To Jesus through Mary! Greetings on this Feast of the Queenship of Mary! What a great couple weeks this has been- with the Solemnity of the Assumption last Saturday and the Queenship today!
We’ve been praying a novena for all of you over these last nine days as well as praying for our country, Church, and the end of the coronavirus. With God all things are possible! Because today is such a great feast day, we want to keep the Marian theme going in this week’s Cause of Our Joy! Keep reading for more about Mary’s royalty, Sts. Augustine and Monica, and more!
So, without further ado, let’s get into this!
Today we celebrate Mary’s coronation as queen of Heaven and Earth. It’s awesome to have a mother that is also the queen! Check out Scott Hahn’s 4-minute video talking about this very thing!
Are you interested in learning some of the background for today’s feast? This piece explores biblical, historical, and papal teachings that the Church puts forth as an explanation for this great day! Check it out!
The Real World
In these strange and unsettling times, it seems like the world has lost its grip on reality. What the world doesn’t know is that it needs Jesus more now that ever before. Check out this piece, Let’s Get Back to Reality, that reorients us in the right direction. (Sidenote: the article speaks about Anthony Esolen’s new book: Sex and the Unreal City: the Demolition of the Western Mind, which we have in our store if you are interested in purchasing it!)
On August 26, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa. This miraculous image of Our Blessed Mother holding Jesus is said to have been made by St. Luke from a table where Mary would have eaten her meals. To learn more about this incredible icon, its history and some of the miracles surrounding it, read the article, The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa.
If you have not heard the Broken Mary story, check out this 2-minute video. It tells the brief story of a man who saw a broken Mary statue left at the side of a dumpster and what she is doing with his “yes”. We’re all broken and in need of someone to take us to Jesus!
This coming Thursday and Friday are the feasts of Sts. Monica and Augustine, respectively. This mother-son duo have lots to teach us about perseverance and conversion. Catholic Exchange has a piece called St. Monica Teaches us to Persevere in Hope that we thought was helpful these days and this article called St. Augustine, the Constant Covert has some needful insights as well!
This Sunday’s Mass readings are medicine for the soul. In the Gospel, we hear Jesus tell Peter and the apostles that He is building His Church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it. How good to be reminded of this Truth durings times like this. Sure, the Church (and our world in general) are experiencing turmoil, but Jesus is in control. No matter who is in power or how badly we mess things up, Jesus has a plan. To read the Sunday reading reflection from St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, follow this link.
Here are a few ideas of ways to celebrate the Queenship of Mary:
To celebrate St. Monica and St. Augustine:
Marian Center Update
It’s easy to practice social distancing while attending our exhibit on Marian Apparitions! And you can shop at the Marian Center Gift Shop. We are open for our full schedule from Tuesday-Saturday, 10 to 4. Hope to see you soon!
To Christ Through Mary,
Katie Moe and Lori Mercer
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