Now, what did God do for Mary? He associates her with His great mystery. The Father calls her His daughter, the Son loves her as His Mother, while the Holy Ghost guards her as His spouse. She was destined to share in the great work of divine power. She is associated with the empire of God Himself. (Eymard Library Volume 7, page 29)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
Our Lenten season will begin very soon. We will once again be journeying with Jesus through His passion and death to the glory of Easter. My husband and I were recently reminiscing about times past. In many of these memories were distinct times of uncertainty for the stability of our family. In the unknown, the great mystery, there is a special formation of our souls. Through our acceptance of the mystery, a union with God is created and a trust with Our Father in Heaven is established.
We can ask ourselves the above question: “What did God do for Mary?” We can apply a similar question to our Lenten walk: “What will God do for me through my participation?” We can give up many things, we can offer up all kinds of sacrifices; these are all good practices. However, the acknowledgement of our espousal to the Holy Spirit and His guardianship for our souls, along with nurturing our relationship with Jesus and Mary in prayer and carrying the dignity as a child of God holds a higher offering. Are we allowing God to form our souls? In being God’s precious children are we careful to what we listen to on the radio, watch on the tv, or view with our eyes?
Mary shared in the empire of God Himself, “destined to share in the great work of divine power”. Mary was able to share in God’s life through the receptivity of her life, the awareness that God was forming her soul for the eternal. Mary was attentive to what God did for her; He opened her heart to a love that would live forever in the great mystery that surpassed her earthly journey. Mary lived as a daughter, mother and spouse to the Trinity perfectly since she rejoiced in the stability of her Father’s love. The instability of life did not abandon her to exile; her soul was forever rooted in heaven.
Perhaps this Lent could be for us a time of commitment to prayer, either in the quiet, or prayer brought into our daily duties. Consider making a commitment throughout the Lenten season to get to daily Mass or to offer up a fervent spiritual Communion prayer.
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Holy Sacrament. I love you above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I unite myself wholly to You; never permit me to be separated from You.
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We are Ivonne J. Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.