Day: August 22
Mary, the Mother of God and our
Mother, is the Queen of all saints because she made the most diligent use of the rich
treasure of grace which God granted to her. Her
thoughts were always occupied in learning to know and praise God; her heart loved Him
above all things. She zealously accepted
every inspiration to good. Thus sanctifying
grace was wondrously increased in her soul.
Mary was no more than a teenager when
she was called to her special mission by God. Her
home was in Nazareth, a village in Galilee that was so unimportant, it hadnt been
mentioned in the Bible before her time. Like
most Jews of her time, Mary and the others in her village were poor. They were simple people who lived plain lives and
Romans had occupied the land of the
Jews and the people were hoping and praying that a messiah would come to rescue them from
their oppressors. But they were looking for
someone who looked like a mighty king. When
God sent a Messiah who was like His people, poor, he chose Mary as Jesus mother
because she too was one of the poor. She was
someone willing to be the servant of God.
Because she was full of grace, Mary
also excelled in every virtue much more than every other saint. All the traits of Jesus were expressed in her as
faithfully as they could be expressed in any creature.
Because of her fullness of grace and the splendor of her virtues, she was
raised above all the saints; she is their Queen.
Mary was raised above all the saints
in glory. Chosen from among all human beings,
she sits on a throne of surpassing splendor. Scripture
can be applied to her: She shall be admired in the holy assembly, and in the
multitude of the elect she shall have praise; and among the blessed she shall be
blessed (Sir 24:3)
As she surpasses all saints in
choosing a virtuous and meritorious life, so Mary stands higher than all the elect in
receiving glory and reward. After God there
is no greater bliss for the blessed in heaven than to behold her, their glorious Queen.
Marys Unlimited Power
Of all creatures Mary, as the Mother
of God, possesses the highest power in heaven. She
prays, but not as the saints do. In a way she
has unlimited power in her prayers because Jesus will not resist the motherly authority He
Himself gave her. How can He, who has assumed
flesh of her flesh, resist her appeal? She
uses this wonderful power for the benefit of her children, especially those who tenderly
love her and venerate her as their mother.
We should pray to the Queen of All
Saints for the grace to remember that God has created us to live a life of holiness in
this world and to become saints in heaven. God
will give us enough grace to do this if only we have an earnest desire for holiness just
as Mary did. Holiness does not consist in
heroic deeds, but in doing the will of God perfectly, loving God with all our heart and
our neighbour for Gods sake, keeping our soul from sin, and being united with God
through prayer and the sacraments. We should
pray to Mary to obtain for us the grace to imitate her holiness in this world and enjoy
the vision of God and her presence for all eternity in heaven.
As Mediatrix with Jesus, Mary shares
also in His supreme authority over the universe. She
is Queen because she is the Mother of the Word Incarnate.
Christ is universal King because He rules all creatures by His personal
union with the Divinity. It was Gods
plan for Mary to bring him into the world that He might be King, according to the words of
the archangel, His reign will be without end.
Mary is Queen also because she is
co-redemptrix. Jesus reigns over us not only
by natural right, but also by the right of redemption.
As co-operator with her Son in that work of redemption, Mary also acquired
the right to reign with Him. God chose her to
be His mother and by that very choice has associated her with Himself in the work of the
salvation of mankind.
Our Spiritual Mother
Marys is the queenship of
goodness. She adds a degree of motherly
sweetness to the joy of the angels and saints and to be blessed of the Church triumphant. To the Church suffering she brings consolation,
relief, deliverance; to the Church militant she offers aid, confidence, victory.
Marys place in the Church is
second only to Christ because she is the ever-virgin Mother of Jesus Christ our Lord and
God, and because she is very close to us as our spiritual Mother and our Queen. We owe special veneration by word and example to
Mary as Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church, and our spiritual Mother and Queen. By following her example and by seeking her help
in prayer we can be sure of reaching her Son in eternal life.
The feast of the Queenship of Mary is
celebrated on August 22, on which day the Church prays: O God, You have given us the
Mother of Your Son to be our Mother and Queen. Through
her intercession, grant that we may attain the glory destined for Your adopted children in
Your Heavenly Kingdom.