Wednesday, August 26, 2009

OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA

Today the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored under the title “Our Lady of Czestochowa,” which is a city in Poland. An ancient image of her with the Child Jesus is preserved there, though it bears the scars of an attack by a Christian who opposed the veneration of holy images. Let us entrust the Holy Father’s prayer intentions for this month to our Blessed Mother as we reflect on words that Pope Benedict spoke when he visited the shrine in Czestochowa in 2006. Just as the Apostles together with Mary “went to the upper room” and there “with one accord devoted themselves to prayer” (Acts 1:12,14), so we too have come together today at Jasna Góra, which for us at this hour is the “upper room” where Mary, the Mother of the Lord, is among us. Today it is she who leads our meditation; she teaches us how to pray. Mary shows us how to open our minds and our hearts to the power of the Holy Spirit, who comes to us so as to be brought to the whole world. … In the Upper Room the Apostles did not know what awaited them. They were afraid and worried about their own future. They continued to marvel at the death and resurrection of Jesus and were in anguish at being left on their own after his ascension into Heaven. Mary, “she who believed in the fulfillment of the Lord’s words” (cf. Lk 1:45), assiduous in prayer alongside the Apostles, taught perseverance in the faith. By her own attitude she convinced them that the Holy Spirit, in his wisdom, knew well the path on which he was leading them, and that consequently they could place their confidence in God, giving themselves to him unreservedly, with their talents, their limitations and their future. http://apostleshipofprayer.org/dailyreflections.html

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