Starting off his series strong, Br. Michael speaks about Mary’s place as an advocate for the Church and is the holiest of all saints.
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
If Jesus Christ is God incarnate, then Mary is the mother of God. Br. Michael expounds upon how Mary received this title with reverence in the Church.
HOLY VIRGIN OF VIRGINS
Virginity for the sake of the kingdom of God is a great gift that God gives us, and we give back to God. Br. Michael teaches how Mary’s virginity is the perfect model of chaste love lived in celibacy.
MOTHER OF CHRIST
Jesus’ place before God as the ‘Christ’; the one anointed for the task of saving mankind from eternal damnation, gives Mary a unique place in salvation history. Br. Michael teaches how Mary’s motherhood in Christ Jesus reveals the unique aspects of her place in the mission of redemption.
MOTHER OF THE CHURCH
If we are a part of the Church, Mary is our mother. Br. Michael expounds upon how Mary is the mother of all Christians.
MOTHER OF DIVINE GRACE
Mary’s motherhood is a motherhood of grace. Br. Michael teaches how God’s grace overflows from and through Mary to all Christians.
MOTHER MOST PURE
God preserved Mary from all sin so that Jesus would have the most perfect and humble way of coming down to Earth. Br. Michael expounds upon how Mary’s livable example of purity gives all Christians a way of partaking in the integrity we are called to as children of God.
MOTHER MOST CHASTE
The simple chastity of Mary gives a perfect example of the freedom we are called to pursue, the freedom of being in full control of the power of our sexuality. Br. Michael teaches how Mary’s chastity is the great model of Christian chastity itself.
Mary is the Immaculate Conception, the only woman who was conceived in the womb of her mother and was preserved beforehand by God to be without original sin and lived out her life without any sin at all. Br. Michael extolls the sinless Virgin Mary and tells of this great grace that God has bestowed upon her.
Mary is the perfection of humanity created without sin, with a purity that never diminishes.
MOTHER MOST AMIABLE
Our Lady teaches us amiability and to praise God in the Joys and sorrows of our life, she will never refuse to assist us.
MOTHER MOST ADMIRABLE
Mary has no equal among women, she is the most beautiful of the living. She is God’s highest creature; endowed with all virtues, perfection, and beauty beyond our imagining. God wants us to love and admire His greatest treasure, the Virgin Mary.
MOTHER OF GOOD COUNSEL
Christ invites us to look to Mary for help. The Father entrusted to her the wisdom to counsel His Son and also has the wisdom to guide us. We need to entrust ourselves to Mary, she wants to lead our families to her Son.
MOTHER OF OUR CREATOR
Mary prayed in exultation, “He who created me, has deigned to dwell in my womb.” The very God who made her put Himself completely under her power. We must have confidence in our lady, as God our creator did!
MOTHER OF OUR SAVIOR
Mary accepted to be His mother at the Annunciation of Gabriel and she presented her Son Jesus in the temple as a gift to the Father. Let us ask the Mother of our Savior to teach us how to suffer with great love and to unite it to Christ her Son.
MOTHER OF MERCY
Mary is the Mother of Mercy because of the great mercy she received from the moment of her Immaculate Conception. She didn’t merit it, it was God’s gracious gift. She experienced the mercy of God in a way greater than anyone ever has. Let us turn to her, that she may pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
VIRGIN MOST PRUDENT
Prudence is a virtue that disposes reason to discern our true good in every circumstance. Mary’s prudence is shown in her thoughtful words and actions. We need to ask her to help us carefully and rationally consider what is the best thing to do. Virgin Mary, my Mother, teach me the ways of prudence!
VIRGIN MOST VENERABLE
Mary reflects all the values, virtues, and perfections to the highest degree that we strive for. If Christ Himself honors and venerates her we should do likewise. Never be afraid of loving Mary too much, you can never love her more than Jesus did.
