Blessed Mother, Mary Immaculate A spiritual garland of roses to our blessed Mother! By: SK Clement Roy, MD The Immaculate Blessed Mary, the mother of our Lord, Jesus loves all of us who love her divine son, Jesus. Immaculate Mary was chosen to be the mother of the only begotten son, Jesus, by God the Father. Why Blessed Mary is called Immaculate Mary? There is a reason why we should call her as Immaculate Mary. Let us look why. Eventhough she was physically conceived and born in the ordinary way, her soul at the first moment of its creation and infusion into her body was clothed in sanctifying grace, which to every other child of Adam is only given in the first instance after birth and since Christ, at Baptism(though it is generally held that Jeremias and St. John the Baptist) received it before birth), but not at conception the stain of original sin was not removed and excluded from her soul. In 1854 Pope Pius IX declared by the “Bulli Ineffabilis Deus” that “it is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore must be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.” The Salutation: holding both palms of hands together, in front of one’s chest is a very humiliating type of gesture of salutation. Our Blessed Mother has chosen this form of gesture to salute the world. This is not an Egyptian way of salutation, yet Blessed Mother chose this form of a gesture to salute the world, out of humiliating mind. When the Blessed Mother appeared in the sky in Fatima, she appeared with this form of salutation. What other record one needs to demonstrate the humility of our Blessed Mother? One other gesture we see in statues and pictures is our Blessed Mother standing with both hands on either side of her body with the palms of the hand shown forward. I believe the meaning of this gesture is: “I am with you; go in peace!” The Blessed Mother sending you away with her blessings to be with you always. Another thing you notice when you look at the statues or pictures of our Blessed Mother is that the mother always looks at you intensely in your eyes. This proclaims nothing but the love of our Mother. Let us see what our Mother says in her daily prayers to God, the Almighty Father, it goes as follows: “ My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God, my savior. He looks on his servant in her lowliness; hence forth all ages will call me blessed. The Almighty works marvels for me. Holy his name! His mercy is from age to age, on those who fear him. He puts forth his arm in strength and scatters the proud hearted. He casts the mighty from their thrones and raises the lowly. He fills the starving with good things, sends the rich away empty. He protects His servant remembering His mercy that he promised to our fathers to Abraham and his sons forever. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be world without end, Amen.” Immaculate Mary was ordered by her son, God and the son of man at the foot of the cross “Woman, behold your son”, Blessed Mother accepted the motherhood of all the children of God. In the same way from the foot of the cross, our Lord Jesus ordered us to accept the Blessed Mother to be our mother by the order “Behold, your mother”. Thus before leaving this world, Our Lord, Jesus Christ declared to us who is our mother, and to our mother; who are her children. When our Mother and Jesus lived in this world about two thousand years ago, in Cana of Galilee, there was a wedding. Our Blessed Mother went with her son Jesus to attend the wedding ceremony, Jesus was also invited, he went with some of his disciples. Unfortunately in the middle of the celebration, the wine the family stored for distribution ran out. According to Jewish tradition, such an event will be utter shame for the family and the married couple. The family secretly let Mary, the mother of Jesus know their helpless situation. Mary realized the seriousness of the situation but was confident if anyone could rectify the helpless situation, it would be Jesus. Mary humbly told Jesus “They have no wine”. Jesus realized the compassionate heart of his mother, but he told his mother “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” Mary at that time probably did not know that all the power of Jesus to perform his miracles came from the Father, and according to Jesus, time to use the miraculous power of his Father was not yet reached. All the miracles Jesus performed was with the power of God the Father. Mary asked the workers to “fill the jars with water”, they filled those jars to the brim with water. Jesus knowing that his Father has heard his prayers, told the workers to “draw some out now and take to the head waiter”, so they took it. And when the head waiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from(although the servants who had drawn the water knew) the head waiter called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves good wine first and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now.” (Jn 2:1-10) Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed the glory of God. Jesus always prayed to God, the Father before his miracles and glorified God, the Father after each and every miracle he performed. These events are outspoken the kindness, compassion, and the willingness for intercession of our Blessed Mother. This character Blessed Mother developed while she was in this world, and from heaven our Mother will be more compassionate to us than she was in this world. All that we need to do is to pray for Mother’s help. Have faith in our Blessed Mother. She will never let our prayers go unheard. Jesus loved his mother so much, he caused her to have glorious assumption into heaven. And heaven celebrated the glorious crowning of Mary as queen of heaven, in the presence of her divine son and all the saints in great joy. Our Lord, Jesus Christ chose his mother as our mediator with the Father, who has been pleased to appoint the most Blessed Virgin, to be our mother also, and our Mediatrix with him. And our Lord Jesus will mercifully grant us whoever comes to him seeking his favors and may rejoice to provide all of them through her! No one should think that the miracle performed by Jesus at the wedding in Cana is only an odd event, happened when Jesus and Mary were alive in this world, over two thousand years ago. No! no, definitely not, similar miracles happen every day, but invisible and not in a wedding site, and Jesus is our God now and Blessed Immaculate Mary is with her divine son, in heaven. When we pray to our Lord Jesus, about our difficulties and sufferings and simultaneously pray to our Blessed Mother, our Blessed Mother will be asking her divine son for us, just like she did at the wedding in Cana, and her divine son, our Lord Jesus will definitely honor his mother’s request for us and our request will be granted! It is up to each one of us to ask our Blessed Mother to help to get our request fulfilled. Jesus loves his mother so much, anything she asks her divine son, he will make it happen. Therefore, do not forget to pray to Jesus and to the Blessed Mother about our needs. Our Blessed Mother will never leave us empty-handed, distressed, and disappointed. Our Blessed Mother and her divine son, will rejoice when we are happy, after fulfilling our needs through the mediation of the Blessed Mother. Always first pray to Jesus about our needs and at the same time pray to our Blessed Mother to help us by getting our request fulfilled. Then you see what will happen. We are fortunate to have a kind and compassionate mother in heaven, who mediates for us to help us through her divine son, who is God, who listens to our prayers and takes care of our needs. Before I end this writing, I would like to place a wreath of white roses at the feet of our Blessed Mother, Immaculate Mary of Fatima.