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 #13
Chapter XXI – The Mystery of Conception of holy Mary – of the Felicitous Birth of the most holy Mary. A Name was given Her in Heaven and on Earth
City comment: Chapter XXI-XXIII are loaded with Mystical insights, a longer then normal post but I felt they tie together. Meditate & Persevere its worth it.
#326. This birth happened on the eighth day of September, fully nine months having elapsed the conception of the soul of our most holy Queen and Lady. … Hence Mary was born into the world without perceiving it by her senses fro their operations and faculties were held in suspense…..However, the Almighty disposed otherwise, in order that the Princess might be spared the sensible experience connected with birth.
#327…..to the praise of her Maker. At twelve o’clock in the night of the ancient Law and its pristine darkness-es from the new day of grace, which now was about to break into dawn. She was clothed, handled and dressed like other infants, though her soul dwelt in the Divinity; and She was treated like an infant, though She excelled all mortals and even all the angels in wisdom Her mother did not allow her to be touched by other hands than her own, she herself wrapped Her in swaddling clothes: and in this Saint Anne was not hindered by her present state of childbirth;….
#328. …who was her daughter, but at the same time them most exquisite Treasure of all the universe, inferior Only to God and superior to all other creatures. ….. with a creature so pleasing to thy bounty and because in Her thou has prepared a dwelling-place and a tabernacle for the eternal Word. [Sap9:8]. St Anne Prayed …”How shall I handle the True Ark of the testament? Give me o my Lord and King, the necessary enlightenment to know thy will and to execute it according to thy pleasure in the service of my Daughter?
#329. the Lord answered the holy matron interiorly, that she was to treat her heavenly child outwardly as mothers treat their daughters, without any demonstrations of reverence; but to retain this reverence inwardly, fulfilling the Laws of true mother toward her, and rearing her up with all motherly love and solicitude. …. in which the heavenly Mistress saw them (1000 guardian angels in a corporal form with their devices and habiliments (see XXIII) and the child asked them to join with Her in the praise of the most High and to exalt Him in her name. ( her mother was permitted to hear the angels praise.)
#330. At the moment of the birth of our Princess Mary the Most High sent archangel Gabriel an an envoy to bring this joyful news to the holy Fathers in limbo. Immediately the heavenly ambassador descended, illuminating that deep cavern and rejoicing the just therein. …she, who was to be the mother of the Messias, had now been born;….
#331. …..The arms of the most High began to work new wonders in Her far above all conceptions of men, and the first and most stupendous one was to send innumerable angels to bring the Mother of the eternal Word body and soul in the empyrean heaven for the fulfilling of his further intentions regarding Her. The holy Princess obeyed the divine mandate and receiving the child Mary from the arms of he holy mother Anne, they arranged a new and solemn procession bearing heavenward with ….. songs of joy the true Ark of the covenant, in order that for a short time it might rest, not in the house of Obededon, but in the temple of the King of Kings and of the Lord of lords, where later on it was to be place for ALL eternity. This was the second step, which most holy Mary made in her life, namely, from earth to the highest Heaven.
#332. Who can worthily extol this wonderful prodigy of the right hand of the Almighty? …. of all this to Catholic piety, and still more to those who in the Lord are favored with an understanding of it, but most of all the beatific vision face to face.
#333. …She prostrated herself full of love before the royal throne in the presence of the Most High. In according to our way of thought..verified what long before had happened in figure, “when Bethsabee entered into the presence of her son Solomon, who , while presiding over his people of Israel, arose from his throne, received her with honor and reverence, and seated her at his side as queen.” Similarly….the person of the Divine Word now received the child Mary, whom He had chosen as Queen of the universe. All this the purpose of these ineffable mysteries were unknown to Mary, yet her infant faculties were strengthened by divine power for the proper reception of these favors….. were raised and proportioned to the divine manifestation, and the Divinity displayed Itself in the new light vouchsafed, revealing Itself to Her intuitively and clearly in almost exalted manner. This was the first time in which the most holy soul of Mary saw the Blessed Trinity in unveiled beatific vision.
