Mary is the perfect spouse of God the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, Spouse of God the Holy Spirit, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Mary teaches me how to love You, God the Holy Spirit, as the perfect spouse, the perfect wife.
The love between a husband and wife is total giving paired with total receiving. It’s a life-giving gift embodied by the marital embrace.
This type of love parallels the Annunciation. You my God, sent Your angel messenger with a proposal for Mary. Will she be Your bride? The mother of Your Son? Unfettered by commitment to any man, Mary humbly accepts.
You, God the Holy Spirit, came upon her. She conceived Jesus in her womb.
Mary’s love for You was truly a spousal love. Continue reading “Mary: the perfect spouse of God the Holy Spirit”
Mary is the perfect mother of God the Son.
Hail Mary mother of God the Son, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Mary teaches me to have perfect love for You, Jesus, the Messiah, the Redeemer.
She first gave herself to love you totally with a vow of virginity. She didn’t let any other person come first in her life, so when the Messiah came she was ready to serve You alone. When the angel Gabriel appeared to announce Your Incarnation, Mary’s faith in Your ability to save mankind from our sins made her willing to believe the impossible. She, a virgin, would bear a Son.
She accepted this without hesitation. Continue reading “Mary: the perfect mother of God the Son”
Mary is the perfect daughter of God the Father. Part one of a series of three reflections on Mary’s love for the Holy Trinity.
I was in high school when I first heard a beautiful rendition of the Hail Mary that made my jaw drop in realization of how perfect Mary’s love for God is.
The Rosary started as usual. Sign of the Cross. The Creed. Our Father. But when we got to the three Hail Mary’s, the leader added something special:
- Hail Mary, daughter of God the Father…
- Hail Mary, mother of God the Son…
- Hail Mary, spouse of God the Holy Spirit…
I was caught off guard. My eyes were opened to the depth of the relationship between Mary and God.
This week, I want to share with you three meditations inspired by these three special prayers.
Today’s meditation reflects on Mary’s love as a daughter of God. Continue reading “Mary: the perfect daughter of God the Father”
We all know the pain of regret: the sinking feeling in your stomach, the fire of embarrassment in your cheeks, the emotion and energy sapped from your limbs. It comes when you’ve made a hasty decision you can’t take back. When you’ve blurted out unthinking words that hurt your dearest friend. When you blew off your last chance to see your grandma before she passed away.
Our regret often results from a failure to act prudently. If only we’d made a better decision. Continue reading “Prudence: how to make choices you’ll never regret”