The Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer (http://papastronsay.blogspot.com/) have a very beautiful post on today’s Feast, and the Devotion to the Baby Mary. I hope that they don’t mind, but I copied it in its entirety to our weblog, so that those who read Salemcatholic can easily view it. There is a link from Salemcatholic to the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer in the “Springtime of the Church” sections of links. St. Mary Parish also receives 25 subscriptions to their fantastic quaterly, Catholic: these can always be found (until they run out) in the special rack outside the Ushers’ Closet in the rear of St. Mary Church (labeled “Transalpine Redemptorists”). Please support this wonderful community and their apostolate. It would be a singular blessing to one day have them found a Monastery in our diocese of Sioux Falls! What a dream…but with Our Lady’s powerful intercession, anything is possible!
“Divine grace did not come into Mary by drops as in other Saints,
‘but like rain on the fleece,’ as it was foretold by David.
The soul of Mary was like fleece, and imbibed the whole shower of grace,
without losing a drop.
How delightful a sight must the beautiful soul
of this happy child
have been to Heaven and earth…
which she possessed from the first instant for,
corresponding with her whole strength,
and in the most perfect manner in her every act,
she subsequently doubled her merits in every instant. ..”But multiplied thus for an entire day,
multiplied for nine months,
consider what treasures of grace,
merit, and sanctity
Mary had already acquired
at the moment of her birth!
make us to love thee,
make us little and holy,
and bless us!
in the first instant,
in the second she had two thousand,
in the third four thousand,
in the fourth eight thousand,
in the fifth sixteen thousand,
in the sixth thirty-two thousand.
And we are as yet only at the sixth instant…
She is the most amiable creature in the eyes of God,
because she was already loaded with grace
and merit, and could say,
‘When I was a little one I pleased the Most High.’”
St Alphonsus explains…
“Let us, then, rejoice with our beloved infant, who was born so holy,
so dear to God, and so full of grace.
And let us rejoice, not only on her account,
but also on our own
for she came into the world full of grace,
not only for her own glory,
but also for our good.”
like St Annibale Maria di Francia,
(pictured below with the a holy Maria Bambina)
love the Child Mary whose birth we celebrate today?
this tiny baby throughout the centuries?
nay more, after the work of the Incarnation of the Eternal Word,
this was the greatest and most worthy of Himself
that an omnipotent God ever did in the world…”