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Our Lady, Queen of Heaven

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“Thou art all fair and in thee there is no stain. Thou art a garden enclosed, my sister, Spouse, an enclosed garden, a sealed fountain. Veni: coronaberis. Come: thou shalt be crowned” (Song 4:7, 12 and 8). If you and I had had the power, we too would have made her Queen and Lady of all creation. (…) And the Angels pay her homage as her subjects... and the patriarchs and the prophets and the Apostles... and the martyrs and the confessors and the virgins and all the saints... and all sinners and you and I.
Holy Rosary, Fifth glorious mystery

Andrea della Robbia, Coronation of the Virgin Mary with Saints, 15th century (detail)
Andrea della Robbia, Coronation of the Virgin Mary with Saints, 15th century (detail)
It is indeed just that the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit should crown the Blessed Virgin as Queen and Lady of all created things. You have to make use of her power! With the daring of a child join in this celebration in Heaven. I myself crown the Mother of God and my Mother with my purified failings, since I have no precious stones or virtues. Take courage!
The Forge, 285

The divine Motherhood of Mary is the source of all the perfections and privileges with which she is endowed. Because of it, she was conceived immaculate and is full of grace; because of it, she is ever virgin, she was taken up body and soul to heaven and has been crowned Queen of all creation, above the angels and saints. Greater than she, none but God. “The Blessed Virgin, from the fact that she is the Mother of God, has a certain infinite dignity which comes from the infinite good which is God.” There is no danger of exaggerating. We can never hope to fathom this inexpressible mystery; nor will we ever be able to give sufficient thanks to our Mother for bringing us into such intimacy with the Blessed Trinity.
Friends of God, 276

Fill yourself with confidence. The Mother we have is the Mother of God, the Most Blessed Virgin, the Queen of Heaven and the World.
The Forge, 273

Dear Lady, Mother of God and my Mother, not in the remotest way do I wish that you may ever be anything less than Mistress and Empress of the whole of creation.
The Forge, 376
Andrea della Robbia, Coronation of the Virgin Mary with Saints, 15th century
Andrea della Robbia, Coronation of the Virgin Mary with Saints, 15th century

She intercedes
Holy Mary is the Queen of peace, and thus the Church invokes her. So when your soul or your family are troubled, or things go wrong at work, in society or between nations, cry out to her without ceasing. Call to her by this title: Regina pacis, ora pro nobis – Queen of peace, pray for us. Have you at least tried it when you have lost your calm?... You will be surprised at its immediate effect.
Furrow, 874

When you see yourself with a dry heart, without knowing what to say, go with confidence to the Virgin Mary. Say to her, “My Mother Immaculate, intercede for me.”
If you invoke her with faith, she will make you taste, in the midst of your dryness, the proximity of God.
Queen of peace, pray for us. Have you at least tried it when you have lost your calm?
Furrow, 874

If our faith is weak, we should turn to Mary. St John tells us that it was because of the miracle at the marriage feast at Cana, which Christ performed at his Mother’s request, that “his disciples learned to believe in him.” Our Mother is always interceding with her Son so that he may attend to our needs and show himself to us in such a way that we can cry out, “You are the Son of God.”
Friends of God, 276

Be daring. Count on the help of Mary, Queen of Apostles. Without ceasing to be a mother, our Lady is able to get each of her children to face their own responsibilities. Mary always does the immense favour of bringing to the cross, of placing face to face with the example of the Son of God, those who come close to her and contemplate her life. It is in this confrontation that Christian life is decided. And here Mary intercedes for us so that our behaviour may lead to a reconciliation of the younger brother — you and me — with the firstborn Son of the Father.
Many conversions, many decisions to give oneself to the service of God, have been preceded by an encounter with Mary. Our Lady has encouraged us to look for God, to desire to change, to lead a new life. And so “Do whatever he tells you” has turned into real self-giving, into a Christian vocation, which from then on enlightens all our personal life.
Christ is Passing By, 149


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