Living in the Two Hearts

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The Rosary: Reflections: The Annunciation

Each reflection passage comes from The Life of Mary, As Seen by the Mystics that I had featured just this past Advent.  If you missed reading these, please refer to the Introduction before you begin these reflections that accompany the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary.  God Bless you abundantly as you pray!

“My love for God burned in my heart even more intensely than before and every day my soul was enkindled with new fervor and longing. So I withdrew from everything even more than formerly…

On the day before the occurrence of this mystery I thought I would die and my heart would burst with love and longing, if God’s Providence had not comforted me. He filled my soul with the firm hope that the Saviour would descend without delay.  But on the other hand my humility made me fear lest my presence in the world might perhaps delay His coming.”

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” ~Luke 1:26-28

“When I heard this greeting, at first I was indeed frightened, for I wondered whether it might be an illusion.  I asked myself what it might mean and why he uttered such a greeting, because I knew and considered myself unworthy…”

But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. ~Luke 1:29

And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David,  and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.” ~ Luke 1:30-33

As [Mary] slowly grasped the full significance of this tremendous grace, Mary raised her humble heart to God…

“I still did not believe myself worthy. And so I did not ask the Angel why or when, but I asked how it could happen that my unworthy self should become the Mother of God: How shall this happen, since I do not know man?”

And the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.  And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” ~Luke 1:35-37

“After I heard these words, without doubting at all that he said was true, I felt in my heart an exceedingly fervent desire to be the Mother of God. I prostrated myself on the ground, and on my knees, with my hands joined, I worshiped God, and my soul cried forth with love:

Behold the handmaid of the Lord – Be it done to me according to thy word!”

…a celestial light filled Mary’s little room, dissolving the ceiling and revealing the heavens. In a dazzling beam could be seen a brilliant figure of the Blessed Trinity. The Holy Spirit appeared in a winged form…three intense rays flashed and darted into the right side of the Virgin, and she became entirely suffused with a glowing light.

Lost in humility and burning love, Mary adored the Lord and gave Him her fervent thanks for having thus favored her and the whole human race…she prayed for new graces and light in order that she might be guided in all her actions as becomes the Mother of God.

Meditate on how Mary, unaware of her full purity and grace, believed herself to be no better than a servant for the Mother of God.  Ponder on her humility, for she did not understand the reason God had chosen her to be His mother, but even so she desired only His Will be done and thus His Glory to shine on all mankind.  Let us pray…

Our Father…

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