“In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.” (Lk 1:26-27)
“Mary was full of grace with regard to the overflow of the grace of the soul into the body… and with regard to the overflow of this grace on all men. It is a great thing for a saint to have enough grace for his own salvation, even greater for him to have enough for the salvation of many; but the supreme greatness is to have so much that it suffices for all men: and this was the case with Christ and with the Blessed Virgin Mary.” (Saint Thomas Aquinas, 1224-1274)
“O Mary, temple of the Trinity, bearer of fire, dispenser of mercy, Mary, who made the divine fruit sprout!... You are the new tree who bore the fragrant flower of the Word, the only Son of God. In you, O rich soil, the Word was planted. You are both soil and tree. O Mary, blessed among all women, you gave us bread from your flour: divinity was so strongly united and kneaded together with humanity that nothing to come, neither death nor our ingratitude, could break the union.” (Saint Catherine of Sienna, 1347-1380)
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to do God’s will in everything.
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child in her womb leapt for joy.” (Lk 1:41)
John received the grace to be a prophet when, by his leaping for joy in the womb of Elizabeth, he knew that God was before him. When the holy Virgin greeted Elizabeth, Jesus Christ anointed John as prophet according to these words of John Chrysostom: ‘Jesus Christ had Elizabeth be greeted by Mary so that his word, coming forth from his mother’s womb, the dwelling place of the Lord, and received through Elizabeth’s hearing, would descend to John, who would thus be anointed prophet.’ And he merited for his mother to receive the spirit of prophecy. (Blessed Jacobus de Voragine, v. 1228-1298)
“By speaking of Elizabeth to Mary, the angel Gabriel suggested to her the thought of visiting this kinswoman to assure Elizabeth of her sympathy, perhaps to discuss with her the destiny of the two children. Enlightened from above, she hastened, prompted by charity, to go congratulate and help Elizabeth… On entering the house, Mary greeted Elizabeth with the affection of a kinswoman, the deference of a young girl for an aged woman, a smiling grace that showed that she already knew. While the child leapt for joy in Elizabeth’s womb, his mother was also filled with the Spirit of God and fully enlightened about the dignity of the Mother of the Messiah.” (Father Marie-Joseph Lagrange, 1855-1938)
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to make all our visits a Visitation.
“She brought into the world her first born son; she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.” (Lk 2:7)
“Blessed are Mary’s most holy arms that so often embrace this child who holds the world in the hollow of his hand! And what should be said of Mary’s womb? Its blessedness is unrivalled! Listen, I beg you: it received the God-Man. Conception beyond nature and reason! This womb warmed the source and principle of heat. It brought to term him who makes every harvest and fruit grow… It enclosed him who formed light and the forms and who is larger than the firmament… It engendered its own Creator, the Creator of every being.” (Saint Albert the Great, 1193-1280)
“During Christmas time, Jesus wants a wretched and poor shelter; he wants our heart, purified, poor and empty of earthly affections, filled and adorned with virtues. He wants to find there only his most holy mother, ark and temple of every virtue; the ox that always ruminates on heavenly things; the donkey of our bodies, humble and subject to reason. May he deign to rest on the hay of our desires and make of them a yielding and fragrant hay, on which he delights to take his rest.” (Saint Catherine of Ricci, 1522-1590)
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us the beauty of silence and of contemplation.
The Presentation of Jesus
“Jesus’ parents came to offer the sacrifice prescribed by the law of the Lord: a pair of turtle doves or two young pigeons.” (Lk 2:24)
“Mary, in the temple in Jerusalem, was the first to carry out this offering of Christ to the Father. By this action she acknowledged in one act that the child she held in her arms belongs first and foremost to his Father and not to her, but also by offering him with all that would be his life, she offers us who are members of Christ, she offers herself and prays for all of humanity. We also in our prayer can offer the Christ to God for the salvation of the world by offering ourselves with all the joyful or sorrowful stages of our journey.” (John Tauler, 1300-1361)
“How great was the poverty in which Jesus Christ wished to be born, since his Mother, on the day of her purification, did not even have the means to obtain a lamb that she could offer. He also chose all the other such things in the state of poverty he embraced: he is in very poor accommodations, in a poor family, and from a poor mother; he wished to be presented to his Father in the Temple as a poor person, and, to honor poverty in the course of his life, he chose poor disciples.” (Louis of Grenada, 1504-1588)
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to present our lives to the Lord as an acceptable sacrifice pleasing to him.
The Finding of Jesus in the Temple
“The boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem without his parents knowing it. Thinking he was in the group of pilgrims, they traveled a day’s journey before seeking him among their relatives and acquaintances.” (Lk 2:43-44)
“It was only when they reached their starting point, the Temple, that they found him. In the same way, if you need to find the divine birth in yourself, you have to leave the whole crowd and go back to the origin and, basically, to where you came from. All the powers of the soul and all their operations: all this is the crowd. You have to leave it all behind: sense experience, the imagination, and everything in which you find or seek yourself interiorly. Only then can you find this birth.” (Meister Eckhart, v.1260-v.1328)
“[By this episode of the finding of Jesus in the midst of the teachers], St. Luke wished to make it understood how Jesus, at the age of 12, had a clear consciousness of his divine origin, a consciousness that the evangelists did not attribute either to a revelation or to a progression, and that must rather be reconnected to that immediate, original vision, which alone was of a nature to make his intellect penetrate the distinction between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the heart of the ineffable Trinity.” (Father Marie-Joseph Lagrange, 1855-1938)
Our Lady of the Rosary, teach us to always be close to the Father.