Yesterday was a celebration of Corpus Christi – Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus. Mary, who was His first Tabernacle, is our ultimate icon and guide to perfect, traditional catholic femininity and one of the best ways to deepen our spiritual life and enhance our femininity as Catholic women is to develop a devotion to Mary, Mother of God.
Mary perfectly models what is specific to the feminine personality.
“Woman’s identity cannot consist in being a copy of man, since she is endowed with her own qualities and prerogatives, which give her a particular uniqueness that is always to be fostered and encouraged.
These prerogatives and particular features of the feminine personality attained their full development in Mary. The fullness of divine grace actually fostered in her all the natural abilities typical of woman.” – ST JOHN PAUL II
Modern day society seems obsessed with turning women into men. From a very young age, feminine qualities of receptivity, kindness, service, humility and tenderness are disregarded and condemned as abweakness and as result, we have a generation of women and young girls who do not know anymore what it means to be truly feminine.
Through Mary, we get access to the fullness of Christ.
In her, God became Man, and through her, Man becomes godly.
There are many ways to develop a devotion to Mary, including:
THE THREE HAIL MARYS DEVOTION
Three Hail Marys to be said when waking up and when going to bed for the gift of sexual purity and chastity. For those new to Marian devotions, this is a very easy and simple way to begin devoting yourself to Mary and developing Marian virtues.
These Marian devotional prayers include the Rosary, the Angelus, the Litany of Loreto and the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Out of the above prayers, the Rosary is most widely known prayer devotion to Mary. Through these devotional prayers, we are brought closer to Christ and Mary gets closer to us.
WEARING MARIAN MEDALS & SCAPULARS
There are many Marian medals and scapulars out there. Wearing Marian devotionals in the form of medals or scapulars is a visible reminder of our devotion to Mary and also an encouragement that we develop Marian virtues in our everyday living.
The most popular scapular is the brown scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the miraculous medal is one of the most popular Marian medals among devotees.
FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS DEVOTION
This devotion was requested by Our Lady of Fatima and with this year, 2017, being the 100th anniversary of her appearance in Fatima, what better time than now to begin this devotion. You can read all about the the Five First Saturdays Devotion and its promises HERE.
TOTAL CONSECRATION TO JESUS THROUGH MARY
This devotion was introduced by St Louis de Montfort in the 18th century. Probably not a devotion for newbies or the faint-hearted, but immensely fulfilling and rich in graces once performed. You can read about it HERE
When I first started veiling for Mass and in front of the Blessed Sacrament, I felt very self-conscious about it. However, as time went by, I discovered that veiling really helped deepen the virtues of humility and receptivity within me. I veil not just out of respect for Christ and as a mark of submission to God, but also as a devotion to Mary, Mother of God.
Veiling not only made me more focused on my interior life, but it made me feel closer to God and to Mary in a very intimate way, without external distractions.
Now, you obviously do not have to practise the devotions listed above all at once. You can start with one or two and go from there.
Whichever Marian devotion(s) you choose, you will notice these things in your life:
- Closeness to Jesus Christ
- Increase in special graces
- Enhancement of your innate femininity and Marian virtues within yourself
Mary, model of perfect womanhood and femininity, pray for us.
ad Jesum per Mariam