Rorate Caeli

Queen of May 2013
III - Respice stellam, voca Mariam!

Our Lady is proposed by the Church as a model of life, a life lived according to the will of God. Her pilgrimage on the path of earthly existence was a decided, total and responsible "yes" to the Lord's indications. We recall Nazareth, Bethlehem, the flight into Egypt, Cana of Galilee, Golgotha, Pentecost in the Upper Room in Jerusalem. These are stages in a pilgrimage carried out with deep faith. Blessed are you, Mary, because you have believed... because of this all generations will call you blessed! (cfr. Lk 1: 45, 48).

You have decided to follow Jesus, the Son of God. How many times Our Mother has lovingly brought us to her Son! To Jesus through Mary! From heaven the Blessed Virgin looks down on you with affection and protects you in the difficulties of life. Mother of redeemed humanity, example of love, of self-denial and of service, grant that these children of yours who acclaim you as Mother may, after their earthly pilgrimage, be worthy to be with you in the Kingdom of life!

It is more and more necessary that, even in the most remote parts of the world, there be witnesses, young witnesses of the Gospel, who without fear or dread of difficult situations or circumstances, are able to live out the demands of the faith cohesively, with their gaze fixed on personal sanctification and the practice of fraternal charity.

May this day encourage you to collaborate decidedly in God's salvific plan, in a world which is religiously secularized and socially fragmented, so that the Good News of Salvation may reach all people. Proclaim the unique Truth of Christ with determination.

"Respice stellam, voca Mariam!"
Look at the star, invoke Mary!
May the Blessed Virgin be now and always your star and protection. Love her as the Mother that she is, Mother of Christ and our Mother! And may St James make you faithful and convinced witnesses; witnesses of pardon, peace and mercy; witnesses who choose to build upon the solid foundation of love and goodness; witnesses who await the coming of the Lord with patient and, at times, sorrowful confidence.
John Paul II
Santiago de Compostela, August 20, 1989


Jeanne Holler said...

What a beautiful post!
Proclaim the TRUTH of Christ with complete determination ...oh what beautiful words to live by.
We have a Mother who loves and cares of us...let us rejoice .
How sad it is for those who do not know or share this TRUTH ...but we indeed who love and honor Our Blessed Lady indeed know the TRUTH . She is Our Immaculate Mother and we rejoice because she always helps her children ..we cry out to your Mother , thank you for your love and protection and above all for your YES to being the Mother of God and the entire human race! To Jesus through Mary God be the Glory!

Agent Provocateur said...

Holy words indeed....thank you!

Anonymous said...

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Rachmaninov said...

Hello NC,
On the last part of that prayer of Blessed John Paul concerning the "witnesses who await the coming of the lord",I would be very grateful if you would allow me to mention my book "Heralds of the Second Coming" which delves deeply into the eschatological and marian teachings of the popes from Blessed Pius IX to Benedict XVI. It has an Imprimatur from Bishop Phillip Egan, a Foreword by Cardinal Ivan Dias and is endorsed by various Bishops and theologians (including our friend His Excellency Archbishop Gullickson). Perhaps you would be kind enough to let me post a link to a review.
God bless,
Stephen Walford