It's our Blessed Mother's Feast Day today -- Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (you knew that already didn't you?) -- one of the many feast days in which we celebrate Our Mother in Heaven. It's a beautiful thing to wake up in the morning and think about Our Lord's mother, our mother, in heaven all day long. And I have.
And to help me along, my mother-in-law sent me this beautiful reading from The Mystical Instructions of Michael of Saint Augustine.
"How can you show Mary adequate love and honour? Each day, after offering yourself and all you have to the most holy Trinity according to Christ's intentions and in union with his merits, make a practice of offering yourself especially and all you have to this your most lovable Mother, and as you do all you have to do in the word of the Lord, do it also in the word---in the name ---of Mary.
Commit yourself to her completely. Have recourse to her as the best of teachers; consult her as the most prudent of virgins; in a word, conduct yourself as befits a good child, and you will learn by experience that she is "the Mother of fair love and holy hope," in whom you may expect to receive "every grace of life and truth,"and in whom "every hope of life and virtue" will shine before you: nor will she ever cease to obtain for you the graces you need to persevere in true devotion. Indeed you will find her "a well of living water." At the hour of your death she will not refuse to "say she is your sister," indeed your Mother, so that then more than ever "it may be well with you, and your soul may live by virtue of her grace." If you lead a devout life in her honour and service you will surely deserve to breath your last in her love, and be joyfully borne to the haven of salvation in her maternal arms, for to him who loves Mary,"it will go well at the last."
Amen. Oh my, go love that Mother today. And celebrate her. With some Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Crown Cake and Coffee Gelato. Or just come on over and share ours.
Happy Feast Day!