Anatomy of an Original Mary Vitamin
The idea behind Mary Vitamin is to make a short meditation on the life of Mary, the Mother of God, once a day. An action is included to cause the meditation to have the time release effect of a spiritual multivitamin.
Mary Vitamin for June 28th <—Catholic liturgical calendar directs the topic:
Topic: Mary’s Mission
Quote: <–Generally from a Saint, Pope, or Our Lady
St. Peter Julian Eymard “Our Lady’s mission is to form Jesus in us.”
St. Peter Julian Eymard, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, (Eymard Library Publications), 95. <— Citation according to APA style?
Meditation: <--Designed to give more meaning and direction to the quote. In the original, I rarely added my own interpretation to the paragraph quoted. I tried to take the meditations from the words of the Church’s documents as often as possible. If these were not available, I continued with a Saint’s explanation.
St. Peter Julian Eymard
“Let us then, breathe in Mary’s spirit; it is the same as that of Jesus, for she received it from its Divine Source. She is full of His grace, in order to communicate it to us. She is the only true and perfect copy of His virtues; she labored for three and thirty years with the divine Original constantly before her eyes. She knows all the secrets of the love of the Savior for mankind; she shares His unbounded love for us.”
St. Peter Julian Eymard, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, (Eymard Library), 94-95.
Resolution:<—The action of the day is provided here. A commonplace action, often connected to a traditional Catholic practice. This is the vitamin effect of time release.
Today before my image of Our Lady, I will pause and say the words of St. Peter Julian Eymard “our Lady’s mission is to form Jesus in me.” I will also make a Spiritual Communion.
Marian Vow: <—For those who have taken the extra step of consecrating themselves to the Immaculate as in the way recommended by St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, or St. John Paul II. Reflecting on the additional quote is a concrete way of living your consecration on a daily basis.
Pope Leo XIII
“Nobody knows and comprehends so well as she everything that concerns us: what helps we need in life; what dangers, public or private, threaten our welfare; what difficulties and evils surround us; above all, how fierce is the fight we wage with ruthless enemies of our salvation. In these and in all other troubles of life her power is most far-reaching. Her desire to use it is most ardent to bring consolation, strength, and help of every kind to children who are dear to her.”
Magnae Dei Matris (On the Rosary), par #12, September 8, 1892
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary. <—-When we put our decisions into Mary’s hands, she assists us as a Mother in completing the task, and doing it to the best of our abilities, for the honor of her Son.
Thanks be to God for graces received. <—Based on Luke 17:11-19. We must remember to offer gratitude to God often.