#334. The sole witness of the glory of Mary …… was God the Author of this unheard of wonder, and the astounded angels, who in some measure perceived these mysteries in God Himself. The Queen seating at the side of the Lord, who was to be her Son, and seeing him face to face, was more successful in her prayer than Bethsabee (3 kings2:21). She (Mary) prayed that His promised coming from heaven to the earth and his marriage with human nature by the hypostatic union be fulfilled in the person of the Word. Many times He had pledged Himself to it among men through the ancient Patriarchs and Prophets and now Mary besought Him to accelerate the reparation of the human race…..
#335. …He thereby made known to the angelic spirits, that the three Divine person, had decreed and formed the sweet names of Jesus and Mary for the son and mother from the beginning before all ages, and that they had been delighted with them and engraved them on their eternal memories….
....the holy angels heard a voice from the throne speaking in the person of the Father; “Our chosen One shall be called MARY, and this name is to be powerful and magnificent . Those that shall invoke it with devout affection shall receive most abundant graces; those that shall honor it and pronounce with reverence shall be consoled and vivified and will find in it the remedy of their evils, the treasures for their enrichment, the light which shall guide them to heaven. It shall be terrible against the power of hell, it shall crush the head of the serpent and it shall win glorious victories over the princes of hell.”
The Lord commanded the angelic spirits to announce this glorious name to Saint Anne, so that what was decreed in heaven might be executed on earth. …If the prerogatives and graces, which She then was favored with were to be described , it would necessitate an extra book of many volumes. ….as veneration of her holy name, prostrating themselves as it proceeded from the throne in the voice of the Eternal Father, especially those, who had written on the devices over their breast. …Meanwhile the infant Queen remained ignorant of the real cause of all that She thus experienced, for her dignity of the Mother of the Incarnate Word was not revealed to Her till the time of the Incarnation…..More than that, during a great part of the time in which the heavenly child remained in the empyrean heaven, her mother was wrapped in an ecstasy of highest contemplation, and in it, although she did not know what was happening to the child, exalted mysteries concerning the dignity of Mother of God, to which She was to be chosen were revealed to her. (Anne)
#336. On the eighth day after the birth of the great Queen multitudes of the most beautiful angels in splendid array descended from on high bearing an escutcheon on which the name Mary was engraved and shone forth in great brilliancy…. They decided to call their relatives and a priest and then in solemnity and festivity, they imposed the name of Mary on their child…thus the Divine Princess named by the Holy Trinity: in heaven on the day of her nativity, and on earth, after eight days. “ but O how beautiful is our Great child! (Cant[Solomon7:6) and most sweet in her delights, since She is possessed of all grace and beauty, without being wanting in any. When Noah was born, his father Lamech was consoled (Gen5:29), because in that Son God had provided a progenitor of the human race in the ark and assured a restoration of the blessings, which the sins of men had forfeited. …But all this foreshadowed the birth of this child, who …. being the mystical ark which contained the new and true Noah and which drew him down from heaven……
#337. … If thou give me permission, O my Lady, to speak in thy presence, I will propose a doubt which occurred to me in describing the mystery of thy most admirable and holy birth, namely: regarding an act of the Almighty at the hour of thy coming forth into the material light of the sun.
#338. And this is the doubt; How are we to understand thy being raised in the body by the hands of the holy angels into the empyrean heavens and to the vision of God? For according to the teaching of the holy Church and her Doctors, heaven was closed and as it were interdicted to man, until thy most holy Son should open it through his life and death, and until He Himself, as Redeemer and Chief, should enter it on the day of his admirable Ascension, He being first one for whom these eternal portals were to be opened after their being closed up by sin?
