‘Mary the Dawn’

Saints and spiritual masters have consistently pointed to the invaluable assistance of the Mother of God in helping us to know and love Christ. Nowhere is this profound reality best captured than by this beautiful hymn:

Mary the Dawn, Christ the Perfect Day;

Mary the Gate, Christ the Heav’nly Way!

Mary the Root, Christ the Mystic Vine;

Mary the Grape, Christ the Sacred Wine!

Mary the Wheat-sheaf, Christ the Living Bread;

Mary the Rose-Tree, Christ the Rose Blood-red!

Mary the Font, Christ the Cleansing Flood;

Mary the Chalice, Christ the Saving Blood!

Mary the Temple, Christ the Temple’s Lord;

Mary the Shrine, Christ the God adored!

Mary the Beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest;

Mary the Mirror, Christ the Vision Blest!

Mary the Mother, Christ the Mother’s Son.

Both ever blest while endless ages run.

Father Justin Mulcahy, C.P., (1894-1981)

In Romans 13 St. Paul instructs us to “give honour to whom honour is due”. So if we are called to give honour to whom honour is due, the Archangel Gabriel under God’s command gives honour to Mary, then we are honouring God if we reflect that same disposition. A corresponding conclusion is that if we are honouring God by honouring Mary, then we are not in any way robbing God of devotion due to Him; we are in fact giving Him our worship by doing so!

Father Garrigou Lagrange, in his book the ‘Three Ages of the Interior Life’, sums her role up effectively: “When the bases of the interior life are considered, we cannot discuss the action of Christ, the universal Mediator, on His mystical body without also speaking of the influence of Mary… many persons delude themselves maintaining that they reach union with God without having continuous recourse to Our Lord who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Another error would consist in wishing to go to Our Lord without going first to Mary… Protestants have fallen into this last error. Without going as far as this deviation, there are Catholics who do not see clearly enough the necessity of having recourse to Mary that they may attain to intimacy with the Saviour. St. Louis de Montfort  speaks even of ‘doctors who know the Mother of God only in a speculative, dry, sterile, and indifferent manner; who fear that devotion to the Blessed Virgin is abused, and that injury is done to our Lord by honouring too greatly His Holy Mother…’ They seem to believe that Mary is a hindrance to reaching divine union. According to St. Louis de Montfort, we lack humility if we neglect the mediators whom God has given us because of our frailty. Intimacy with Our Lord in prayer will be greatly facilitated by true and profound devotion to Mary.

“[Another] good which Our Lady does for her servants is that she conducts and directs them according to the will of her Divine Son… Mary, who is the Star of the Sea, leads all her faithful servants into a safe harbour. She shows them the paths of eternal life.  She makes them avoid the dangerous places.  She conducts them by her hand along the paths of justice. She steadies them when they are about to fall; she lifts them up when they have fallen. She reproves them like a charitable mother when they fail; and sometimes she even lovingly chastises them. Can a child obedient to Mary, his foster-Mother and his enlightened guide, go astray in the paths of eternity? ‘If you follow her,’ says St. Bernard, ‘you cannot wander from the road.’”

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2 Responses to ‘Mary the Dawn’

  1. Roger says:

    Love this Kathleen as I am sure you appreciate.
    16 May 1265 St Simon Stock died.
    The Rosary and the Scapular are especially part of Fatima.
    “The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable” was a sentiment expressed by Lucia Santos, one of the three children who reported the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Fátima (Portugal) in 1917, and later the Pontevedra apparitions (Spain) in 1925. In these apparitions, the Virgin Mary reportedly called herself The Lady of the Rosary and in one of the final Fátima appearances on October 13, 1917 had a brown scapular in one hand and a rosary in the other. The Lady of the Rosary, reportedly encouraged the praying of the Rosary and the wearing of the brown scapular. One author states that the Fatima messages do not just prophesy dangers, but include a package of solutions in which the Rosary and the scapular are revealed as “mystical weapons of defense”.
    “..Saint Dominic said:
    “One day, Brother Angelus, to your Order of Carmel the Most Blessed Virgin Mary will give a devotion to be known as the Brown Scapular, and to my Order of Preachers she will give a devotion to be known as the Rosary. ONE DAY, THROUGH THE ROSARY AND THE SCAPULAR, SHE WILL SAVE THE WORLD.”
    Before releasing this last secret of Fatima, Pope John Paul II asked Sister Lucia (who
    received this secret from Our Lady of Fatima in 1917) for her interpretation. She replied that
    the visions (of the Angel of Justice, the mountain of corpses, the ruined city, etc.) referred to
    the part of Our Lady’s message, which ended with the words: “SEVERAL NATIONS WILL BE

    She added: “If we have not yet seen the complete fulfillment of the final part of this prophecy,
    we are going towards it little by little with great strides.”

    In 1950 Pope Pius XII wrote these famous words concerning the scapular: “Take this
    scapular which Our Lady has given as a sign of consecration to her Immaculate Heart. Go out
    and convince the world that it must be dedicated to the Blessed Virgin if it will find peace. Go
    out and through this scapular re-dedicate families especially to the Holy Mother of God, who
    has shown her graces so abundantly through this scapular.”

    Again, Pope Pius XII writes: “May the Scapular be a sign to them (all who wear it) of their
    consecration to the Most Pure Heart of the Immaculate Virgin, which in recent times We have
    so strongly recommended.” (Special Letter – Feb. 11, 1950).

    The above explains itself.
    The triumph Of the Immaculate Heart is through the Rosary and the Brown Scapular.
    Lucia comment about the Annihilaltion of Nations is sobering.

    Our Lady Of The Dawn is important because with the Dawn comes the Risen Christ. The Risen Christ that follows the DARK NIGHT.


  2. rightbill says:

    Reblogged this on The Catholic Me… and commented:
    Christ’s Relationship With Mary…


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