Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Queen of Heaven and Earth

Queenship of Mary

From Vespers for the Sunday of the Ascension (Ukrainian Greek Catholic):

Who would not call you blessed, O Virgin most holy?

Who would not sing a hymn of praise to the glory of your giving birth without pain or travail?

The Only-begotten Son Himself, begotten of the Father before all ages, was made flesh out of you in a manner that cannot be explained, O Woman most pure!

And for our sake, He Who is God by nature assumed the nature of a man.

He is not divided into two persons;

He is understood to have two natures without commixion or confusion.

O noble and blessed Woman, intercede with Him that He may mercy on our souls.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Evangelical Counsels

"Charity alone places us in perfection. But the three great means of attaining it are obedience, chastity, and poverty. Obedience consecrates our heart, chastity, our body, and poverty our worldly means to the love and service of God. These are the three branches of the spiritual cross, and all have their foundation in the fourth, which is humility."
– St. Frances de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life