Mystery – “Wisdom”, “Sophia”, “Be Attentive”
The Queen promised (Maria of Agreda) that when I should begin to describe the first operations of her faculties and virtues She would instruct me (us) how to model our life after her own; for this would be the principal purpose of showing it to me as in a mirror,..and to expect more of the same as long as I continue to write her history. #238 Queen of Heaven, “ My daughter, I wish that thou reap for thyself the fruits which thou desire from the description of the mysteries and sacraments of my holy life; and let the reward of thy labors be the greater purity and perfection of thy life, disposing thyself by the grace of the Most High to practice what thou hear. Hear me with attentive faith, for I will speak to thee words of eternal life and teach thee the most holy things of perfect Christian life and what is most acceptable to God. Begin even now to dispose thyself for the reception of the light, in which thou shalt see the hidden mysteries of my most holy life and the doctrine, which thou desire. I will teach thee in this regard. And NOW LISTEN.” #239. Sister Agreda: ”My Mistress, whose SLAVE I AM and to whom I dedicate and consecrate myself anew; #243.
Book I – CONCEPTION CityNotes #10
Chapter XVII – The Mystery of Conception of holy Mary – Explaining Rev. chapter 21 (1of3)
#244. The Immaculate Conception of the most holy Mary contains such great and such exalted sacraments that in order to make me more capable of understanding this admirable mystery, his Majesty opened up to me many of the hidden meanings of the twenty first chapter of Revelations of St john and referred me to for my guidance.
#245. And first I will give the very words of that chapter which begins in the following manner:
1. And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth was gone, and the sea is now no more.
2. And I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3. And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people; and God himself with them shall be their God. 4And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.
5.And he that sat on the throne, said: Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me: Write, for these words are most faithful and true.
6. And he said to me: It is done. I am Alpha and Omega; the beginning and the end. To him that thirst, I will give of the fountain of the water of life, freely.
7. He that shall overcome shall possess these things, and I will be his God; and he shall be my son.
8. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, they shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
#246. First of three parts of the literal rendering of this Chapter explained verse by verse.
Verse 1.“I saw a new heaven and a new Earth”,He speaks of the creation of Mary by the hand of the Almighty and the formation of the material, from which the most holy human nature of the Word originated. With great propriety can that divinely human nature and the virginal womb, where and from the which the Word was formed, be called a new heaven; for in that heaven God began to dwell in a new way (Jer31:21), different from that in which He had dwelt before in the old heaven and in any of his creatures. But also the old heaven after the mystery of the Incarnation could be called new, for through it the novelty was made posible, that henceforth also mortal men could dwell therein….And because of this renewal of heaven had its beginning in most holy Mary, the Evangelist, in speaking of Mary born without sin, said that he saw a new heaven.
#247. he saw also a New Earth….All was renewed in most holy Mary and in her innocence; and therefore the Evengelist, seeing that in her this renovation of the human and earthly elements took it rise, says that in Mary conceived without sin he saw a new heaven and a new earth. He continues:
#248. “For the first heaven and the first earth were gone.” It naturally followed that as soon as the earth and new heaven of Mary and her Son the God-man appeared in the world, the old heaven and the earth, grown old by the sin tarnished human and earthly matter, should disappear. There was now a new heaven for the Divinity in that human being, which, being [reserved from sin, could furnish a new habitation to God thought he hypostatic union of the person of the Word. Already the first heaven ceased to exist, that one which God created had created in Adam and which had become deficient and unfit for the indwelling of a God….In this respecting it ceased tgo be the old heaven and it became a new one through the merits of Christ, now beginning to shine forth in the aurora of grace, most holy Mary, his Mother…..”And the sea was no more.” For the sea of abomination and sin, which had flooded the world and destroyed the earth pf our being, ceased to exist with the coming of Most holy Mary and of Christ: for the sea of His blood super abounded, overwhelming the sea of sin in such abundance, that no amount of guilt could prevail against it. If the mortals would only approach this infinite sea of divine Mercy and merits of Jesus Christ our Lord, all the sin of the world would cease to exist, since the lamb of God came to undo them and take them away.
#249. “And I john, saw the holy city and the new Jerusalem coming down out of the heaven from God, prepared as bride adorned for her husband.” As all three mysteries had in their beginning in most holy Mary, and were founded in Her, the Evangelist says, that he saw the holy city of Jerusalem, for under this figure he speaks of Her. To Him was given to see Her, in order that he might value more highly and watch with befitting solicitude over the Treasure, which was confided in his care at the foot of the Cross...
#250.Hence she is called the New Jerusalem since all her gifts, her greatness and virtues are new and are the cause of new wonder to the saints. New also because she came after all the ancient Fathers, patriarchs and Prophets and in Her were renewed and accomplished ll their clamors, their prophesies; new, because She became without the contagion of guilt and under a new dispensation far from the law of sin; new because She entered triumphant over sin, the devil and the first deceit, thus being the greatest new event since its beginning.
