Queenship of Mary & Happy Anniversary to Me :)

Today we celebrate the Queenship of Mary. It is a lovely feast day and you can find out more about it herehere and here. Instead of praying the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary today, pray the Glorious Mysteries. The Queenship of Mary is meditated on during the 5th decade. 🙂

Queenship of Mary

BUT, what makes today really special is that today is my husband and my wedding anniversary! It’s hard to believe that we have been married for sixteen years. Time has flown by and there have been many ups and downs; but, there is no doubt or question in my mind that Michael is the man God intended for me. 🙂

To be honest, though, this year is bittersweet. Poor Michael has to spend our anniversary in the hospital and I will be at a funeral for Michael’s cousin. (His cousin was sick with cancer for a long while now and passed away a few days ago.) Hopefully, the doctors will figure out what is going on so Michael can come home and we will celebrate then.

One of the big things that stands out for me about our wedding day is that during the wedding mass (when the couple traditionally go to say a prayer at the feet of Our Lady) we publicly made the total consecration to Jesus through Our Lady according to the St. Louis de Montfort devotion. We said the prayer out loud together and then Father came to us to sign it in front of everyone. It was a special moment for us.

Anyway, please say a prayer for Michael, the repose of the soul of his cousin, and the family. Thank you!

7 Sorrows of Mary

(author of photo: Georges Jansoone (JoJan) – artwork by Adriaen Isenbrant)

Traditionally in the Catholic Church, September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. The Seven Sorrows of Mary represent the suffering that Our Lady endured being the mother of Jesus.

It is a beautiful devotion; one that I just recently discovered. It must be one of those hidden devotions that aren’t practiced much any more. Too bad, too. It would be good for us to remember more often the sufferings Mary endured as the mother of the Savior.

The Seven Sorrows are:

1. The Prophecy of Simeon.
2. The Flight of Jesus, Mary and Joseph into Egypt.
3. The Loss of Jesus in the Temple.
4. Mary meets Jesus on the way of the Cross.
5. Jesus dies on the Cross.
6. Mary receives the dead body of Jesus.
7. Jesus is placed in the tomb.

To find more about the devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary go to the Catholic Tradition website; or, go to sevensorrows.com for the biblical basis of this devotion.

May you, during this month of September, draw ever closer with our Lord Jesus. God bless you.

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day

I hope everyone is enjoying the Memorial Day Weekend. Don’t forget to say a prayer of thanks for all those who lost their lives for our freedom!

God bless our all our military men and women.

(P.S. Today is also the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through her intercession, we pray for the safety and well-being of all our soldiers who are serving our country now or who are scheduled to be deployed soon.)