Sunday, January 04, 2009

[MaryVitamin] the star of the Magi

Mary Vitamin for January 4th
Topic: The Star of the Magi
Abbot Marmion, O.S.B.
"The marvellous star leads them to the place where they were at last to find Him Whom they had so long sought. And what do they find? A palace, a royal cradle, a long train of attentive servants? No, but a poor dwelling. They seek a king, a God, and they see only a Babe on His Mother's knee; not a Babe transfigured by Divine rays as the Apostles were later to see the God-Man, but a little Child, a poor weak little Child."
Abbot Marmion, O.S.B.
 "A wondrous star appears to them. Its extraordinary brightness attracting their gaze, awakens their attention at the same time that an inward grace of illumination enlightens their souls. [...] The Magi's fidelity to the inspiration of grace is wonderful. Doubt takes no hold upon their minds; without staying to reason, they immediately begin to carry out their design. Neither the indifference nor the scepticism of those who surround them, nor the disappearance of the star, nor the difficulties inherent to an expedition of this kind, nor the length and dangers of the way stop them. They obey the divine call without delay or hesitation. 'We have seen His star in the East and are come.' (Mt 2:2)" 
 Blessed Virgin, I look to the sky and I see no star to guide me to your Son. I can only look to you and see you in my mind's eye, in my heart, in my devotional pictures, and in my prayers. Please lead me with your bright example, as a marvellous star in the sky that I might not give up, that I might persevere to the end and to find Jesus, humble and vulnerable, the way the Blessed Magi found Him with You, that first night, so many years ago.
Marian Vow: 
St. Maximilian"In the bosom of the Immaculate the soul is reborn
according to the likeness
 of Jesus Christ." Traccia Mariana
 I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 Thanks be to God for graces received.