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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Mary's sacrifice

Man for man: Maid for maid: Tree for tree
Chapter 39: Cardinal Points of the Legion Apostolate

Whenever we think of Our Lady as the Co-Redemptress in Salvation, our minds usually wander back to the moment of the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel delivered God’s message to a young woman. God’s plan of salvation was put into action when she said yes. Be it done to me according to Thy Word.

But beyond the conception and birth of Christ, Our Mother also served as Co-Redemptress at the foot of the cross. I can only imagine the grief that Our Lady suffered. To live your whole life taking care of your only son, devoting all your waking moments to that one child, only to have him wrenched away from you.

Yet in the end, she denied nothing from God. She gave Him all she had. Her Son. And just like in the Annunciation, Mary replied with a “Yes” in Calvary, and the whole world was redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ’s body and blood.

"For as truly as she suffered and almost died with her suffering Son"-these are the words of Pope Benedict XV -"so truly did she renounce her maternal rights over that Son for the sake of our salvation, and immolate him, as far as with her lay, to placate God's justice. Hence it may justly be said that with Christ she redeemed the human race."

If you love someone, you love him, and when you have nothing else to give, you still gave him love. - Nineteen Eighty-Four

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