Franciscan Moments @ Saint Miriam: April 29, 2019

This coming Sunday, May 5th at the 9:00am Family Mass, Saint Miriam will honor our Blessed Mother with our annual May Crowning and Procession! We will have our Marian procession with the faithful of all ages carrying flowers and singing, “Mary, We Crown You with Blossoms Today”!

Did you know that St. Francis had a love for our Mother? According to a pious legend, one day St. Francis had a vision in which he saw his friars trying to reach Christ by a ladder that was red and very steep. After climbing a few rungs, they would suddenly fall back. Our Lord then showed St. Francis another ladder, white and much less steep, at whose summit appeared the Blessed Virgin, and He said to Francis: “Advise your sons to go by the ladder of My Mother.”

And so, we, too, cling to the ladder of our Blessed Mother! Among those devotions rich in Franciscan tradition is devotion to the Virgin Mother of God. St. Francis was among the greatest Marian devotees in the history of the Church and, according to the Second Vita of Thomas of Celano, he had a love for her that was beyond words. “Inexpresseble,” Celano writes of Francis’ love for the Blessed Virgin, “for it was she who made the Lord of majesty our brother.”  St. Francis chose her as the patroness and Queen of the Friars Minor and exhorted his friars to always possess a true and living devotion to the Mother of God. We would do well to honor her!

A few months ago, we developed a wonderfully unique way for families to gather in their homes, pray to the Blessed Mother, and increase their family and prayer time together. It is called, ‘Mary on the Go’ and is a very special Rosary! You see, every family now has the opportunity to “Host” our Blessed Mother in their own home and pray to her as a family every week! Just sign out the “Mary on the Go” carrying case every Sunday! The kit comes with a beautiful Blessed Mother Statue, Rosary beads for a family of up to 7, a glow-in-the-dark Rosary to pray at night, 7 booklets on how to pray the Rosary, as well as coloring images to teach your children! After you pray the Rosary, simply return the entire kit the following Sunday and another family will have the very same adoration opportunity! What a beautiful way to get your family together and pray the Rosary in her honor!

I will end with this loving devotion imbued in St. Francis’ famous ‘Salutation to the Blessed Virgin Mary’:

Hail, O Lady,
Mary, holy Mother of God:
you are the Virgin made Church
and the one chosen by the
most holy Father in heaven
whom He consecrated
with His most holy beloved Son
and with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete,
in whom there was and is
the fullness of grace and every good

Hail His Palace!
Hail His Tabernacle!
Hail His Home!
Hail His Robe!
Hail His Servant!
Hail His Mother!

And (hail) all you holy virtues which through the grace and light of the Holy Spirit are poured into the hearts of the faithful so that from their faithless state you may make them faithful to God.

How will you honor our life of prayer? Will you make your special intention to our Holy Mother this week?  How will your family be in the constant care of our Blessed Virgin who loves us so deeply?  


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