Answer and Instruction of the Queen of Heaven Wisdom be Attentive
#339. My dearest daughter, it is true, that divine justice closed heaven against mortals on account of the first sin, until my most holy Son should open it by satisfying most abundantly for men through His earthly life and death. It was befitting and just, that this same Redeemer, who had united to Himself the redeemed members and opened heaven,should as their Chief enter before any of the children of Adam. If Adam had not sinned, it would not have been necessary to follow this course; for men would have ascended of themselves in order to enjoy the Divinity in the empyrean heavens; having however foreseen the fall of man, the most blessed Trinity provided for the course followed at present. This great mystery was referred to by David Ps23: “Lift up, ye princes, your gates, and be ye lifted up, ye eternal gates, and the King of Glory shall enter in” They are here called the gates of the angels, because only for them were they open, but for mortal men they were closed. Although these heavenly courtiers were aware of the fact that the Incarnate Word had already thrown back the bars and bolts of guilt, and that He was ascending rich and glorious with the spoils of death and sin, bringing with Him the fruits of his Passion from Limbo; ….. “who is the King of Glory? The Lord of Hosts, he is the King of Glory.” “Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates: and the King of Glory shall enter in. Who is this King of Glory? the Lord who is strong and mighty: the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lifted up, O eternal gates: and the King of Glory shall enter in. Who is this King of Glory? the Lord of hosts, he is the King of Glory. (Ps24:7-10)
#340. They themselves give answer to the question saying: :the Lord who is strong and mighty; the Lord mighty in battle,” the Lord of virtues, the King of glory. This they confessed their conviction, that this Man, who was coming up from the world in order to open the eternal gates, was not a mere man and is not included under the law of sin; but that He was true God and true man, who, strong and powerful in battle, had overcome the strong-armed one that reigned in the world, had taken away his reign and despoiled him of his weapons. “But if a stronger than he come upon him, and overcome him; he will take away all his armour wherein he trusted, and will distribute his spoils.” (Lk11:22)…..”He was now raising up the eternal and beatific vision, having broken the bars and shackles imposed by sin.”
#341. Since this, O soul, was the work of my dear Son, the true God and man, He, as the Lord of virtues and graces, exalted and adorned me with them from the first moment of my immaculate Conception. … on the contrary the powerful of my Son acted with me as being the Mistress of all virtues and as the Queen of heaven…. As I was not a slave to sin, I exercised the virtues not as a subject, but as a Mistress, without contradiction, but with sovereignty, not like the children of Adam, but like the son of God, who was also my Son.
#342. For these reasons the celestial spirits, who had possession of the eternal gates as their own, opened them up for me, perceiving that the Lord had created me more pure than all the most exalted spirits in heaven, and made me Queen, and the Mistress of all creation. Remember also, my dearest, that he who makes the law can also dispenses with it freely, and this supreme Lord and Legislator did with me, extending the scepter of his clemency toward me more readily than Assuerus did to Esther. Do thou also, my daughter, according for these benefits bestowed upon me.
#343. My admonition to thee, whom in spite of thy weakness and poverty I have chosen with such generous kindness as my disciple …..”strive with all thy powers to imitate me in an exercise, in which I persevered during my whole life from the very first moment of my birth, omitting not a single day……
This exercise was the following:…..at dawn, I prostrated myself in the presence of the Most High and gave Him thanks and praise for His immutable Being, his infinite perfections, and for having created me out of nothing; acknowledging myself as his creature and the work of his hands, I blessed Him and adored Him, giving Him honor, magnificence and Divinity, as the supreme Lord and Creator of myself and of all that exists. I raised up my spirit to place it into his hands, offering myself with profound humility and resignation to Him and asking Him to dispose of me according to His will during all the days of my life, and to teach me to fulfill whatever would be to His greater pleasure. This I repeated many times during the external works of the day, and in the internal ones I first consulted his Majesty, asking his advice, permission and benediction for all my actions.”
#344. Be very devout toward my most sweet name. I wish that thou be convinced of the great prerogatives and privileges, which the Almighty concedes to it, so that I myself, when I saw them in the Divinity, felt most deeply obliged and solicitous to make a proper return; and whenever the name MARY occurred to my mind (often) and whenever I heard myself called by my name, I was aroused to thankfulness and urged to new fervor in the service of the Lord, who gave it to me. Thou has the same name and I wish, that in proportion it should cause the same effects in thee and that thou imitate me faithfully by following the lesson given thee in this chapter, without failing in the least point from this day onward. If in thy weakness thou should fail, rouse thyself immediately, and in the presence of thy Lord and mine, acknowledge thy fault, confessing it in sorrow. Repeating these holy exercises over and over again with solicitous care, thou shalt find forgiveness for imperfections and grow accustomed to strive after what is highest in all virtues and most pleasing to the Lord. Then, following the light which He gives and in pursuance of that which is most pleasing and agreeable to thy own tastes and mine, thou shalt not be denied the grace of employing thyself entirely in listening, attending to and obeying in all things thy Souse and Lord, who seeks in thee only what is most pure, most holy and perfect, and a will prompt and eager to put the same into practice.
