Evening Meditations for the Fourth Thursday after Epiphany ~ Alphonsus Liguori

St. Bonaventure says that the Blessed Virgin would have accepted the pains and death of her Son far more willingly for herself; but to obey God she made the great offering of the Divine life of her Beloved Jesus, conquering, but with an excess of grief, the tender love which she bore Him. Hence it is that in this offering Mary had to do herself more violence and showed herself more generous than if she had offered herself to suffer all that her Son was to endure.

Today’s ✠Challoner Meditation: February 2nd On Candlemas Day

Meditations for every day of the year by Bishop ✠Richard Challoner

Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Candlemas

Today’s feast commemorates not only the obedience of the Blessed Virgin to the Mosaic Law in going to Jerusalem forty days after the birth of her Child and making the accustomed offerings, but also the Presentation of our Lord in the Temple, and the meeting of the Infant Jesus with the old man Simeon…

Candlemas ~ Dom Prosper Guéranger

During this holy season, when the very Son of God is giving so great a proof of his love for man, whose nature he has assumed – the Church is continually exhorting the Faithful, in the words of the Apostle, to practise charity towards each other. The Emmanuel comes to us as our Lawgiver: now, he has resumed his whole Law in the precept of Love; he is come, in order to unite what sin had divided. Let us comply with his divine intentions, and accomplish, with earnestness, the Law he has imposed upon us… 

Spiritual Reading for the Fourth Thursday after Epiphany ~ St Alphonsus Liguori

In the Old Law there were two precepts concerning the birth of first-born son. One was, that the mother should remain as unclean, retired in her house for forty days; after which she was to go to purify herself in the Temple. The other was, that the parents of the firstborn son should take him to the Temple, and there offer him to God. On this day the most Blessed Virgin obeyed both these precepts.

Candlemas & The Purification of the Church | Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre – YouTube

Morning Meditation for the Fourth Thursday after Epiphany ~ St Alphonsus Liguori

Mary already knew all the torments that her Son was to endure, but in the words addressed to her by Simeon, And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, all the minute circumstances of the sufferings, internal and external, that were to torment Jesus in His Passion, were made known to her. Mary consented, saying: Eternal Father, since Thou willest that it should be so, not my will, but Thine be done!

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