THE MYSTICAL ROSE
From the moment of our Baptism, “In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost,” until the “Holy! Holy! Holy!” anthem of Eternity, the Knowledge and Love of the Trinity are fundamental and all-embracing in our spiritual life. Knowing and loving God is absolutely necessary for our happiness, for He is the Infinite Truth and Goodness for which we are created and, without which, our intellects and wills can never be at rest.
In our search for happiness, Mary is Our MOTHER and MODEL, our guide and our inspiration. The Trinity loves Mary with the singular Love of It’s one Will but each of the Three Persons possesses that Will according to His own personality and loves Mary according to her very intimate relationship with Him. Mary loves Each of the Three with a distinct and wholehearted love!
The Trinity and Mary wish us to understand and share in their loving union. Indeed, since one reveals the secrets of his intimate life only to those whom he loves, God’s revelation to us of the Trinitarian Life in Itself and of Its Love for Mary begs our decisive and loving response.
This is the Age of the lay apostle and of increasing devotion to Mary. If our knowledge of Mary’s place in the plan of the Trinity does not keep pace with our external Marian devotions and apostolic activities, we will be like a tree which is growing rapidly above ground while its first small roots form no anchor within the earth. Our devotion will be poorly nourished, will lack depth and, with the first strong wind, it will be easily uprooted!
The whole of life is summed up in love. To love God is the highest wisdom: it is the fulfillment of the LAW. Hence, all our striving must be concentrated upon loving God. The Rose is the Symbol of Charity and Charity is the Synthesis of all Virtues. MARY IS THE ROSE OF CHARITY! She has filled the world with the perfume of her life. Souls are drawn to Mary by the odor of her sweetness. Her sublime spiritual beauty acts upon us. The study of Mary’s charity, step by step, will deepen our roots and open to us the Heart of God.
They that explain Me, shall have Life Everlasting.”
Mary promises in these words which the Church places on her lips, life and salvation, grace and glory to all who shall find her. The sacred crimson fire that radiates the golden glow of God’s Love which burns in the heart of Mary is the three-fold gift of the Wise Men: the gold, frankincense and myrrh. Together with Mary, we offer these gifts to Our King. From the beginning, when the Father foreknew Mary as the Mother of His Son, He has with a wonderful fullness His life with her. Mary is closest to Christ and next to Him in importance. God’s eternal Knowledge of the Incarnate One includes first of all, knowledge of the Mother from whom He receives incarnation.
Our first step, then, is to know Mary. And, to do this, it is vital to reverently enter into the sanctuary of her mind and the “Holy of Holies” of her heart: We must gaze upon, admire and imitate her shining faith and her burning charity. According to St. Bernadine of Siena, there are seven flames that burst forth from the furnace of Mary’s Pure Heart ~ seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost, seven clusters in the petals of the Mystic Rose are arranged, seven words of Mary, which form the perfect framework of our spiritual life.
God permitted the Fall of Adam that Christ’s Passion and Mary’s compassion might exercise and reveal their surpassing love. In her office of divine motherhood, Mary is the CO-REDEMPTRIX, CO¬-PARTNER of the Holy Ghost the Sanctifier and Spiritual Mother of all men. Christ on the Cross proclaimed Mary’s motherhood of all men just as the Angel announced her motherhood of God. What great power God has conferred upon Mary that She might be the Dispenser of ALL the Treasures of His Redemptive Sacrifice! God Himself is the Gift bestowed upon the soul of Mary in its sanctification. The priceless Treasure is Sanctifying Grace! We must treasure this Gift above life itself: Bar and banish sin, Mortal and Venial, from your Soul! The greatest evil upon earth is not death, not sickness, not war, but sin! Sin alone has the power to drive God from our souls!
The sacrifice of His only Son to a cruel death on Calvary is the greatest manifestation we have of the Father’s wonderful Love for us. Mary offers the same Son, her only Son, to the same death at the same time for the same purpose as the Father does. In a true sense, they both offer for us all that they have. The Son possesses the Divine Nature of the Father and the human nature of Mary and the full love of both. Love of the Son is the Father’s very existence ~ His Divine Life! And, from the moment of His conception at the Annunciation, Christ was the center of Mary’s thoughts, heart and life. Mary alone, of all creatures, can gaze upon Christ crucified on Calvary or transfigured on Tabor or triumphant in Heaven, and say literally with the Father: “This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!”
