I don’t know how Jesus could stand up under its weight. He had my sin, your sin, our sin. He allowed it to be placed upon him so that we would not have to bear the consequences of it all. But in that sacrifice, as horrible as it was, we find ourselves healed — cured of the most awful disease a person can have, a sin-sick soul. He was pierced, crushed, and punished for our sins. In their place, he has left us his transforming peace and a place to belong.
First of all, if you are not Catholic or orthodox, but you believe that you are a co-heir with Christ, kingdom royalty, a child of the King — that you, a poor sinner made new in Christ — are destined for heavenly glory, where there will be crowns and singing and golden streets and thrones…
Then you have no reason to fear or avoid devotion to Mary, Queen of Heaven.
Why, you ask? I asked why too. It was one of my main struggling grounds with Catholicism as I was learning about it and considering becoming a Catholic. Mostly, because I was afraid of blasphemy and elevating her above God, or to His level. But I was quickly put at ease as I learned who exactly Mary is to Catholics.
Mary IS what we WILL BE, and she is in HEAVEN, only in a totally unique and venerable way: she is the Daughter, Spouse, and Mother of the most high God, the Trinity. A very unique calling, don’t you think? And she is a very unique woman. Indeed, blessed among women. <3
She carried our Lord in her womb at great risk to her own safety (which a lot of people in a situation like hers would find optional today), nursed Him, raised Him, fed Him, loved Him, bathed Him, obeyed Jewish law concerning Him, brought Him to the temple, witnessed His miracles, and stayed faithful to Him and His deity even after His death.
She was given to the apostle John as mother as Jesus hung on the cross. Even after His resurrection and ascension, Mary was encouraging Christ followers and quietly serving Her Son by serving the ones Jesus gave to her as children.
Her “yes” to God is what made God a man. Her “yes” ushered in the Messiah. Without her obedience and willingness, God would not have had a body. The plan would not have unfolded. She was the vessel through which the Incarnation occurred. She was specifically placed in that time in history, in that city, in that state of life, with that bloodline. It couldn’t have been anyone else. It was always meant to be her! Mary was instrumental in the plan of salvation, and ALL because of God’s wisdom. He is the One glorified by her cooperation, and He in turn glorifies her. He preserved her from her conception as the theotokos, the Mother of God, and equipped her for the task before her. He did not choose a random teenage girl who would good enough for the job. He chose Mary before she was born, and he made her the perfect one for the job. She is human, but with an entirely unique divine purpose — the woman spoken of in Genesis whose seed will crush the head of the serpent. Even then, God knew who Mary would be: THE NEW EVE. The bearer of the fruit that would hang upon a tree; the fruit that, when tasted by poor sinners, would reverse the curse of sin in each of us. “Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus!”
Compare it to God’s divine plan for Israel itself! Before Christ, Israel was God’s representative on Earth. In His divine Will, He chose and gave them the tools to worship Him and obey Him. They often failed, but God always preserved a remnant of them. He MADE them holy.They were a priestly nation. The firstborn of nations.
Mary is the firstborn of Christians. The summation of Israel. Israel at it’s finest, and in one of it’s daughters!
She is the first Christian: the first to devote absolutely EVERYTHING to Jesus. All her heart, all her soul, all her mind, and all her strength. Her very womb. Her very body. Her very DNA.
And to end, I just need to clear this up: CATHOLICS DO NOT WORSHIP MARY.
We speak of her and to her lovingly and respectfully. We treat her with utmost sweetness and gentleness, because she is sweet and gentle. We ask her to pray for us. We love her because she laid down her life so that Jesus could lay down His. We consider her our Mother in faith. We look to her, and she points us directly to her beloved Son. Any ounce of honor or praise we give her, she humbly deflects to Her precious Son. And through her eyes, we see Him at all three points of contact that she did: He is Father, He is Son, He is Holy Spirit. He is God.
She is not a Goddess. We do not adore her. She would never let us!
But boy, do we hope in God’s love for her! And we long to give God our own resounding response of faith and obedience.
Mary is one of the most splendid additions to my spiritual life, and I love her dearly.
I hope this is useful to anyone who may wonder why the Blessed Virgin brings so many so much comfort.
Departure of the Cats from the Circus
The Christian Martyrs’ Last Prayer by same artist
Official Prayers for Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II
Prayer to St. John XXIII:
St. John XXIII, Your simple and meek persona carried the scent of God & the desire of goodness was inflamed in the heart. Pray for us so that we do not limit ourselves to mourn the darkness but rather to enkindle the light, bringing Christ everywhere and always praying to Mary. Amen.
