Tuesday, April 21, 2015



BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, Mother of the Society of Jesus, Feast

Gal 4:4 – 7 / Mt 1:20 - 23

Reading: Gal 4:4 – 7
But when the fullness of time came, God sent his Son. He came born of woman and subject to the Law, in order to redeem the subjects of the Law, that we might receive adoption as children of God. And because you are children, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of his Son which cries out: Abba! that is, Father!
You yourself are no longer a slave but a son or daughter, and yours is the inheritance by God's grace.

Gospel: Mt 1:20 - 23
While he was pondering over this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She has conceived by the Holy Spirit, and now she will bear a son. You shall call him 'Jesus' for he will save his people from their sins."
All this happened in order to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and he will be called Emmanuel which means: God-with-us. When Joseph woke up, he did what the

Today's Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus, a feast proper to the liturgical calendar of the Society of Jesus, recognizes the special role of Mary, Mother of God, in the Society of Jesus and is a proclamation of the special devotion of the religious order named after Jesus to his Mother Mary.
Mary played a key role in the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola and in the beginnings of the Society of Jesus. After the recovery of Ignatius from his injuries in Pamplona and his "conversion," he prayed in vigil at the shrine of our Lady of Aranzazu and offered his sword and dagger to Our Lady at the Benedictine monastery in Montserrat.
In his spiritual experiences at the River Cardoner and in the often-used triple colloquy at the end of key exercises in his Spiritual Exercises, the first colloquy was a special prayer for the intercession of Mary, the second to the Son and the third to the Father. The first contemplation of the fourth week of the Spiritual Exercises is on the risen Lord's apparition to his mother: though not recorded in the Gospels, the risen Lord must have first appeared to his grieving mother.

The first seven companions who eventually were the founding core of the Society of Jesus made their first vows at Montmartre in Paris on the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, 15 August 1534. After Pope Paul III approved the Society of Jesus in 1540 the first Jesuits pronounced their religious vows as Jesuits before Mary's image at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls in Rome. The first church in Rome given to the Society was that of Our Lady of the Wayside, Madonna della Strada.
Jesuits make their perpetual religious vows at the end of novitiate to the Divine Majesty "before the most sacred Virgin Mary and the whole court of heaven." At the end of their training, Jesuits make their final vows in the Society of Jesus "in the sight of the Virgin Mary and the whole heavenly court."
We join the Society of Jesus in its love for and confidence in Mary, Mother of the Society of Jesus: "Almighty and eternal God, you chose the Virgin Mary to be the Mother of your eternal Word. Give us strength to be servants of that Word in the Society of Jesus, which is consecrated to your glory in the presence of Mary, our Mother."




Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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