Spiritual Motherhood: Spiritual battle

May 26

“Women must restore to political and professional life the emphasis on the spiritual, an emphasis so sadly lacking; we rely on them to help with the spiritual battle against the evils of secularism.”

-Richard Cardinal Cushing

 

Today’s Reflection:

Note the use of the word “must.” To what extent does this motivate a deeper understanding of your personal mission in this our day and time. How can you begin to work to restore an emphasis on the things of God in your sphere of influence? What one step can you take today?


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Spiritual Motherhood: Readiness to give

May 25
“To bring about his salvation, all man has to contribute is his readiness to give himself up completely. The receptive, passive attitude of the feminine principle appears as the decisive, the positive element in the Christian order of grace. The Marian dogma, brought down to a simple formula, means the co-operation of the creature in the salvation of the world.”
-Gertrud von le Fort
Today’s Reflection
Consider the first statement in this quote from Gertrud von le Fort. On a scale of 1 – 10, how do I rank my readiness with 1 being “Not Ready At All,” and 10 being “Out-The-Door.” What holds me back; what causes me to press forward? What is defined here as the “feminine principle” and why do you think it is the “decisive, the positive element of the Christian order of grace”? Contemplate this in light of Our Lady. After reading the last statement, ask “To what extent am I molded in the Marian dogma?”

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Spiritual Motherhood: Battle between darkness and light

May 24
“Amidst this pitched battle between darkness and light it is woman’s specific calling to restore the right balance which is a prerequisite of all stability.”
-Placid Jordon, O.S.B.
Today’s Reflection
Look again at yesterday’s Grace Line. Why do you think it is woman’s “specific calling to restore the right balance which is the prerequisite of all stability”? Consider this in light of Mary. Since you are a woman, substitute your name for “woman.” How does this substitution make a difference in the way you receive this statement? How can you begin to “restore a right balance” today?

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Spiritual Motherhood: Fiery tongues

May 23
“…I am confident that the Holy Spirit is sending down His gifts of fiery tongues on the Church today – all with the emphasis on the women. He is inspiring them to follow in Mary’s footsteps and do for the beleaguered faithful in our own day what she did for the infant Church in her day…But, I repeat, it will take Mary-like women to achieve this miracle of renovation of the Church of God.”
-Father John A. Hardon, S.J.
Today’s Reflection
Based on this month’s study, what has Mary done for the infant Church and for the Church through the centuries? According to Father Hardon, what is our mission? How does he suggest it will be accomplished? Describe your image of a “Mary-like” woman. How can you cooperate with grace to be molded into this image? Ask Mary to infuse you with the gifts and graces you need – a novena for each perhaps….?

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Spiritual Motherhood: The Immaculata must conquer the whole world

May 22
“The Immaculata must conquer the whole world for herself, and each individual soul as well, so that she can bring all back to God. This is why we must acknowledge her for what she is, and submit to her reign,
which is all gentleness.”
-St. Maximillian Kolbe
Today’s Reflection
Why must Our Lady conquer the whole world? How is this in keeping with her spiritual motherhood? To what extent has she “conquered” you? To what extent have you submitted to her reign?
Consider these questions in light of the progress you have made in the past month. Why do you think submitting to her is necessary for your own spiritual motherhood?

 


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Spiritual Motherhood: The bosom of her mercy

May 21

“Mary became all to all; to all she offers the bosom of her mercy, that all may receive of it: the slave, his redemption, the infirm, health; the afflicted, comfort; the sinner, pardon; and God, glory – that there should be no one who would not feel her warmth and great affection.”

-St. Bernardine of Siena

 

Today’s Reflection

What do you think it means that Mary “became all to all?” Ponder the phrase “bosom of her mercy.” What images or sentiments does it provoke within you? Why do you think St. Bernardine of Siena uses this descriptive of Mary’s love? According to the descriptions given here, which most describes the way in which Mary has offered you “the bosom of her mercy?” To whom can we offer the “bosom” of our mercy today – slave, infirm, afflicted, sinner, God? How?

 


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Spiritual Motherhood: Hope for far greater graces

May 20

“Thou, O Lady, teaches us to hope for far greater graces than we deserve, since thou never ceases to dispense graces far, far beyond our merits.”

-St. Idelbert

 

Today’s Reflection

One adage about mercy states that “Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is getting what we don’t deserve.” Consider this in light of the above quote and your novena petition. How does the favor you received from God through Our Lady’s intercession increase your hope? Recall another instance or period of time when you received mercy and grace according to this definition. How were graces dispensed far beyond your merits?

 


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A birthday Rosary

This week, we celebrated the 100th birthday of St. John Paul II.

During his life, he saw much change in the world and in the Church. He lived through both the Nazi and Communist regimes, the Cold War, Vatican II and the aftermath of confusion from its misappropriation, as well as the beginning of the scandals in the Church. He survived an assassination attempt and was a public witness to the challenges of living with a debilitating disease that transformed him from a vigorous athlete to someone who struggled to walk a few steps on his own. He was a man who was intimately familiar with suffering and spiritual battle. Read the rest…

Spiritual Motherhood: Divine gifts

May 19

“As maternal Mediatrix, Mary presents our desires and petitions to Christ, and transmits the divine gifts to us, interceding continually on our behalf.”

-St. John Paul II

 

Today’s Reflection

Today completes your novena of prayer. Journal the insights, inspirations, graces you have received in light of your request. According to this definition for “Mediatrix,” how has Mary been your Mediatrix and your Queen Mother? Consider a most pleasing way to show her your gratitude. What is it?
Follow through.

 


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Spiritual Motherhood: Receive His graces

May 18
“God seeing that we are unworthy to receive His graces directly from Him, gives them to Mary so that we might receive from her all that
He decides to give us.”
-St. Louis Grignion de Montfort
Today’s Reflection
What do you think it means that we are “unworthy” to receive God’s graces directly? (Refer to Luke 5:8, for example.) Read pages 206-209 in Full of Grace: Women and the Abundant Life about Mary’s role as Queen Mother (Note: If you do not have the book, go to www.thecatholictreasurechest.com and scroll to The Queenship of Mary). How does this quote from St. Louis de Montfort illustrate Mary as Queen Mother? Imagine Mary receiving from God the grace you most need to have today. Now imagine her giving it to you. Receive it from her with love and gratitude.

 


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