This, then, is the three-fold martyrdom of Mary’s Immaculate Heart: Her love for God was a compassionate, languishing and crucified love. She witnessed sin and saw God outraged, dishonored and crucified; and today she sees countless of her spiritual children deprived of God’s friendship, and dying in mortal sin. Christ was not taken from Mary; she offered Him up and cheerfully because it was God’s Adorable Will. All of the agony of His Passion depended upon her consent. When she gave that consent, she nailed her own heart to the Cross that we might live. This was Mary’s greatest sacrifice, the supreme test to which her love was subjected. Mary possessed the ‘Fullness of Grace’, which gave her sacrifice the greatest supernatural value. She is truly and rightly called Co-Redemptrix, truly worthy of her title “Mediatrix of All Graces” and truly the Spiritual Mother of all who are saved through the Blood of her Divine Son!
Mary’s union with Christ staggers our imagination. Christ is the greatest Man; Mary the greatest Woman ever to live on this earth. Christ is the perfect Son; Mary the perfect Mother. They are the only MOTHER-SON who chose each other. They are the only two of our race who never sinned, the only two who loved God with perfection every moment of their Lives. The two greatest days of Heaven’s history are surely the homecoming days of its King and Queen: Christ’s Ascension and Mary’s Assumption. They now reign over Heaven and earth mutually united for all eternity. We are CHRISTIANS or “NEW CHRISTS” born of the Spirit and of Mary Immaculate. Disunity is negative and born of man and Satan. Unity is of God Who is one by nature. God is the Creator and goal of every soul. Oneness with Him through Mary is the purpose of our creation. Our growth in Sanctifying Grace is our one duty in life, just as it was for Mary. We can prepare for Heaven even now by doing all with Mary in loving union through the Most Blessed Trinity.
The Rose in full bloom, WHEN CRUSHED, gives forth its sweetest perfume. It is charity that makes the sacrifice of our life in immolation of self-acceptable. We may be called upon to give our life in the martyrdom of our bodies ~ or the protracted martyrdom of our hearts. Oh, to see God face to face in the Beatific Vision, to contemplate His Infinite Beauty, and all the wonders contained in the Triune Godhead, the glory of Mary, and to behold the Heavenly Jerusalem, our Home of Eternal Bliss:
What Glory! What Joy! What Happiness!
Hail, Holy Queen! Mother of Mercy,
It is Mary’s love that gave us Christ, thus procuring for us the out-pouring of Divine Grace; she is our Spiritual Mother and she is the channel through which both life and love flow into our hearts. Through Mary, we are united to Christ. Dwelling within the Heart of Mary, we are ONE with the Most Holy Trinity.
The end of history is the Reign of Jesus Christ in His Kingdom of Holiness and Grace: Love, Justice and Peace. It is Mary’s vocation and task as Queen Mother to bring her Son, the Christ, to His rightful throne. She will do this but we must help her. It is the Will of God. Through our charity, our zeal, our sacrifice and our suffering, we can greatly hasten the hour of her Triumph: the Reign of Jesus Christ Our King; that the whole world and everyone in it, consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, will be loving the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the only love befitting Him; for, it will be the Love of the Triune God in the Immaculate Heart of Mary breathing Love for Love.
Taken from ROSA MYSTICA by Lawrence Diether Carm. -1936
THE GREATEST PRIVILEGE IS REAL AND IT IS OURS!
“HEAVEN and HELL are locked in mortal combat and the earth shakes from the shock of the encounter; but no one feels it, no one sees it, no one hears it… no one cares! The salvation of my soul is the most imperative and most urgent objective of my life on earth. It is the greatest and grandest occupation in which I can engage.”
The Scapular was given to St. Simon Stock, Prior of the Carmelite Order in England, in the year 1251. On 16th July, Our Lady held out the Brown Scapular to St. Simon Stock and promised, “Whoever dies piously wearing this Scapular will not suffer eternal flames”. Through a Papal Bull on 3rd March 1322, the Sabbatine Privilege was given to the Church and this great privilege has been confirmed by nine subsequent Popes. The Brown Scapular is a Sacramental of the Church; it is a gift from Heaven and a symbol of salvation ~ for a true child of Mary is never lost! Those clothed in her Garment of Grace will be protected and sanctified. It is a safeguard in danger, whether physical or moral… It invites its wearer to: PENANCE and PURITY while shielding him from SATAN and SIN!
