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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

The Love of the Blessed Mother

Written by  Dean Barker
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The Love of the Blessed Mother

Today, Holy Mother the Church celebrates the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast was always celebrated by certain parishes with the permission of Rome, but under St. Pius X, it was instituted as a feast of the Universal Church. This feast comes just four days after celebrating the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and both come in October, which is the month of the Holy Rosary. Today we recognize the maternity with which Our Blessed Mother cared for Our Divine Lord.

Our Lady is known by many titles, such as the Blessed Virgin, the Mediatrix of All Grace, Our Lady of this or that place or thing, the Theotokos, the Co-Redemptrix, etc. However, my favorite title of hers would have to be that of Blessed Mother. This is because above all her other amazing attributes, she is a mother. When told that she would give birth to Jesus Christ, she surrendered to the will of God, saying “Be it done unto me according to thy word.” She gave birth to Him and cared for Him at all points of His life. She cried the tears of a mother to see Christ taken to Calvary to die. 

But not only is Mary the Mother of God, but she is also our mother. At the foot of the cross, Our Lord looked to Mary and said “Woman, behold thy son,” and to St. John the Apostle, He said “Behold thy mother,” establishing Mary’s maternity over the Church (John 19:26-27, Douay Rheims). A mother is a woman who gives life, and through her Fiat, Mary gave life to all of us through Christ. Therefore, Mary is to be seen as our mother. When we say the Memorare, we address Mary as “Virgin of Virgins, our mother.”

Throughout the history of the Church, countless stories have been told of Our Blessed Mother protecting her children in the Church, and even in converting her children from outside the Church.

Throughout the history of the Church, countless stories have been told of Our Blessed Mother protecting her children in the Church, and even in converting her children from outside the Church. Just last week, we celebrated the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary, which came from Our Lady helping the Holy League through the Rosary. Our Lady of Guadalupe’s apparition led to many souls being baptized. Once a priest was protected from a gunshot by Our Lady’s brown scapular. I credit the overturning of Roe vs. Wade to the intercession of Mary, Mother of the Unborn. There is even a Marian calendar which has daily miracles that Our Blessed Mother has performed for her children, as this list does not even come close to covering everything.

Last week, I had the honor of carrying Our Lady for a rosary procession, and to say the least, her statue was quite heavy. I wanted it to be over quickly, and someone even came up and asked if I needed to take a break, but I carried on, remembering how many times she’s carried me. She does this because she is a loving mother, who always provides the best for her children. Today, let us celebrate this Divine Maternity, thanking Our Blessed Mother for all the love and care she provides for us.

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