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St. Anselm on the Holiness of Mary | HOMILY

April 12, 2021

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The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary, the Mother of God, the Blessed Lady, whom “sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night, everything that is subject to the power or use of man, rejoice that through you they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and are endowed with inexpressible new grace.”

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Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night, everything that is subject to the power or use of man, rejoice that, through you, they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and are endowed with inexpressible new grace. The universe rejoices with new and indefinable loveliness. Not only does it feel the unseen presence of God himself, its creator, it sees him openly, working and making it holy. These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb. Through the fullness of grace that was given to you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new. Through the Son, who was the glorious fruit of your virgin womb, just souls who died before his life-giving death rejoice as they are freed from captivity. And the angels are glad at the restoration of their shattered domain. Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation receives new life from your abundance. Through your blessing, all creation is blessed. Not only creation from its creator, but the Creator himself has been blessed by creation. Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted that all nature should owe as much to you as to himself.

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