The Brown Scapular marks the militia of the Immaculate One. Before God’s holy Angels, it designates those who wear it as servants and slaves of Creation’s Queen, as specially beloved sons and daughters of the Sun-robed Virgin who has crushed the serpent’s head. To serve the Mother of God is the highest privilege and, truly, a pledge of eternal peace. Our Brown Scapular is the garment of Mary Immaculate and, as such, it is a constant call to modesty in dress and conduct; a silent protest against present-¬day permissiveness and a hidden appeal to reparation for the insolent nakedness of proud neo-paganism! The Brown Scapular is much like a miniature hairshirt and a mild reminder of the need for constant mortification.
The Brown Scapular is like swaddling clothes in which Our Heavenly Mother wraps her spiritual infants to PROTECT them from the coldness of sin, to adorn them with the beauty of virtue and to warm them with God’s Love. No matter how advanced we may be in years or learning or social standing, we are all but infants in virtue, helpless as babes in the woods of this bleak world. We stand in dire need of Our Mother’s constant care.
The Brown Scapular is a vital part of the Fatima Message. Sr. Lucia told us that we cannot separate the Rosary and the Scapular; both are essential to our life of grace in bringing about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and subsequent Reign of Christ the King.
Letter of Pope Pius XII:
Our conflict today is not for land or national rights, it is for the souls of men; a conflict between the absolute who is God-Man, and the absolute who is man-god: God who became Man vs. man who has made himself god!
The religion of the man-god is a new religion without a Cross,
The forces of evil are united; the forces of good are divided. We cannot unite at the cost of TRUTH, but what is needed is a unity of prayer. We may not be able to meet in the same pew ~ would to God that we could! But, we can meet on our knees! To a faithless deadlocked world, Our Blessed Mother comes offering us a choice: Death in Life or Life after Death!
Receive this Garment!
We have all been invited to the Wedding Feast of the King. Will we beg to be excused due to lack of interest, the demands of our manifold duties, a new bride? And, if we do appear at the Feast, will we be clothed in the wedding garment? God forbid that through ignorance, pride and disobedience, we will appear before the King naked, only to be cast into the darkness outside where there will be the weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Fr. John Luke of the Holy Ghost, OFM, secured for us the privilege of enrolling our members in the Scapular Confraternity of Mount Carmel. Three Masses are offered for the members on the First Saturday of every month in Greece, in the Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Haifa-Israel and in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem-Israel. Our Lady is reaching out to each one of us to become members of the Scapular Confraternity of Mount Carmel and to obtain the blessings and protection of the Sabbatine Privilege.
Write to us today, giving your Christian name, address and country. Include a small donation to help cover the cost of our Scapular materials, your Confraternity card and monthly Masses for the members. Now, more than ever before, we must redouble our missionary efforts, if not to convert the world, then at least to salvage as many souls from materialism and the aggression of socialism as possible. Every conversion is a matter of Sanctifying Grace and our apostolic activity. The suffering, which awaits us, is almost without limit. Let us fortify ourselves wisely for the trials ahead by putting on …
THE ARMAMENT OF THE IMMACULATE ONE!
We beseech thee, O Immaculate Virgin Mary, in the hour of our death, to crush the head of Satan, the old serpent; so that we may, in the end, win the everlasting palm and crown of our Heavenly inheritance, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
ACT OF CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL
O Mary! Queen and Mother of Carmel, I come today to consecrate myself entirely to Thee. To Thee as the Mother of Grace, I owe all that I am and all that I have, and my whole life is a small return for the many graces and blessings that have come from God to me through thy hands. Since thou regardest with an eye of special kindness those who wear thy Scapular, I implore thee to strengthen my weakness with thy power, to enlighten my mind with thy wisdom, to increase in me Faith, Hope and Charity that I may render, day by day, my debt of humble homage to thee.
May thy Scapular keep thine eyes of mercy turned towards me and bring me thy special protection in the daily struggle to be faithful to thy Divine Son and to thee!
May it separate me from all that is sinful in life and remind me constantly of my duty to behold thee and to clothe me with thy virtues! From henceforth, I shall strive to live in the sweet companionship of thy spirit, to offer all to Jesus through thee and to make my life the mirror of thy humility, charity, patience, meekness and prayerfulness.
O dearest Mother, support me by thy never failing love that I, an unworthy sinner, may come one day to exchange thy Scapular for the wedding garment of Heaven and dwell with thee and the Saints of Carmel in the Kingdom of thy Son. Amen.
(300 days indulgence each time, plenary indulgence once a month for those who wear the Scapular.)
O BEAUTIFUL FLOWER OF MT. CARMEL, PRAY FOR US!