Santa Virgen María

Our Lady of Good Repentance

Our Lady of Good RepentanceTo the best of my knowledge there is no such a title officially given to the Blessed Virgin. Yet I claim we duly may call her Our Lady of Good Repentance, and surely there is no better time to reflect on Mary and repentance than the Lenten season.

For a start, let us remember that in every Hail Mary we acknowledge our sinfulness in a most humble way, asking her powerful and efficacious intercession: Pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. In recognizing that we have sinned we remind ourselves the need of conversion; in asking for help, we admit that such a transformation is beyond the scope of our own strength, and thus we ask for God’s mercy and grace.

Since the Catholic faith holds that Mary was conceived without sin and that she led a sinless life, one may wonder why we recourse to her and how such a pure creature could sympathize with our soiled and even polluted condition. If she had nothing to be repented of, how might she lead me in my way towards contrition and then righteousness?

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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin

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Dear Friends,

Many times during the liturgical year we have occasion to see the blessings that the Virgin Mary received from God. We see, for example, how God blessed Her at the very day of her conception, and also at her birth, and again at the glorious day of her assumption into heaven. Likewise on the different advocations of Mary we all could mention rigth now, and also at many other dates of the liturgical year when we see the Virgin as the Blessed Virgin, and this is the most common title we use in the Catholic Church in reference to Her: we call Her the “Blessed” Virgin Mary, which is indeed a beautiful true statement.
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Our Lady of the Sorrows

Virgin MaryIt is quite apparent that the Mother of Jesus suffered immensely at her Son’s trial, torturing and death. What is not so obvious is why we, Catholics, should mark with a special celebration such an ordeal. To start with, the point of reference, of course, will be Christ’s passion, for the Blessed Virgin’s suffering is above all a special sharing in her Son’s torment.

We pay special attention to the Lord’s passion because of all the love that was displayed to and poured down over mankind from the high source of the Cross. It is not pain in itself but the love that made possible to endure such a pain that catches our attention and teaches us so much. Jesus himself assured: “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). What we are actually beholding on the Cross is that “laying down,” is that “giving himself up” that happens, as if it were, before our eyes, as we contemplate the shedding of each drop of blood, down to the last one. It is love, in its purest form, which is active and acting in Christ’s dolorous dying out.

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We Need Mary

The Blessed Virgin Mary was evangelised by the Holy Archangel Gabriel. We can see the whole scene of the Annunciation as a defining moment in transmitting the gospel, that is, as a profound and beautiful lesson on evangelising.

Had you ever note that evangelising has an ‘angel’ within? It is not a pun–it goes down to the Greek roots of our own language. Angelos, in Greek, means: messenger; Eu-aggelon means: good news. Evangelise is to be like an Angel, like a new Gabriel telling people the great news of God’s love.

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Jesus, at the Very Centre

It is most familiar to everybody that the Hail Mary has two parts. Not always we realize though that the very joint of these two parts is precisely the Holiest Name of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. I think it is good to remember this fact and to meditate a bit on it, for it certainly is not a coincidence.

In the Hail Mary, Jesus is first mentioned as the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb; then He is explicitly named. The interesting fact is that we have two versions in the Bible about how this came to be the name of the Holy Infant. According to Mathew 1,21, it is Joseph who hears from an angelic voice: “She [Mary] will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he is the one who will save his people from their sins.” According to Luke’s version there is even more to this name, for St. Gabriel affirms to Mary: “You have found favour with God. Listen! You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his forefather David. He will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end.” (Luke 1,30-33).
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The Penitential Dimension of the Hail Mary

I am often amazed at the richness of the Hail Mary. In spite of its brevity, it is nothing less than a concise treatise of theology, a beautiful liturgical prayer, a great source of personal meditation, a manual for nourishing preaching, a reliable picture of the Blessed Virgin’s true greatness, a model for genuine Christian life, and a sort of hub that leads to some of the finest works in art, poetry, painting and music.

It is also a place for different kinds of spiritual exercise. In the Hail Mary we are encouraged to praise, to thank, to ask for, to trust even more. Faith, Hope and Love fit well in the inner harmony of Heaven and Earth that is so characteristic of this beloved prayer. Heaven makes heard its voice through the Archangel; the Earth replies through the voices of the believers, using a humbler tone to ask for intercession and help.

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Tres Flores para Maria

1. Detalles de hijos Este rato de conversación delante del Señor, en el que hemos meditado sobre la devoción y el cariño a la Madre suya y nuestra, puede, pues, terminar reavivando nuestra fe. Está comenzando el mes de mayo. El Señor quiere de nosotros que no desaprovechemos esta ocasión de crecer en su Amor a través del trato con su Madre. Que cada día sepamos tener con Ella esos… Leer más »Tres Flores para Maria

Viviendo el Santo Rosario

El Papa Juan Pablo II se refirió a la fiesta litúrgica de la Natividad de la Virgen María, el 8 de Septiembre señalándola como una ocasión propicia “para emprender un itinerario espiritual”. El nacimiento de la Virgen, dice, “constituye una suerte de prólogo de la Encarnación: María, como aurora, precede al sol del día nuevo, preanunciando el gozo del Redentor”. Así, con Ella, hagamos nuestro gran itinerario. Podemos decir que… Leer más »Viviendo el Santo Rosario

Tres Rosas para Maria

1. Detalles de hijos Este rato de conversación delante del Señor, en el que hemos meditado sobre la devoción y el cariño a la Madre suya y nuestra, puede pues, terminar reavivando nuestra fe. Está comenzando el mes de mayo. El Señor quiere de nosotros que no desaprovechemos esta ocasión de crecer en su Amor a través del trato con su Madre. Que cada día sepamos tener con Ella esos… Leer más »Tres Rosas para Maria

Tres Rosas para Maria

1. Detalles de hijos Este rato de conversación delante del Señor, en el que hemos meditado sobre la devoción y el cariño a la Madre suya y nuestra, puede pues, terminar reavivando nuestra fe. Está comenzando el mes de mayo. El Señor quiere de nosotros que no desaprovechemos esta ocasión de crecer en su Amor a través del trato con su Madre. Que cada día sepamos tener con Ella esos… Leer más »Tres Rosas para Maria

María, Modelo Eucarístico

Vivir la misa en actitud mariana constituye para las familias jóvenes la catequesis mariana más bella y mejor lograda. Efectivamente, se dan cuenta de que una fuerte experiencia eucarística tiene necesidad de la presencia discreta, pero obligada, de María; más aún, tiene necesidad de que cada cristiano pase a través de todas las fases del misterio mariano asumiendo la actitud mariana típicamente femenina como constitutivo normal de su “situarse frente… Leer más »María, Modelo Eucarístico