A Mariological apostolic exhortation
THIS MONTH WE COME TO A TIME OF PRAYER AS WE JOIN WITH HER, WHO IS THE BEGINNING OF HOPE, AND ONE WHO IN SORROW AT THE CROSS ACCOMPANIED HER SON WHO NOW REIGNS IN HEAVEN WHERE JOY SPRINGS ETERNAL.
Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary - September 8
"the hope of the entire world and the dawn of salvation"
In reflecting upon our gratitude in God's gift to us in Mary, and to reflect on the joys of Mary's parents, we begin imagine what was her life like. How did God prepare her for her role as a wife, mother and mother to us all ? When she was there at the foot of the cross in suffering, what suffering do we have to bring to her, for she will understand? In reflecting up Mary's life we come look at our life in relationship to her and her Son?
Today spend time to ponder as Mary did.
Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows -
"...together with the Son "lifted up on the cross, His suffering Mother*
The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2:34, 35)
The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13, 14)
The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 2: 43-45)
The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
The Crucifixion. (Matthew 27:27-44; Mark 15:16-32; Luke 23:26-43; John 19:16-27)
The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.(John 19, John 19:38–42)
The burial of Jesus.(John 19:38-42)
*APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION OF HIS HOLINESS PAUL VI
The Right Ordering and Developing Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary
"7. After the solemnities just mentioned, particular consideration must be given to those celebrations that commemorate salvific events in which the Blessed Virgin was closely associated with her Son. Such are the feasts of the Nativity of Our Lady (September 8), "the hope of the entire world and the dawn of salvation"(19); and the Visitation (May 31), in which the liturgy recalls the "Blessed Virgin Mary carrying her Son within her,"(20) and visiting Elizabeth to offer charitable assistance and to proclaim the mercy of God the Savior. Then there is the commemoration of Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15), a fitting occasion for reliving a decisive moment in the history of salvation and for venerating, together with the Son "lifted up on the cross, His suffering Mother."