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A Daily Reflection
by Deacon Kevin Heim

Monday, June 1st

Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mother of the Church

While the day of celebration was fixed in the Roman Calendar as the Monday after Pentecost, by Pope Francis in 2018, the title goes back to St. Ambrose. Sometime later, the designation faded into the recesses of the Vatican Secret Library (since the place is well known, how is it secret?) until rediscovered by Hugo Rahner, S.J. (elder brother of Karl) in 1944, reinstated for use by Bl Pope Paul VI at the Second Vatican Council, and the prayers were added to the Roman Missal in 1975.

Few have ever demonstrated a love for Our Mother as Saint Pope John Paul II: “Following Sacred Scripture, patristic teaching recognizes Mary’s mother-hood in the work of Christ and therefore in that of the Church, although in terms which are not always explicit.

According to St Irenaeus, Mary "became a cause of salvation for the whole human race" ( Haer. 3, 22, 4; PG 7, 959), and the pure womb of the Virgin "regenerates men in God" ( Haer. 4, 33, 11; PG 7, 1080). This is re-echoed by St Ambrose, who says: "A Virgin has begotten the salvation of the world, a Virgin has given life to all things" ( Ep. 63, 33; PL 16, 1198), and by other Fathers who call Mary "Mother of salvation" (Severian of Gabala, Or. 6 in mundi creationem, 10, PG 54, 4; Faustus of Riez, Max. Bibl. Patrum, VI, 620-621).

In the Middle Ages, St Anselm addressed Mary in this way: "You are the mother of justification and of the justified, the Mother of reconciliation and of the reconciled, the mother of salvation and of the saved" ( Or. 52, 8; PL 158, 957), while other authors attribute to her the titles "Mother of grace" and "Mother of life".
The title "Mother of the Church" thus reflects the deep conviction of the Christian faithful, who see in Mary not only the mother of the person of Christ, but also of the faithful. She who is recognized as mother of salvation, life and grace, mother of the saved and mother of the living, is rightly proclaimed Mother of the Church.” From General Audience, September 17, 1997, Saint Pope John Paul II.


Gospel                                 John 19:25-34
Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that the Scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I thirst.”
There was a vessel filled with common wine.
So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.”
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.
Now since it was preparation day, in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath, for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one, the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier thrust his lance into his side, and immediately Blood and water flowed out.

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

The Passion, as related by John, is the last we hear before we celebrate the Easter vigil and the Easter season. Yet with the celebration of Pentecost as the birthday of the Church and our return to Ordinary time, it seems very appropriate to revisit that moment when Jesus gave his mother to us and us to his mother.
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"We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God."

In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our mother, and seek refuge under your protection.

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes toward us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.

Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.

Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.

Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.

To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen. (Prayer by Pope Francis)
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Dear St. Augustin High School Seniors,
Your faith community would like to honor you with a special blessing. Please tune in to our broadcast of Mass on Sunday, June 14th . It will be accessible from a link at www.staugustin.org .
We are honoring: Isabel Ahmann | Kaitlyn Bebensee | Maxwell Bocken | Dominic Bonanno | Emma Butterworth | Sophia Critelli | Regan Damge | Lindsey Grask | Raquel Greenslade | Catherine Haus | Erin Martin | Margretta Mote | Charles Nank | Owen Panos | Olivia Pertzborn | Michael Pierick | Kathryn Pierick | Isaac Scheideman | Mary Scholz | Brigid Smith | Esther Ubadigbo | Dashiell Weinhardt
If you, or a senior from our parish isn't recognized above, please contact us so we can add you to our recognition! Call the parish office, or email Janis@staugustin.org .

 
God bless you all,
St. Augustin Parish, Clergy, Faculty & Staff