We celebrate Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth said, "who am I that the mother of my Lord, should come to me?" (Lk 1:43) The Magnificat of our Lady is the hymn of the Sisters of Reparation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. In the spirituality of reparation which includes giving Glory, Love and Reparation to God, it is a specific expression of praise, love, and gratitude to God to make up for those who do not love, praise and adore Him.
Pray along with us:
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.
The Lord has prepared a place for us, and is going to take us to Himself!
"When he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, "Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven." Acts 1:9-11
"Abide in me, and I in you. . . . Whoever abides in me and I in him will bear much fruit, for without me you can do nothing."
REFLECTION. "It was the prerogative of Mary to conceive Christ in her Womb. But it is the heritage of all the elect to bear Jesus in their hearts." —-St. Peter Damian
PRAYER. O Mary, you bore Christ in your heart as well as your body. Help me to bear Him always within my heart by doing the things that are pleasing to Him.
From 'Mary Day by Day'
"The just shall hold to his way, and whoever has clean hands shall grow ever stronger." —Job 17:9
REFLECTION. "My children, do you want to obtain perseverance? Then be devoted to our Blessed Lady!"—St. Philip Neri
PRAYER. O Mary, you obtain the grace of ﬁnal perseverance for your children. Help me to be a devoted child of yours, so that I may remain in the state of grace until death and join you with your Son in heaven.
From 'Mary Day by Day'
Painting: Carlo Maratta - The Virgin Appearing to St Philip Neri
You would think Sr. Mary Francis was a rabbit by how much joy she has pulling carrots out of the garden!
"Let us conﬁdently draw near the throne of grace to receive mercy and to ﬁnd grace to help in time of need." —Heb 4:16
REFLECTION. "The life-giving graces ﬂow from Christ the Head, through the Blessed Virgin, into His Mystical Body. Mary received the great honor from God that no one should obtain any grace except through her hands." —St. Bernardine of Siena
PRAYER. O Mary, you are the Mediatrix of all graces. Let me
ask you each day for the graces I need to lead a truly Christian life, and obtain them for me from your Divine Son.
Fresco: Madonna and Child between Saint Francis and Saint Bernardine of Siena by Benozzo Gozzoli
Excerpts from 'Mary Day by Day'
It was said of St. Dominic,
"Nothing disturbed the even temper of his soul except his quick sympathy with every sort of suffering. And as a man's face shows whether he is happy or not, it was easy to see from his friendly and joyous countenance that he was at peace inwardly."
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SISTERS OF REPARATION
"Whatsoever you do, do it from the heart, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that you shall receive of the Lord the reward of inheritance. Serve ye the Lord Christ" Colossians 3:23-24.