MORNING STAR AND AURORA
The human race has existed here on earth about 6,000 years, but it is not quite 2,000 years that heaven is open to man. What had closed it upon us? Sin. And what has re-opened the heavenly paradise to us? The Precious Blood of our dying Savior on the Cross. The fallen angels did not receive the promise of a Redeemer and cannot avail themselves of the merits of the Precious Blood. They are lost forever. We all deserved the same fate, but we poor mortals were bought with a great price; Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things as gold or silver, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undented, foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but manifested in the last times for you. When God said to the serpent in the Garden of Eden. I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed, may we not conclude that He referred to the redeeming Blood of Jesus assumed from the Immaculate Virgin Mary? And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb. Is not then the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary the morning star, and the Precious Blood of her Divine Son the aurora, of a new spiritual day? These are the two sweet recollections we love to entertain of paradise lost, the memories of which shed a tender luster over this accursed earth: the Virgin promised four thousand years before her birth, and the Lamb slain from the beginning of the world; one is the hope of the elect, and the other the salvation of the just. Fallen man must be restored to the image of God, and for this purpose the Son of God emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. But in the eternal wisdom of God it is decreed, that without the effusion of blood there was to be no remission of sin, no restoration of man to the sonship of God. Blood had been flowing over four thousand years at the express command of God as an acceptable homage to the Deity as well as an act of thanks giving and expiation, but only as a type of the Blood of the Lamb of God; for nothing will appease the Divinity but a Divine Victim. The Son of God then seeks a mother here on earth. He asks for blood from the veins of a daughter of Adam that he might belong to the human race. Therefore because the children are par takers of flesh and blood, he also himself in like manner hath been partaker of the same. The great Archangel Gabriel is sent as heavenly envoy to convey the message of this astounding mystery, and to whom? To a maiden who in the eyes of the world is simply the bride of a poor laboring man. Who is as the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high and looketh down on the low things in heaven and in earth? But she was a virgin without spot, whom He has enriched with every grace, and whose soul is a reflection of the Divine Purity. The Holy Ghost infused more divine love and sanctity in Mary s heart than in the whole world of angels and men. The Blessed Virgin Mary is elevated to the dignity of Mother of God, not on account of personal merits of her own, but solely through the merits of the Precious Blood as the fountain of the plenitude of graces in Mary, in whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace But the highest glory of the Precious Blood, as well as the greatest of the riches of His grace, is the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary together with her consummate sanctity and exalted dignity. Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to Thy word. And the Word was made flesh. Bright as the blood of Adam, when the breath of God sent it sparkling through his veins, pure as the flesh of Eve, while standing yet in the mold of the Almighty’s hands, as they drew it from the side of the slumbering man, were the blood and the flesh, which the Spirit of God formed into the glorious humanity, that Mary gave to Jesus.
The Precious Blood of Jesus flowing through His veins while an infant in His Holy Mothers womb was derived from Mary. He lived with her life. She furnished from her immaculate body the Precious Blood that Jesus shed for us. How close must have been the union of Jesus and Mary! Can we wonder at her surpassing holiness, when she not only carried her God within her womb, but furnished the very Body with which His Humanity clothed itself. We also find in this thought a fresh proof of Mary s unblemished purity. It is repugnant to our reverence for the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity to imagine Him dwelling in a womb that had ever been defiled with sin, and much more to suppose that the Precious Blood that flowed in His veins and was the price of our redemption did not come from a source as pure as God could make it. We must also remember that Jesus Blood was wholly Mary’s. It was not as in the case of other children who have an earthly father. The Body of Jesus was formed in Mary’s womb by the operation of the Holy Ghost, and naturally Jesus was altogether hers. In heaven, the Body that Jesus wears is still the Body derived from Mary, and this union is now closer than ever. It is an article of faith that the Blessed Virgin Mary gave to the Son of God that most pure and Precious Blood which the Holy Ghost drew from her virginal veins as from the original source of man s redemption. This body of the Mother of God, in the order of nature, was purer than the rays of the sun, and in the order of grace, purer than the blessed Spirits. I am, Mary can say of herself, the mystic vine which produced the sweet and lovely grape from which that mysterious wine of salvation was pressed, the Blood of the new and eternal Testament. As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor; and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches). Eve offered us the fruit of death. But Thou O most holy Mother, didst give us the fruit of eternal life. How can I thank Thee enough for so sublime a gift? O my celestial Queen, how could I ever forget Thee? How could I but love Thee? Forever and ever thou shalt be to me the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope/ The Precious Blood of Thy Son shall ever remind me that it was taken from thy blood; just as my devotion to Thee shall ever increase my devotion to the price of my redemption. What is dignity? We increase in dignity and lay claim to greater honor from others in proportion as we approach the Deity. Now there can be no closer proximity between two living beings than there exists between the person giving and the person receiving that life. By her maternity as Mother of Christ, Mary obtained the nearest proximity to God imaginable. Hence her divine maternity procures for her a dignity beyond all comparison. In her relation to us, her maternity partakes also of the nature of a sacrament, in as much as she gave birth to the Author of the sacraments. These are called channels of grace, and in a similar sense Mary is to us a canal of all graces. But why should it be wrong in the eyes of our dissenting brethren, to obtain graces and favors through Mary if it is not wrong to receive through Mary the author of all grace? It is true, Jesus Christ is the only Mediator of merit, but there is yet a mediation of intercession and thus we call Mary our mediatrix as the dispensatrix of all graces. Let us go to our Redeemer with childlike confidence, let us also bear in mind that we are approaching not simply God, but the God-Man, Who loves His Mother and whom He has been pleased to make the Mother of divine grace.
Aurora – Latin for sunrise