"And the king loved her more than all the women, and she had favour and kindness before him above all the women, and he set the royal crown on her head, and made her queen" (Esther 2:17).
Maria, Regina cordis mei - Mary, Queen of my heart, rule over me now and forevermore. Deep in the abyss of the self there reigns a supreme sovereign. This sovereign governs the entire life of the self - its thoughts, its desires, its activities - and leads it on to some pasture of real or imagined happiness. In every self something reigns. In every self some central, integral, motivating force propels it toward its paradise. Two questions: Who is our sovereign? and Where is our paradise?
Reprobate souls have Satan for their sovereign, as Christ says: "You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you will do" (Jn 8:44). And the worldlings choose amongst three satanic philosophies: the concupiscence of the flesh, the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life. That is, hedonism, materialism, and egoism. Pleasure, wealth, and power. The paradise of the reprobate is a private place unencumbered by responsibility and the "others." As it says in Holy Scripture, "...this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas hath by transgression fallen, that he might go to his own place" (Acts 1:25). This satanic paradise is a dark and eerie land.
But the Elect have the Virgin Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, for their sovereign - and one blessed philosophy: the Immaculate Heart, from which the entire Wisdom of God comes forth. Our philosophy is her joys, her sorrows, her glories - and our paradise, the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, that great retinue of saints and angels praising the Blessed Trinity in eternal light. Is it any wonder that in the Holy Rosary we pray the Glory Be following the Hail Marys? This Immaculate Queen leads us to the eternal praise of the Blessed Trinity.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Queen of our hearts, reign within us, lead us to Christ our King. Amen.
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