On this very special day we celebrate the birth of our Holy Mother, whom Jesus gave us just before dying on the cross (Jn 19:27).
All of Heaven rejoices on this special day as we enter into this great mystery and grace for all of humanity. May we spend time contemplating baby Mary today; that she may inspire us in her childlike disposition before God.
It wasn’t only at the Annunciation that Mary said “Yes” to God and His Divine Will for her life. From the moment of her Immaculate Conception she chose to do His Divine Will. And, thus, as we spend time with Mary at her crib or cradling her in our arms, may we soak in her spirit of total surrender; that we may be open to His special plan and purpose for our lives as well.
Mary reportedly tells us through Venerable Luisa Picarretta in The Virgin Mary in the Kingdom of the Divine Will, Day 5 (these particular writings have already been approved by the Church):
“All of my sublime prerogatives for which the Holy Church so much honors Me, are nothing other than the effects of that Divine Will which dominated Me, reigned and lived in Me…
“Now listen to Me, dear child: as soon as the Supreme Being asked for my human will, I understood the grave evil that the human will can do in the creature, and how it puts everything in danger, even the most beautiful works of her Creator. The creature, with her human will, is all vacillation; she is weak, inconstant, disordered. And, this, because in creating her, God had created her united with His Divine Will as though by nature, in such a way that it was to be the strength, the prime motion, the support, the food and the life of the human will. Therefore, by not giving life to the Divine Will in our own, we reject the goods we received from God in creation, and the right we received, by nature, in the act in which we were created.
“Oh how well I comprehended the grave offense that is given to God, and the evils that pour upon the creature! So, I had such great horror and fear of doing my will – and I feared with reason, because Adam too was created innocent by God, yet, by doing his own will, into how many evils did he not plunge himself, and all generations?
“Therefore, I, your Mama, taken by terror, and even more, by love for my Creator, swore never to do my will. And, to be more sure and to better attest my sacrifice to the One Who had given Me so many seas of graces and privileges, I took my human will and bound it to the foot of the Divine Throne, in continuous homage of love and sacrifice, promising never to use my will, not even for one instant of my life, but always that of God.”
Thank you, Mother, for your great love for us! Continue to teach us how to know, love and serve God ever-more wholeheartedly in this life, and into the next!
(To Read Last Years reflection on the Birth of Mary go here).