Prayer to St. John Paul II:
St. John Paul, from the window of Heaven grant us your blessing! Bless the Church that you have loved, served and guided, pushing Her with courage towards the paths of the world to bring Christ to all, and all to Christ. From the window of Heaven, where we see you next to Mary, send down upon us all the blessing of God. Amen.
The Piano Guys: ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’ - The Mission | ‘How Great Thou Art’.
The scenery is breathtaking! One of their best vids in my opinion
When I worked in the abortion industry, there were several things that I believed and didn’t believe.
1. I did not believe that I was killing babies.
2. I did not believe that a baby in the womb was alive.
3. I did not believe that the unborn child had any humanity.
4. I believed that abortion was a merciful act.
5. I believed that abortion empowered women.
6. I believed that women did not have emotional repercussions after an abortion.
7. I believed that I was truly helping women by providing abortions.
When you understand that these are the things sold to abortion workers by society and by the abortion industry, it makes it much easier to understand how they can do what they do. When you yourself have lived a life of terrible sin, it is easy to understand how someone can literally be blinded by it.
These workers are not evil themselves. They DO however participate in evil acts. They are misguided sinners…just like the rest of us. Thankfully, they are also reachable. God is waiting for them to come to Him. He created these men and women in His image. He wants a relationship with them.
We are their advocates at And Then There Were None - Prolife Outreach. I am happy to announce that in the past 2 weeks, we have had 10 workers reach out to us for help and healing. Conversion is real. To believe sinners can’t come to Christ is calling God a liar.
"Hallelujah" - Christian version of Leonard Cohen’s song adapted by Kelly Mooney with scenes from The Passion of the Christ
1. Visiting a hospital he asked a boy what he wanted to be when he grew up. The boy said either a policeman or a pope. “I would go in for the police if I were you,” the Holy Father said. “Anyone can become a pope, look at me!”
2. “It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about the serious problems afflicting the world and I tell myself, I must talk to the pope about it. Then the next day when I wake up I remember that I am the pope.”
3. In reply to a reporter who asked, “How many people work in the Vatican?”, he reportedly said: “About half of them.”
4. When a cardinal complained that a rise in Vatican salaries meant a particular usher earned as much as the cardinal, the pope remarked: “That usher has 10 children; I hope the cardinal doesn’t.”
5. When he went to visit a friend at the nearby Hospital of the Holy Spirit in the evening, the nun answering the door said: “Holy Father, I’m the mother superior of the Holy Spirit.” He replied: “Lucky you! What a job! I’m just the ‘servant of the servants of God.’”
6. Not long after he was elected pope, Blessed John was walking in the streets of Rome. A woman passed him and said to her friend, “My God, he’s so fat!” Overhearing what she said, he turned around and replied, “Madame, I trust you understand that the papal conclave is not exactly a beauty contest.”
7. He once wrote: “There are three ways to face ruin: women, gambling and farming. My father chose the most boring one.”
8. When he was cardinal and patriarch of Venice, the future pope was talking with a wealthy city resident and told him, “You and I have one thing in common: money. You have a lot and I have nothing at all. The difference is I don’t care about it.”
9. When a journalist asked the then-patriarch of Venice what he would be if he could live his life all over again, the future pope said, “Journalist.” Then he said with a smile, “Now let us see if you have the courage to tell me that, if you could do it all over again, you’d be the patriarch!”
10. A Vatican official told the pope it would be “absolutely impossible” to open the Second Vatican Council by 1963. “Fine, we’ll open it in 1962,” he answered. And he did.
The priest is called to lay down his life for his people.
I will never tire of saying how much I love and revere the Blessed Virgin Mary, who prays for me, and cares for me, and draws me gently into Her arms — those same arms that cradled my Lord and my God.
I will always be safe at Her side, learning from Her humble life lived as the Handmaid of the Lord, in perfect femininity and humanity. God exalted Her for Her humility and purity, so that I may now rejoice in the hope of her Magnificat: that She is my Queen and Mother for the Glory of God, and will never lead me astray.
Thank You, Jesus, for Your Most Holy Mother, Mary! Thank You for giving Her to us to cherish, and for placing us in Her Motherly care!
To think that the Woman, the New Eve, who raised Our Lord is now raising and nurturing us as we follow in the footsteps of Her Son! What a grace and a privilege!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, so near and dear and true to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us.