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Preparation…Part III

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 18, 2008

Greetings!: This is a continuation of an Advent reflection as seen from the eyes of the Mother of the Redeemer, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Please refer to the first post in this series: INTRODUCTION if you are a first time reader.


After settling in her home, Mary was never idle.  Apart from her housework, she diligently prepared wool and linen for her husband and for the poor, whom she always helped by the labor of her hands. For without making this contribution of her own exertion and labor, she could not have satisfied her compassionate and generous charity toward the poor… yet in all her daily work, she was never interiorly at leisure, for she spent every moment in profound inner recollection, prayer, and spiritual communion with God in her heart; worshiping and beseeching Him to send the Redeemer to suffering mankind.

Now the time which Almighty God had appointed for the incarnation of His Son was  drawing near…Therefore, as a necessary and fitting preparation for the glorious Mystery of the Annunciation, during the nine days which immediately preceded that decisive turning point in history, the Lord gave His Chosen Spouse and future Mother a series of mystical experiences which raised her pure soul to a…unparalleled degree of holiness and fervor, and which also infused into her mind a thorough and profound knowledge of His Creation…

On the ninth day the Lord, after revealing to her the entire harmonious constitution of the universe,…a symbolic crown was placed on Mary’s head which bore the mystic inscription: “Mother of God”; but she did not see these words. And all the heavenly spirits duly revered and honored her.  Lastly the Lord renewed and increased the unique beauty of her pure soul, so that her entire being dazzingly reflected His own divine light.

Yet Mary continued to humble and abase herself in her own estimation. Her eyes and heart were not elated. On the contrary, the higher God raised her, the more lowly her thoughts concerning herself became. She did not once have a suspicion of anything great or admirable in herself. And her humility was so genuine and so deep that even now, the mere thought of her being chosen to be the Mother of the Messiah, simply could not enter her Immaculate Heart.

Luke 2:26-31

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!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. 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.

Hail Mary, full of grace…


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Preparation…Part II

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 17, 2008

Greetings!: This is a continuation of an Advent reflection as seen from the eyes of the Mother of the Redeemer, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Please refer to the first post in this series: INTRODUCTION if you are a first time reader.


Mary and Joseph were now filled with heavenly joy and consolation. And God gave to St. Joseph new purity…so that he might lovingly serve his holy wife without any trace of sensual desire.

The happy couple then set about dividing Mary’s inheritance; they put aside one third for the Temple; they distributed a third to the poor; and the last third Mary assigned to Joseph to dispose of as he wished. For herself she reserved only the privilege of serving him and of attending to her household duties,…

Joseph now humbly asked her whether it was agreeable to her that he continue to work at his trade as carpenter for support and to earn something to help the poor. Mary willing approved, saying that she knew that the Lord did not wish them to be rich but poor and lovers of the poor,…helping them as much as their means allowed.

During the days that followed, as St. Joseph observed Mary’s rare nobility and purity of soul, his admiration and love for her greatly increased, and he often joyfully thanked the Lord for having given him a companion so far above his merits.

At this time Mary had a vision of the Lord in which He said to her:  “My Chosen One, observe all the laws of a spouse in holiness, purity, and all perfection, and let My servant help thee. Obey him and listen to his advice.”

Mary replied in humility and love:  “My Lord and Maker, show me Thy good will and blessing, and with it I will strive to obey and serve Thy servant, Joseph.”

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