#251. As all this was now on earth and could not have proceeded from earthly causes, She is said to “ come down from heaven”. Although She was derived from Adam according to the ordinary course of nature, She did not read the well-worn paths of sin in her coming…. for that Lady alone their was a special decree of divine predestination and a new path was opened, by which She should descend in to this world with Her divine Son, neither being Herself the companion of any other of the mortals, nor any of them found worthy of treading the same path as She and Christ the Lord. Thus She was a new creature from heaven of the divine mind, descended from the exalted spheres of divine forethought and per-ordination…. Hence the Evangelist directed his gaze upon which that which was in Her most exalted and heavenly, and not upon the insignificant part of her being that came from the earth.
#252. He continues saying, “ She came prepared as a bride adorned for her husband,” For the day of espousal it I customary among mortals to procure the most precious adornments and presents obtainable for adorning the terrestrial bride, and most precious jewels will even be borrowed, in order that nothing be wanting…. Therefore, if we admit, as we are indeed forced to admit, that she is the most pure spouse of the blessed Trinity, Mother of the second Person, and that She was adorned and prepared for these dignities by the omnipotent God, who is infinite and rich without measure or limit: what adornments, what preparation, what jewels must those be with which he fitted her out in order that she might be worthy Spouse and Mother?
Letall confess with the Lord Himself, that She alone is the chosen One (Cant6:8) and the perfect One, whom the rest must recognize, proclaim and magnify as the immaculate and most happy among women, of whom in wonder and joyful praise they ask: Who is the Most holy Mary, the spouse and Mother of the Almighty, who descends to the world adorned and prepared as the Bride of the blessed Trinity for her Spouse and her Son. Who is She that comes forth like the morning, beautiful as the moon (Cant6:9) and terrible as the serried armies?
#253. It is verily time, that the honor due to our great Queen should be unveiled and made clear to human insight, and that whoever was misled by opposite opinions, should hesitate and cease to belittle and deny Her the adornments of her immaculate purity at the instant of her heavenly Conception. Compelled by the force of truth and light, in which I see these ineffable mysteries, I proclaim over and over again, that (as far as revealed tome), the privileges, graces, prerogatives, favors and gifts of most holy Mary, not excluding even that of her being the Mother of God, all depend upon the fact, that she was immaculate and full of grace in the moment of conception, hence all of them would appear ill proportioned and deficient without this favor like a sumptuous edifice without a solid foundation. All depend and are founded on a certain way upon the purity and innocence of her conception… Evangelist proceeds:
#254. “And I heard a great voice from the throne saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he shall dwell with them. And they shall be his people and God himself with them shall be their God.” the voice of the Most High is great and strong, sweet and efficacious to move and draw toward Him all creation. Such was the voice St John heard…but also because He redeemed us as man clothed in our human nature, buying us as his people and as the inheritance of the Father and making us his brethren. For the same reason, namely, on account of his human nature, we are the legitimate inheritance of Mary most holy, since she gave Him the form of human flesh by which He purchased us for himself……for human laws, are founded on right reason and therefore need not be invalid in the divine order of things.
#255. This voice proceeded from the royal throne of through an angel, who with a sort of holy envy seemed to me say to the Evangelist: Behold and see the tabernacle of God among men, and He shall live with them and they shall be his people; He will be their Brother and He will assume human form in this tabernacle Mary whom thou sees descending from heaven, by her conception and formation. But we can answer …..; He will receive from it life and blood, which He offers in purchase for us in order to make us his people. He shall live in us in his dwelling and habitation, since receiving Him in the holy Sacrament we are made His tabernacle (Jn6:57) “He that eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me: and I in him” …..The text continues:
#256. “And God will wipe away all tears from their eyes and death shall be no more, nor crying, nor mourning, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things have passed away”…. no tears, since the death of sin and all that resulted from sin is abolished and has ceased.
#257. Nor will there be heard any clamor, nor the voice of quarrel; for the just and the wise, following the example of their Master and His most humble mother, must learn to bear themselves in silence, like the artless lamb. (Is53:7) …. that His Majesty their supreme Lord and model, was slaughtered on the frightful Cross in order to repair the damages by our impatience and want of confidence (Phil2:8)….what should these things exist when Christ has come to establish the law of eternal charity? The Evangelist repeats: “ and sorrow shall be no more,”
#258. And He said to me “Write for these things are most faithful and true.” and He said to me: “ I am the Alpha and the Omega: the beginning and the end.” According to our way of thinking, God was deeply grieved , because the great works of love performed for us in the Incarnation and Redemption should be so much forgotten: and a remembrance of these great benefits and as a satisfaction for our ingratitude He commands them to be written……as the most certain truth for each one of us.
#259. But as God does not repent of His gifts (Rom11:29), and does not retract the good He Confers, even IF man makes himself unworthy, He says: “It is done;” as if He wanted to say to us, that although by our ingratitude we have offended him, He will not turn back from his course of Love, but having already sent in to the world the most holy Mary free from original sin, all that pertains to the Incarnation is already an accomplished fact. Since the most Pure Mary was now on earth it appeared impossible, that the divine Word should remain in heaven and not come to earth in order to assume human flesh in the womb of the Virgin.
