Thursday, March 13, 2008

[MaryVitamin] Stations of the Cross XIV

Mary Vitamin for March 13th
Topic: The Fourteenth station – The Entombment

St. Mary Margaret
"The cross is a precious treasure to be kept secret, lest we be robbed of it."
 The Thoughts and Saying of Saint Margaret Mary, (Tan Books: 1986), 79.

St. Francis of Assisi
"Blessed is that servant who stores up in heaven the good things which the Lord has revealed to him and does not desire to reveal them to others in the hope of profiting thereby, […] Blessed is the servant who keeps the secrets of the Lord in his heart."
The footnote from the above text explains:
"As he does in other texts, Saint Francis proposes Mary, the Mother of God, as the model Christian. In this instance, she is the ideal servant of God who keeps the secrets of the Lord in her heart."
 Francis and Clare; The Complete Works
Translated and Introdction by Regis J. Armstrong O.F.M. CAP.and Ignatius C. Brady, O.F.M., (Paulist Press: 1982), 36.

I will try to keep something I do a secret so that I may bury it with the Lord in His tomb.
Marian Vow:
John Paul II
"Even though Paul, in the Letter to the Romans, wrote that 'the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now', even though man knows and is close to the sufferings of the animal world, nevertheless what we express by the word 'suffering' seems to be particularly essential to the nature of man. It is as deep as man himself, precisely because it manifests in its own way that depth which is proper to man, and in its own way surpasses it. Suffering seems to belong to man's transcendence: it is one of those points in which man is in a certain sense 'destined' to go beyond himself, and he is called to this in a mysterious way."
Salvifici Doloris, paragraph #2
February 11, 1984
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.