"Queen of Heaven, pray for us."
The article below comes from a most wonderful book and it is written in sort of a question and answer form such as a person interviewing a priest and asking him questions. This portion is an excerpt from the explanation of the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Beauties of the Catholic Church
By: Rev. F.J. Shadler Copyright 1881
QUEEN OF ANGELS! QUEEN OF PATRIARCHS! QUEEN OF PROPHETS! QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES! QUEEN OF MARTYRS! QUEEN OF CONFESSORS! QUEEN OF VIRGINS! QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS!
Pastor- Well, then, learn the reason why we call Mary the Queen of Angels, from the lips of St. Bernard. He says: "Will not she who had God for a son be raised above all the choirs of the angels? Does not Mary call the God and Lord of Angels her son? And is not he, whom the angels serve, and to whom the powers and principalities are subject, himself subject to Mary? Why should not the heavenly spirits joyfully honor her whom the Son of God has chosen as an instrument for the redemption of mankind?" She is furthermore called "Queen of Patriarchs." Who could with better right lay claim to the title of mother of the human race than the Mother of God, who, in her Divine Son, gave to the world the new spiritual life? We call her the "Queen of Prophets." She was truly a prophetess when in the sublime canticle "Magnificat" she exclaimed: "Henceforth all nations shall call me blessed." Was it not she of whom the prophet Isaiah said: "Behold a virgin shall conceive and bring forth a Son, and his name is 'God with us'"? Was it not she for whom all the prophets looked with earnest longing, that of her might be born the Redeemer of the human race? She is called the Queen of Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, and Virgins. The Saviour had gathered his twelve apostles around him, that they might become the instruments for dispensing his graces and disseminating his teachings; but before them he had called ONE, not, indeed, that she might announce his truths to the world, and dispense his graces, but that she might give earthly being to the Eternal Truth and the Lord of Grace himself. Mary could truly repeat the words of ST. John (1 John i.1): "I have seen with my own eyes, and my hands have handled the Word of Life."
Whom could we, with better right, call a Queen of Martyrs, than her who stood at the foot of the cross, and in her maternal heart suffered all the ignominies and tortures of her Son? If the sufferings of the martyrs derive their worth and their merit from the union of their sufferings with those of Christ, whose sufferings have been more intimately united with the sufferings of Jesus than those of Mary? We call confessors those blessed servants of God who have not suffered martyrdom, and have not shed their blood for the truths of the Gospel, but who, with the solicitude of faithful servants, have done the will of their Master, and by righteous and exemplary lives have gained for themselves crowns of immortality. After having considered the shining virtues of the Blessed Virgin, I need not tell you how she is, in this connection, a model for all the confessors of Christ, and how she has proved herself a queen and mistress of all. Still less have I cause to remind you of how she, the Virgin of virgins, has merited the title of "Queen of Virgins." In conclusion, we praise her as the "Queen of all Saints," and call to mind the renown and glory she enjoys among the heavenly hosts. Let us, too, my friends, in union with the angels and archangels, the apostles and martyrs, and all the citizens of the heavenly kingdom, glorify and honor the Saint of all saints as our Queen. Out of her regal treasure, so rich in sublime virtues, and so precious, because of the power of her intercession, let us ask and receive favors for time and eternity.
This Weeks Friday Fare..... Dishes to remind us of Our Lady!
Blue and White are her colors; roses, stars, lilies, crowns all symbols of Our Lady and Rosemary is her herb!
"You cannot think that the buckling on of the knight's armor by his lady's hand was a mere caprice of romantic fashion. It is the type of an eternal truth- that the soul's armor is never well set to the heart unless a woman's hand has braced it; and it is only when she braces it looselh that the honor of manhood fails." - Ruskin
+++ We shared this wonderful book with you all last August and it is such a wonderful title so we thought we would bump this post up. It is a great title to read in May (the month of Mary) and also makes a great Mother's Day gift, a book for the heart of every mother. +++
In a day and age where every lady dreams of her knight in shining armor and struggles to find him. When doors are not normally opened for ladies by gentleman and when women generally want to be equal with men this book is as fitting (or even more so) today as it was in 1877 when it was written.
Thomas Foley, Bishop of Chicago in 1877 said: This work is "fitted for our times. It will be of vast service to many mothers and daughters in the Church, by showing them how they may practically conform their lives to the bright pictures of womanly virtue you have so felicitously portrayed."
This wonderful book, The Mirror of True Womanhood, was written by Rev. Monsignor Bernard O'Reilly. It covers so many beautiful topics involving true womanhood with Mary as our shining example. From home-life, a woman's love, supernatural virtues, a living faith, hospitality, making our homes a paradise, biblical examples of virtuous women, stewardship, resourcefulness, spirit of charity, education of our children, childhood, building religious character, city life vs. farm life, generosity, formation of boys and girls in childhood, Christian idea of service, social duties and many, many more topics!
This book is chalk full of real life examples about woman and how they mold the men of the world and how they inspire virtue in the home. Today woman think that their power lies in working and providing an income, in making their way in the world. This book shows in so many ways how special the woman is that molds the world though the children she raises, the home that she keeps and the husband that she loves and honors.
One of the most impressive stories in this book (so far, as I haven't finished reading it yet) is about St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland. Because she was so full of virtue, love of God and charitableness she would never allow anyone to leave her table without first saying the meal prayer at the end of the meal. It was not uncommon for people to get up and leave after they were done. Instead of using her queenly authority she, in a more delicate way, provided those finished with their meal with plenty to drink until everyone had finished their meal. In this way she was able to insure that all gave their thanks to God in a most charitable manner.
There are several secular and Protestant books on the market, even a few Catholic ones, that try to show how a woman is head of the house and how she influences her family and even beyond with her womanly talents. One of the more famous biblical quotes for this sort of topic is also stated in this book: "Who shall find a valiant (brave-hearted) woman? ... The heart of her husband trusteth in her... She hath sought wool and flax, and hath wrought by the counsel of her hands... She hath tasted and seen that her traffic is good: her lamp shall not be put out in the night... She hath opened her hand to the needy, and stretched out her hands to the poor. She shall not fear for her house in the cold of snow." - Proverbs xxxi. This book far exceeds those other books in explanation and its so thoroughly Catholic that it would be hard for any other book to compare to this one.
Mirror of True Womanhood, is one of those books that holds its place in every Catholic home's library, as a wonderful wedding gift, a gift for any young lady, for any mother-to-be as well as one that should be read over and over again. There is true beauty in womanhood and it has its own special place. Not a place that is the same as man's but is different yet equal in importance. The same author has also written a book for men titled "True Men as We Need Them." I imagine it is equally fitting for men in our times. These two books can be found in ebook version online for free.
Download them here:
Mirror of True Womanhood True Men as We Need Them
Sweet heart of Mary be my salvation!
August is dedicated by Holy Mother Church to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (also know as the Most Pure Heart of Mary).
The files for August for the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board may be found at the end of this post or on the Liturgical Year Bulletin Board Page.
Some special feasts coming up in August:
August 6th - The Transfiguration of Our Lord Jesus Christ August
August 14th- Vigil of the Assumption
August 15th- The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 22nd- The Immaculate Heart of Mary