Sermon in a Sentence: St. Thomas Aquinas (March 15, 2014)

“She had been made more honorable and worthy than the whole world, who had carried in her womb Him whom the whole world could not contain.” –From “Sermon in a Sentence: A Treasury of Quotations on the Spiritual Life; Vol. 5: St. Thomas Aquinas,” pg. 162. Selected and Arranged by John P. McClernon.

+J.M.J.+

It may not be the first Saturday of the month, which we typically consecrate to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, but it is a Saturday nonetheless, and all Saturdays should be given in a special way to Our Lady because of her constant faith on that Holy Saturday when Our Lord lay in the tomb, just as each Friday should be given in a special way to Our Lord and to the remembrance of His Passion and Death.  With that being said, this quote struck me this morning as I was searching for a worthy saying from my book; all of them are worthy, but not all of them can be discussed today! This one stood out to me; the beauty of its parallelism and the great magnitude of what it portrays made a lively note of awe sound in my heart.

Think of the attention and clamor and praise that many famous people receive. They can hardly go anywhere without being followed by admirers. They are given magnificent wealth, stately homes, luxurious cards, and probably thousands of notes from their admiring fans. They are credited with being stylish, or for doing some charitable deed, or for expressing a view on life that society finds admirable.

Now think of Our Lady, the Holy Mother of God, who bore Jesus Christ Our Lord in her womb, was free from all stain of sin, conceived Immaculate, and who obtains for us every grace that we humbly ask for. Think of how wronged she is by the multitude of unbelievers, and even of those who claim to be Christians yet reject Christ’s own mother! She graciously and lovingly rescues those who are caught in the darkness of sin–it is her delight to come to the aid of poor sinners! Think of how little attention, how little gratitude she receives for all of her prayers, for her many miraculous rescues, for her gracious condescension to appear to the least of us and provide us with the means of staving off the powers of Hell!

She bore “Him whom the whole world could not contain,” and yet the whole world has turned their back on her, her to whom it is given by God to intercede for and rescue sinners! It is very much a problem when we spend our days praising the creatures in this world, when God has given us the loveliest of all creatures, the brightest and most beautiful star, to praise and honor! She it is who has the power, given her by God, to obtain for us everything we need. She it is who takes us under her motherly mantle and protects us from the darkness of error and apostasy. She it is who crushes the head of the serpent, our enemy! Why, then, do we ignore her, why do we forget to praise her, why do we seek other objects of praise when she is the best and most praiseworthy of all of God’s creatures?

Let us fly to her feet and pour out our heartfelt gratitude, sorrow, and praise to Our dearest Mother, and reflect on all that she has suffered for us, she who wept as a sword pierced her Heart at the foot of the Cross. Let us not be negligent in approaching her for all that we need, in praising her and thanking her for the graces she obtains for us and the miracles she works for us, whether great or small. She is our Queen and our Mother, the most precious gift that God has given us next to the life of His Son. We not only gain God as our Father when we come into the Church, but we also gain a most loving and gracious Mother. Let us praise God for her, and be ever devoted to her. She will not fail to obtain for us all that we need, as long as we ask with humility and give thanks with praise and honors heaped at her feet.

+Hail Mary, full of grace; The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Amen.+

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