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The Holy Spirit and Mary: Lessons for Pentecost

by Kathleen Beckman

She, who at the start of the Redemption gave us her Son, now by her most powerful intercession obtained for the newborn Church the prodigious Pentecostal outpouring of the Spirit of the Divine Redeemer who had already been given on the Cross. Pius XII, Mystici Corporis, 29 June 1943

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Our Lady at Pentecost ~ Prayer Personified

When they entered the city, they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers” (Acts 1:13 – 14).

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Spiritual Motherhood: Reconcile men with life

May 31

“Reconcile men with life and above all, we beseech you, watch carefully over the future of our race. Hold back the hand of man, who, in a moment of folly, might attempt to destroy human civilization…Women of the entire universe…you to whom life is entrusted at this grave moment in history, it is for you to save the peace of the world.”

-Documents of Vatican II Closing Speeches, “To Women”

 

 

Today's Reflection

This mandate from the Pope Paul VI, in conjunction with the Council Fathers, issues to women a magnanimous call and mission – to save the peace of the world. This is your call and your mission in union with Mary and her Son, Jesus Christ, by virtue of the fact that God has given you life at this moment in the history of man. What is your response? Do you trust that He is giving you every grace and spiritual blessing you need? How have you seen yourself, through the course of this month, already living out this call? Thank Our Lady for her maternal beatitude and the grace she has advocated for you through these last 30 days.


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Spiritual Motherhood: Love is proved by service

May 30

“How are Catholic women to accomplish their providential role as spiritual mothers (with Mary) of the human race?

• They are to know Jesus from daily intimacy with Him in prayer • They are to receive Jesus by often receiving Him into their hearts • They are to love Jesus, by spending themselves in serving the needs of Christ’s children as they have never done before… Love is proved by service. It is in spending ourselves for others that we mainly show our love for Our Lord…"

-Father John Hardon, S.J.

 

Today's Reflection

Reflect on the statement “Love is proved by service.” How is God asking you to show your love of Him through service (Consider the culture of the day as well as your personal circumstances.)? What one step of spiritual maternity can you take today? Perhaps right this very moment?


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Spiritual Motherhood: The hearts of women

May 29

“How are Catholic women to accomplish their providential role as spiritual mothers (with Mary) of the human race?

• They are to know Jesus from daily intimacy with Him in prayer… • They are to receive Jesus by often receiving Him into their hearts... God has made the hearts of women naturally self-giving. But their womanly nature must be fortified on the Sacrament of Love to give them the heroic strength needed to mother the Church today.”

-Father John Hardon, S.J.

 

Today's Reflection

In what ways are you, a woman, naturally self-giving? Read Paragraphs 1391-1401 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Why are these fruits of the Holy Eucharist fortification for the work entrusted to us as women today? Of these fruits, which do you most need to develop and make use of? Why? Why do you think the work entrusted to today’s spiritual mothers requires heroic strength?


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Spiritual Motherhood: Know Jesus

May 28

“How are Catholic women to accomplish their providential role as spiritual mothers (with Mary) of the human race?

They are to know Jesus from daily intimacy with Him in prayer,…Our Lady we may be sure always had Jesus on her mind.”

-Father John Hardon, S.J.

 

Today's Reflection

Look up the word “providential” in the dictionary. Consider this reality in light of your call to be a spiritual mother in our day and time? What about you would make it so? (Think of your gifts and talents, your background and experience, your hopes and dreams, your successes and failures.)

To what extent do you always have Jesus on your mind? Why do you think daily intimacy with Jesus through prayer is fundamental to live out your providential role as spiritual mother with Mary?


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Love of neighbor

This Sunday we close out Our Lady's month of May with the Feast of the Visitation.

In addition to being a beautiful feast day, the Visitation is one of the joyful mysteries of the rosary. It is celebrated in Catholic artwork, often depicting the scene in scripture where Our Blessed Mother, Mary, visits her cousin Elizabeth. Upon hearing Mary's greeting, the child in her womb leapt for joy and Elizabeth was overcome with gratitude that the mother of her Lord would come to visit her. One of our favorite depictions of this scene is the one above where both St. John the Baptist and Jesus are visible in the womb's of their mothers.

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Spiritual Motherhood: The apostolate of women

May 27

“The apostolate of women in the modern world is not a moral option. It is a mandate… Today’s Church needs miracles of conversion, repentance, and the miracles will take place, provided women do their part, through Mary, and in Jesus and with a woman’s selfless love.”

-Father John A. Hardon, S.J.

 

Today's Reflection:

These are strong words. What response do they solicit in you? Name some of the ways in which you think the Church needs miracles of conversion? Note that Father Hardon says the miracles will take place, but it depends on women. Why do you think this is so? In the next three Grace Lines, Father Hardon will show how this can be accomplished.


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Feeling Fearful? Mary Has Been There!

It’s probably safe to say that many Americans have been experiencing trouble sleeping in recent weeks, given the unprecedented circumstances we’ve been facing for quite some time. For anyone waking suddenly out of a deep sleep, a sensation of fear – that powerful emotion so very prominent in our national consciousness of late – would not be at all unusual.

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