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Saturday, May 23, 2015

The path of love

The way of love is a path of service and silence.
Remember that human consciousness can make
a great deal of noise to attract your
attention and divert you from contemplating 
the divine.
Be not afraid of silence;
of looking within yourself.

Be silent now, close your eyes,
and let your consciousness rest
within the precious and secret garden
of your heart.

I AM here
and the pink rose of love
is safely growing in your heart.

Nurture this rose carefully and constantly,
until its aura of beauty and love
completely enfolding you at all times.

Treat yourself with compassion
and tenderness
and eventually the perfume
will permeate all your thoughts and actions.

Ave Maria

Friday, May 22, 2015

Final week of Thirty Days with Mary

In Mary, man (and woman) is married to God.
The male and the female unite in one person
in an interior marriage and the new human is born.
This is the mystery which has to be accomplished in us.
Every man and woman has to undergo this virgin birth,
to be married to God.
                                                      Father Bede Griffiths

This final week of the Thirty Days of Mary
I firstly invite you to enter the stillness;
daily, over and over again.
It is our challenge, our birth right,
our Soul's deepest yearning,
to come face to face with God within :
to see the face of God.

Beyond our physical and psychic being,
we have to discover our spiritual being,
our eternal ground,
and there the mystery of love is fulfilled.
Some may come to this interior marriage
by way of exterior marriage, others
are called by the way of virginity,
but all alike have to experience the virgin birth,
the marriage with God, 
before they can reach maturity.
                        Father Bede Griffiths

Then, secondly I invite you to invite her beauty into
your life.

She is always with us, within us, within everything.
There is nowhere that she is not.
There is no separation between her and yourself.
There is no separation : only rivers
seemingly crossing and intertwining, only
to become One in the stillness.

Beauty is a powerful path to realising Oneness.
Oneness already Is.  No need to look for it
or to hunt it or to try and capture it in a jar
like some fairy dust.
You merely have to become aware of Oneness.
And beauty is one of her many Gates into Oneness.

What is essential is to keep the heart always
open to beauty, for she is beauty - Father Bede Griffiths

Our age is so harsh and brutal;  it is therefor
of great sacred wholiness to create her beauty
everywhere :  a healing space for the torn mind and
heart.  Seeing her beauty awakens the lover of life
within us and her great creativity comes to play
and the poet and artist is born.

So for this final week, set out to create a sacred
environment for yourself, at home and at work.  
It does not have to be complicated - it can be
very simple.  Create a small (or not so small)
altar to the Mother;  find time to walk in nature;
knit a prayer shawl; put a fresh rose next to your bed.
Offer her your first thoughts of the day
and the last thoughts before falling asleep.
Offer her your meal, remembering
'I eat and I am eaten'
Light a stick of incense,
burn rose oil and allow the perfume
to permeate your mind.

Meditate on what brings you into her presence
and make time to regularly undertake those practises.

Make your home a sacred temple to her.
A place where love is shared and given
through the daily tasks of living
and soon the ordinary will become the sacred
and you will see her presence in everyone
and everything

blessings to you

Ave Maria

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Day of Holiness Celebration

Hail! Queen of Heaven,
Hail! Lady of the Angels
Salutation to Thee, root and portal
Whence the Light of the world has arisen

Hail Mary
Ave Maria

These photographs contain the Grace of the Blessed Mother
received during today's ceremony of holiness.
You can use these photographs to gaze upon
or to meditate with.

The holy is within.
Within is everywhere
Within is all

Hail Mary
Ave Maria

In the Mysteries of the Mother
all the opposites are joined

Hail Mary
Ave Maria

She is the woman clothed with sun standing'in the horn
of the moon and crowned with stars.
She is pregnant with you.
She grows you from herself.
She is the dance of being,
in whom the boundaries spiral,
whirl and dissolve until the one you see is
who you need reflected in your soul.