VIRGIN MOST RENOWNED
“All generations shall call me blessed,” God esteems her prayers so greatly and is so desirous to satisfy her that when she prays it seems as if she rather commands than prays and is rather a queen rather than a handmaid.
VIRGIN MOST POWERFUL
Our blessed mother’s power is greater now that she is in heaven then when she was on earth. Let us pray the Rosary daily even though you feel burdened with many cares and labors. It’s a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and keep you from sin.
VIRGIN MOST MERCIFUL
Mary pleads our case to Christ, she is maternal. We grieve God by our sins but Mary pleads for mercy for us. We learn how to be merciful through her, she is our queen of mercy.
VIRGIN MOST FAITHFUL
“Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” She embodied in full the faith of Israel and believed her child was God.
MIRROR OF JUSTICE
Mary is the image of God’s goodness. Mary is the perfect reflection of purity, sanctity, and strength of almighty God. She is the mirror of God’s strength, Mary’s soul magnifies the Lord!
SEAT OF WISDOM
“True wisdom is that which Mary guarantees to us,” Wisdom is the ability to Judge and direct human affairs according to divine truth. Mary is our spiritual director, she teaches us how to love truly.
CAUSE OF OUR JOY
Mary is the cause of our joy because she gives us Christ her Son, who is the son of God and the source of our joy Himself. Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, ask Mary to give us this gift that we may rejoice and pass it on to others.
To be a ‘spiritual Vessel’ means ‘to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit’. Mary is a dwelling place of the Holy Spirit and His agent in the incarnation. Let us be His instruments as Mary was!
VESSEL OF HONOR
Mary is the vessel of honor because God the Father fashioned her in a way that was fitting for Christ the King, Mary is the honor of our race. We honor her as our mother and queen. Let us enter this “tent” to offer Christ our homage.
SINGULAR VESSEL OF DEVOTION
“Devotion consists in our readiness to conform our will to the will of God. This readiness was the principal virtue that rendered His most holy mother so dear to God.” No one has kept the word of God with more perfection and diligence than Mary.
“In Mary we see a rose, soothing everybody’s hurts. She was a rose, white for maidenhood, red for love; white in body, red in soul; white in cleansing her affections, red in mortifying her flesh.” She is our hidden Mystical Rose.
TOWER OF DAVID
Every Christian is called to spiritual warfare. Br. Michael teaches about Mary’s title, the Tower of David, and how it references her place as a true warrior against Satan.
TOWER OF IVORY
This title of Mary Immaculate expounds upon the royal nature of Mary, and this royalty of the Blessed Virgin in her purity and virtue. Br. Michael teaches about the title of Tower of Ivory, the show’s Mary’s fullness of grace.
HOUSE OF GOLD
Mary’s immaculate heart is the home of Jesus Christ. Br. Michael teaches how we can find a home in Mary’s immaculate heart as well.
ARK OF THE COVENANT
In the old testament, God’s very presence was literally to be found in the arc of the covenant made under the image that Moses saw. Now that the old covenant has passed, Br. Michael teaches how Mary is now the new Ark of the Covenant.
GATE OF HEAVEN
By Mary’s “Yes” to the Angel Gabriel at the Annunciation, the gates of Heaven began their slow swing open. Br. Michael teaches how it was through God’s will and Mary’s fiat, that Heaven was opened for we who believe in Christ, and it is still through Mary that the gate remains open to us.
One of the most beautiful analogies and titles of the Blessed Virgin, Br. Michael speaks about how Mary is like a beautiful star in the dark of night.
HEALTH OF THE SICK
In our own illnesses and pains, Mary protects us and gives us strength in Christ’s presence. Br. Michael teaches how her presence in our afflictions gives us the grace to persevere in our sufferings.
REFUGE OF SINNERS
Jesus wants to give us His mercy, but we may fear to go to Him, so through Mary Jesus gives a way of mercy as gentle as the light of the moon. Br. Michael teaches how Mary helps poor sinners who are in most need of God’s mercy.
