This is a very good interview by Katie Couric of Yahoo News of James Foley's sister and brother. Katie brings up the fact that Pope Francis called the family yesterday and mentions that their Catholic Faith is very important to the family and to James. Pope Francis called Jim a martyr.
There is a bit of a startle at the beginning of the interview when a picture falls from the wall. The Italian in me tells me that Jim might have been playing a prank to break the grief.
The Feast of the Queenship of Mary (August 22)
"He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly". From the depths of this earthly vale did God raise the Holy Virgin to the pinacle of the Eternal Heaven, above even the angels. She who is first among saints and above all the angels merited a title. What title could it be other than queen, since her Son was the Divine King? She, who was the most humble of maidens and little known to others of her time, was raised above both angels and men. God has looked with favor on his lowly servant. She, who was among the least of earthly inhabitants, was to be the greatest among the Heavenly inhabitants. It was just and fitting according to everything being rightly ordered and having its proper place that the Ark of the New Covenant would take her place in the Heavenly Temple of the New Jerusalem and do so as Queen of Heaven and earth. By God's Justice was she crowned as Queen, by His Mercy was she become our Intercessor. The the Heavenly Queen does not impose on God's sovereignty in any way but as Pius XII said, "Her kingdom is as vast as that of her Son and God, since nothing is excluded from her dominion." There is nothing she possesses that is not given to her by Him and there is nothing she does that is not permitted by Him. She is awe-inspiring as an army in battle array and the vanquisher of all heresies. Just as the Blessed Virgin was the the vessel, the channel by which Christ, the Source of all Grace would come into the world, so it it that she is the channel and vessel by which all graces flow from Him to us. Our Heavenly Queen brings her maternal solicitude and compassion to God on our behalf. How great it is for us to have through the generosity of God such an incomparable intercessor and such a gracious advocate. God Himself joins us in our exultation over our Heavenly Queen. Hail Holy Queen!
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