Chapter XXII How St. Anne complied with the LAW of MOSES
#345. It was a precept of the law, given in the twelfth chapter of Leviticus, that a woman who had given birth to a daughter should be deemed impure for two weeks and should remain in the state of purification for sixty days after the birth, just double the time required for purification of a man-child. On this account there was no need of special purification, she never the less complied with the obligation of the law to the very last point. Though not subject to it s penalties, she considered herself bound in the eyes of men.
#346. Sixty days of the purification having passed, saint Anne departed for the temple, her mind inflamed with divine ardor and bearing in her arms her blessed daughter and child. …spoke to the high priest, none other than Simeon. (Mentioning in #423,710, 742) yet he always experienced great promptings and impulses of the spirit regarding the greatness of this child in the sight of God.
#347. Anne offered to him the lamb and the turtle dove with the rest of the gifts and with tears of humility she asked him to pray for herself and the Child he daughter, that the Lord forgive them any faults of which they might be guilty….For she alone in all the world knew what Treasure was given into her charge.
#348. St Anne renewed the vow, she had already made, to offer her first born to the temple on arriving at the proper age. In this renewal, she was enlightened by new graces and promptings of the Most High, and in her heart she heard a secret voice urging her o fulfill this vow and offer her Child to the temple within three years.
#349. Child Mary offered this prayer in the temple Most High and incomprehensible God, my King and my Lord, worthy of all glory and reverence, I , abject dust , but also a creature of thine, adore Thee in this holy place and temple. I magnify and exalt Thee on account of thy infinite Being and perfections, and I give thanks in as far as my insignificance is worthy of thy regard. For Thou has vouchsafed to permit my eyes to see this holy temple and house of prayer, where thy holy prophets and my forefathers have worshiped and blessed thee, and where thy generous mercy has wrought so many wonders and mysteries in their behalf. Accept me O lord, in order that I may serve Thee in this holy house according to thy blessed will.”
#350. Thus she was queen of heaven and of the universe, offered herself as if She was the lowest slave of the Lord. As a testimony the Most High, a most resplendent light light shone down from heaven enveloping mother and child, and fulling them with new splendors of grace. Again St. Anne was made aware she was expected to devote her daughter to the temple within thee years; she was given to understand that the delight with which God looked forward to such an offer, and the love with which the heavenly Child desired it consummation would not permit a longer delay. Saint Simeon saw dimly the sensible light.
#351. The ancient serpent eagerly observed all these events. Yet the Lord concealed from him what he was not to know, and permitted him to obtain knowledge only what was necessary for his own undoing in his desire of destroying others and only so much as might serve to make him an instrument in the execution of the secret judgments of the most High.
…when he saw that they brought offerings to the temple and that they like sinners, observed the prescriptions of the law, even begging of the priest to intercede for their forgiveness; he was deceived and ausaged in his fury, believing that this mother and her daughter were ordinary condition. …
#352. The child showed a special love toward him, as one she knew for her father was much beloved of God.
#353. though she passed her infancy subject to the common laws of nature, yet this did not hinder the influx of grace. During her sleep her interior acts of love, and all the other exercises of her faculties which were not dependent on the exterior senses were never interrupted. God spoke to Samuel in his sleep (1King3:4); (Gen37:5, 9) for his Omnipotence it is easy to enlighten the mind during in activity of the senses in natural sleep or during ravishment in ecstasy; they cease to act in the as well as in the other, and without their activity the soul hears, accepts and transacts the things of the Spirit. When she was alone or laid to sleep ….she was engaged in the contemplation of the mysteries and excellencies of the Most High…..Her intercourse with the angels was likewise very frequent….
#354. My Queen,….as kind mother, listen to my ignorant talk, I will ask of thy kindness the solution of some doubts ….in this chapter…….My Mistress, correct me with maternal mercy. My doubt is: Whether in this thy infancy thou did feel the necessities and hunger which according to the natural order, children do feel? Did Thou suffer thee annoying inconveniences?
Answer & Instruction of the Queen of Heaven XXII
#355. My daughter since thou art full of wonder, I will inform thee in all kindness. It is true that I was in possession of grace and of the use of reason from the first instant of my Conception, as I have so often shown thee; I underwent hardships of infancy as other children and I was reared and treated as others of the same condition. I felt hunger, thirst, sleepiness and other infirmities of the body, and as a daughter of Adam I was subject to these accidental necessities; for it was just that O should imitate my most holy Son, who subjected himself to these hardships and defects in order that He might merit so much the more in order that He might be an example to the rest of the mortals for their imitation…. I felt less the want of sleep on account of the opportunity which it furnished me for the presence and the heavenly conversation of the angels.
