Marie du jour 2021, May 1: Père Jacques

Contemplate the Incarnation; it was accomplished in the silence of the Virgin Mary’s chamber at a time when she was in prolonged silence, her door closed. Our Lord’s birth came during the night, while all things were enveloped in silence.

Servant of God Père Jacques of Jesus, O.C.D.
Retreat for the Carmel of Pontoise, Conference 8 
9 September 1943
Our Holy Mother at the manger is the theme of this Nativity window at the Cathedral of Chartres captured by Father Lawrence Lew, OP (some rights reserved). You can find this in his Flickr albums from Chartres as well as his stained glass album, which has nearly 3500 images. We thank Father Lawrence for making his excellent photos available under Creative Commons licenses.

Jacques, P 2005, Listen to the silence: a retreat with Père Jacques, translated from the French and edited by Murphy F, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

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