Book I – CONCEPTION CityNotes# 8
Chapter XIII – Conception of the most holy Mary Announced by Archangel Gabriel and God prepares holy Anne by special favor.
#178. the petitions of Joachim and Anne were heard by the Holy Trinity who spoke of His plan to the angels. “We have in our condescension resolved, that the Person of the Word shall assume human flesh and through him all the race of mortals shall find remedy. We have already promised this to our servants, the prophets in order that they may announce to the world, The sins of the living, and their malice is so great, that We are much constrained by the rigor and justice. But our goodness and mercy are greater than ALL their evil doing, nor can it extinguish our love toward men….And above all have We before our eyes Her, who is to be chosen One, who is acceptable above all creatures and singled out for our delight and pleasure; because she shall conceive the Word in her womb and clothe Him in human flesh. Since there must be a beginning of this work, by which We shall manifest to the world the treasures of the Divinity, this shall be the acceptable and opportune time for its execution. Let Gabriel as our ambassador bring tidings of joy for them and the whole human race. We have looked upon them and chose them.”
#179. The celestial spirits were instructed in regard to the Will and decree of the Almighty. “Gabriel enlighten, vivify and console Joachim and Anne, our servants, and tell them their prayers have come to our presence….Promise them, that by the favor of our right hand they will receive the fruit of thy benediction, and that Anne will conceive a daughter, to Whom we give the name Mary.”
#180. Saint Gabriel descended from the Empyrean heaven and appeared to holy Joachim, while he was in prayer. “Just and upright man, the Almighty from his sovereign throne has taken notice of thy desires and heard thy sighs and prayers and has made thee fortunate on earth. Thy spouse Anne shall conceive and bear a daughter, who shall be blessed among women (Lk1:42,48)….. the Lord himself has chosen the name of Mary. From her childhood let her be consecrated to the temple, and in it to God, as thou hast promised. She shall be elect, exalted, powerful and full of the Holy Ghost; on account of the sterility of Anne her conception shall be miraculous; She shall be a daughter to a wonderful in all her doings and in all her life.”……..in testimony of the truth of this joyful message, thou shalt meet, in the Golden gate, thy sister Anne, who is coming to the temple for the same purpose. Remember that marvelous is this message, for the Conception of this Child shall rejoice heaven and earth.”
#182. Meanwhile the thrice blessed Anne was exalted in prayer and divine contemplation and totally wrapped up in the mystery of the Incarnation. …. Is it possible the Most high should descend from his holy heaven? Is it possible for him to have a terrestrial Mother? What woman shall She be, that is so fortunate and blessed? Blessed the race, that shall be able to see Her and prostrated themselves at her feet to reverence Her! How sweet shall be the sight of Her and her company. Blessed the eyes, that shall see her and the ears that shall listen to her words, and the family, from whom the Most High shall select his Mother.”
#183. For Saint Anne was meditating in humble fervor upon her, who was to bear the Mother of the Incarnate Word. It was the same Angel that brought both messages, and in human form, though he showed himself in am ore beautiful and mysterious shape to the Virgin Mary.
#184. Archangel Gabriel appeared more resplendent than the sun, and said to her: “ Anne servant of God, I am an angel sent from the council of the Most High, who in divine condensation looks upon the humble earth (Ps137:6) ….Prayer and almsgiving open the treasures of the Lord, ……incline Him to be lavish in mercy toward those, who ask (Tob11:8) A few examples are given here: Moses by unceasing prayer brought victory to his people. (Ex17:11) Esther by prayer obtained liberation from the death sentence (Esther4:11) Judith by the same means, was filled with fortitude for a arduous task for the salvation of Israel: She fulfilled it even though a weak and frail woman (Judith9:1) David came forth victorious in his combat with the giant (1King17:45); And when it was time to offer a holocaust, Elias, the prophet, came near and said:”Oh Lord God of Abraham, and Isaac, and Israel, show this day that thou art the God of Israel, and I thy servant, and that according to thy commandment I have done all these things.” (3Kings18:36): Elias drew fire from heaven by his sacrifice and by his prayer opened and closed heaven. The Most High sends me, his angel to give thee news full of joy for thy heart.: His Majesty wishes, that thou be most fortunate and blessed. He chooses thee to be the mother of Her who is to conceive and bring forth the Only Begotten of the Father. Thou shalt bring forth a daughter who by divine disposition shall be called Mary. She shall be blessed among women, and full of the Holy Ghost. She shall be the cloud that shall drop the dew of heaven for the refreshment of mortals, And at the seventh time: Behold a little cloud arose out of the sea like a man’s foot. And he said:”Go up, and say to Achab: Prepare thy chariot, and go down, lest the rain prevent thee. (3kings18:44) : and in her shall be fulfilled the prophesies of thy ancestors. She shall be a portal of life and salvation for the sons of Adam. Know that I have announced to Joachim that he shall have a daughter who shall be blessed and fortunate: but he was NOT told that she will be the mother of the messiah. Therefore guard this secret. He will give being to Her, who is to vest the Immortal with mortal flesh and human form. In this humanity, united with the Word, will be written, as with his own blood, the true law of Mercy.