#356. … In regard to this the children of Adam are ordinarily full of error and blindness, but I desire that thou, my daughter, share it not with them.
#357. That God created man was of no benefit to Himself; but to man it was a benefit, and one as great as the being given to him, and as high as the object for which it was given.
#358. O my daughter, what an execrable disorder and what a despicable blindness of mortals is this? For that, which the Lord gives them gratuitously, they do not thank Him, or even give Him acknowledgment, and for that which He denies them justly and sometimes most mercifully, they are restless and proudly desirous and they try to procure it by unjust and forbidden means, throwing themselves into the very destruction which flies from them. The first sin alone, committed by man, was sufficient to cancel man’s right to the friendly service of all the other creatures; and if the Lord himself would not restrain them, they would turn vengeance upon man and refuse to render any service or help for sustaining his life. The heavens would deny their light and benign influences, the fire would refuse to heat, the air would cease to serve for respiration, and all other things would in their particular way refuse their services, since they would in justice be bound to refuse them. Then when the earth would deny their assistance, and all the other creatures would are themselves to avenge the wrongs of their Creator, perhaps disgraced man would humiliate himself in his vileness and would not heap up the wrath of the Lord for the unerring day of accountance, when all his dreadful guilt will be exposed.
#359. …Fly from such base ingratitude and humbly acknowledge that thou has received thy being and life gratuitously, its Author preserves it for thee. Freely does thou receive all the other benefits without any merits of thine. And thus receiving more and repaying less worthy of favors, while the liberality of the Most High grows continually with the indebtedness. Let this thought be uppermost in thee always in order that it awaken and move thee to many acts of virtue.
#360. Let this be the answer to any doubt: over and above this I wish to give thee an instruction, which may be found in all the chapters. Consider my soul the punctuality of my mother Anne in fulfilling the precept of the law of the Lord, to whose Majesty this solicitude was very pleasing..observing inviolate each and every one of the precepts of thy rules and constitutions; for God will reward most liberally this fidelity and severely punish any negligence in this matter. [Holy Orders].….Beware of easily dispensing in the obligations of the religious state, either for thyself or for others….. Note moreover, my dearest, that I desire thee to lead in perfection; therefore this rigor is necessary, not even taking into consideration, that the observance of the precepts is a duty to God and men.
Chapter XXIII The Emblems of the Holy Guardian With B.V.M. Of their Perfections:
#363. ….The nine hundred angels chosen from the nine choirs, one hundred from each from those that distinguished themselves by their esteem, love and reverence for the most holy Mary. They were made visible to the blessed Virgin under the form of young men in the early years, but of the most exquisite beauty and courteousness…. like animated crystals bathed in glory, similar to glorified and transfigured body….but not subject to the sense of feeling not be touched by the hand, although it could be seen and perceived like the rays of the sun entering into the open window revealing the atoms of dust in the air….
#364. ………………On their breasts they bore certain devices or emblems, such as we are accustomed to see exhibited in the uniforms or habits of the military orders. They contained the letters that stood for “Mary, Mother of God,” However the significance of this was not made known to Mary until the moment of the Incarnation Of the Word.
#365. The emblem or Device was most wonderful to behold, on account of the great splendor, of their adornment …variety of mysteries and excellence within that City of God. A thousand times blessed were they, to merit the especial live of Mary and of her most holy Son.
#367. The 70 seraphim, who assisted the Queen were of the number of those nearest tot he throne of God, who had signally distinguished themselves in their devotion and admiration toward the hypostatic union of the divine and the human nature in the person of the divine Word. ….This latter, accidental glory,….consisted in their being privileged specially to attend upon most holy Mary and take a part in the mysteries consummated in Her.
#368. Whenever the Serephim showed themselves in a visible manner to Mary, they appeared to her as Isaiah imagined them 6 wings. Two wings cover their head to signify a humble gesture, insufficient intellect for the comprehension of the sacramental mystery at which they were assisting and also in their belief and acknowledgment of these mysteries they confessed, prostrate before the majesty and grandeur of the Creator. With their other wings they covered their feet, inferior extremities (closest contact with the earthly in nature including the Queen and Mistress of heaven and earth), thus showing they could not keep pace with the dignity and excellence of Mary.
