“He Has Looked with Favor on His Lowly Servant”

Image sassoferrato_virgin_mary_in_prayer_art_image1-481x600.jpg“Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?” (Song 6:10).

“She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley,” says St. Augustine.

Truly the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who has become our Mother as well (Jn 19:27), has grave significance in regard to God’s plan for the salvation of the world and for the salvation of each of us personally.

As we celebrate this day, Sept. 8th, where the Catholic Church commemorates the birth of Mary, are we able to truly enter in as a celebration of the birth of our personal Spiritual/Heavenly Mother?

Are we able to find great meaning and significance for us personally as we enter into this feast day, reminiscing on the profound mystery of this moment in time as the “Mother of God” comes forth from the womb of St. Anne.

And, even more importantly, are we able to allow ourselves to contemplate the mystery of her Immaculate Conception that took place nine months earlier, and all that it encompasses.

This woman that is born is not just any woman; but she is the one woman, the one creature in all the world, in all times, who from the moment of her conception has given herself totally to God and His Holy Will, without holding anything back.

Yes she had received a special grace at her Immaculate Conception, to be freed from the stain of original sin. But, as well, she could have chosen at any moment, as Adam and Eve did, to act out of her human will apart from that of the Divine Will. Yet she didn’t.

And, as well, she was tested more than anyone else. As we know, “the more that is given, the more is expected” (Lk 12:48)

If we delve still deeper into this Immaculate Conception and birth of Mary, we find at the heart of this mystery the Divine, indwelling presence of the Most Holy Trinity. We find a deep and profound communion of life and love between Mary and our Triune God. Because precisely from the moment of her Immaculate Conception she was invited to enter into a nuptial, espousal communion of life with God, to last throughout all eternity.

So what is it that we may gain through contemplation on this profound mystery, but an invitation to us as well to press into this mystery with our own hearts… allowing that deep void and longing within us for perfect communion with love to surface; that we may dispose ourselves as well to this great love our Divine Bridegroom has for His bride.

May we be one with Mary in her union with the Holy Spirit in their stance: “the Spirit and the bride say come! Come Lord Jesus!” (Rev 21).

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Lilla Marie Lottinger is a lay missionary living in Houma, LA. Her mission website is: www.ourmotheroftheeucharist.org. She can be contacted at lillamarie727 at gmail.com.

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  • BillinJax

    We should recall the birth of Christ was a really very personal thing for one young woman as well as the amazing singular moment in time which changed the course of history for mankind’s existence.
    This awesome moment came about as a result of the decision that a young woman made nine months earlier when asked if the Spirit of the Most High God could be allowed to come into her very soul and body in order to bring salvation to suffering humanity. Frightened by the very presence of the Spirit of God to which she had dedicated her life there before her, yet certain of her desire to please her Lord she humbly surrendered herself to His personal plan for her and His universal plan for mankind. That decision, that surrender and that act of faith formed the foundation for what we proudly cherish as Christianity today.
    Knowing this we need to view the joy of Christmas not only for God’s great gift of His redeeming Son but also the opportunity to thank Mary for her most gracious and humble offering of total personal submission to the will of God for the benefit of all mankind. The shouts and praise hailed to all the kings of this world for their triumphs
    over the centuries are whispers compared to Mary’s gentle but earthshaking
    voice that night when she softly answered “Yes” to God and said “be it done unto me according to your Will”.
    So, with this perspective, whether we realize it or not we can and do in fact celebrate Christmas every time we devotedly and faithfully say Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
    Holy Mary mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

    I am quite certain that “Falling in love with Mary” was one of the most treasured rewards I have had with my conversion sixty years ago along with the discovery that my own birthday was on this day.

  • chaco

    BillinJax, What did the ear of corn say to another ear ? You’re A-Maize-ing. I’m thrilled to hear of another child of the Queen who has discovered the Treasures of Her Immaculate Heart. I see the main request of Fatima as leading us to the “Key” to this treasure; “Make reparation for the outrages committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” (console Mama). Rejoice Queen Mother; Your Son our God has gone into the depths of darkness & illumined it with the VICTORY OF DIVINE MERCY. It has penetrated the hardness of our selfish-vanity and softened our hearts into praise & thanks for God [who longs to share His GLORIOUS LOVE with us.]

  • Lilla Marie

    Amen Chaco :)!

  • Lilla Marie

    Amen BillinJax… I think we’ll never know in this life the extent of all that Mary suffered for love of God/us. And, also the extent of graces available to us if we wholeheartedly our total consecration to her, and to Jesus through her.
    Blessings :)
    lm

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