#185. St Anne rushed to the temple gate as they were told by Gabriel. Shared their favors received and the message of the archangel Gabriel. Both had promised their child God’s service without sharing this to each other for twenty years. Thus they renewed these vows together joyfully on this day to offer special gifts, and spend the day in praise and thanksgiving.
#187. Anne had an intellectual and most exalted vision and appearance of his Majesty,, in which having communicated to her great enlightenment and gifts of grace, HE disposed her and forestalled her with the blessings of his Sweetness. (Ps20:4) “ May he give thee according to thy own heart; and confirm all thy counsels. “ Entirely purifying her, he Spiritualized the inferior part of her body and elevated her soul and spirit to such a degree, that thense forward she never attended to any human affair, that could impede her union with God. At the same time He said to her, “Anne, my servant, I am the god of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: my blessing and my eternal light is with thee. I have created man in order to raise him from the dust and to make him the inheritor of my glory and participator of my Divinity.” I wish to show Mercy, giving them the person of the eternal Word, to become man, to be born of a woman, who shall be Mother and Virgin, immaculate, pure, blessed, and holy above all creatures. Her chosen and only one, I make Thee mother. “One is my Dove, my perfect one is but one, she is the only one of her mother, the chosen of her that bore her. The daughters saw her, and declared her most blessed: the queens and concubines, and they praised her.(Cant6:8)
#188. Sister Maria cannot express the elation, awe, or the effects on Anne, when she thinks of her being the first to whom revealed the mystery of her most holy daughter, who would be the Mother of God, chosen for the greatest sacrament o the divine Omnipotence. With profound humility and a submissive heart, she answers the Lord, “Lord , God eternal, it is the essence of thy immense bounty and the work of thy powerful arm, to raise from the dust those that are poor and despised. “Raising up the needy from the earth, and lifting up the poor out of the dunghill.” (Ps112:7) I acknowledge my self, O Lord, a creature unworthy of such mercies and benefits. What shall this lowly worm do in thy presence?….I offer in thanksgiving, and my soul and all its faculties in sacrifice…..Make me O lord, worthy in thy eyes of the dignity Thou bestow upon me.
#189. During this vision God made it known to Anne his intent, concerning her daughter, the Incarnation of God with man, and understanding the highest laws of nature. By this enlightenment and other gifts of grace, the Almighty disposed her for conception and the creation of he most holy daughter, Mother of God.
Mystery – “Wisdom”, “Sophia”, “Be Attentive”
Happy they who find it, and blessed they who shall appreciate its value, rich they who shall come upon this treasure, and blessed and very wise those who shall search into and shall understand its marvels and hidden mysteries. I desire to make known to mortals how much intercession of Her is worth….(#009).
Chapter XIV – Almighty announces to the Angels the Conception of the most holy Mary and which of them are selected for her custody.
#190. In the Tribunal of the divine will, as the inevitable source and universal cause of the whole creation, all things with their conditions and circumstances, are decreed and determined,so that nothing is forgotten and no created power can in the least impede the fulfillment of the decree. God works in all and sustains all by his sole will……But since he created the universe for his glory and for the glory of the incarnate Word, therefore He has from the beginning opened the “paths” prearranged the ways by which the incarnate Word should lower himself to assume human flesh and to live among men and by which they might ascend toward God, know Him, fear Him, seek Him, serve Him, praise Him, and enjoy Him and enjoy Him eternally.
#191. When the predetermined time had had come for the creation of that marvelous woman, whose sign had appeared in the heavens, clothed with the sun. (Rev12:1), and who was to rejoice and enrich the earth, the most holy Trinity executed the decree of forming Her.
Now Maria of Agreda says she will attempt to manifest within narrow limits of reason and concept. (of God) that I comprehend..
#192. As in (#34.) God has no past or future, since he holds all things present to his divine and infinite mind and knows all things present to his Divine and infinite mind and knows all by one simple Act. Now is the time to begin the work of our pleasure and to call into existence that pure Creature and that soul, which is to find grace in our eyes above all the rest….Since all others that we have called into existence, have turned out ungrateful and rebellious to our wishes, frustrating our intention and impeding by their own fault our intention and impeding our purpose by their own fault our purpose, namely, that they conserve themselves in a happy state of their first parents……let Us therefore create this being in entire sanctity and perfection, so that the disorder of the first sin shall have no part in Her….All have sinned in the free will and resolve of the first man (Rom5:12); let her be the sole creature in whom we restore and execute that which they in their aberration have lost. Let Her be the most special image and likeness of our Divinity….Ts our first Decree will not be frustrated, but is shall be fulfilled in a higher manner through this our chosen One. One is my Dove, my perfect one is but one, she is the only one of her mother, the chosen of her that bore her. The daughters saw her, and declared her most blessed: the queens and concubines, and they praised her. ( Cant6:8) We will set her apart from the Ordinary Law, by which the rest of the mortals are brought into existence, for the seed of the serpent shall have no part.
