Wednesday, October 9, 2013

50 Days of Prayer - Day 47

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Day Forty-Seven

The Crowning of Mary

What does the Crowning of Mary mean?  What does it mean for us?  If her Assumption showed us the way to the Way, then what does her crowning mean?  

It means heaven - or hell - is our ultimate destiny - hoakey though that may sound.  It means we must all become saints or die forever in torment.

What does it mean to become a saint?

In Auschwitz, they lined up the prisoners.  In retaliation for a recent escape, the guards picked ten men ...

to be starved to death in an underground bunker in order to deter further escape attempts. When one of the selected men, Franciszek Gajowniczek, cried out, "My wife! My children!", [Maximillian] Kolbe volunteered to take his place.
In his prison cell, Kolbe celebrated Mass each day and sang hymns with the prisoners. He led the other condemned men in song and prayer and encouraged them by telling them they would soon be with Mary in Heaven. Each time the guards checked on him, he was standing or kneeling in the middle of the cell and looking calmly at those who entered. After two weeks of dehydration and starvation, only Kolbe remained alive. The guards wanted the bunker emptied and they gave Kolbe a lethal injection of carbolic acid. Some who were present at the injection say that he raised his left arm and calmly waited for the injection. His remains were cremated on 15 August, the feast day of the Assumption of Mary.

The Coronation of Mary is celebrated on the Octave of the Assumption, the eighth day following.

This is sanctity.  This is holiness.  This is the Kingdom of heaven.

And it triumphs even in Auschwitz, even over a hell on earth, and the many private hells our sins have made.

Let us pray ...

To you, Immaculate Heart of Mary, we consecrate ourselves – our hearts, minds, wills and lives and all those works we undertake so they may be for the glory of God, for the sake of the Gospel and the salvation of souls. Holy Mother, our Queen and our Joy, give to our hearts the dimensions of yours and form us in the image of your beloved Son.

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