Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Immaculate Conception Novena: Day 5

maternal bond
Maternal Bond,* Timothy P. Schmalz
But Mary kept in mind all these things, pondering them in her heart. (Luke 2:19) And his mother kept all these things carefully in her heart. (Luke 2:51)

The Blessed Mother treasures in her heart the events she is privileged to witness. She ponders the great and small happenings of her ordinary life in the light of faith. Her considerations, full of affection, colour her entire attitude toward the various occurrences of her life as they unfold. Mary gives us a supreme example of interior recollection. Her insistent prayer rises to heaven like the sweet perfume of the rose...

The Blessed Virgin shows us how to ponder the truths of the Faith in our heart. We also come to perceive the events of our life in the light of God's presence. Apparent disaster and success, the birth of a child and the death of a loved one, the difficulties that arise at work and in family life and the experiences of our friendship, all these will take on their deepest meaning before our contemplative gaze. Like Mary our model, we can habitually seek the Lord in the intimacy of our soul in grace.
Here is the link for the fifth day of the novena.

*Note: you may order replicas of the statue at the artist's website. He is having a Christmas promotion on “small replicas” right now of 40% off and you get a free hard cover copy of his portfolio book along with it. CODE: 40C18

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