Saturday, November 10

A Rosary Meditation … The Fourth Glorious Mystery, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “On the third day after the most pure soul of Mary had taken possession of this Glory never to leave it, the Lord manifested to the Saints His Divine Will, that She should return to the World, resuscitate Her Sacred Body and unite Herself with it, so that She might in body and soul be again raised to the right hand of Her Divine Son without waiting for the general resurrection of the dead.” (“The Mystical City of God” by Mary of Agreda) Consider how much Mary has in common with Jesus because she set her eyes on God’s Glory and not the worlds, she put God first with others second and self third if at all, and because her will was nonexistent. In its place there was always the will of God. In life she followed Him. She even followed Him in death. She spent, her body spent, three days wrapped in the cold shroud of death just as He did. And now, as a result? She sets forever, whole and entire, at the right hand of Jesus. Have you ever thought about the various apparitions, Mary appearing to this or that person? It was no ghost, no disembodied spirit. It was really her, all of her, body and soul. Have you ever thought about how wonderful it would be to be in her presence? It would be wonderful because in her presence we would be with someone so close to Jesus that she is a feminine reflection of Him, of God. What would our reaction be? The next time we’re introduced to someone we might like to check their reaction to us. It could provide insight into how close we are to Him.

Today … St. Justus of Canterbury. A Benedictine archbishop sent to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons by Pope St. Gregory I the Great. Now there’s a resume. They tell me that for a resume to have optimum impact it should be impressive and short. A saint sent by a saint to convert the wicked and the ignorant. Not to mention the violent. What a world he walked into when he arrived at his mission! But he was a saint, which is just one more way of saying he was very close to God with no desire to be anywhere else. That’s simple. Simplicity ought never to be confused with ease. Being a saint he had nothing to fear from the heathen around him. The worst they could do would be send him to his death, which means a trip Home. There was no reason to fear the powers, the violent, the proud, the arrogant, or the ignorant. No reason to fear unjust laws, or worldly courts and immoral legalities, or bad governmental mandates, or … Well, like I said, it is simple, but it isn’t easy.

More today … Pray for the people that St. Justus would work to convert if he were here now. Beause he’s not. But you are.

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