#260. “to him that thirst I will give of the fountain of the water of life, freely. He that shall overcome shall possess these things.” Who among creatures presume to give counsel to God (Rom11:34) or who shall give so much to Him to oblige Him tro make a return? So says the Apostle, wishing to make it understood?…And all that do not partake of the fountain of its blessings is not the fault of the fountain, but of those that do not approach for it invites all to partake of the fountain of its joyful abundance….unites itslef with us, how is it possible, that we, being so desirous of honor, glory and delight, do not hasten to drink from this freely flowing fountain(Is53:1)?… We do not thirst for true glory, honor, and happiness, but we seek only for the apparent and deceitful ones, despising the fountains of grace, which Jesus Christ has opened for us by the merits of his death (Is 12:3). but to those that do thirst…He will give freely of the fountain of life (Jer2:13) ..Oh what great pity and sorrow it is, so few are thirsting for it, and that there are so many, who run after the waters of death! THOSE that conquer the DEMON, the world and their own flesh within themselves, will certainly possess these things.
#261.… The Lord hastens to certify all this by another assurance, saying: “I shall be his God and he shall be my son” (Apoc21:7), and if He is to us a God, and we are to Him as sons, it is clear, that we are made to be sons of God, and being sons, also heirs of all his goods ( Rom8:17) and being heirs (of grace) we are made secure of our inheritance, just as children are secure in the inheritance of the possession of their parents…..All this is destined for those that conquer and have shown themselves true and courageous children.
#262. “But be fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whore mongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters and all liars, they shall have their portion in the burning lakes of fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” …On this formidable roster innumerable sons of perdition have written their names of their own accord,..blocking up for themselves the path of life. For this path is not hidden to those who use their eyes, but only to those who willfully close their eyes and who have allowed and are allowing themselves to be fascinated and deceived by the fraudulent tricks of satan. “The fearful” are those, that continually hesitate, and never enter into the pathway of eternal life; to whom virtue appears insipid and burdensome though the yoke of the Lord is Sweet and his burden is light (Mt11:30).
#263. “ The Abominable” are those that follow vice without distinction, without repentance or limit, and rather boast of their wickedness and contempt, making themselves hateful to God and drawing down his wrath and curse.. thus they arrive at a state of rebellion and become incapable of good works. ….”the adulterers” are excluded from that kingdom, since for short and impure pleasure, which is abhorred as soon as it is attained, and yet in its disorder is never satiated, they despise the friendship of God and the eternal joys, which on being tasted are the more sought and are an unfailing fountain of undiminished delight…The “sorcerers” likewise, who believe and testify to the false promises of the dragon, hidden under the cloak of friendship; they are deceived themselves and so perverted that they deceive and pervert others. The idolaters” cannot enter heaven for they seek after and feel the presences of the Divinity and do not find it, though He is in all our surroundings (Acts17:27) … inanimate shadows of the truth..of the grandeur of the true God (Jer1:13). The liars also who standing in opposition to the highest truth are deprived of His rectitude and virtue, occupying the opposite extreme, confiding more in fraudulent deceits than in the Author of truth and of all good. (Evangelicals?)
#264. Of all these, the Evangelist heard the sentence, “ Their portion shall be in the pool of the fire burning with sulfur, which is the second death”.…..He opened the foundations of grace, which are freely offered to us in the holy Church. In addition to all this HE gave us his Mother and the fountain of her most holy life through through which we may attain it. Therefore mortals cannot excuse themselves. For the death of Grace caused by sin is opposed to the infinite sanctity and goodness of God; it offends Him, who is to be referenced and adored. Let it through all the ages be feared and adored, Amen.
End chapter XVII- the Mysteries in the Mystical City of God. I share what meets the criteria for this synthesis. Hoping to focus on instructions or communications as revealed from “The Most High/Jesus, or Mary” concerning the Mysteries the Lord wants revealed during the 16th century into the future. Just as Mary of Jesus comments in her intro, I too remind you of St. John’s words concerning scripture in his Gospel (Jn21:25) But there are also many other things which Jesus did; I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Jesus also reminded Mary-Jesus, of this, I have yet many things to say to you: but you cannot bear them now. ….“CityofGod.blog” How that, according to revelation, the mystery has been made known to me, as I have written above in a few words; As you reading, may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ, . (Eph3:2-3) ….“CityofGod.blog”
Disclosure: The Mystical City of God, by Maria of Agreda is one of several well known narrations of the Life of Christ based on private revelations. It can offer the reader good food for meditation. However, since Sacred Scripture and Tradition as explained and taught by the Church’s Magisterium provide the essentials of our Catholic faith , revelations in this volume that go beyond these foundations should be accepted with human faith. [ Pope Leo X 5th Council of Lateran 1513, When it comes to prophetic revelations the Pope is the Sole Judge.”] Therefore City of God, approved by Order of Innocent XI, Alexander VIII, Clement IX, Benedict XIII, and Benedict XIV received from 5 POPES – (pgXvii)