“I started to contemplate the awesome privilege that Mary was given, being able to hold God in her arms, but also keeping in mind that He was still her baby. This cute little child whom she bore was also God in the flesh. And yet, she cuddled and kissed Him, just as all mothers do with their babies. This thought propelled me right into this painting which I wanted to be a very human representation of divinity. My prayer is that the viewer will be struck, as I am, with the amazing way that God chose to send His Son into this world — in pure humility.” Morgan Weistling (Artist)
Mary is referred to as queen not just of heaven, but also of peace, of the angels, of all Christians, among many other things.
Because Mary is the mother of Christ the King, it is logical that she would be called Queen. (A modern example would be the mother of Queen Elizabeth II of England, who was known as the Queen Mother.)
Pope Pius XII affirmed this in his encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam when he wrote, “according to ancient tradition and the sacred liturgy the main principle on which the royal dignity of Mary rests is without doubt her Divine Motherhood.” St. Alphonsus Ligouri, said, “Because the virgin Mary was raised to such a lofty dignity as to be the mother of the King of kings, it is deservedly and by every right that the Church has honored her with the title of ‘Queen.’”
Mary played such an important role in bringing Christ the Redeemer into the world. Certainly, only Jesus Christ, the God-Man, is King; but Mary, too, as Mother of the Jesus, is given the title of Queen , not meaning she is on equal footing with God, but reflects instead how intimately connected she was, and is, to her son and his mission.
Dear Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us.
The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. Are you praying the rosary every day? If not – today is a good day to start.
Wishing a very Happy Mother’s Day to Our Blessed Mother and to all mothers – biological, adoptive, foster, spiritual, living and deceased. May you all enjoy this special day dedicated to you, and may God hold you all in the palm of His hand, and may our dear Blessed Mother keep you tucked away in her immaculate heart. Thank you for your love, service, example, and fidelity to your families and to those around you. Have a wonderful day!
Catholics call Mary the “Ark of the New Covenant” Here are some scriptural references from both the Old and New Testament that help you to see why we give Mary this title. Notice how events in the Old Testament foreshadows (prefigures) events in the New Testament.
Think about this – in the Old Testament it mentions the three items that were placed in the Ark:
1. The 10 Commandments ~ which represents the word;
2 The manna that fell from Heaven, which represents the bread; and
3. The rod of Aaron (who represented the high priest)
In the New Testament, Mary carried in her womb the following three:
1. Jesus, who is the Word of God in flesh.
2. Jesus – the true bread from Heaven
3. Jesus – the true High Priest
In the Old Testament, the Ark of the Covenant, overshadowed by the Spirit of God, was the instrument through which God came to dwell among men; in the New Testament, Mary, overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, is the instrument through which God came to dwell among men. She is the Ark of the New Covenant.(Ex 25:11-21) made to hold the living Word of God: a holy tabernacle made not of the purest gold, but of the purest flesh.
There is no person closer to Jesus than His mother. Our Lady’s prayers are very powerful. As Saint Padre Pio says, “Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.”
The Rosary is not a prayer of vain repetitions, but very scriptural, and a beautiful meditation on the mysteries of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of His mother. The Rosary is not Mary-centered but Christ-centered. Each bead you touch is like holding the gentle hand of His mother and walking through the gospels, as she leads you closer to her son.
Nobody loved Mary more than Jesus did. We honor Him more by loving his mother.
Mary’s soul always magnifies the Lord. If you want to grow closer to Christ, and develop a deep personal relationship with Him, pray the rosary.