Hail Mary
Ave Maria

She is the queen in your heart.
She is all the names.
She is the nameless one,
the Mother of mysteries.
Mary Mystical Rose

Friday, May 15, 2015

The third week of thirty days with Mary

This third week of thirty days with Mary
we focus on the fire of divine love as embodied by Mary
as Our Lady of Carmel

Short History :

The Order of Carmel traces its routes to the prophet Elijah 
who dwelt on Mount Carmel, and is often regarded as the 
founder and first patriarch of the Order of Carmel dating
 back to 850 B.C. (8). On Mount Carmel there is a grotto
 known as the “Grotto of the Prophet” which is believed
 to have served as an oratory for Elijah, and attached to
 this grotto is a chapel erected to Our Lady of 
Mount Carmel which dates back to 83 A.D. (9). 
Elijah heard the voice of the Lord telling him to go 
and drink of the stream (1 Kings 17:2-5). 
He obeyed the voice of the Lord, and was chosen by 
God as a leader to bring Israelites back to Him (10).
 According to tradition, Elijah beheld a manifestation 
of a “type” of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
 “the little cloud like a man’s hand” arising out of the sea
 (1 Kings 18:44) (11), 
and some have traced the
 title of Mary “Star of the Sea” 
to this vision of Elijah.

Hermits lived on Mount Carmel near the Fountain of Elijah 
(northern Israel) in the 12th century. 
They had a chapel dedicated to Our Lady. 
By the 13th century they became known as 
“Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.” 
They soon celebrated a special Mass and Office in honor of Mary.
 In 1726 it became a celebration of the universal Church 
under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
 For centuries the Carmelites have seen 
themselves as specially related to Mary. 
Their great saints and theologians have promoted devotion to her 
and often championed the mystery of her Immaculate Conception.

St. Teresa of Avila (October 15) called 
Carmel “the Order of the Virgin.”

 St. John of the Cross (December 14) credited Mary 
with saving him from drowning as a child,
 leading him to Carmel and helping him escape from prison.
St. Theresa of the Child Jesus (October 1) believed that Mary cured her from illness. 
On her First Communion, she dedicated her life to Mary. During the last days of her life she frequently spoke of Mary.

There is a tradition (which may not be historical) 
that Mary appeared to St. Simon Stock, a leader of the Carmelites, 
and gave him a scapular, telling him to promote devotion to it. 
The scapular is a modified version of Mary’s own garment. 
It symbolizes her special protection and calls 
the wearers to consecrate themselves to her in a special way.

Initiation of Fire :

The mandala of wholeness of the human psyche
contains the four elements of fire, air, water and earth.
In her story Mary is initiated into all four elements
on a psychic, spiritual and divine level.
The Immaculate Conception is the initiation of fire.
In the Catholic tradition both Mary and Jesus
was immaculately conceived.

For these seven days we contemplate the fire
of the Divine Mother and what it means to us
personally.  We contemplate the destructive power
of fire.  We contemplate the transformative power of fire.
We contemplate on the necessity of fire in this world
and in our interior world.

The deepest meaning of the Immaculate Conception 
in the spiritual journey of the Soul is
the absolute willingness of the Soul to surrender to
the invisible Bridegroom and to conceive the divine flame of love
and to give birth to the actions of the Christed One in the world.

In the same way that Mary had to endure the disbelief
of the collective mind of the world, you would have to
endure the disbelief of your own unconscious and
subconscious mind and its belief systems.
In order to receive the fire of the Mother (also known
as the Kundalini or the flame of divine love)
you will have to go beyond all reasonable doubt
and all ideas of the mind.
In these seven days you may contemplate on
where you have become resistant, defensive
or afraid of the initiation of the Immaculate Conception
in your own soul and where you have 
joined the inner chorus of disbelievers.
Does your ego play its part as Joseph, the supportive
caretaker and companion of the blessed Mary?

Oh, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, 
fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven. 
Blessed Mother of the Son of God; 
Immaculate Virgin, 
Oh, Star of the Sea, 
Oh, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, 

There are none that can withstand your power. 
Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your hands (3 times) 


Thursday, May 14, 2015

Litany of Loreto


Glorious Mantra

    Mary Mother of Earth, The Empress
     Major Arcana III, Mary Mysteries Tarot

        A glorious mantra which you can use daily for the thirty days with Mary

                 Ave Maria
              Sanctum Gloria

               Hail Mary
               Glorious Sanctuary



Thursday, May 7, 2015

Icon of Our Lady of Loretto by Fr. McNichols

The Second seven days of Thirty Days with Mary
is dedicated to Our Lady of Loreto
Her feast day is 9 May

