During this time of the Year of Mary, we have a phenomenal opportunity to get to know the greatest woman who has ever lived and to let her guide us. She is, for us, the perfect model of the Church and the most perfect follower of her Son, Jesus Christ. Mary, immaculate from the first moment of her conception, never committed a single sin in her life because she was so motivated by the love of God.
When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her God’s plan for herself and for the human race, she responded in complete obedience and love. We call this moment her “fiat,” coming from the full phrase in the Latin Bible: “…ecce ancilla Domini, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum… (Lk 1:38)” In English: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word.” When we feel that God is calling us to something, we must learn to respond with our own fiat. Mary shows us the model of perfection in following Christ.
Her whole life was consecrated to God in body and soul, and so we acknowledge her as a perpetual virgin before, during, and after the birth of Christ. And at the end of her earthly life, she was honored by her Son by being gloriously assumed body and soul into Heaven. She goes before us as a perfect model to show us what awaits us in the resurrection of the body. Without Mary, the Incarnation or enfleshment of Jesus would not have happened. God used Mary’s free choice to accomplish the work of salvation and redemption with her cooperation. She provided Jesus with His humanity and sheltered His divinity in her womb. She gave birth to God the Word and is rightly called the Mother of God. Truly, she is also our mother and the Mother of the whole Church. To know Jesus more, we ought to know Mary. Because without Mary, there is no Jesus.
So, why should we go to Mary?
Let us examine the words of the great St. Louis Marie de Monfort in his work True Devotion to Mary:
“There is no darkness in Mary, not even the slightest shadow since there was never any sin in her. She is a holy place, a holy of holies, in which saints are formed and moulded. Please note that I say that saints are moulded in Mary. There is a vast difference between carving a statue by blows of hammer and chisel and making a statue by using a mould. Sculptors and statue-makers work hard and need plenty of time to make statues by the first method. But the second method does not involve much work and takes very little time. St. Augustine speaking to our Blessed Lady says, "You are worthy to be called the mould of God." Mary is a mould capable of forming people into the image of the God-man. Anyone who is cast into this divine mould is quickly shaped and moulded into Jesus and Jesus into him. At little cost and in a short time he will become Christ-like since he is cast into the very same mould that fashioned a God-man (True Devotion to Mary, par. 218-219).”
- At Home with the Rosary Groups - Come together with your friends and neighbors to share a meal and pray the rosary.
- Monthly Parish-Wide Rosary at Planned Parenthood - Praying through the intercession of Mary to end the genocide of the unborn on the last Thursday of each month.
- Parish-Wide Marian Consecration - We will be using Formed.org to access Fr. Michael Gaitley's '33 Day to Morning Glory'. We will begin on January 6th with consecration taking place on Sunday, February 9th (Solemnity of Our Lady of Lourdes)
- Mary, Star of Evangelization - A Training Course Webinar - Emailed out through Flocknote. Based on a few different moments in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and showing the implications for sharing the Gospel in practical ways.
- Mary: Light to the Nations Webinar - Emailed out through Flocknote. Walking through the Second Vatican Council's document Lumen Gentium.
- Mariology Seminars (December 4th & February 11th) - What does the Church teach about Mary? What are the four Marian dogmas?
- Pilgrimage to Fatima & Lourdes - Second week of June 2020. More details to come.
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Below is the presentation from the Year of Mary Preview Party that was held on June 13th.