What wonders God has done in every age! We must remember them, and teach our children and grandchildren to do the same. That's why EvangeliNation, the retreat podcast series dedicated to celebrating our Catholic Christian faith, exists. That's why I am sharing the treasures of our Catholic faith with you. I hope you will listen, enjoy the eternal mystery of it, and pass this on to someone you love.
Today's episode is a mini-retreat reflection on the Blessed Virgin Mary's role in salvation history, and in particular, how both Joseph and Mary cooperated with divine grace in their unique state of being espoused virgins consecrated to the service of the Lord.
Mary and Joseph consecrated and devoted their lives to the protection, sustenance, providence, and nurturing of Jesus' life from his infancy and childhood to his holy and heroic manhood. . . and don't think that their devotion stopped there, as we shall hear about in subsequent episodes!
Keep in mind that there is no Body of Christ, save that which has drawn its flesh and blood from the person of Mary. As such, Mary is our mother too, for are we not the Body of Christ? To be born again in Spirit and in Truth, Mary's assistance is invaluable, as it is she whose role it is to give birth to the Messiah by the express will of the Eternal Father. Bringing this Word Made Flesh to the world is the role of an evangelizer, what all the baptized faithful are called to be. Let us, like Mary, bring Christ into the world today in all we do and think and say, and let's let Mary help us give birth to Him anew.
This is a podcast about the richness of the Gospel message for our nation and for our world, and today we are delving deeply into the Gospel behind the scenes, taking a look at the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was conceived of and formed by God to be the Mother of the Messiah--that great and blessed role that many women of Israel hoped to fulfill! (That was one of the reasons why becoming a mother was so highly esteemed. It was thought that one day, one of those mothers would give birth to the coming Messiah in fulfillment of the prophecies.)
So, the Blessed Virgin Mary was chosen and, in fact, conceived of from all eternity for this purpose. Think about it, whether the Fall of mankind was necessary or not, from all eternity, God wanted to be with His creation in a profoundly intimate way. And so that is indeed what we have with the Blessed Virgin Mary’s life. She is like Jacob’s ladder to heaven, connecting us to the Father through the Son and the Spirit.
In today's chapter -- Chapter 3 of Mary, Hope of the World -- we take a look at Mary’s youth. Now, this is based on oral tradition, passed down from Mary to the apostles and to the early church fathers-- presumably from John the Apostle with whom she lived as a true mother to a true son after the death, resurrection and glorious ascension of Her Son, Jesus Christ. There is also another figure that knew Mary well and sought to imitate her, and so listen to the end to find out who this is!
PCSJ's Founder and Executive Director, Lisa Tuggle, is a vowed and consecrated Pauline living the spirituality and apostolic outreach of St. Paul in the married state according to the Statute of the Holy Family Institute, one of the branches of the Pauline Family founded by Blessed James Alberione, SSP. Lisa holds a B.A. in Great Books from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University. After 20+ years in the performing arts and 10 years as a youth minister and Director of Religious Education, she is dedicating the "second half" of her life to global catechesis initiatives while enjoying family, friends, and a simple life of prayer.