Today is the Feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple. I am going to repeat some of what I stated last November for this Feast Day because it is worth repeating. First, a bit about the feast day itself. Mary, at the age of three, in the presence of her mother, St. Anne and father, St. Joachim, presented Herself in the temple to God. She gave Herself entirely to Him. She thought only of loving and pleasing Him by being perfectly united to His Holy Will. Can you imagine if everyone God created did the exact same thing – what a world we would be living in? Of course, we do have throughout all of history many saints who have come close. We have saints who at a young age gave themselves to God in a quick and sure way, knowing that God is everything and that nothing else matters. We also have saints who did not figure it out until much later. Look at St. Augustine who lived a life of leisure until later in life when he made the statement: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, O God!” How many of us each day try to find our Heaven on earth without God even though we know – God can only give us this peace and love that we are all searching for.
As for ourselves, we may rationalize our actions by stating, “Oh, he was a saint and I am not.” Or “Of course Our Lady did that – She had no sin on Her soul!” The truth of the matter is, God has given us everything we need to be saints. His Sacred Heart has all the treasures held within it that are necessary to make ALL OF SAINTS! His Heart is known as the burning Furnace of Charity! Our Lord has come to many saints telling them to ask Him for the graces that no one else asks for because He is hungering to give them to us. St. Francis De Sales says that we are not saints because we do not want to be saints. Once a person has desired to be a saint and has prayed for the graces to be that saint, God answers this prayer with the condition that we persevere in prayer. Our Lady is eager to answer as well. There is a warning with this prayer though. In order to fill your soul with these graces, there must be room. If you do not make room yourself by taking the weeds from the garden of your soul, then Our Lady will have to pluck them out for you. She will allow trials to come your way in order to purify the soul in answer to your prayer. When the trials come, know that if we surrender to God’s Will and accept this purification, the room will be made for grace and virtue to flourish. If we resist and resist, then the process will be slow until we learn to surrender like a child in the arms of a tender Mother who knows what is best for that child.
What has been just described is what our Consecration to the Immaculate Heart can do for us. Being the Mother of Jesus, She has a special right to all the gifts of Her Son. The Church teaches that She is the Mother of all Graces. She distributes them to Her children from the Heart of Her Divine Son.
Therefore, let us give ourselves to Our Mother so that She may teach us the sure way of surrender to the Will of the Father. Let us ask Her to teach us how to give of ourselves completely to God in love and in service. Let us meditate on the greatness of Mary’s love and service during the years She spent in the Temple always increasing day by day in Her resplendent virtues and graces.
As Mary presented and offered Herself to God in the temple with promptitude and without reserve, so let us also present ourselves this day to Mary without delay and without reserve; and let us ask Her to offer us to God, who will not reject us when He sees us presented by the hands of our good Queen and Mother, who is the living temple of the Holy Ghost, the delight of Her Lord and the chosen Mother of the Eternal Word.
May we not forget to offer prayers of thanksgiving to our Eternal Father for this great Mother and Queen!
Thank you Eternal Father, Son and Holy Ghost for the great gift of our Queen and Mother! And thank you Holy Mother for giving yourself wholly to God for His glory and our salvation. We love you!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 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!