Tuesday, May 12, 2009

[MaryVitamin] saying hello to Mary

Mary Vitamin for May 12th
Topic: Praying with Our Lady
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St. Maximilian Kolbe
"Someone truly in love with Mary finds time to turn to her as often as possible, to stay as long as possible at her feet. We would entrust our troubles and worries, and our whole life to her."
St. Edith Stein writes about meditative prayer:
"Here the spirit moves more freely without being bound to specific words. It immerses itself, for example, in the mystery of the birth of Jesus. The spirit's imagination [Phantasie] transports it to the grotto in Bethlehem, seeing the child in the manger, the holy parents, the shepherds, and the kings. The intellect ponders the greatness of divine mercy, the emotions are seized by divine love. This is how meditative prayer involves all the soul's powers and, when practiced with faithful persistence, can gradually remake the whole person."
The Hidden Life, Volume IV of the Collected Works of Edith Stein
(ICS Publications: 1992), 39.

Today, I will make more opportunities to speak to the Blessed Virgin Mary. A simple "good morning" or "good afternoon" is an excellent way to begin. Today, my holy pictures will remind me to greet Our Lady. If my duties permit a lengthier conversation, I will pause to speak to her at greater length.
Marian Vow:
San Damiano Friary

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The Marian Seraphic Pathways suggests beginning the day in this way:

"[R]ising each day in the morning early (around 6 o'clock), promptly without delay, asking the Blessing of the Madonna, followed by morning prayer and possibly meditation (about thirty minutes) on a spiritual text, for instance the Gospel, the Scriptures and the life of a saint, or other spiritual texts especially Marian and Franciscan." #25

I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God forgraces received.


Deacon John

Sent from Mt Dora, Florida, United States