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" Whispers of Light" (part 12)

          Mary teaches an intercessor how to receive from the heart and how to remain in contact with the mystery of God: "We have need of Mary to gain access to the mystery of Jesus in its entirety" (Jesus Living in Mary: Handbook of the Spirituality of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, p. 552). Since our call as intercessors is to perpetuate the redemptive mission of the Lamb of God, Mary's presence in our lives is essential. One of Mary's tasks is to draw us into fellowship with Jesus, and then, to share in his mission: "An essential characteristic of missionary spirituality is intimate communion with Christ" (John Paul II, "Redemptoris Missio", 88. encyclical letter, 1990). Through this intimacy with Jesus, an intercessor's prayer is empowered. The Lamb continues to go forth on mission in Spirit through us to those whom we are interceding for.

          Holiness is the hidden source both of the missionary zeal of the intercessor and the fruitfulness of one's intercession. Intercessory prayer is a "vocation of love". Love is the "soul" of the holiness to which the intercessor is called. Among other things, this love is exercised through "heroic virtue" that comes forth the more that one surrenders to the Love of the Holy Spirit working through Mary. The Holy Spirit and Mary work together to form an intercessor in this indispensable intimacy with Jesus.

          Like all of the baptized, intercessors are called to sanctity, to "shine like lights in the world, as you hold on to the word of life" (Phil. 2:15B). This charism of communal intercession calls for the work of saints. According to Montfort, "In every age of the Church but more so even during the latter times", the main figures have been, are, and will be the Holy Spirit, Mary and the saints" (Jesus Living in Mary, p. 179). The Holy Spirit, working through "Holy" Mary, forms holy intercessors.

          Pope St. John Paul II has written:

"The saints have always been the source and origin of renewal in the most difficult moments in the Church's history" (John Paul II, "Christifideles Laici", apostolic exhortation; 16, 3).

 Currently, we are living in such a moment in history. Our times call for the raising up of true, sanctified prayer warriors--holy, mature men and women formed in the crucible of Mary's heart by the fire of the Holy Spirit, becoming one with the Lamb: "Behold, I come to do your will, O God" (Heb. 10:7).

          Mary is the great secret for living fully in the Holy Spirit. She is "Daughter of the Father", Mother of Jesus, and "Spouse of the Holy Spirit": 

"Mary, because she shares in the personal life of the Spirit in such a unique way, is called by Montfort [St. Louis de Montfort]--as she is by his contemporaries--the spouse of the Holy Spirit" (Jesus Living in Mary, p.705).

In his work, "Prayer for Missionaries", Montfort writes:

"Holy Spirit, be ever mindful that it is you who, with Mary as your faithful spouse, are to bring forth and fashion the children of God...All the saints who have ever existed or will exist until the end of time will be the outcome of your love working through Mary" (PM, 15).

          At the Annunciation, God set the "template" of how Jesus will be en-fleshed in the world. Forevermore, it will only be the activity of the Holy Spirit working through Mary that will bring forth members of the Mystical Body of Christ. Monfort states  succinctly in True Devotion to Mary: 

"If we desire to have the Holy Spirit working in us, we must possess his faithful and inseparable Spouse Mary, the divinely favored one..." (True Devotion to Mary, 164).

(to be continued)

Questions:

1)   Do I struggle during the day to remain in contact with the mystery of God?

2)   Do I notice any growth in the purity of my desires, thoughts, words or actions?

Scriptures:

Any scripture from the text; Rom. 11:16; 1 Cr. 1:2; Eph. 1:4; 1 Pet. 3:15

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