In honor of you, play this chant
As you can see, this vision is filled with symbols. It appears that John intended his readers to see in the woman clothed with the sun the people of Israel or the new people of God. The twelve stars are one indication of that. They can be taken as representing the twelve constellations of the zodiac. But they can also be seen as symbols of the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles.
First, it signifies that the most glorious queen of heaven, the true spouse of God, was crowned in eternity. Mary received the promised “never fading crown of glory” because her life so perfectly resembled that of her Son’s and because she shared in all His sufferings. -1Peter 5:4
“Just as Joshua commanded the sun and the moon to delay their movements and just as Elijah commanded fire to come down from the sky and just as he opened the heavens to rain and then closed them, so Mary is able to command all things in all ways. O most high and most divine queen, on whose head there is a crown of 12 stars. Just as Christ commanded the winds and the sea, and they obeyed Him, just as He also commanded the dead to rise, so now it is given to Mary to do the same because she is granted divine authority and power and is made as a God to the world. It is just like when God said to Moses in Exodus 7:1: ‘See, I make you as a God to Pharaoh.’ The meaning of this gift of authority to Moses, and in a parallel way of the gift to Mary, is that God granted him the power and authority to do in Pharaoh’s kingdom what God could do in His own kingdom. In a similar sense God granted Mary, as the true spouse of the Almighty and the true mother of Christ, authority over the works of His hands. He conferred upon her the authority of the Almighty Himself in her power over heaven and made her mistress of the universe by deputation. Thus she stands at the right hand of God as the most high queen of heaven and earth: ‘At your right hand stands the queen in gold’ O queen above all men and above even the marvelous minds of angels! Who in the world will be able to find words to express in its proper dignity what kind and how great is this glory of the most high and holy queen?” (Ps. 45:9)
The most perfect crown of 12 stars represents the knowledge of all creatures. In addition the crown of 12 stars is the knowledge of all the mysteries of our own faith, the manifest divine truth of whose signs Mary most perfectly grasped and most fully understood beyond the elect, above all the apostles, and above all the angelic spirits. She understood these things to a higher degree than is even possible to contemplate, let alone express. Thus Mary advocates on our behalf in the presence of God those things which are most prudent for us.
To welcome the new year, we’re bringing you an amazing performance from two American banjo player legends, Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck. They perform Hao Huo Hong literally meaning Good Flower Red.
The lyrics speak about the small red flowers that make up the blossoms of the pears trees on the mountains above the Yan River. Abigail Washburn relates the song’s history and the significance of the red flower in China:
“Hao Hua Hong is an age-old folk song from the native Buyi people who live in the high mountain forests of Guizhou. I learned the song from a record of the artist Gong Linna called Traditional Chinese Folk Songs. Every time this song would go by as I listened to her record I was moved by the quality of her voice and the idea of one small red leaf making a mountain to look of fire.”
Ways of Providence
If Christmas means that God is with us, that God is one of us, that God has come close, then we no longer have to be afraid. Afraid of anything. Go out and radiate the Light of Christ!
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy: December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016
Begin with love and mercy. When God became incarnate in the form of Jesus, we received the incredible message that we are loved beyond calculation. God began with love and mercy and so should we.
Dawn is coming
Its always there
Look toward the Son
Mary was rescued from the power of original sin. Christ, who receives his human flesh from his mother, receives this flesh from a person who, by a singular gift from God, comes into this world without original sin.
Mary “the New Eve”
Mary is someone who is ready to receive the impossible.
Because the very best things are not taken; they are received as gifts. God did not block Adam and Eve’s access to the tree because he wanted to prevent them from having what he had; he blocked access because he wanted to give them gifts.
from Father Barron’s advent reflections
What’s your mission, your purpose, our purpose, here on this crazy planet? The mission isn’t out there or somewhere to find. Its inside of you. Look! Peel those layers back. Find! Its in you. Crack it open. Don’t wait! No reason to let time tick away. It can be now if you choose it. Now!
Waste by Foster the People…last years song but still cool