Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Intro to our Patrons, Part I : Our Lady Full of Grace
Our Lady, Full of Grace
Servant of God John Paul the Great
St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Thomas Aquinas
Each of these patrons has their influence on our charism, and we’re so glad that they’ve chosen to watch over us and help us bring the light of the faith into the world.
So, with this and four more postings, we’ll describe our patrons and why they’ve become so important in our daily lives.
In regard to the Blessed Mother, we actually looked at a few different titles, and through the whole summer of last year tried to sort through them to see which title was best for us. We came down to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, and Perpetual Virgin. We knew this was too many so we tried to figure out which would be best, and we came upon an idea that incorporated all of them.
The idea of Mary’s perpetual virginity flowed through all three ideas, but we wanted to make sure that we expressed more than just her spiritual virginity or her virginity before, during, and after the birth of Christ. That’s when we came upon the idea of Our Lady, Full of Grace.
Looking at the importance of the Incarnation in light of the Theology of the Body, we couldn’t get past what must have happened when the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Blessed Mother. The thoughts that must’ve gone through her head. The questions she must’ve had. All the confusion. All the hope and joy. Her fiat, her yes to the Lord, shows just how willing she was to become a gift of self for the salvation of mankind. She was willing to be ostracized, to claim that she had conceived God by God. She was willing to give away all her hopes and pleasures because she knew that this is what God wanted of her. She was willing to offer everything up, including her body.
Thus, the Incarnation took place, and God became man. Let us again ponder Mary. As St. Augustine mentioned, she had already conceived Christ in her heart, and at the Incarnation, she conceived Him in her body. This fiat had amazing affects. Just look at our Lady. She bore God in her womb. The Word of God became a human reality inside of her body. And, at the moment of her conception of Christ, she must’ve been living within the inner life of the Trinity. Just think…she was at the same moment allowing for the conception of Christ and was conceiving by the power of the Holy Spirit. All this was out of subjection to the will of the Father. She was experiencing the Trinity’s love for the world in a most profound way at the moment of the Incarnation. How much joy and love she must’ve experienced for she was caught in the midst of love itself!
So please join us in our devotion to Our Lady, Full of Grace as you pray for the Missionaries this summer.
Who we are?
Conversion begins in our own hearts,which is why prayer is so important to our ministry. For this reason, everyday of our ten week walk begins with daily Mass. By receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we are given the grace to be the Love of Christ not only to those in our community but also to those we meet in the streets.
We walk throughout the day to be a witness of love. We are grounded in prayer-we pray with our lips, our hearts, and our bodies. In walking an average of twenty-five miles per day, we offer our fatigue as a gift of love to Christ and the people we meet. Our walking is both sacrifice and prayer.