Thursday, May 18, 2006


May! Mary! Motherhood! May! The Month of Mary! The Month of Mothers! Mary is the Mother of God and Our Blessed Mother! See what God has done for us. Each of us can call Mary, Mother!

Invigorated by the fresh, crisp air of another spring, we sense a renewed appreciation of the gift of life. Life is God’s first gift to us. Human life begins at conception and develops deep within the body of a mother, close to her heart. God has a special love for mothers. Jesus, the Son of God, was born of a mother. During this month of May, let our Catholic hearts rejoice in Mary.

Our Blessed Lady has many titles, a whole litany of titles. She is the Queen of Heaven and Earth, Queen of Angels, Mystical Rose, Refuge of Sinners, Gate of Heaven and all of the wonderful titles listed in her litany. The title dearest to her heart, however, is - - - Mother! This precisely how she wants us to address her: Mother!

Mary’s motherhood is rich in meaning for she played a unique role in our redemption. This work was referred to in Gen. 3:15 when the Father promised to send the Redeemer. Through Jesus, she would crush the head of the serpent. Mary is the Virgin Mother foretold by Isaiah. At the appointed time, Saint Luke tells us that the Angel Gabriel asked her if she would give the Redeemer a human Body.

In pride and disobedience Eve had said “No” to God and “Yes” to the angel of darkness. Mary would be the New Eve. In humility and obedience, she said, “Yes” to God’s messenger, the Archangel Gabriel. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.” At that instant, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity became Man in Mary’s womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah who would atone for the sins and guilt of mankind. Mary’s “Fiat” set our redemption in motion and our Divine Redeemer took on human flesh!

Adam, in pride and disobedience, turned from God. Jesus, the New Adam, in humility and obedience, became Man. He is the Sacrificial Lamb, Who would take upon Himself the sins of the world. By His death and resurrection we are freed from the bondage of Satan, the slavery to sin and the punishment of eternal death.

At the Presentation, Simeon warned, “Your own soul a sword shall pierce” (Luke 2:35). Our Lady had no illusions. She knew that she would be uniquely linked with the Messianic mission of her Son. The Cross of Calvary became crystal clear to her.

Our Blessed Mother was with Our Savior during those thirty years of preparation for His mission on the Cross of Calvary. She was with Him during His public life. She stood at the foot of the Cross in full knowledge that our Redemption was taking place. Jesus is the Redeemer. Mary is the Co- Redemptrix, as recent popes have stressed. During this Month of May, let us grow in love and devotion to Our Blessed Mother through Rosaries, litanies and Marian devotions. Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us, our Latin Mass Community, our families, and our friends. Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Father Richard J. Rego, S.T.L.


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