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 END – CONCEPTION CityNotes #14
Chapter XXIV – The Mystery of Conception of holy Mary – First yrs. Of INFANCY
#378. Her not speaking therefore was a virtue and great perfection, which opportunely concealed her science and grace, and evaded the astonishment naturally caused by one speaking in infancy.
#381. The pain of love is so sweet and attractive, that the more it prevails the more it is sought, and he who suffers it, longs to hear hem spoken of, whom he loves, thus seeking to be cured by renewal of the wound. This most sweet deception serves to keep the soul in suspense between a painful life and a sweet death. Tell me whether perhaps I have displeased Him; tell me what He desires and seeks of me, and do not delay in lightening my pain for I am dying of Love.
#382. …. supernal spirits replied: “ Spouse of the Most High, thy Beloved is the only One, He that is for Himself, who has no need of anything but of whom all stand in need. He is infinite in his perfection, immense in his greatness, without limit in his power, ineffable in his wisdom, without measure in his goodness; He gives a beginning to all things without having a beginning Himself; He governs the world without asking consent, preserves it without having need of it, sees the beauty of all creation without ever being comprehended in his beauty by any one, and raises the blessedness by his in his beauty those who succeed in seeing him face to face. Infinite are, O Lady the perfections of thy Spouse: they exceed thy comprehension and his high judgments are inscrutable to the creature.
#383. On those occasions She would at times see God face to face, at other times by infused images of the highest and most godlike kind. She saw also the angels by clear and intuitive vision, their degrees, orders and hierarchies, and many sacraments were made manifest to Her on each occasion.
#384. When in her childhood it was necessary to accept any service of benefit at the hands of her parent or of any other creature, She always received it with interior humility and thankfulness, beseeching the Lord to reward the good which they did in love toward her.
INSTRUCTION GIVEN BY THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN: WISDOM
#385.My daughter, he that received more ought to consider himself more needy, since his debt becomes so much greater. All should humiliate themselves since of themselves they are nothing, nor can they do anything or possess ought. Let man acknowledge his condition: for no one can say: I have made myself, I preserve myself in existence, I can prolong my life or postpone death. All his being and preservation is in the hands of the Lord; let each one therefore humble himself in his presence, and thou, my dearest, do not forget these truths.
#386. **** I wish also that thou esteem as a great treasure the virtue of SILENCE, which I have practiced from my birth. By the light the most High gave me, I was conversant with all virtues; but I attached myself to this one with great predilection, resolving to as hereto its as a companion and as a friend during all my life. ….. From this thou can understand, how much god is offended by the vice of loose talk, and how justly loquacity and the tumult of disruption estranges his spirit and veils his presence. For those that talk much, cannot keep free from grievous sins (Prov10:19)
“In the multitude of words there shall not want sin: but he that refrain his lips is most wise.” Only with God and with his saints one can speak with security, and even then it must be with forethought and discretion.(Prov 10:19)
With creatures it is very difficult to preserve the golden middle, without danger of passing from the correct and necessary, to the imperfect and superfluous.
#387. ***** the way to avoid this danger is to tend continually toward the other extreme, striving rather to reflect and be silent. For the prudent medium of speaking only what is necessary, is found more in the reflection than in the immoderate speech. Remember my soul, that thou canst not disport thyself in self- sought conversation with creatures without relinquishing God in the secret interior of thy soul; and that which thou can not do without imprudence and insult in thy intercourse with other creatures, thou should not do in thy dealings with thy Lord and the Lord of All. Close thy ears to deceitful conversations, which might induce thee to speak more than what is enjoined thee by thy Lord and Master. Listen to his holy law, which He has, with so liberal a hand written in thy heart; hear the voice thy Pastor, and answer Him there, and him only. I wish to impress thee with the fact, that if thou art to be my disciple and companion, it must be by signalizing thyself more and more to this virtue; for first I wish to see thee established in this, and then I will teach thee how to speak.
#388. ***** I do not dissuade thee form speaking words of admonition and consolation to thy daughters and thy subjects. Speak also with those, who can give thee tokens of thy Beloved and who can instruct and inflame thee with his love. In such kind conversation thou wilt acquire a profitable silence of the soul; since in them is excited a horror and disgust for conversation about the wished for eternal Good only. Then with the force of love transforming thy being into that of thy Beloved, the impetus of thy passion will weaken and thou shalt arrive art that ind of sweet martyrdom which I suffered when I complained of my body and of mortal life; for they seemed to me dreary imprisonment which hindered my flight, although not my love.
