Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace

The Carmelite calendar celebrates the memorial of Our Lady, Mother of Divine Grace, on July 23. 

"The Blessed Virgin Mary was eternally predestined in the context of the incarnation of the divine Word, to be Mother of God.  As decreed by Divine Providence, she served on earth as the loving Mother of the Divine Redeemer, his associate, uniquely generous, and the Lord's humble servant.  She conceived, bore, and nourished Christ, presented him to the Father in the Temple, and was united with Him in his suffering as he died on the cross.  In a completely unparalleled way she cooperated, by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity, with our Savior's work of restoring supernatural life to souls.  For this reason she is Mother to us all in the order of grace." (Lumen Gentium, 61).

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