Marie du jour 2020: 18 May

The decision for the Redemption was conceived in the eternal silence of the inner divine life.

The power of the Holy Spirit came over the Virgin praying alone in the hidden, silent room in Nazareth and brought about the Incarnation of the Savior. Congregated around the silently praying Virgin, the emergent Church awaited the promised new outpouring of the Spirit that was to quicken it into inner clarity and fruitful outer effectiveness…

The Virgin, who kept every word sent from God in her heart is the model for such attentive souls in whom Jesus’ high priestly prayer comes to life again and again.

Saint Edith Stein

The Prayer of the Church (1937)
Solitary Dialogue with God as the Prayer of the Church

The Virgin Reading
Vittore Carpaccio (Italian, c. 1465–1525/1526)
Oil on panel transferred to canvas, c. 1505
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Stein, E. 2014, The Hidden Life: hagiographic essays, meditations, spiritual texts, translated from the German by Stein, W, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

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