Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Final Perseverance





THE  VIRGIN  MOTHER
ACCORDING TTHEOLOGY

REV. JOHN BAPTIST PETITALOT

― 1889 ―



       Let us confide our salvation after Jesus to Mary. If she wills to save us, by her intercession with her Son, we shall be saved, and it depends on ourselves whether she wills it or not. If we sincerely desire it ourselves, if we ask it each day of our tender Mother, we may hold ourselves assured of that great gift of final perseverance. 

And when Mary shall have placed us by her side, we shall say to that great Queen: It is thou, sweet and powerful Sovereign, who by thy influence with thy Son hast saved us. Mayest thou be blest, loved, and glorified for ever!

THE VIRGIN MOTHER
ACCORDING TO THEOLOGY
REV. JOHN BAPTIST PETITALOT

ST. ANSELM'S SOCIETY, LONDON - 1889
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Jesus and Mary




THE  VIRGIN  MOTHER
ACCORDING TTHEOLOGY

REV. JOHN BAPTIST PETITALOT

― 1889 ―



       Mary was united in the mind of God with the Person of her Divine Son, and from all eternity God thinking of the Son thought also of the Mother. God decreeing the existence and glorification of the Son, decreed equally the existence and glorification of the Mother. Now that which is so closely united in the Divine decrees ought never to be separated; I mean to say that in our homage and our love we ought to unite JESUS and MARY; when we worship JESUS CHRIST to cast a glance of tenderness to Mary; and never to pretend to honor MARY; if our worship does not carry us on the JESUS.

THE VIRGIN MOTHER
ACCORDING TO THEOLOGY
REV. JOHN BAPTIST PETITALOT

ST. ANSELM'S SOCIETY, LONDON - 1889





Friday, September 23, 2016

Our Destinies




THE  VIRGIN  MOTHER
ACCORDING TTHEOLOGY

REV. JOHN BAPTIST PETITALOT

― 1889 ―



       From all eternity Mary was destined to become Mother of God; and if she had not been Mother of God the end of her existence would have completely failed. But she responded worthily to the free choice of the Lord and merited by her correspondence with the grace of her predestination that eminent dignity that God had prepared for her. 

       Each one of us is destined by God to a work, to a vocation, to a ministry which in the order of Providence ought to glorify our Creator and save our soul. May MARY obtain for us to be faithful like herself to the voice of God, and to fulfill worthily the end of our existence!

THE VIRGIN MOTHER
ACCORDING TO THEOLOGY
REV. JOHN BAPTIST PETITALOT

ST. ANSELM'S SOCIETY, LONDON - 1889






Before Time Was


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THE  VIRGIN  MOTHER
ACCORDING TTHEOLOGY

REV. JOHN BAPTIST PETITALOT

― 1889 ―



       Let us go back in thought before time was. Nothing exists but God; outside His eternal Being all is silent; it is the silence of nothingness. God has not yet moved from His unalterable repose. He has not yet launched the stars into space. He has not established the earth on its foundations. He has not yet pronounced that all powerful fiat which will bring order out of chaos, dispel the darkness, divide the waters, cover the land with herbs and plants, and fix in the firmament those shining lights which are to preside over day and night. He has not produced any living soul, neither the fishes that swim in the sea, nor the birds that fly in the air, nor the reptiles and animals that dwell on the land; nor that being who is to command the fishes in the sea, the birds of heaven, the reptiles and the animals on the land, man―the king of creation; man who is to bear on his brow and yet more in his soul the image and likeness of his Creator.

     Nothing exists but God, for God has not yet created the world. But the decree of creation is eternal like its Creator, and creation in its fulness already exists in the mind of God. And foremost in this eternal thought Christ, inseparable from His Mother, presents Himself: Christ, the First-born of every creature; Mary Mother of Christ, the first-born of women. For the Church puts into her mouth those beautiful words of the Proverbs, ch. viii.: The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways. . . . The depths were not as yet and I was already conceived. . . . Before the hills I was brought forth. 

THE VIRGIN MOTHER
ACCORDING TO THEOLOGY
REV. JOHN BAPTIST PETITALOT

ST. ANSELM'S SOCIETY, LONDON - 1889



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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Clothed With The Sun


THE  VIRGIN  MOTHER
ACCORDING TO THEOLOGY

REV. JOHN BAPTIST PETITALOT

― 1889 ―

       "What shall I say and how shall I speak of that glorious and Blessed Virgin? God alone excepted, she is above every other being: more beautiful than the cherubim and seraphim, and all the angelic host, it is not enough to praise her with human lips or even with the voice of angels. O Blessed Virgin, pure dove, heavenly spouse! O Mary! heaven, temple and throne of the Divinity, thou possessest the sun which shines in heaven and upon earth―JESUS CHRIST. Luminous cloud, to enlighten the world, thou hast drawn down from heaven the brightest of the stars―JESUS CHRIST. Hail, full of grace, gate of heaven, whom the prophet of the Canticles in his inspired discourse, hath clearly pointed out, crying: Thou art a garden enclosed, my sister, my spouse, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed up. The Virgin is the lily without spot, which has brought forth the unfading rose―JESUS CHRIST. O holy Mother of God, immaculate lamb, who hast given to the world the Word incarnate of thyself, the Lamb JESUS. O Virgin most holy, who dost cause wonder in the angelic hosts! A great sign appeareth in the heavens, a woman clothed with the sun, bearing the moon in her arms. Yes, a great wonder in heaven: the nuptial couch of the Virgin, bearing the Son of God. A great wonder in heaven: the Lord of angels has become the Child of a Virgin. The angels accused Eve, but now they glorify Mary, who hath raised up the fallen Eve, and opened heaven to Adam, chased out of Paradise. For MARY is the mediatress between heaven and earth, uniting these two extremes. The grace of the Blessed Virgin is immense. So Gabriel begins his salutation, saying: Hail, full of grace, resplendent heaven. Hail, full of grace, Virgin adorned with every virtue. Hail, full of grace, golden urn containing the celestial manna. Hail, full of grace, who dost satiate the thirsty with the sweetness of an inexhaustible fountain. Hail, fun of grace, golden urn containing the celestial manna. Hail, most holy Immaculate Mother, who has conceived Christ, existing before thee. Hail, royal purple, who hast clothed the King of heaven and earth. Hail unknown book, who has exposed and made known to the world, the Word, the Son of the Father."


THE VIRGIN MOTHER
ACCORDING TO THEOLOGY
REV. JOHN BAPTIST PETITALOT

ST. ANSELM'S SOCIETY, LONDON - 1889