Thursday, October 11

A Rosary Meditation … The First Joyful Mystery, The Annunciation. “Her garments were humble and poor, yet clean, of a dark silvery hue, somewhat like the color of ashes, and they were arranged and worn without pretense, but with the greatest modesty and propriety.” This description of Mary, as Gabriel found her, is taken from the work, The Mystical City of God, by Mary of Agreda. The soon to be mother of God in all her humble splendor. What a difference between her on that day and so many in these days. On her part no pride, no flaunting, no thought of anyone or anything but God and pleasing God. Today people are filled with pride, flaunt anything and everything, concerned only with thoughts of self and pleasing self. If St. Gabriel came to the average person today, to the average Catholic for that matter, what would he see? What attitude would he encounter? Mary was sinless. She pleased God. We are anything but sinless and do anything to please ourselves. Her simple garments, modest and worn with modesty, were an outer sign of an inward spirit. Let us pray to wear such inner garments of the heart, to sin less, to please God at the cost of self if need be. She is our fully human example of what we can be if we will only ask her to ask Him.

Today … St. Damian of Molokai, a Sacred Heart priest serving lepers in Hawaii over 100 years ago. He volunteered to work with people that others feared to touch. In Jesus’ day lepers were required to call out “Unclean! Unclean!” as they walked about so as to warn others of their diseased approach. In our modern world the treatment is even more cruel because we segregate them, put them in colonies that only they populate, were only the disease can be seen and experienced by them, where hope is just a word and not a possibility of life. It was into this type of colony that Fr. Damian walked. And by his presence he called out “Clean! Clean!” because this is what the love of God offers us. Cleanliness before God through Christ. With this sort of cleanliness nothing but hope exists, disease fades into the background where its lost in the flood of blood from Calvary, and life moves onward towards a Divine Goal. Fr. Damian contracted leprosy and died of it. But the hope he brought lives on.

And … For the next ? days? weeks? your-guess-is-as-good-as-mine? I’ll be working from the Mystical City of God by Mary of Agreda with the Rosary meditations. I’ll take a line or so that makes a point concerning any given mystery and go from there. The Mystical City of God is a work highly thought of by the Church, a favorite of many very holy people, and provides a wealth of Christian insight for those inclined to pursue it. Pray, please, for this endeavor.

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