Posted by: fvbcdm | October 14, 2013

Feast of Pope Saint Callistus (11 October 2013)

As we progress through the month of October, the month of the Holy Rosary, I would like to consider briefly with you some of the spiritual values contained in the mysteries of the Rosary.

The five joyful mysteries come first in chronological order, and the first of those is the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel is sent by his Divine Creator to deliver a message to a teenage girl living in an obscure village of an equally obscure part of the Roman Empire. The girl’s name is Mary; she lives in Nazareth; she is engaged but not yet married to a man named Joseph. They are both Jewish, both good and devout and God-fearing people.

We don’t have time here to do justice even to one single mystery of the Rosary, but at least I would ask you to consider this: when this splendid messenger of the Most High God of the Jewish people comes into the presence of this lovely young woman who is so much the object of God’s favor, he treats her with the utmost respect, reverence, and love as befitting the representative of the Lord of Heaven whose representative he is. “Hail, he greets her, full of grace. The Lord is with you!” What more complementary, what more polite, more honorable, more reverent greeting could this emissary from the eternal court of heaven use to address this teenage human being than to point out her beautifully close relationship with God? “You are full of God’s grace, or favor,” the angel tells her, thus canonizing her as a great saint. “The Lord is with you,” indicating the closeness between the innocent, virginal, immaculate heart of this child and the Infinite God of Heaven and earth. So here we have the unprecedented situation of a mighty Archangel bowing in gracious courtesy before a little human being, hardly out of her childhood, who is about to become his Queen, if she will consent to be the Mother of His Divine King. Let us think lovingly of this beautiful moment, so often immortalized by the artists of the Catholic world in their paintings and sculptures and by the musicians of the Catholic world in their beloved “Ave Marias.”  Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.

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