Luke 6:40 No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher.
“My child, do you see how my Mother embodied this perfectly? Her humility, abject and pure, allowed her to perfectly imitate me. Only in this complete self-emptying was she then able to become a pure vessel completely filled by the Holy Spirit. There was nothing she clung to—even for an instant of her life—that did not lead directly to me.* So, as I received from her my human form, she received from me her spiritual form, the order of perfection. She, more than any other creature, has imitated me and been transformed into me. If, in your weakness, you are having difficulty imitating me, begin by imitating my Mother in her humility and poverty of attachment. If you do this, you will attain the goal you seek, which is perfect unity with your Beloved.”
Jesus you know how weak we are. Thank you for showing us this shortcut to you thorough consecration to your Mother. Grant us every grace, O Lord, that we might attain perfect union with you and live for you alone. Jesus in Mary, we trust in you. Amen.
(*In letting go of attachments, Our Lady did not let go of her duties, but sanctified them by bringing the Lord into each moment. In this way she lived a contemplative life in all the ordinary moments of the day, and let nothing come between her and her Beloved.)
In honor of Mother’s Day I offer this prayer written by St. Francis of Assisi:
SALUTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN.Hail, holy Lady, Most holy Queen, Mother of God, Ever Virgin, Chosen by the most Holy Father in heaven, Consecrated by him, With his most holy beloved Son And the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. On you descended and in you still remains All the fullness of grace And every good. Hail his Palace! Hail his Tabernacle. Hail his Robe. Hail his Handmaid. Hail his Mother. And Hail, all holy Virtues, Who, by the grace And inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Are poured into the hearts of the faithful, So that, faithless no longer, They may be made faithful servants of God Through you. Amen.