Ave Maria Meditations

Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation

receives new life from your abundance. Virgin,

blessed above all creatures, through your blessing

all creation is blessed, not only creation, but the

Creator himself has been blessed by creation.


To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he

loved as himself. Through Mary, God made himself

a Son, not different but the same, by nature Son of

God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created

by God, and God was born of Mary.


God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who

made all things gave himself form through Mary, and

thus he made his own creation. He who could create all

things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation

without Mary.



God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary

the mother of the re-created world. God is the father by

whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother

through whom all things were given new  life. For God

begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and

Mary gave birth to him as the Savior of the world. Without

God’s Son, nothing could exist; without Mary’s Son, nothing

could be redeemed.


Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted

that all nature should owe as much to you as to

himself.

St. Anselm


Hymn

Mary Immaculate; star of the morning,

Chosen before the creation began

Chosen to bring, for thy bridal adorning,

Woe to the serpent and rescue to man.


Here, in an orbit of shadow and sadness,

Veiling thy splendor, thy course thou hast run;

Now thou art throned in all glory and gladness,

Crowned by the hand of the Savior and Son.


Sinners, we worship thy sinless perfection;

Fallen and weak, for thy pity we plead;

Grant us the shield of thy sovereign protection,

Measure thine aid by the depth of our need.


Bend from thy throne at the voice of our crying,

Bend to this earth which thy footsteps have trod;

Stretch out thine arms to us, living and dying,

Mary immaculate, Mother of God.

F. W. Weatherell

Author Sr. JosephMary f.t.i.

Our Lady found this unworthy lukewarm person and obtained for her the grace to enter the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. May this person spend all eternity in showing her gratitude.

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