COMFORTER OF THE AFFLICTED
Mary knows sorrow, knows grief, even though she never personally sinned. Br. Michael tells about how Mary’s presence in our sorrow and worries does not take away our crosses but gives us the strength to faithfully suffer well for the sake of our soul and others.
HELP OF CHRISTIANS
We cannot hope for Heaven without help from Heaven, and Mary is the very hand of help from Heaven. Br. Michael teaches how Mary, through the prayer of the rosary, intercedes for us in all our life’s many struggles.
QUEEN OF ANGELS
Although Mary was created after the Angels, God has given Mary the special grace of being the queen of these celestial beings. All of the choirs of Angels pay reverence towards their humble yet dignified queen. If the Angels honor Mary, then we should do likewise.
QUEEN OF PATRIARCHS
The Holy Patriarchs of the time of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob looked forward with anticipation with the hope of a coming Messiah. Our Lord was born precisely through the fiat (yes) of Mary. Hail Mary, Light, and Queen of Patriarchs!
QUEEN OF PROPHETS
The prophets of the Old Testament frequently called people towards a conversion of heart and amendment of life. Mary does the same. She calls us to a deeper conversion towards her Son and she guides us on the path of amendment; and wages war against the devil on God’s behalf.
QUEEN OF APOSTLES
Mary shows us how to evangelize properly, having recourse to the Holy Spirit and having an unwavering confidence in Our Lord. Fueled by a deep interior life and unshakable confidence in Our Lord and Our Lady, we must go out and reach the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
QUEEN OF MARTYRS
Mary shows us how to suffer and to suffer well. When Jesus was approaching calvary she suffered unspeakable agonies. Yet, she did not stop Jesus from dying on the cross for us, because it was the will of God. Even though this experience was unimaginably painful for Our Lady, she still went through with the suffering because it would bring about the sanctification of the world. She is the example for all martyrs.
QUEEN OF CONFESSORS
Jesus wants us to trust in, and to have a special love for Our Lady. All of the saints have turned to Mary in time of trial and difficulty. She is our mother and the saints have recognized this and have lived this truth beautifully. Oh, Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
QUEEN OF VIRGINS
Mary’s virginity is prized by Holy Mother Church because she followed the will of God in her particular state in life and was able to keep herself pure. For all those who are called to a life of virginity, Mary remains the model and example of holy virginity. Mary Queen of Virgins, pray for us!
QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS
The saints exemplify having a strong devotion to Our Lady. They would look to Mary as a way to grow in holiness and imitate her virtues. The saints looked towards Mary to be their advocate before the throne of God. St. Bonaventure says that Mary is the stairway which we ascend to Jesus, and she consistently proves this to be true.
QUEEN CONCEIVED WITHOUT ORIGINAL SIN
Since Mary was preserved from the stain of original sin by virtue of the merits of the cross being applied to her at her conception, Mary is the perfect vessel for grace to flow from. She has no imperfections, does the will of God perfectly, and wants to obtain graces for us. We must ask for these graces and have recourse to our loving mother Mary in order to possess the great graces that God wants to give us through her.
QUEEN ASSUMED INTO HEAVEN
The Catholic Church holds as dogma, that Mary was assumed body and soul into the kingdom of Heaven. God willed that Mary have a particular role within the confines of salvation history. She will crush the head of the serpent and continues to protect her children.
QUEEN OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY
Rosary means rose garden or bouquet of roses. This prayer began when our lady appeared to St. Dominic. She told him to pray to defeat the heretics. It is one of the most powerful prayers we pray. Let us be her sons by praying the rosary to meditate on her Son’s mysteries!
QUEEN OF FAMILIES
Jesus sanctified the family in a new and unique way by choosing Mary and Joseph as his earthly mother and father. The Holy Family is the perfect image of the Christian family, and Br. Michael teaches how Mary’s queenship protects all Christian families if we but let her into our family life.