A Prayer for Christ-Centered Love

He was Obedient to them. . . .( Holy Hill Basilica) © SalveMaterDei.com, 2011. EA photographer

He was Obedient to them. . . .( Holy Hill Basilica) © SalveMaterDei.com, 2013. EA photographer

As the season of Advent heralded the Birth of Christ, and Christmas joy leads to the anticipation of the coming of a New Year, I find myself counting my blessings. At this evening’s Holy Mass, celebrated on the Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Family, my prayer seemed a veritable grocery list of gratitude. I am grateful for the abundance of God’s grace – for my family, and for the multitude of blessings that God has bestowed upon each of us in His goodness. As I reflect upon each of these gifts, the common thread that unites them all is Christ’s Love: for His LOVE is truly all that fundamentally matters.

This morning my spiritual father phoned and read a prayer he had recently penned. His words touched me deeply, and thus, with his permission, I am sharing Father Cyril’s prayer:

Throughout the beautiful season of Advent,

I prayed for each and every one of you,

 

That the Newborn Christ might touch your heart,

and mind and soul,

with His tiny hands.

 

May the Newborn Christ touch your heart and mind and soul with His tiny Hands © SalveMaterDei.com, 2013.

May the Newborn Christ touch your heart and mind and soul with His tiny Hands © SalveMaterDei.com, 2013.

I prayed that He might open you to His own beauty and

That you might begin to realize

that He needs you in His Mystical Body.

 

I prayed that you might become more Christ-centered

and less self-centered.

Yes, this was my prayer for you-

That you might become Christ-centered, Love-centered.

 

Becoming Christ- centered, Love centered © SalveMaterDei.com, 2013

Becoming Christ- centered, Love centered © SalveMaterDei.com, 2013

It is truly a shame to find so many dedicated Christians, who have been chosen by His Love

And then make Christ wait to receive their love.

 

Yes, I prayed that during the New Year,

You would come to have a greater awareness

of His Love for you.

 

Love is the Essence © SalveMaterDei.com, 2013

Love is the Essence © SalveMaterDei.com, 2013

As you know, Love is the very essence

of our Religion and our Faith.

Amen.

Fr. Cyril Guise, OCD December 28, 2013

Perfect Christ-Centered Love © SalveMaterDei.com, 2013.

Perfect Christ-Centered Love © SalveMaterDei.com, 2013.

Fr. Cyril mentioned that the ideal icon depicting this image was that of the Christ Child contained within the Blessed Virgin, the Most Holy Theotokos. For no other individual so perfectly lived Christ-centered Love. Our Lady was aware of His Love for Her, and in turn became a living conduit of Christ’s Love for all humanity. Thus, we too are called to become similar icons – placing Christ and His Love at our very center and essence, and living that love accordingly.

Striving to welcome the tiny hands of the Newborn Christ Child within my heart, mind, and soul. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, Blessed Nativity, and Peaceful New Year,

Happy Feast of the Holy Family,

Ad Jesum per Mariam,

M.A. JMJ

Hail Mary!

 Most Holy Theotokos, Pray for Us! © SalveMaterDei.com, 2013.

Most Holy Theotokos, Pray for Us! © SalveMaterDei.com, 2013.

Catholic tradition has long reserved Saturday as a day to especially honor the Most Holy Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. While God alone is due our worship, we venerate Our Lady as His chosen instrument of Grace, recalling that it was through her fiat, her “yes”, that His plan of salvation became truly Incarnate in time as well as eternity.

While we recognize that Blessed Mother was called into existence from nothing, like any other creature, and that truly each of the privileges with which she has been endowed is itself a manifestation of the merciful providence of God, we also appreciate that God Himself chose to elevate the Blessed Virgin by a singular grace and privilege to a dignity that no other human has ever conceived. Literally, it was her DNA, her flesh, her blood which robed the Incarnate Word. Her virginal womb conceived and bore the very Son of God, the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. Thus, in honoring the Blessed Virgin, the Most Holy Theotokos – the Mother of God, we imitate the Heavenly Messenger, St. Gabriel, chosen by God to declare that Mary alone is “blessed among women.”

Hail Mary, Full of Grace SalveMaterDei.com, 2013.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace SalveMaterDei.com, 2013.

As I endeavor to return to this not-quite-forgotten blog site, I can think of no better prayer to post than the Hail Mary:

Hail Mary, full of Grace the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst 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.

Blessings,

Ad Jesum Per Mariam,

M.A. J.M.J.