On this date in 1945, President Harry Truman, who had been president for less than one month, announced the unconditional surrender of Germany, and thus the end of the war in Europe. I was within one month of my high school graduation.
And in our Dominican calendar, we celebrate today the patronage of Our Blessed Mother over our Order. There is an old legend that one night, Saint Dominic dreamed that he was being shown around Heaven. He saw many people there, including the members of all the other religious orders, but none of his own. He began to weep, and Our Lady asked him why he was so sad. He explained to her that he didn’t see any of his preaching friars in heaven. Whereupon she opened the voluminous cloak that she was wearing, and there, gathered around her, were the early Dominicans, safely within her maternal protection. Be that as it may, we celebrate today the fact that the Mother of Our Lord is also Our Lady of the Rosary and the Queen of the Order of Preachers.
Think for a moment of the famous wedding feast at Cana in Galilee when the wine ran out. Our Lady, much afraid of the embarrassment to the young couple if it should become known that the refreshments had run out, said to Our Lord, “They have no wine.” She was not simply making an observation; she was asking him to do something about it. At first, he seemed reluctant to act, since the only way he could remedy the situation was by miracle. But his Mother, whose maternal heart couldn’t bear the thought of the young couple being embarrassed for the rest of their lives, in a sense forced the hand of her divine Son. She pointed him out to the waiters, and said to them, “Do whatever he tells you.”
These are the last times that Our Lady is quoted in the gospels. But what quotations! She speaks to Christ and says, “They have no wine.” And then she speaks to the waiters — and to us, by extension — and says, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Holy Mother of God, we beg you always to remind your Divine Son of our needs, and to enable us to carry out the will of Jesus, since his will is our sanctification and our salvation. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.