OUR LADY OF UNITY CURIA
Allocutio: A meditation reading:
THE MOTHERHOOD OF GOD
October 18, 2015
The Feast of Mary’s Maternity was celebrated October 11. This feast should awaken in our hearts confidence and trust in her who, because of her dignity as Mother, has the greatest influence with her Divine Son. In praising the Mother of God, we beg her to use her maternal power in our behalf:
“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners.” What greater advocate could we find? What more powerful patroness? Jesus cannot resist His Mother’s supplications, nor can Mary resist those who invoke her under her sweetest title: Mother.
If every woman is touched when she hears herself called “Mother,” will not Mary be even more deeply touched when she is invoked as “Mother of God”? Then let us call her by that name, let us treat her as a mother---as the Mother of God first of all and then as our own Mother---since Jesus, when dying on the Cross, put at our disposal the treasures of her maternity. Our Lady has a maternal mission to accomplish in our souls. Jesus Himself has entrusted it to her; therefore, it is very dear to her, and she desires to fulfill it perfectly. Yes, Mary wishes to be our Mother, she wishes to use the privileges and treasures of her maternity for our advantage, but she cannot do so unless we entrust ourselves to her care like docile, loving children.
Even among those who are consecrated to God, not all realize sufficiently the necessity of giving themselves to Mary as her children, of opening their soul to her maternal influence, of having recourse to her with complete confidence, of calling upon her aid in all their difficulties and dangers, and of placing their whole spiritual life under her patronage.
In the natural order a child needs a mother, and suffers both morally and spiritually without one; so also in the supernatural order, souls need a mother, they need Mary, most holy.
Without her and her maternal care, souls suffer, their spiritual life is stunted and often becomes lax, or, at least, is not as vigorous as it should be. On the other hand, when souls give themselves to Mary, seek Mary, and trust themselves to her, their interior life progresses rapidly, their journey toward God is more simple and swift; everything becomes easier because there is a Mother’s hand to sustain them, there is a Mother’s heart to comfort them.
Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.