Joy of Mary: Nativity of Jesus

The Nativity of Our Lord
By Patrick Kelly

“You will conceive in your womb and bear a Son and he will be named Jesus” ~ Luke 1:31

The Nativity, Fra Angelico

When we contemplate the Blessed Mother’s role in the Nativity of Our Lord, we witness the joy that it is to be found when we cooperate and surrender to the will of God as opposed to being forced arbiters of our own will.

Mary, from the moment of her Immaculate Conception, possessed all the grace necessary to bring God’s Son into the world. This of course is revealed by the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation: “you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son and he will be named Jesus” (Luke 1:31). Surely there were things Mary was concerned about: When will the baby be born? Where will the baby be born? Where will the baby sleep? What will the baby wear? All of these concerns are all practical and understandable. Surely the angel sensed this when he told her: “Do not be afraid.” (Luke 1:30). Like any mother, Mary wants to make sure that her child is well cared for throughout her pregnancy and after His birth.

Mary’s love and cooperation with God’s will, brought forth Jesus into the world: “and the word was made flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). Because of Mary’s hope in God’s will, Jesus was born and brought forth the world’s redemption. If we are like Mary and surrender ourselves to God’s will, what can Our Lord accomplish through us?

 

Sorrow of Mary: The Crucifixion of Jesus on Mount Calvary

The Crucifixion, Fra Angelico

The Hill
By Gretchen Erlichman

“And when they came to a place called Golgotha, they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall. But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink.” ~ Matthew 27:33

At the Nativity, Christ was born into the world to save it: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:17) Christ came into the world to save it by the Cross and, through His Death and Resurrection, He merited salvation for all mankind. He came into a broken and sinful world to save it and it was the world that condemned Him to death on the Cross. “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13 ) It was by Love that we have been saved. Let us unite our hearts to that of the Blessed Mother and reflect on this Love:

The Hill
By Gretchen Erlichman

He walked the hill with the weight of a cross;
The hill that felt more like a mountain,
Under the weight of my sin.

Here I lay, crumpled at the foot of Him who is the Godhead,
I can smell the loam,
As my salty tears mingle with the freshly dug clay.

Salt and earth;
The Salt of the Earth,
Hangs on the wood of the Cross.

I look upward and He gazes downward.
The space so great between the Creator and His creature,
Diminished by the emptying of Himself into humanity.

Creator become human;
Creator of all Humanity,
Hangs on the wood of the Cross.

Both of our faces are stained with droplets,
Sparkling tears upon my cheek,
Crimson blood upon His brow.

Water and blood;
Blood and Water which flows from the side,
Of Him who hangs on the wood of the Cross.

Our eyes meet,
I cannot bear His piercing gaze;
His eyes so full of mercy,
My eyes so full of shame.

Shame and mercy;
He who is Mercy for the shameful,
Hangs on the wood of the Cross.

And in that gaze so full of light,
My darkened soul,
To day from night.

Darkness and light;
He who turns all darkness to light,
Hangs on the wood of the Cross.

And as my heart cries out in silence,
And as my God cries out in pain,
I cannot bear the love He bore,
For love of me.

“It is finished.”

 

 

About the Series:

These past few months have surely been filled with many unexpected difficulties and challenges, yet there were probably also many little blessings and surprising gifts as well…maybe even ones that were hard to see at first. Human life is full of joys and sorrows; so too was the beautiful life of the Blessed Mother, who was entirely conformed to the will of God from the moment of her conception. The joys and sorrows of her life form the jewels of her heavenly crown and, at this very moment, she sits beside her Son on the throne of Heaven and intercedes for us.

Now, more than ever, we are called to unite our happiness and our suffering to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In doing so, she gently leads us to the merciful Heart of Our Lord and the ineffable love of the Trinity. Please join us this summer as we contemplate the joys and sorrows of the heart of Mary in our series, The Coronation of Love; The Joys and Sorrows of Mary. Each week, we will explore a paired joy and sorrow of Mary which will help us to further unite our pondering hearts to that of the Blessed Virgin. We look forward to praying through these mysteries of our faith with you. God bless!

In the Peace and Love of Christ, 
Gretchen, Thomas, Victoria & Patrick

 

About Us:

Gretchen Erlichman

Hi! My name is Gretchen Erlichman, and I am an aspirant with the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of Grace in North Guilford, Connecticut. I am a native of upstate New York, but I am currently residing in Silver Spring, Maryland. I am in my second 6-month fundraising period with the Labouré Society, in which I hope to mitigate my student loans and enter into religious formation. Watch My Video   Read My Story  Donate   Contact

Patrick Kelly

Hi! My name is Patrick Kelly, and I am an aspirant with the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph (Eastern Province). I grew up and live in Virginia. I am in my second 6-month fundraising period with the Laboure Society. I am hoping to mitigate my student loan debt in time to enter the Novitiate next summer.
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Victoria Clarizio

Hi! My name is Victoria Clarizio and I am an aspirant with the Passionist Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of Sorrows in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am from Connecticut and live there currently. As an aspirant with the Laboure Society, I hope to remove the obstacle of student debt so that my classmates and I can enter formation.
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Thomas Conroy

Hi my name is Thomas Conroy, and I am an aspirant with the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph (Eastern Province). I was born and mostly raised in Northern Virginia. I graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University in 2019. I am in my second 6 month fundraising period with the Labouré Society. I am hoping to have my student debt mitigated and enter formation next summer. Video  Story  Donate   Contact 

 

 

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