O my daughter forget the earthly things in the hiding place of thy silence, and imitate me with all thy fervor and all thy strength ; for thus shalt thou arrive at that state, to which thy Spouse invites thee. There thou shalt hear consoling words which sustained me in the pangs of my love: “My dove, dilate thy heart and give admission, my cherished one, to that sweet pain, for my heart is wounded by thy love.” Thus the Lord spoke to me, and this thou thyself has heard repeatedly for to those that are alone and in silence does his Majesty speak
Chapter XXV – How the Infant Occupied her time until the Temple.
#390. The Queen spoke to his Majesty: “Most High Lord incomprehensible God, how can thou pursue with so great favors thy most useless and poor creature? How can thou unbend thy greatness in such loving condescension toward thy slave, who is incapable of making the least return? The most High looks down upon the servant. The most Powerful stoops down to enrich the indigent! The Holy of holiest lowers Himself to the dust. I O Lord am he little one among the creatures and least deserve thy favors. What shall O do in thy presence? How shall I Requite what I owe Thee? What have I, O Lord, that is not thine since Thou gives me being, life and activity? But I rejoice, O my Beloved, that thou possess all the good and without Thee the creature possesses nothing. I rejoice, that Thou alone can claim the glory
of raising up the little one, of favoring the most useless, giving existence to nothingness; for thus thy magnificence shall become more known and exalted.”
#391. The Lord answered her and said, “My dove and Beloved One, in my eyes thou has found favor; thine are the sweetnesses of my delights, my friend and chosen one, I will manifest what in thee shall please Me most.” ……I am the God of mercies and with immense love I am drawn towards mortals; among so many, who have by their faults offended me, I see some just, who are my friends and have served Me and do serve me, from their heart. I have resolved to save them by sending my only begotten in order that they may not be deprived of my glory, nor I of their eternal praise.”
#393. …….in order to comply with His wishes, the child said to his Majesty:
#394. Most high Lord and incomprehensible Majesty, how can mere dust venture to treat of such hidden and exalted mysteries? How can she, who is the least of all the woman born, dare to converse of secrets precious in thy sight? How can I win for men thy favor and what can a creature do, that has served Thee in nothing? …If Thou ordain, O my Lord, that I open my lips in order to converse and speak with others besides Thyself who art all my good and my desire, I beseech Thee, consider my frailty and ward off danger. Very hard it is for rational creatures not to fall into excess in conversation. If it is thy pleasure, I would rather keep silence during all my life in order to avoid danger of losing Thee; for if this should happen, I shall not be able to out live it one moment.
#395. This was the answer of the most holy child Mary, for She was full of apprehension on account of the new dangerous duty of conversing with men which was now enjoined on her…. O great confusion and shining example for the insipidity of mortals, that She, who could not sin in speech, should tremble at its dangers!
#396.With the most prudent answer of this Spouse the Most High was much pleased and his heart was again wounded by the loving fear of our great child….. themselves in regard to her petition, the three divine Persons spoke those words of the Canticles: “Our sister is little and hath no breasts. What shall we do to our sister in the day when she is to be spoken to?” (Cant. Sol 8:8). Little thou art, beloved sister, in thy eyes, but great art thou and great wilt thou be in thy eyes, but art great wilt thou be in our eyes. In this humility thou has “wounded our heart with one of thy hairs.” (Cant/ Sol4:9) Thou art little in thy own judgment and estimation, and this is what moves Us with love for thee. If she is a fortress founded on the abundance of our grace and made invincible by the power of our right hand, We will build upon such strong wall turrets of silver, We will heap gifts upon the former ones, and let these our turrets be of silver so as to make them more rich and precious. Let her words, when she begins to speak, be most pure, candid, strong and full of meaning to ours powerful arm of protection rest upon her.”
#397. .. according to our way of thinking, this conversation took place between the three Persons of the Divinity….. the Lord promised her, that He would govern her words and assist her to direct them all toward his service and pleasure…. She spoke her first words to her parents, saint Joachim and Anne, asking of them their blessing and thus acknowledging that from them after God She had her life and being. The happy parents heard her and at the same time they saw that she was able to wlak by herself. ….Let they words and sayings be few, well measured and considered, and let thy footsteps be directed aright toward the service of our Creator.
