Wednesday, October 31

A Rosary Meditation … The First Glorious Mystery, the Resurrection. “In the beatific vision each merit secures greater clearness and insight into the divine attributes and perfections than that acquired by all the doctors and enlightened members of the Church.” (“The Mystical City of God” by Mary of Agreda) With these words the Blessed Virgin explains to Mary of Agreda a wonderful truth. While knowledge and learning are of great worth personal merit is worth even more. Not everyone can attain great learning, but each of us can, in some small way at least, develop good qualities of value. We may not all be scholars but we can all be good people, good Catholics. And this goodness, and all goodness originates with God Who is All Good, brings us closer to Him. The closer to Him we are the clearer, the more wonderful, will be our beatific vision, how we see Him in Heaven. The Blessed Virgin Mary knew more about this than anyone else. When Jesus rose from the dead she was given an interior enlightenment, a knowledge of His resurrection, that was so great that the spiritual joy spilled over into the physical and all she knew at that time, on all levels, was joyousness. She, by her merits, was so close to Christ that when He came out of the tomb she knew it immediately. This gives us something to strive for. We, by growing in merit, which simply means by becoming more like Him, can KNOW He lives! Always and forever. In this personal knowledge of His resurrection our beatific vision, in a way, can begin even now, in this life. We will be as close to Him then as we merit now. Our vision of Him then will be as clear as our vision of Him in our life now. And how to do this? How to see, really see? Simple. Never forget the tomb. But more importantly never forget that its empty.

Today … St. Bega. An Irish princess promised in marriage to a Viking prince. But there was a Love in her life greater than the royal court or a royal wedding. She desired only a place, however small, in another Royal Court and, as a pure virgin, to be wed to Another. So she fled and was transported miraculously by God to Cumberland, England. There, in a hermitage, she was counseled by St. Oswald. Latter St. Aidan received her vows as a nun. She founded a monastery and served as its abbess until her death. She tried to always remain as close to Christ as she could in this earthly life. Her vision was undoubtedly clearer than most. Two questions we might ask ourselves. With such a clear vision what is it that she views NOW? With our own vision being what it is at this moment what is it that we need to do to improve it?

Vision … “We see now through a glass in a dark manner, but then face to face.” 1 Corinthians 13:12a.

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