#193. …. since nothing can resist will, And said :O Lord ,Lord, almighty king. For all things are inj thy power,and there is none that can resist thy will, if thou determine to save Israel. (Est13:9)….the Law is first to be fulfilled by the divine Word by honoring Her as his chosen Mother, by exalting her with a powerful arm, and lavishing upon her the most admirable graces and gifts. Among these shall be the most singular honor and blessing of not subjecting Her to our enemy, nor to his malice; and therefore free from the death of sin”
#194. On earth the Word will have a Mother without a Father, as in heaven He has a Father without a Mother. Desiring that the highest correspondence and approach possible between Creature and its God be established. Therefore at no time shall the dragon boast of being superior to the woman, whom God will obey as his true Mother….the Human flesh from which He is to assume form must be free from sin. Since he is to redeem in it the sinners, He must not be under the necessity of redeeming his own flesh like that of sinners. from sin. Since He is to redeem the world.
#195. She is to be the daughter of the first man; but in order of grace, She is to be singularly free and exempt from fault; And since the incarnate Word is to be the Teacher of humility and holiness and for this end is to endure labors, confounding the vanity and deceitful fallacies of morals by choosing for Himself sufferings as the treasure most estimable in our eyes, We wish that She, who is to be His mother,experience the same labors and difficulties, that She be singularly distinguished in patience, admirable in sufferings, and that She, in union with the OnlyBegotten, offer the acceptable sacrifices of sorrow to US for her greater glory.
#196. this was the decree the Divine persons made known to the angels. The understanding of these hidden mysteries will be obscured rather than explained, but within my limits I will tell what I can. (Sister Maria Agreda)
#197. Who was typified by that singular sign appeared in the heavens in our presence, who is to clothe the eternal Word with human flesh. ...let the attribute of our mercy become manifest; let the creatures be enriched, and let the divine Word merit for them the treasures of grace and of eternal glory.
#198. Now let the human race receive the Repairer, Teacher, Brother, and Friend to be life mortals a medicine for the sick, a consoler for the sorrowful, a balsam for the wounded, a guide and companion for those in difficulties. Although Mary generation and formation proceed to natural propagation, it shall be different by order of Grace, by our ordainment of almighty power.
#199. The arrogance of this dragon shall be greater than his powers (Is16:6) and it is our will that you have particular charge of this our holy City and tabernacle of the incarnate Word, protecting, guarding, assisting and defending Her against our enemies, and that you enlighten, strengthen and console her with all due solicitude and reverence, while she is among the mortal souls.
#200. At this proposal of the Most High all the holy angels prostrate before the royal throne of the most holy Trinity, avowed their promptitude and eagerness to obey the divine mandate..
#202. Then the Most High chose and appointed those who were to be occupied in this exalted service (guardianship of Mary) from each of the nine choirs of angels. Selecting 100 hundred of each, 900 hundred in all. Assigning twelve that are mentioned in Revelation chapter twenty-one, as guarding the portal of the City; (speak more of later) Besides these the Lord assigned 18 other angels, selected from the highest ranks, who were to ascend an descend by that mystical stairs of Jacob with the message of the Queen to his Majesty and those of the Lord to Her.
#203. In addition to the angels, he appointed 70 seraphim, choosing them from the highest ranks nearest to the Divinity, in order that they might converse with this Princess of heaven as they communicate with themselves. That there were seventy of these spirits, had reference to the number of years of her life, which was seventy NOT sixty, ( to be explained another chapter). Among this number are included 60 strong ones, which in the Canticles as guarding the chamber or couch of Solomon, their loins girded with swords against terror of the night.
#205. the other 10 Seraphim that complete the 70, were chosen from the more distinguished leaders. It was one of the principal distinctions merited by them at the time thus that City of God was abundantly fortified against the infernal hosts.
#206. In further assurance of the invincible warrior troop, St Michael, the prince of the heavenly militia was placed at their head, and although not always in the company of the Queen, nevertheless often near her. Gabriel was appointed to act as legate and minister of the eternal Father in the affairs of Princess of heaven. Thus did the holy Trinity provide for the custody and defense of the Mother of God.
#208. When these holy princes appeared in visible shape to the Mother of God, they bore badges representing the different mysteries ( related farther on). These angels were not to make known to Mary that she was to be the mother of the begotten, until the hour appointed by his Divine wisdom. Sister Mary again comments on the limited language skill to properly describe the manifestations and exalted lights and intelligence.
End chapter XIIII – 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”