#398. She spoke but few words beside those addressed to her mother; for holy Anne, in order to hear Her speak, was wont to call her and request her to speak of God and his mysteries. The heaven;y child fulfilled he wish listening to and asking questions of her mother; She that excelled in wisdom all the woman born, desired to learn and be instructed. Thus the daughter and mother passed their time in sweetest colloquies concerning the Lord.
#399. … Yet never did Anne reveal the secret of her heart that her Daughter was chosen to be the Mother of Messias, although they often spoke of this ineffable mystery. A such time the child was inflamed with the most ardent love and She spoke of it in the most exalted terms, innocently extolling her own dignity without being aware thereof, while her most blessed mother, Anne, was filled more and more with joy, love and solicitude for her Daughter and he hearts Treasure.
#400. …. for the fulfillment of the exercises and practices of humility…..by taking upon herself the most abject and servile occupations of the household. She feared that IF she did not serve all that were with her, she could not satisfy her obligations and would fall short of her duty in the sight of the Lord.
#401. the family of Joachim was not rich, but at the same time he could not have been called poor. St Anne was able to dress he most holy Daughter as best she could afford within the bounds of decency and modesty. She humbly asked her mother not to clothe her in costly and showy garments, but to procure for her garments of coarse and poor material, if possible, as already worn by others and of an Ash-grey color, similar to that which in our day is worn by nuns of saint Clare. The holy mother…answered: “ My daughter, I will conform to thy desire in regard to the form and color…… not permit the coarseness which thou desire, and in this regard I wish that thou Obey me.”
#402. The child obedient to the will of her mother and never objecting in anything, acquiesced…. they were of the color and form desired by her, and similar to the dress worn by children dedicated to the devout life. …want by obedience, deeming Obedience more precious than sacrifice (1King 15:22) “And Samuel said: Doth the Lord desire holocausts and victims, and not rather that the voice of the Lord should be obeyed? For obedience is better than sacrifices: and to hearken rather than to offer the fat of rams.” In the virtue of obedience toward her parents she was most distinguished and exact during the three years of her stay with them.
#403. … The grief of her heart on account of the sins made known to her, and the pangs of love with which it was accompanied, caused in the heavenly child intense sorrow and pain, nevertheless, in order to be in all things the mother of mercy and the mediatrix of grace she taxed her bodily strength during that tender age in works of penance and mortifications, sparing no exertion that time and opportunity permitted in order to gain grace for herself and for us men.
#404. When she reached the age of two years, she began to exercise her special pity and charity toward the poor…. she gave to the poor not as conferring a benefit upon them, but as paying a debt due in justice, saying in her heart: this my brother and master deserves what he needs and what I possess without desert. … Never did she give an alms of the poor without still conferring still greater favors on their souls by interceding for them and thus dismissing them relieved in body and soul.
#405. …But with her love, as the time for presenting her in the temple approached, grew also the dread of the approaching end of the three years set by the Almighty and the consciousness, that the terms of her vow must punctually be fulfilled. Therefore the child Mary began to prepare and dispose her mother, manifesting to her, six months before her ardent desire of living in the temple……
#406. the holy Anne heard the discreet arguments of her child Mary’ but though she was resigned to the divine will and wished to fulfill her promise of offering up her beloved Daughter, yet the natural force of her love toward such an unequaled and beloved Treasure, joined with the full understanding of its in estimable value, caused a mortal strife in he most faithful heart at the mere thought of her departure, which was closely at hand. “ My beloved daughter, for many years I have longed for thee and for only a few years do I merit to have thy company; but thus let the will of God be fulfilled; I do not wish to be unfaithful to my promise of sending thee to the temple, but there is yet time left for fulfilling it: have patience until the day arrives for the accomplishment of thy wishes.
#407. A few days before her most holy Mary reached the age of three years, she was favored with an abstract vision of the Divinity in which it was made known to her that the time of her departure for the temple ordained by God had arrived, and that there she was to live dedicated and consecrated to His service…. “Whence this great benefit to me, that Thou should receive me into thy house and service, since I do not even merit the most abject spot of the earth for my place of habitation? But as Thou art urged thereto by Thy
own greatness, I beseech Thee to inspire the hearts of my parents to fulfill thy holy will.”
