• Come and Be Filled

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    Come and Be Filled

    "Let us come to this Supper and be filled to satiety. And who have
    come to this Supper except the beggars, the sick, the lame, and the

    Let the beggars come, for he invites us who became poor for our sakes.
    Let the sick come, for it is not the healthy who need a physician but
    the sick. Let the blind come and say to him: "Give light to my eyes
    lest I sleep in death.""
    --St. Augustine--Sermon 112, 18

    Prayer: O God, come to me in your kindness. For you are the good and
    the beautiful, in whom, by whom, and through whom all things are good
    and beautiful.
    --St. Augustine--Soliloquies 1, 1

    March 25th - The Feast of the Annunciation
     and the Incarnation of the Word

    Texts of St. Louis Grignion de Montfort :
    First text: “Those who undertake this holy slavery should have a
    special devotion to the great mystery of the Incarnation of the Word.
    Indeed, the Incarnation is the mystery proper to this practice,
    insomuch as it is a devotion inspired by the Holy Ghost:

       1. First, to honor and imitate the ineffable dependence that God
    the Son was pleased to have on Mary, for His Father’s glory and our salvation. This dependence appears in a particular way in this
    mystery, where Our Lord Jesus Christ is a captive and a slave in the
    bosom of the Most Holy Virgin, and depends on her for all things.

       2. Second, to thank God for the incomparable graces He has given
    Mary, and particularly for having chosen her to be His most worthy
    Mother, which choice was made in this mystery.” (True Devotion to
    Mary, Montfort Publications, 1975, p. 165).

    Second text: “Time does not permit me to explain here the excellences
    and grandeurs of the mystery of Jesus living in Mary, in other words,
    the Incarnation of the Word. I will content myself to say these few
    words. We have here the first mystery of Jesus Christ--the most
    hidden, the most exalted, and the least known. It is in this mystery
    that Jesus, in concert with Mary, has chosen all the elect. For this
    reason, her womb is called by the saints aula sacramentorum, the room
    of the secrets of God. From this mystery, He has wrought all the
    subsequent mysteries of His life …. Hence, this mystery is the
    summation of all mysteries and contains the will and grace of all.
    Finally, this mystery is the throne of the mercy, the liberality, and
    the glory of God.” (Ibid., p. 167)

    Comments of the late Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira: (died 1995)

    The two texts here are co-related. 1st, St. Louis de Montfort affirms
    that the mystery of Incarnation is par excellence the one to which the
    true slaves of Our Lady should have devotion. 2nd, he sustains that
    the mystery of the secret life of Jesus in Mary is a mystery that
    contains all the others, that it was the point of departure for all
    the wonders of His life.

    Let us analyze the 1st part and then the 2nd.

    The Treatise of True Devotion to Our Lady is, in my opinion, a
    prophetic book with regard to what it states about the mysteries and
    devotion to Our Lady. One sees that the profound things St. Louis de
    Montfort says will be revealed as theology develops in the Reign of
    Mary. Today, the meaning of his words cannot be fully comprehended.
    For example, who can entirely understand his affirmation that Our Lord
    was the slave of Our Lady during the time He lived in her? After the Annunciation and the fiat of Our Lady, Our Lord was made flesh in her
    bosom. From that moment, He had a perfect knowledge of everything. He
    was cloistered inside her, living in exclusive contact with her, in a
    complete dependence on her, the most complete dependence a person can
    have upon another.

    The Word Incarnate, completely lucid from the first moment of His
    being, chose to live this life inside another creature. It was by His
    design He lived inside that temple, that palace, in a mysterious
    relation with Our Lady. God manifested His omnipotence in the
    Incarnation. He also manifested His power by maintaining Our Lady a
    Virgin before, during, and after the parturition. Everything about the Incarnation is so extraordinary that He could have arranged for Our
    Lord to be born just a short time after the conception. But He did not
    do this. He chose to live the full nine months in her. He wanted to
    establish that special form of dependence upon her. He chose to have
    that profound and mysterious relations of soul with her. In short, He
    wanted to be her slave. But a special kind of slave, because the
    normal slave has his own life, he breathes on his own, he has freedom
    of movement. What He wanted was more than this, it was to depend
    entirely on Our Lady.

    What kind of relation of souls was established during this period?
    What type of union took place? It is an impenetrable matter. But just
    to have a certain reference point, we should consider that in the
    mystery of the Incarnation, Our Lord assumed a human nature, that is,
    in addition to being true God, He also became true Man. That is, He
    had soul and a body, as we do. He was a descendent of Adam and Eve
    like us. But parallel to this, His human soul had--and has--a union
    with God so close that Jesus Christ is part of the Holy Trinity. In
    Jesus Christ there are not two persons, there is only one Person, even
    though the human soul of Christ was created. How can a human soul
    constitute one person with God? It is a mystery. Theology teaches us
    that this is a hypostatic union, but it does not explain the mystery.

    Considering His divine and human natures, how can one explain why Our
    Lord cried out on the Cross, “My God, My God, why hast Thou abandoned
    Me?” At that moment, He continued to be God, but He chose to suffer in
    His humanity a kind of abandonment and isolation that made Him feel in
    His human nature a complete abandonment, even though He remained
    united with God in His Divinity. Again, we have a mystery.

    The union of Our Lord with Our Lady when He was in her womb is less
    than, but similar to His hypostatic union. It is entirely
    incomprehensible, but a day will come when light will fall on it for
    mankind. I believe that in the Reign of Mary a theological explanation
    will be made for the greater glory of God and the good of the souls.

    There are still many unexplained mystical points regarding the union
    that Our Lady has with each one of her slaves, which is incomparably
    less than the divine mystery of her union with Our Lord. All these
    mysteries follow the same line, but we do not know how to explain
    them. What we can see, however, is that these mysteries take a
    direction diametrically opposed to the Revolution in two of its
    principal doctrines: Pantheism and Individualism.

    According to Pantheism, everything is god; one thing has no essential distinction from another. Every creature is united with every other,
    all making just one single person. Individualism asserts that each one
    is himself alone and does not need to be united with anyone else....


    Saint Quote:
    The heart is rich when it is content, and it is always content when
    its desires are fixed on God.
    --Saint Miguel Febres Cordero Muñoz

    Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Against Heresy

    O Powerful Virgin, who alone hast destroyed all heresies throughout
    the world, deliver the Christian world from the snares of the devil,
    and have compassion on the souls deceived by diabolical cunning, that
    laying aside all heretical guilt, the hearts of the erring may be
    converted and return to the unity of the Catholic Faith, through thy intercession with our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth and
    reigneth with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for
    ever and ever. Amen.

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