Monday, August 24, 2009

Submission As A Pathway To Sanctification?

My Dear People,

August 22nd is the traditional feast of the Queenship of Mary. We remember that Our Lady is head of all the Holy Angels and Saints in Heaven. From the moment of Her Conception within St. Anne's womb, Mary was never separated from the Divine Will of the Father. Mary always subordinated herself in obedience to Our Lord. This is why Mary is such a shining example for all of us. Every time we extinguish our pride, and humbly come before Jesus seeking His Authority over us, we imitate our Mother in Heaven.

St. Paul reminds us today, that "all of us" are responsible for being submissive to Christ. In that holy submission, we come to know more deeply our vocation in Christ. This also gives us the freedom to serve our Lord, benefiting from His many graces. Submission to Christ, sets us on the holy pathway to sanctification. Consecrate yourself and your families to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Come to know her peace and mercy in your homes.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark

May we find joy in serving the Lord with our time, our talent and our treasure.

1 comment:

Peter said...

"August 22nd is the traditional feast of the Queenship of Mary."

I must be missing something here. The (beautiful) feast of the Queenship of Mary is relatively new, having been instituted by Pius XII in 1954 and fixed to May 31st (not August 22nd). August 22nd is the traditional (i.e., pre-Vatican II) date for the feast of the Immaculate Mary, which itself is a fairly recent feast, having been instituted in 1942. Prior to that, August 22nd was known simply as the Octave day of the Assumption (unfortunately that octave was suppressed in 1955 in an act of pre-Vatican II liturgical vandalism). The notion of Our Lady's queenship is certainly tied to the Assumption; nonetheless, although I hate to seem nit-picky, but it does not seem to me quite correct to say, "August 22nd is the traditional feast of the Queenship of Mary," unless the calendar of Paul VI has already become a venerable "tradition".