Of Mothers and Queens

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It is indeed just that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit should crown the Blessed Virgin as Queen and Lady of all created things. You have to make use of her power. With the daring of a child join in this celebration in Heaven. For myself, since I have no precious stones or virtues to offer, I crown the Mother of God and my Mother with my failings, once they have been purified.
She is expecting something from you too.

~ St. Josemaria, The Forge, 285

Today we celebrate the coronation of the Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. She who permitted God’s grace to reign in her life.  She who resisted all temptations and sins.  She who is full of grace. As a perfect disciple of Jesus and his kingdom, she always did the will of the Lord.  In so doing, he had true freedom since  freedom is the ability to choose to do good and to control one’s life.  She was, therefore, truly a disciple of the God and his kingdom.  She cooperated with Jesus in saving all of us, from the incarnation to the passion to the resurrection.  Thus, she was certainly an apostle of the kingdom.  And today, Mary is  the queen who continuously intercedes for us.

So when I went to hear Mass this morning to celebrate Mary’s queenship, I thanked God for giving her to us, to be our Mother and to be the perfect example for all us who wish to apostles and to be with God in his kingdom someday.

Afterward, I lighted a candle afterward in front of Mary’s image and asked her to pray for my mother’s soul and to keep her close. Today happens to also be my mum’s birthday. She would have been 80 years old had she not died 10 years ago.

I always associated the Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Holy Rosary to my mother, would dedicate the prayer of such to her. Probably because her birthdate falls on the Feast of the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin, and possibly also because she was named after a Biblical queen, Esther. My mum was, after all, the queen of our family and home. May she have the happiest of birthdays in heaven.

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