REPARATION THOUGHTS                     

            ….by His Wounds we are healed                  

 Volume XVIII, Number 9

 

 

Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends,

 

We meet many lonely people in our daily travels. It is hard to imagine that one could be so lonely surrounded by an active, vibrant world. However, they are!

 

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen has inspiring words to consider about loneliness. He writes:

“The most immediate cure for loneliness is to show kindness to others. The search for happiness by turning one’s back on humanity kills happiness…There is no cure for loneliness in distraction, in amusement, or in momentary excitement. Being outside us, they leave the inner man sometimes even more destitute. In any case, it is not things that make us lonely; it is rather persons or the absence of persons. Our healing must involve personal relationships…Even the love of God for lonesome people is to be shown through persons who love God...If the love that I have is inspired by God, then the other person feels less lonely because they are truly loved.

 

One wonders if there has ever been a lonely missionary in the world—certainly not, if he was serving either the body or the spirit of another...The moment we begin to put love where we do not find it, two things happen: we find the other person loveable, or we become less lonely. To love the seemingly unlovable requires effort, but it is no great effort once we realize that God loves us.” (Excerpts from Footprints in a Darkened Forest)

 

Summertime offers opportunity to meet new potential friends. The weather provides atmosphere similar to the land of Judea—the hills where Jesus walked and preached. We can even wear sandals to feel more at home. A visit to a shoreline or even a pond in a local park might remind us of Jesus along the shores of Galilee. A sunny day can draw us to the Mount of the Beatitudes and inspire our activities.

 

Perusing a Biblical Passage in the morning can set the pace for our entire day. Spiritually, one can sit with the Lord under a shade tree; or feel the breeze of the Spirit’s inspiration; or smell the fragrance of the lily—a sign of His purity; flowers on the vine could take us to Mary’s home in Nazareth; an outside barbecue could become similar to the open hearth where the women of the village would bake their bread; the young boy Jesus could easily be envisioned among children at play.

 

We are called to make our home a Nazareth home. We are challenged to make our family a Holy Family. We are each called to be holy as God is holy. Let us prayerfully support each other in this journey. In this way, our hearts will never be lonely for the love of God binds us together!

 

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.                                                                                                                          June 2019 

 

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REPARATION

THOUGHTS                     

            ….by His Wounds we are healed                  

 Volume XVIII, Number 7

 

 

Dear Donnes of Reparation, Family and Friends,

 

May is the month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We honor her throughout the church year and remember her in a special way during this springtime of life! Additional joy comes when it includes the Easter Season for it was she who was chosen to bear our Redeemer. It was Mary who was conceived without original sin that she might participate in the redemption of all humankind.

 

We call upon her patronage in the Litany provided for us. As it is prayed, every conceivable petition and need may be included. Let’s take a moment to consider her attributes:

Holy Mary, Holy Mother of God, Holy Virgin of virgins, Mother of Christ, Mother of divine grace, Mother most pure, Mother most chaste, Mother inviolate, Mother undefiled, Mother most amiable, Mother most admirable, Mother of good counsel, Mother of our Creator, Mother of our Savior, Virgin most prudent, Virgin most venerable, Virgin most renowned, Virgin most powerful, Virgin most merciful, Virgin most faithful, Mirror of justice, Seat of wisdom, Cause of our joy, Spiritual vessel, Vessel of honor, Singular vessel of devotion, Mystical rose, Tower of David, Tower of ivory, House of gold, Ark of the Covenant, Gate of Heaven, Morning star, Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, Help of Christians, Queen of angels, Queen of patriarchs, Queen of prophets, Queen of apostles, Queen of martyrs, Queen of confessors, Queen of virgins, Queen of all saints, Queen conceived without Original Sin, Queen assumed into Heaven, Queen of the most holy Rosary, Queen of peace.

 

These words reflect Mary’s life, her acceptance of God’s Holy Will, her faithfulness, her endurance in trial and tribulation. She is s model of grace and humility. Mary is our Queen and our Mother. Even the Angelus that we pray at twelve and six o’clock each day springs forth in Alleluia by replacing it with the Regina Coeli or Queen of Heaven during this joyful Easter Season. Queen of heaven rejoice, Alleluia!

 

In a world so dense with sin and burdened by non-believers, the Mystical Body of Christ, our beloved Church, through its Mother, reminds us to rejoice and be hopeful for redemption is at hand!

 

We close our Marian Litany asking for the grace to hold fast to the joy and hope of eternity as we pray:

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy Servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enjoy eternal happiness. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Mother Mary of the Angels, S.R.                                                                                                                          May 2019 

 

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