In the eastern rite the priest approaches the Altar of Sacrifice with the words, "Now is the time for God to act." These words remind the faithful that in the Liturgy the substance of bread and wine is changed by the action of the Spirit into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and that, as we receive the Energy of the Triune God in the Mystery of the Blessed Sacrament, it is the Sanctifier who acts to change our very being, restoring in us the Image of that which we receive.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Friday, May 29, 2015
At the mere sound of my appearing
Onceopenedthe door softly. Therecalleth: Come child to me, Hereyou will findpeaceand rest.
Under the sweet influence of her radiance
the lilies of innocence grow
and the flowers of other virtues. Bouasse Lebel 632
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The most sweet homage to the heart of Mary
is that of a pure soul.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
The Divine Treasurer
(in the sense of to treasure, to cherish, to adore)
In May, the month of Mary, I have gathered images that honor Mary, our Spiritual Mother. The Church, both in the East and in the West, teaches that when, from the cross, Christ gave his Mother to the beloved disciple He gave her to each one of us:
"Behold Thy Mother."(Jn 19:36-37) Through baptism into the body of Christ, we are made one, and, because of this divine mystery, Mary can love each one of us as her own.
The artists saw Mary as the all-beautiful to whom we owe our love and our obedience. The artist of this tiny holy card expressed that belief. It is hand painted with inlay of mother of pearl. The flowers are symbolic of the gifts we offer to her. Placed above all others is the rose, the symbol of love; the lily symbolizes the purity of heart to which we strive, and the pansy symbolizes remembrance. To remember Mary, simply to say her name with the love that belongs to her as our mother, is a blessing beyond imagining.