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A masculine background owes its solidity to the Virgin Mary. It is without one doubt that man’s liveliness, with his potential to be manly, is from that Portal of Salvation, a Savior’s Mother. And the lines are clear, we are in-tune with Mary through her Rosary, but even as a theological hallmark, her the Theotokos; She bore the Son of God. She breathed God out of herself, whereas Adam and the Disciples were breathed into and upon by Our Lord. Her heavenly aurora is inspiring and thus concludes that man is himself on the basis of the true nature of his mother. This is the adoption of sons, that Mary would maternally be our pap, our breast-milk for nutrients, as well, herself pasteurizing the Babe, the Milk of the Word in flesh. Four attributes stand as the requirements to be in The Lord’s Real Presence, with a conscience free. Homogenized as a union, each are representative ordinances to worthily be Christian.
- Holiness: When the incense is poured from the vials and the altar-server treks the center isle of the church, it is the conjuring of the pureness of prayer and the clarity of The Holy Ghost. His soft presence is benign to the utmost, tolerating but only the reverence of His Spirit. His very presence then is what we should abide within. To be holy does not demand the embarrassment of a sinner. This is why Jesus was as a Lamb led to the slaughter, dumb and lame, Who resisted not, but spoke only when questioned. When the dirtiness of iniquity washes on us, it is not eloquent speech or intercessory prayer that commits, but the converted heart in remission of sin. Seek Confession, to supplicate on the behalf of struggles, temptations, and failure. Retract from carnality and repent to be restored. Thus Absolution makes one intact once more. Until you receive it, pray with sweating agony as did Our Savior, where the tears of His mercy became as blood, remarked by the decade virtue as sorrow for sin; the sorrowful mystery.
- Purity: The stainlessness of a redeemed soul is the state of grace left when the Sacrament of Reconciliation is dispatched. Strive to endure it, for once beyond the doorway and the holy water font, the cares of this world creep in. And inwardly they climb, deteriorating a man’s order toward love, what is downwardly evolved into wantonness, indifference, and amorality. St. James understood when he beseeched his readers to pray and not ask amiss, “You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions” (4:3). Be not this person. When you ask in prayer, do so with the intent of a holy angel, that bearing in the body of an aroma, your intentions may ascend to a High Priest, satisfying every host of Heaven along the way. Establish yourselves in the clean manner by which you were forgiven.
- Submission: For those single, this is still a mandate. Marital status cannot deter, and should not, a man or woman from the pursuit of God. In a bond with The Father, co-heirs with Christ Our Lord, we are bound unto Him. In this binding, to Him we are assuaged, persuaded by His Lead that without discernment from above, the obedience we pretend to assert is miniscule. Submitting entails surrendering, forfeiting each and every passion you carry for The Passion of Jesus. To be married to Jesus is to also bear that friendship, a sacred attuning between Him and yourself. Remember His Words to the Disciples, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13). What must you then give in return? Look to the Eucharist, for a God named Jehovah became a sliced open morsel that we sup and dine with, at the Altar and at the Marriage Supper, unending.
- Humility: Intertwined, these exist, overlapping one another. To refrain from boastfulness is a needed feat to be in the subject of The Saints. When we implore the help from afar, those ones we call upon may have ascribed to be the Holy Helpers, but resisted the assurance they would become and the arrogance of seeing nothing besides it. When the Host and Wine is taken, and you are again kneeled at the bench, realize that persecution is actual. Understand that needlessly our brothers and sisters akin to our likening are brutalized for harmlessly worshiping. The God in our midst is one who is wrathful when vengeance is His. St. Peter commanded, “So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time” (1 Peter 5:6). Was Christ a Humbled God? Scourged, whipped, dragged, yes, and those same who suffer this fate are humbled. Then, our response must be humbleness, or else may we be struck dead.
First Peter reads, “Like newborn infants, long for pure spiritual milk so that through it you may grow into salvation” (2:2). In my personal witness, I adhere to this and to each of these virtues, that our intention for spiritual development, especially that of manliness, find its inception and epicenter in the Person of Mary. Her Seat of Wisdom, She conceived and believed. It is then our exhortation to practice these cherished elements of God’s Church, for which the salvific call to a readied conscience is here. Confess and trust in The Lord’s Christ (Romans 10:9-10), and when the darkening gray of atheism or agnosticism or latitudinarian (liberal) opinions opine, leave them in Holy Communion. In the hymns, the Sacred Discourses, herald them to the exit, and as the centurion, say: “Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” He is eager to redeem.