Happy and Blessed Feast of the Assumption of our Queen and Mother!! How beautiful that God had assumed Her Immaculate Soul and Body into Heaven upon Her Dormition. She deserves the best!! We will only come to know how much She has done for us in the eternal life. How beautiful it will be to see Her in Her splendor and radiance seated upon Her rightful throne as Queen of Heaven (and Earth)! How She has been so misunderstood and so little loved here on this earth!
Her importance is about to be revealed though as we inch closer and closer to the Reign of Her Immaculate Heart here on this earth which was promised at Fatima. What a glorious day to live in hope for! How we need a renewal of love - of Christian spirit! It must be evident to anyone who reflects upon the sad state of things that what the world needs more than anything else is spiritual regeneration. The fatherhood of God, the brotherhood of mankind, love and charity, peace and happiness, holiness in the family, all the good things which Christ brought down from Heaven have practically disappeared all because Our Redeemer has been banished from His Kingdom. He has been driven from government, from education, from the home, from the lives of men and women and from all human relations. The social body is no longer vitalized by the life of the spirit of Christ. It is because Our Savior has been dethroned that the peace of the Holy Ghost no longer rests upon the world.
Since there is no name under Heaven in which there is salvation for man except the Name of Jesus, the world must be reborn in Him, and, Mary must be the Mother of its regeneration! When the world sat in darkness and in the shadow of death, it was She who gave it its Redeemer; and to the end of time, She will remain our Life, our Sweetness and our Hope! How beautiful and how this fact expresses the love of God the Father in giving us so great, so loving, so beautiful, so self sacrificing a Queen and Mother. Her divine motherhood has made Her the Spiritual Mother of all men and never has it been known that anyone who fled to Her for help was left unaided. If men and nations would return to Her love, they would be as safe as the Infant Jesus was when He rested in Her arms. The Lord is with Her; and if we want Him to be with us, we must love Her whom He has made the Mother of our salvation.
This insistence on Mary’s role in the Church for the salvation of all mankind brings us back to the Magnificat, the song of Mary expressing her gratitude: for “the Almighty has done great things for me” (Lk 1:49) In this song, St. Luke expressed, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, the interior life of Mary, her love for God, and her dedication to His Holy Will. We could say that he became the first interpreter of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Fatima prayer said at the end of each decade: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. save us from the fires of hell; lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Your mercy,” is said to Jesus through Mary in the Rosary. Mary has an essential role in God’s plan in the achieving of the salvation of the human race. It is to this Queen of Heaven that the Church should have recourse in all of its difficulties. It should entrust all its plans to Her because in praying to Her and loving Her, it can respond to the wish expressed by the Savior on the Cross, and it is certain it will not be disappointed in its prayers. We in no way will take anything away from Jesus by doing this but on the contrary we will be giving all to Him through Her hands -- and it is a sure way to Him!
St. John Bosco taught his boys the advice of St. Bernard which was the following: “When the storms of temptation burst upon you, when you see yourself driven upon the rocks of tribulation, look up at the star, call upon Mary. When buffeted by the billows of pride, ambition, or hatred, or jealousy, look up at the star, call upon Mary. Should anger, or avarice, or carnal desires violently assail the little vessel of your soul, look up at the star, call upon Mary. If troubled on account of the heinousness of your sins, confounded at the filthy state of your conscience, and terrified at the thought of the awful judgment to come, you begin to sink into the bottomless gulf of sadness and to be absorbed in the abyss of despair, oh, then think of Mary! In danger, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not Her name depart from your lips. Never suffer it to leave your heart that you may more surely obtain the assistance of Her prayers, neglect not to walk in Her footsteps. With Her for your guide, you will never go astray. While invoking Her, you will never lose heart so long as She is in your mind, you are safe from deception. While She holds you in Her hand, you cannot fall. Under Her protection, you have nothing to fear. If She walks before you, you will not grow weary. If She shows you favor, you will reach your goal – Heaven!”
These are encouraging words for such a dismal world that seems to be imploding. She is Queen of all the empire of which He is King; all that He possesses as Son of God, She possesses as the Mother of Jesus.
May we pray daily: May His Kingdom come through Mary! Queen of Heaven and Earth pray for us now and at the hour of our death! Mary we love You - please lead us to Jesus so that we may all be with You in Heaven!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 41 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!