Thought of the Day May 17, 2017

By 9:07 AM

(Mary is free of threefold woes.) "There is the woe of guilt, misery, and hell. There is the woe of actual sin, of original misery, and the woe of the punishment or pain of hell....First, the woe of guilt is threefold, i. e., the woe of the guilt of the
heart, of the guilt of the lips, and of the guilt of deeds.... Mary was not only free from the threefold woe of actual guilt, but also from the threefold woe of original misery, i.e., from the misery of them that are born, from the misery of them that bring forth, and from the misery of them that die....The woe of the misery of being born is the woe of the weakness of concupiscence; the woe of them that bring forth is the woe of the pains of travail; the woe of the dying is the misery of being reduced to dust and ashes." (St. Bonaventure) Why was Mary so blessed? Because the Mother of God needed to be so free of the human woes that come from sin so as to be the perfect vessel for the Son of God to be brought forth from. In honoring Mary we are honoring God's divine plan for our salvation. We honor God's plan for our salvation by seeking to live a life worthy of the grace given to us through Mary's conception of our Savior.

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