Friday, May 29, 2009

[MaryVitamin] Preparing for Pentecost

Mary Vitamin for May 29th
Topic: Preparing for Pentecost with Our Lady in the Upper Room
Venerable Mary of Agreda
"The words of the Holy Virgin were mild, fervent and efficacious in touching the hearts of the primitive faithful and in leading them to the practice of what was
Rubens Assumption of the Virgin, 17th century

The Assumption by Ruben. Image via Wikipedia

most fervent and heroic in virtue."
TheDivine Life of the Most Holy Virgin, (Tan Books), 222.
Venerable Mary of Agreda
"She incited them to mental prayer, teaching them its excellence and necessity, because the noblest occupation of the reasonable creature is to raise his mind above created things to meditate on the divine, and that nothing should be preferred to this holy exercise."
TheDivine Life of the Most Holy Virgin, (Tan Books), 221.
I will pause to reflect upon the presence of Our Lady in the upper room. I will think about her stabilizing influence, her calm demeanor, her words full of wisdom and love for Her Son. I will see her strong yet gentle guidance that she provided to the apostles during this difficult transition for them. Only yesterday, they saw the Lord ascend into Heaven and they were fearfully waiting the unknown the arrival of the Holy Spirit. Not knowing what to expect, the apostles turned to Our Lady. I will do the same thing. I will place my future in her capable hands when I place my flower on my May altar.
Marian Vow:
Mental Prayer from Marian Seraphic Pathways
"If possible each day the tertiaries should dedicate about an hour to meditation and spiritual reading. In particular the tertiaries should meditate in depth on the Gospel so as to faithfully practice 'moving from the Gospel to life and from life to the Gospel' (RT 4). They should read and diligently reflect on the Franciscan Sources, on the writings and lives of the saints, in particular St. Maximilian, his writings on Marian and Franciscan spirituality, and on the documents of the Supreme Pontiff. Let each Franciscan Tertiary of the Immaculate firmly resolve to make a daily Marian meditation, even if short and simple."
Traccia of Marian Seraphic Pathways, #30
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.


Deacon John

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