Saturday, October 27, 2018

Saturday of Our Lady

She is our mother, mother of our life, of our incorruption, of our light...She therefore who is the mother of Christ is the mother of our wisdom, mother of our righteousness, mother of our sanctification, mother of our redemption. Therefore, she is more our mother than the mother of our flesh. Better therefore is our birth which we derive from Mary, for from her is our holiness, our wisdom; our righteousness, our sanctification, our redemption.

Scripture says, ‘Praise the Lord in his saints’. If our Lord is to be praised in those saints through whom he performs mighty works and miracles, how much more should he be praised in her in whom he fashioned himself, he who is wonderful beyond all wonder.

Details from an early Cistercian manuscript. Lines from our Cistercian Father, Saint Aelred of Rievaulx.