Marian Devotion (Day 10)
May 10, 2024
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.
Day 10
A reading from the Song of Songs (2:8-14)
Hark! my lover—here he comes 
   springing across the mountains,
   leaping across the hills.
My lover is like a gazelle
   or a young stag.
Here he stands behind our wall,
   gazing through the windows,
   peering through the lattices.
My lover speaks; he says to me,
   “Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one,
   and come!
“For see, the winter is past,
   the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth,
   the time of pruning the vines has come,
   and the song of the dove is heard in our land.
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
   and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance.
Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one,
   and come!
O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
   in the secret recesses of the cliff,
let me see you,
   let me hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
   and you are lovely.”
From her Heaven in Faith by St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

“If you knew the gift of God,” Christ said one evening to the Samaritan woman.

There is one who knew this gift of God, one who did not lose one particle of it, one who was so pure, so luminous that she seemed to be the Light itself: Speculum justitiae. One whose life was so simple, so lost in God that there is hardly anything we can say about it:  Virgo fidelis, that is, “Faithful virgin, “who kept all these things in her heart.”

She remained so little, so recollected in God’s presence, in the seclusion of the temple, that she drew down upon herself the delight of the Holy Trinity: “Because He has looked upon the lowliness of His servant, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed!”

The Father bending down to this beautiful creature, who was so unaware of her own beauty, willed that she be the Mother in time of Him whose Father he is in eternity. Then the Spirit of love who presides over all of God’s works came upon her: the Virgin said her fiat: “behold the servant of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word,” and the greatest of mystery was accomplished. By the descent of the Word in her, Mary became forever God’s prey.

It seems to me that the attitude of the Virgin during the months that elapsed between the Annunciation and the Nativity is the model for interior souls, those whom God has chosen to live within, in the depths of the bottomless abyss. In what peace, in what recollection Mary lent herself to everything she did!  How even the most trivial things were divinized by her! For through it all the Virgin remained the adorer of the gifts of God!

This did not prevent her from spending herself outwardly when it was a matter of charity; the Gospel tells us that Mary went in haste to the mountains of Judea to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Never did the ineffable vision that she contemplated within herself in any way diminish her outward charity. For, a pious author says, if contemplation “continues towards praise and towards the eternity of its Lord, it possesses unity and will not lose it.

“If an order from heaven arrives, contemplation turns towards men, sympathizes with their needs, is inclined towards all their miseries; it must cry and be fruitful.  It illuminates like fire, and like it, it burns, it absorbs and devours, lifting up to heaven what it has devoured. And when it has finished its work here below, it rises, burning with its fire, and takes up again the road on high.

Musical Selection (Kathleen Deignan)

Elizabeth . . .
Who is this coming to greet me?
It is she whom the Lord taught to dance,
taught to sing of God’s love.
With that song on her lips,
bearing the promised hope, she comes.
Elizabeth . . .
Why do you come now to see me?
You are fair, full of grace,
and the One whom you bear is the Lord.
Why this blessing to me?
I’m old, my welcome is poor:
why come to me?
Elizabeth, rise and look up: I am Mary.
I have come, as God comes,
to the ones who believe in God’s love
and power, when we’re weak,
and the joy of promise fulfilled 
and still great things to come.
Elizabeth . . . Mary . . .
Come let us sing to the Lord!
Lord our God, Savior of the human family,
you brought salvation and joy
to the home of Elizabeth
through the visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the ark of the New Covenant.
We ask that, in obedience
to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
we too may bring Christ to others
and proclaim your greatness
by the praise of our lips and the holiness of our lives.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.  Amen. (Visitation)