Marie du jour 2020: 31 May

“The Virgin kept all these things in her heart” (Lk 2:19): her whole history can be summed up in these few words! It was within her heart that she lived, and at such a depth that no human eye can follow her.

When I read in the Gospel “that Mary went in haste to the hill country of Judea” (Lk 1:39) to perform her loving service for her cousin Elizabeth, I imagine her passing by so beautiful, so calm and so majestic, so absorbed in recollection of the Word of God within her. Like Him, her prayer was always this: “Ecce, here I am!” Who? “The servant of the Lord,” (Lk 1:38) the lowliest of His creatures: she, His Mother!

Her humility was so real for she was always forgetful, unaware, freed from self. And she could sing: “The Almighty has done great things for me, henceforth all people will call me blessed” (Lk 1:49,48).

Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

Last Retreat, Fifteenth Day

Elizabeth of the Trinity, S 2014, I Have Found God, The Complete Works of Elizabeth of the Trinity Volume 1: Major spiritual writings, translated from the French by Kane, A, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

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