#369…. the Blessed Trinity wished, that their Daughter and Spouse should see in these Serephim the creatures closest to the Divinity and encircling the throne, see most faithfully presented in living images, what She could not continually see in its own essence and in the original.
#370. ….For although the Queen was higher in dignity and merit, yet as David intimated (Ps8:6) account of human nature, she was lower than the angels. The ordinary manner of divine influence and enlightenment, and NOT of grace.
#371. The other twelve angels are the guardian angels of the twelve gates, of which St John speaks Apocalypse chapter (Rev21:12). They distinguished themselves by the loving praise, by which they celebrated the goodness of God, and thus readmission into the gates of heaven. ….They were especially attentive to these great and wonderful works, by which God was to open up heaven, in order that men might enter into eternal life, and this latter signified by the twelve gates of the tribes of Israel. The reward of this single devotion God appointed them Secretaries of the mysteries of the Redemption…..Therefore (#273) that her Majesty the Queen makes use of these twelve angels to assist, enlighten and defend her clients in their necessities and particularly in order to draw them from sin whenever they invoke them and the most holy Mary.
#373. The eighteen angels, which completed the number of one thousand,…signalized themselves in their compassion for the suffering of the incarnate Word. Their reward for this compassion was great. They appeared to Mary with many emblems of the passion and of other mysteries the Redemption including two crosses of refulgent splendor, one on their breast and one on their arms. Mary often sent them with messages and petitions to her Divine Son on behalf of souls.
#374. In describing the forms……in a limited way,….For they are invisible rays of the Divinity, most alert in their movements and operations, most powerful in strength, mot penetrating in their understanding, incapable of mistake, unchangeable in their condition and in their purpose…. they are full of grace and glory are without fear of ever losing them.
Instructions given to me by the Queen of Heaven:
#375. On three different points, I wish to instruct thee in this chapter. The first is that Thou, by incessant praise and acknowledgment, show thyself thankful for the favor which God vouchsafed thee in appointing angels to assist thee, teach thee, and guide thee through the tribulations and sorrows. Mortals in their abominable ingratitude and grossness, ordinarily forget this blessing. They do not consider, what great mercy and condescension of the Most High it is to have ordained these holy princes as helpers, guardians and defenders of men, their earthly fellow creatures so full of miseries and sins. In forgetting how exalted in glory, dignity and beauty these spirits are, many men deprived themselves of numerous blessings, which they would otherwise obtain at the hands of these angels. Greatly do they rouse the indignation of the Lord on this account. Thou, however, my dearest, acknowledge these blessings and give Him thanks with all thy heart.
#376. The second point is, that thou, in every place and at all times, preserve love and reverence toward these holy spirits, as if thou didst see them with thy corporal eyes, and that thou dare not do before them what thou wouldst do in public. Cease not to exert thyself in the service of God, even as they do and as they require of thee. Remember they continually see the “Face of God” being of the blessed. “See that you despise not one of these little ones: for I say to you, that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.” (Mt18:10) Since they at the same time see thee, let there be nothing indecent in thee. Show thyself grateful to them for their vigilance, defense and protection.
#377. Let the third point be, that thou live attentive to the calls, urging and aspirations, by which these angels seek to rouse thee, move and excite thee to the recollection of the Most High and to the exercise of all the virtues. Be mindful how often they have responded to thy calls, how often they have placed themselves in the virtues. Be mindful how often they have responded to thy calls, how often they have place themselves in the way of thy seeking, how often they have solicited for thee signs of the love of the spouse, kindly reprehending thee for thy carelessness and remissness. When thou did lose in thy troubles and weariness the guiding star of his light, they renewed hope in thy breast, and patiently corrected thee, directing thy footsteps again into the narrow path of the justifications and testimonies of the Lord.
Do not forget, my soul, the greatness of the benefits bestowed upon thee in these angels, for they are above those of many nations and generations: strive to be grateful to thy Lord and to the angels, his ministers.
NEXT CHAPTER XXIV – CONTAINS Holy exercises and occupations of the Queen first 1.5 years of her infancy.
End chapter XXIII- 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)