Here are some of the titles of Mary in the Litany of Loreto

Holy Mary, 
pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of virgins, 
Mother of Christ, 
Mother of the Church, 
Mother of divine grace, 
Mother most pure, 
Mother most chaste, 
Mother inviolate, 
Mother undefiled, 
Mother most amiable, 
Mother admirable, 
Mother of good counsel, 
Mother of our Creator, 
Mother of our Saviour, 
Mother of mercy, 
Virgin most prudent, 
Virgin most venerable, 
Virgin most renowned, 
Virgin most powerful, 
Virgin most merciful, 
Virgin most faithful, 
Mirror of justice, 
Seat of wisdom, 
Cause of our joy, 
Spiritual vessel, 
Vessel of honour, 
Singular vessel of devotion, 
Mystical rose, 
Tower of David, 
Tower if ivory, 
House of gold, 
Ark of the covenant, 
Gate of heaven, 
Morning star, 
Health of the sick, 
Refuge of sinners, 
Comfort of the afflicted, 
Help of Christians, 
Queen of Angels, 
Queen of Patriarchs, 
Queen of Prophets, 
Queen of Apostles, 
Queen of Martyrs, 
Queen of Confessors, 
Queen of Virgins, 
Queen of all Saints, 
Queen conceived without original sin, 
Queen assumed into heaven, 
Queen of the most holy Rosary, 
Queen of families, 
Queen of peace.

As we recite the entire Litany or parts thereof we contemplate
the meaning of her many names and what they mean to us.


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Day Five of Thirty Days with Mary

The Black Madonna by www.iconfusion.com

We contemplate the darkness as we wait for the
Gate to the New Dawn

Black is the colour of night and the shade of soil.
It cloaks midnight and blankets the depths of caves
and grottos.  In previous cultures, the most
popular totem for a chief male divinity was the sun and,
by extension, light;  goddesses have been
associated with the moon and, by extension, night.
                                -Leonard Shlain (The Alphabet vs the Goddess)

Many medieval churches, extending in a wide arc from
Russia across Europe to Spain, had as their most sacred
object a statue of Black Mary.

Like the black, abiding earth, her simple being is so vastly 
present that we have not noticed it.
           - Caitlin Mathews

In a quest for a mother who will accept us when we can't quite
make peace with our errors, or with ourselves, it is easier
to turn to a simple mother acquainted with the darkness of life
than to the lovely Virgin, perfectly obedient and always
In the heart of our dark mother, love for us endures without
judgement or pretense.  She helps us deal with the undeniable
fact that we live in a world we can neither control nor
comprehend, a world with which we often cannot cope -
in which we can at times only endure.

She is the silent companion who stands at our elbows
as we toil ..... daily grappling with humanity's
problems ...... striving to reflect the light of the
spirit in our world.
                    - Caitlin Mathews

In the Gnostic book of the Apocryphon of John it is written
that we are never alone as the  power of the mother, the shakty
in Hindu terms, the Epinoia in Gnostic terms, kundalini
in tantric terms and Mary in my own personal experience,
 is here with us and within us.

the blessed One, the Mother-Father, the beneficientand merciful One, had mercy on the power of the mother .........
And he sent, through his beneficient Spirit and his
great mercy, a helper to Adam, luminous Epinoia which
comes out of him, who is called Life.
And she assists the whole creature,
by toiling with him and by restoring him to
his fullness ........ and be teaching him about
the way of ascent.

And thus we ponder the dark Madonna within ourselves -
the unknown who springs into action during
an emergency, or who rises to the occasion as need be
without thought or hesitation.
We also have the queen within who wants everything perfect
and who, when not treated just so, can take offence
Disciple, 'know thyself'
We are she.

These polarised appearances - as Hag or Queen of Heaven -are the two sides of the coin, one archetypal power.
Just as coal and diamond are both carbon - that
basic substance of life - so dies the Goddess of Wisdom
manifest her power through seemingly opposing appearances.
The Goddess of Wisdom is seeded in us all.
  -  Caitlin Mathews

However, the Great Mother of Wisdom, in all her
many aspects, are the One, only perceived
in polarity and duality.  By the darkness of night
we perceive her as the moon and in the
brightness of the day, as the sun.
But there is only One Light
and we come to know this through detachment.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Day One of Thirty Days with Mary


Oh Mary Gate of the New Dawn
come to me
Oh Mother of both night and day
come to me
The blackness burns until only white bones remain
glimmering in the Light of new possibilities
I follow your black cloak down the well of the night
You receive me once more
as we await the New Dawn
Ave Maria

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
 Blessed art thou among women 
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
 Pray for us bodhisattvas of love 
Now and ever as we shine 
With virtue, health and life. (3x).

I AM teaching sentient beings. (4x)
 I AM a being of golden fire.
 I AM the wisdom God desires. (2x)
 I AM a being of violet fire.

 I AM the freedom God desires. (2x)


To be followed by Rosary

Repeat at Vespers

Rosary at Compline