Just a couple days ago was the memorial of Our Lady of Tears. The second message of Our Lady of Akita to a Sister Agnes pertains greatly to our Mystical Rose for this Month of the Holy Church. That message came on August 3, 1973, a First Friday, when the heavenly voice from the statue warned: “Many men in this world afflict the Lord. In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind.” Our Lady of Akita interceded, “I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father’s anger.” How greatly that connects with Mystical Rose’s 3 Roses, which originally were swords, too! Also in this Year of Consecrated Life, what Our Lady of Akita continued saying greatly applies: “know that you must be fastened to the Cross with three nails. These three nails are poverty, chastity and obedience. Of the three, obedience is the foundation.” When Sr. Agnes was professed, she pronounced these three vows. Although the wound on the hand of Sr. Agnes disappeared on July 27, the wound on the hand of the statue remained until its disappearance on September 29. At that time the statue emitted a bright light. The wound had remained for three months.
As the wise will shine like stars in the sky (of the New Heaven), the holy ones of Holy Mother Church were created to everlastingly be like stars. How? Far more than just with a glorified body, our personhoods will be face to Face with the Divine Persons of our Triune God. As the joys of Heaven will be unimaginably the greatest joys to ever have and forever, the Face of God is in the unimaginably ‘lumen gloriae’ (light of glory) to be beheld forever. We can’t even imagine the wonder of that Light: as St. Augustine wrote. For Being Triune, the Face of GOD could be something 3-fold, or even flashing with JESUS’s glorified Human Face or more. As our Creator of all faces, ABBA Father and Godman and the Holy Spirit may even flash with every face They Co-created and will have perfected. How? Likely wrinkle-free, if even showing some of the wisest saints of old-age having faces that flash from the glorified new face to the changing one they had on earth: in recall of their sanctity. For example, Blessed Mother Theresa’s face may be shown gloriously with alterations: back to her wonderfully photoed smiles over her long life. Saint John Paul II’s, too: the famously most photographed pope in history (also per the longest papal span of years in camera eras). Such is of my 5th Unitive Mystery -- the final one for a Definitive Weekly Cycle of the Rosary (archived at the Vatican) – called the Beatific Vision. It can be recommended for contemplation throughout the 34 other Rosary Mysteries of that Cycle (7 days times 5 Mystery sets) to remind us of how we want to always live in the NOW for the Beatific Vision forever. While the Glorious Mysteries are oft also recited on weekends by Mother Church, the Unitive are set for Sundays, keeping the Glorious on Saturdays (especially for the greatest annual Mass: the Easter Vigil). Holy mystics taught that the Unitive Way is the most perfect of the 3 that St. John of the Cross set up: Purgative>Illuminative>Unitive. Of hymns that go with this super-reality of being starry forever, one is in the breviary called ‘Mary Immaculate, Star of the Morning’ – as she is known as Stella Matutina -- also Stella Maris (Star of the Sea), etc. Besides appearing as Rosa Mystica, as Our Lady of Guadalupe with Her miraculous roses She is the Woman Clothed with the Sun (last Bible book) with a starry mantle. Why? She also wants us to wear especially the brown scapular from Her Mantle as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel bestowed to St. Simon Stock. It’s the most covenantal sacramental since it guarantees that one’s soul will never suffer the flames of hell… provided it is properly (in grace) worn when one is dying. In England it’s called the ‘Garment of Grace.’ It’s a sign that anyone with it on when dying is in a state of grace, for She never breaks Her Great Promise of it: it can be removed by Her or by God if someone is deliberately and unrepentently in mortal sin when dying (there, we must avoid the ‘sin of presumption’ as the Psalmist wrote). Am now composing a booklet on the brown scapular from my European and American journals – please keep its future publication in your prayer.
It has a chart of 58 official ‘Holy Tonys’ (Anthonys) of Mother Church with prayers of far more than finding lost objects (also included): converting or reverting ‘lost’ sheep, too. Popular songs that go with the call to be starry forever include one of St. John Paul II seen in it on youtube: ‘To Dream the Impossible Dream.’ Lyrics include “this is my quest: to follow that star” and “to reach the unreachable star.” One less popular on youtube is excellent, in tying it to saints: ‘We All Shine like Stars’ with lyrics of “because that’s what we are” and “we all wish upon a star….”
Have a HEAVENLY (‘on earth as it is in Heaven’), HOLY, Hearty, Happy Month of The Holy Church, Fr. Ed, SOLT, yet MRMS too in spirit.
May Our Lady ever-flowering & overflowing with graces & blessings unfold in us The 3-Fold indwelling Divinity (of Her 3 'Roses') to ever spring, sing, & ring alive.
Amatissima semper esto Maria Rosa Mystica!
Most Beloved ever be Maria Rosa Mystica!