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The Twelve Most Important Things to Know About Angels:
Mary's Angelic Qualities
Evidence of Mary's Sweetness in Scripture
Leading up to the days of Jesus Passion, Death and Resurrection, St. John's Gospel shares these poignant words from our Lord, "“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid." (John 14:27) As a world-class worry-wart, this promise of peace brings me great joy. How will Jesus bestow this peace?
Before ascending to Heaven, Jesus endows the faithful with two magnificent gifts. First, the promise to send the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. The grace of God's Holy Spirit living within us, when evoked and cooperated with, offers a peace this world can not give. Second, Jesus from the cross, generously gifts to us His Mother.
As he looked down upon His Mother, whose very presence must have filled his own heart with peace and comfort, he speaks these words:
Standing near the cross were Jesus’ mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary (the wife of Clopas), and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home. ~ John 19:25-27
These words are not spoken merely for John's benefit. Jesus bequests Mary to all willing to accept her. The Marian Virtue of Angelic Sweetness has been described as, "radiating joy and peace to everyone she encountered." Mary, by her very nature, can not help but impart peace, comfort, and joy.
How Can I Emulate this Virtue?
We can seek opportunities to be caring, compassionate, and welcoming. Although busy, and probably overwhelmed by our to-do lists, we can carve out time to be present and aware of the needs of others. Angelic Sweetness challenges us to be tenacious in our living out the Catholic faith, no matter how many (or how big) the obstacles.
The Marian Virtue of Angelic Sweetness manifests in my life through the blessing of being an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist. I have discovered my home-bound friends are not only thrilled to be receiving Jesus in the Eucharist but also to have av visitor. This ministry grants me the opportunity to practice caring, compassion and being ever present to others.
I will never forget my first Christmas delivering Communion to four sweet residents of our local assisted living complex. I arrived to find a note on the door of the complex, "WARNNG: Stomach Flu epidemic. ENTER AT OWN RISK." What? NO! My germaphobe alarms sounded and I could feel myself on the verge of a panic attack. I looked down at the pyx holding Jesus. How could I allow my anxiety to keep me from bringing my new friends, "Christmas Jesus"? Mother Mary, I prayed, help. In that moment, a peace that surpassed all understanding, flooded my heart. We enjoyed a joyous visit and gratefully I did not spend Christmas in the bathroom.
How have you experienced the Marian Virtue of Angelic Sweetness in your life?
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