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Musings 2010/260

the Passion of our Lord,

by the words which shall be shed for the remission  of sins.
For the blood, separately consecrated, serves to  place before the eyes of all, in a more forcible manner, the Passion of our Lord, His death, and the nature of His sufferings.
The additional words
for you and for many, are taken, some from Matthew, some from Luke, 35 but were joined together by the Catholic Church under the guidance of the  Spirit of God.
They serve to declare the fruit and advantage of His Passion. For if we look to its value, we must confess that the Redeemer shed His blood for the  salvation of all; but if we look to the fruit which mankind have received from it, we shall easily find that it pertains not unto all, but to many of the human race.
When therefore (our Lord) said:
For you, He meant either those who were present, or those chosen from among the Jewish people, such as were, with the exception of Judas, the disciples with whom He was speaking.
When He added,
And for many, He wished to be understood to mean the remainder of the elect from among the Jews or Gentiles.
With reason, therefore, were the words
for all not used, as in this place the fruits of the Passion are alone spoken of, and to the elect only did His Passion bring the fruit of  salvation.
And this is the purport of the Apostle 33 when he says:
Christ was offered once to exhaust the sins of many; and also of the words of our Lord in John: I pray for them;
I pray not for the world,
but for them
whom thou hast given me,
because they are thine
. 37   P
Altar Rails
We can always learn a little about ourselves from time to time.
I had thought altar rails were a thing of the past, never to be seen or heard of again! Indeed, it has never even occurred to me that some Catholic churches would return to having altar rails.
In this, I realise that I have been well and truly conned by the modernists.
In viewing photographs of The Queen of Peace Parish church, in Perth, Western Australia, the idea of the return of the altar rails suddenly becomes a possibility, a probability.
And that is a nice thing to imagine.
What with the return also of altar rails at St Kevin's Geebung, Brisbane, who knows? Perhaps this is a sign of great things to come.
Queen of Heaven
The stature of Mary, Mother of The Saviour, as the Queen of Heaven is a major problem for non-Catholics, even though Apocalypse 12 clearly portrays Mary as The Woman,, clothed with the sun, with a crown of twelve stars about her head--obviously, a queen amongst queens, for no where else in Scripture compares with this stupendous scene of spiritual warfare between The Woman and the red dragon.
Mary is the Queen of Heaven because she is The Immaculate Conception--the perfect accomplishment of The Work of The Eternal-father--but she is also The Mother of The Eternal-son.
Of course, Mary has numerous other titles appropriate to her position in God's creation as the ultimate created being.
No-one is on a par with The Queen excluding Jesus Himself, of course, for Whom only was she created.
No Angel. No Prophet or Prophetess. No Saint.
Mary, in creation, stands alone before her adored Son, Jesus The Christ.
Mary is supreme.
And The Almighty has brought about Mary's incomparable stature, not just because she was predestined to it, nor because she has been faithful to her calling--through The Infinite Merits of her Son--

but also because,
when we recognise, acknowledge
and appreciate Mary
and her innumerable virtues,
we are astonished for two reasons:-

1. because of the Truth of her stature; but also because

2. we must then
raise our spiritual eyes
to her Son, Jesus.

It is extremely difficult to appreciate the Stature of Jesus Himself, He being God.
Even is realising His divine Being, we only
begin to grasp His full Reality.
However, in grasping the reality of the perfection of His Mother, Mary, and being incredulous before her sensational reality, and THEN realising that her Son is God-made-man;

then, we begin
to properly appreciate
The Son.

Mary, the fabulous Woman of Scripture, can be grasped by our hearts for she is a creature, wondrous as she may be, and because she is our true Mother and Queen.
We are able to draw near to The Mother and she draws near to us, giving us a share in all her virtues and Gifts, even a share in her Immaculate Conception.
We all understand and appreciate the beautiful connection between mother and child and so, we easily give our hearts to this Mother of mothers.
Mary, however, is the first disciple of Jesus, and in sharing herself with her children of every generation and nation, she does so, simply to draw us as close as possible to her Son.
Mary has been called the living Altar of God, because of her offering of her Son on Golgotha, joining with Him in His every agony, and because Jesus came out of her to ascend the Cross,

and in drawing us into
her immaculate Heart

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