The Greatest Gifts
"The Spirit of the Lord hath filled the whole world, alleluia;
and that which containeth all things hath knowledge
of the voice, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!"
- Introit for Pentecost
Gift of God Most High - This title of the Holy Spirit is a title of the Spirit's nature, True Gift. He is the gift sent from God the Father to be a Consoler to the Apostles at the loss of our Lord. He is the gift of a Teacher and Advocate Who was sent to teach the young Church "all things" and remind the Apostles of everything Christ said to them. But most importantly, the Holy Spirit is a gift of God's presence, where we can know that God moves, acts, and speaks within our very selves.
Exalted Above the Heavens
"Ye Men of Galilee, why wonder you, looking up to heaven? Alleluia.
He shall so come as you have seen Him going up into heaven,
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!" (Acts 1:11)
"Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For just as he remained with us even after his ascension, so we too are already in heaven with him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies.
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!
“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families… that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” - Sr. Lucia
Refrain: Ave, Ave, Ave Maria! Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!
“My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge
and the way that will lead you to God.”
Queen of the May
“…Is Mary the rose then? Mary the tree?
But the blossom, the blossom there, who can it be?
Who can her rose be? It could be but one:
Christ Jesus our Lord, her God and her son.
In the gardens of God, in the daylight divine
Shew me thy son, mother, mother of mine….”
-Excerpt from “Rosa Mystica” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Perhaps it is Our Lady’s title of Rosa Mystica, under which we invoke her in the Litany of Loretto, that flora such powerful connection to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary—particularly during her month of May, when flowers are abundant (especially here in Santa Rosa!). Devotions such as May Crowning, wherein Our Mother is decorated with a corona of blossoms, are endearing displays of devotion—but they are also much more when one takes into account the symbolism behind such an action:
The Model of Workmen
Come let us worship Christ the Lord
who was honored to be known as the son of a carpenter, alleluia.
"The Carpenter's Family"
by Rose Myra Phillips
He must have been a very busy man
Joseph of Nazareth with plane and saw
Making each meitre and each dovetail join
Into a finished work without a flaw.
But now and then he'd pause a bit and smile
(As any loving Father might have done)
At Jesus playing with sweet-ribboned wood
From smoothed boards, once tall trees on Lebanon.
I think that Mary often watched the two...
Whenever hammer-blows caused her to start
With terror, Jesus patted her pale cheek
And laid His shining head against her heart.