head to its members.
Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange
The Three Ages of the Interior Life

13 comments:

Kindred Spirit said...

"Of Mary there is never enough." O gloriosa virginum, ora pro nobis.

Anonymous said...

Mary will alays remain a human being. Christ her son is however the second person of the Holy Trinity and God. Holy Mary is not God. She is a creation of God. While she intercedes for us and she urges us to love her son. She is not God. Let us not be careful to raise her to the level of her Son. She is after all a lowly handmaid who has been raised up. It is God who has saves us through the Son. All graces are from God and directly from God even if the result of the prayers and intercession of other including the saints and Our Lady. Only God is infinite and so can help us and it is through God all the prayers and intercessions of others including our Lady are efficacious.

Anonymous said...

Gaudeamus omnes in Domino!

Jordanes said...

Mary will alays remain a human being.

And Her Son will always remain a Divine Person with two natures, God and Man.

Christ her son is however the second person of the Holy Trinity and God.

And Man.

Holy Mary is not God. She is a creation of God.

Thanks. We already knew that. It kind of defeats the purpose of celebrating Her Assumption if one holds the heretical, crazy notion that She is God.

While she intercedes for us and she urges us to love her son.

Yup.

She is not God.

You're repeating yourself.

Let us not be careful to raise her to the level of her Son.

Too late. Her Son already did that. Mary is assumed into heaven, and has been crowned by God with all glory and honor, Queen of Heaven and Earth. We must be careful to understand that She, a human, has been raised by God to the level of of Her Son, who is both God and Man.

She is after all a lowly handmaid who has been raised up.

She WAS a lowly handmaid. Now she is the highest of queens.

It is God who has saves us through the Son.

And through the Church, and through the Sacraments, and through the intercession of the Saints, and . . . .

All graces are from God and directly from God even if the result of the prayers and intercession of other including the saints and Our Lady.

No, not all graces are "directly" from God -- many of them are mediated, and Our Lady is the Mediatrix of all Grace.

Only God is infinite and so can help us

And enable Our Lady to help us.

and it is through God all the prayers and intercessions of others including our Lady are efficacious.

Yes. However, you seem to be worried that by following God's example of showering Our Lady with honor, we will have less honor to give to God. Quite the contrary: the less we love and honor Mary, the less we will be able to love and honor God, who has poured out completely His love upon Her.

Truly, the Feast of her Glorious Assumption is the most inappropriate day imaginable to wring your hands about showing Our Mother the honor that is Her due.

Jay said...

Thanks Jordanes for correcting the errors of the follower of Nestorius.

Anonymous said...

The Second Vatican Council (Lumen gentium ## 61-62), said:

... in suffering with Him as He died on the cross, she cooperated in the work of the Savior, in an altogether singular way, by obedience, faith, hope, and burning love, to restore supernatural life to souls. As a result she is our Mother in the order of grace.

This motherhood of Mary in the economy of grace lasts without interruption, from the consent which she gave in faith at the annunciation, and which she unhesitatingly bore with under the cross, even to the perpetual consummation of all the elect. For after being assumed into heaven, she has not put aside this saving function, but by her manifold intercession, she continues to win the gifts of eternal salvation for us. By her motherly love, she takes care of the brothers of her Son who are still in pilgrimage and in dangers and difficulties, until they be led through to the happy fatherland. For this reason, the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adiutrix, and Mediatrix. This however it to be so understood that it takes nothing away, or adds nothing to the dignity and efficacy of Christ the one Mediator. For no creature can ever be put on the same level with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer...."

Dan Hunter said...

Jordanes,

Thank you very much for your defense of Our Holy Queen and Mother.

Happy Feast of the Assumption to you and all!!!

M.A. said...

Yes, thanks you, Jordanes!

The life of the Virgin Mary on this earth was destined to be filled with suffering, especially at Golgotha. She who shared the same flesh and blood with her divine Son who was crucified, was thereafter, elevated to share in a comparable way, the same glory.

Our Lord wishes to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to be placed alongside devotion to His most Sacred Heart.

For God, this is possible and He wills it!

She is the most beautiful of all creatures! Blessed be her most glorious Assumption!

Anonymous said...

We had a very successful sung Mass for the Feast of the Assumption of our Lady here in Victoria today. It was just beautiful. I've noticed postings of Assumption Masses here and elsewhere on the Internet this year. They seem to be popping up in countries all over the world. This is wonderful to see.

While on the subject of world Masses, does anyone on this list have inforamtion about Traditional Latin Masses in India or Ceylon? I am very much aware of the details for S.S.P.X Masses in India but, to my knowledge, there are no approved Masses there by legitimate authority. Various parts of India have a very strong following in the faith. I suppose that some of these areas are full of new converts (e.g. Orissa) and therefore might not have a strong connexion to the old Mass. But then there are areas which have had a strong (Latin) Catholic presence for much longer.

Also, does anyone know of ANY Traditional Latin Masses in East Timor? There must be some support for them there, given how Catholic that country is.

P.K.T.P.

Long-Skirts said...

Jordanes said...

"the less we love and honor Mary, the less we will be able to love and honor God"

BEAUTIFUL!

FIAT

There can be no peace
If not of good will
There can be no race
For those who stand still.

Only she
Full of grace
Could share in the miracle
Without disgrace

To magnify
Her soul prepared
By God, her spirit
Never ensnared.

“Blessed art thou…”
Gabriel hailed --
And at that moment
The enemy railed.

For he remembered
The garden free
‘Tween him and the woman
Enmity.

But who the woman?
God did not tell --
Then Mary’s “Fiat”
Shook the depths of Hell.

And Satan screamed
Turned on a wing
To offer some peace
And will good to a King.

Peace for Herod
And much good willed --
“My RIGHT if even
Some Innocents killed.”

after the Holy Mass we had a Rosary procession with some of the men carrying Our Lady through the streets of St. Louis and then cake afterwards. Chocolate!! I love being Catholic!!!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to add to my last post that there is never too much honour we can accord the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. The reason is that the honour and devotion we owe our Lady is far beyond our ability to render, so we must ask our Lady and her Divine Son even to have the inspiration and the will to offer more honour to her every day and never to say that we have given enough. Not possible to give her enough honour or veneration.

However, it is not the case that the honour we owe her is an infinite degree of honour. God and God alone is owed an infinite honour and an infinite devotion.

What God and our Lady have in common in terms of the honour due to them is that we lack the ability to render what is due to EITHER of them. However, it does not follow from this that our Lady's honour is equal to that of the One who created her out of His divine perfection. For He created all persons and all things out of nothing and this is a de fide teaching.

Let us venerate our Lady unceasingly but let us also not do so heretically. Who would be the first, in her glorious humility, to condemn anyone who would dare to say that she is equal to God Himself, whether in power or in honour? Our Lady would!

P.K.T.P.

Jordanes said...

Who would be the first, in her glorious humility, to condemn anyone who would dare to say that she is equal to God Himself, whether in power or in honour? Our Lady would!

Quite so -- and the rest of us lowly Catholics must then queue up to do the same. For, as I reminded Anonymous, while She is equal to Her Son in His glorified human nature, neither She nor any creature can be equal to the Divine Person, the Incarnate Word.

Paul Haley said...

Mary herself said it:

"My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden,

For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.


The lowly handmaid of the Lord became Co-Redemtrix when she accepted the fiat of the Lord and bore His Beloved Son, knowing full well the sufferings that were in store for her. Her Beloved Son raised Her body and soul into Heaven there to reign with Him as Queen, but always in a supportive role and always deferring to the Divine Will. O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.