Friday, January 25, 2008

[MaryVitamin] St. Paul

Mary Vitamin for January 25th
Topic: Conversion of St. Paul
(January 25)

"[I]n the order of sanctifying grace, the office of Apostles is the most sublime; … but [the theologians] recognize in the Mother of God, and in St. Joseph, an order, a hierarchy apart … superior in dignity to the first. The apostles, as we said above, are only the servants of Jesus Christ; Mary and Joseph are His mother and His father."
Pere Binet, The Divine Favors Granted to St. Joseph, (Tan Books)21.

The greatness of St. Paul
Ponder the depth of his theology.  Contemplate his interpretation of Christ's life in Scripture. Consider St. Paul's impact on the development of the Church (he contributed 14 of the 27 books comprising the New Testament).  Bear in mind his ability to suffer (three shipwrecks, numerous stonings, imprisonments, and finally martyrdom).  Despite all these talents and accomplishments, St. Paul would be the first to acknowledge that his theology, his witness, his zeal, his love for Christ, pales in comparison to that of the Lord's Blessed Mother.

Today, I will call upon Our Lady as Queen of the Apostles. I will think of Our Lady as the greatest Apostle as she continues to bring the message of Her Son to every age. She scours the earth looking for the most needy and with her motherly care she brings them to her Son.

Marian Vow:
One of the seven main biblical passages for study of Mary, the Mother of God is
Acts 1:14
"It is the mission of the Mother of the Church, of the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, of the Queen of the Apostles in prayer at the Cenacle. The Eucharist, the Holy Spirit, our Lady, the Church: the Immaculate is at the center with her mission of gathering all her children into the Church animated by the Holy Spirit at the foot of the Tabernacle."
Marian Seraphic Pathways

I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.