#408. At the same time St Anne had a vision,….But the Lord consoled and comforted her, promising he grace and assistance in her loneliness during her absence of her beloved daughter,… Anne answered in full submission by the following prayer: “Lord God Master of all my being, I have pledged to thy service and to the temple of my daughter …. She is thine, and I return her to Thee with thanks for the time in which I have enjoyed her. For having been chosen to conceive her and assist in her formation. But remember, God and Lord, that in the keeping of thy inestimable Treasure I was rich; I enjoyed her company in the desert valley of tears, She was the joy of my sorrow, the alleviation of my labors, the mirror for the regulations of my life, the example of a supernal perfection which stimulated my remissness and enkindled my affections.”
#409. Saint Joachim also had a visitation or vision of the Lord at this time, receiving the same command as Anne….. great was the grief of this holy old man, though not quite so great as that of st, Anne, for the high mystery of her being the future Mother of God was yet concealed from him.
INSTRUCTION GIVEN ME BY THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN. – Wisdom be Attentive
#410. ***** My dearest daughter, keep in mind, that all the living are born destined for death, but ignorant of the time allowed them; thus they know for certain however, that the term of life is short, that eternity is without end, and that in this life only they can harvest what will yield life or death eternal. In this dangerous pilgrimage of life God ordained, that no one shall know for certain, whether he is worthy (Eccl9:1) of his love or hate for if he uses his reason rightly, this uncertainty will urge him to seek with all his powers the friendship of that same Lord. God justifies his cause as soon as the soul acquires the use of reason; for from that time onward He enlightens and urges and guides man toward virtue and draws him away form sin teaching him to between water and fire, to approve of the good and reject evil, to choose virtue and repel vice. Moreover, God call and rouses the soul by his holy inspirations and continual promptings, provides the help of the Sacraments, doctrines and commandments , urges man onward through his angels, preachers, confessors, ministers, and teachers, by special tribulations and favors, by the examples of strangers, by trials, deaths, and other happenings and dispositions of His Providence; He disposes the things of life so as to draw toward Him all men for His wishes all to be saved. Thus He places at the disposal of the creature a vast field of benevolent help and assistance, which it can and should use for its own advancement.
#411. **** Opposing all this are the tendencies of the inferior and sensitive nature, infected with the ‘fomes peccati’, the foment of sin, tending toward sensible objects and by the lower appetites and repugnances, disturbing the reason and enthralling the will in the false liberty of ungoverned desires. The demon also, by his fascinations and his deceitful and iniquitous suggestions obscures the interior light, and hides the deadly poison beneath the pleasant exterior. But the Most High does not immediately forsake his creatures; He renews his mercy his assistance, recalling them again and again, and if they respond to His first call, He adds others according to his equity, increasing and multiplying them in proportion as the soul corresponds. As a reward of the victory, which the soul wins over itself, the force of his position and concupiscences is diminished, the spirit is made free to soar higher and rise above its own inclinations and above the demons.
#412. ***** But if man neglects to rise above his low desires and his forgetfulness, he yields to the enemy of God and man. The more he alienates himself from the goodness of God, so much the more unworthy does he become of the secret callings of the Most High, and so much the less does he appreciate his assistance, though it be great. For the demon and the passions have obtained a greater dominion and power over his intellect and have made him more unfit and more incapable of the grace of the Almighty. Thereon, my dear daughter, rests the whole salvation or condemnation of souls, that is in commencing to admit or resist the advances of the Lord. I desire thee not to forget this doctrine. So that thou may respond to the many calls which thou receive of the Most High. See thou be strong in resisting his enemies and punctually solicitous in fulfilling the pleasure of thy Lord, for thereby thou wilt gratify Him and attend to the commands made known to thee by divine light. I loved my parents dearly, and the render words of my mother wounded my heart; but as I knew it to be the will of the Lord to leave them I forgot her house and my people in order to follow my Spouse. The proper education and instruction of children will do much toward making them more free and habituated to the practice of virtue, since thus they will be accustomed to follow the sure and safe guiding star of reason from the first dawn.
This ends Book 1 of the CONCEPTION (book 2 of CONCEPTION follows #413 – 802) Presentation of the Most Holy Mary in the Temple at the AGE of THREE. (Chapter I)
NEXT BOOK TWO Ch I – CONTAINS Presentation of Virgins – Mary to the Temple
End Book ONE – 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)