October 22, 2019

#9 Wisdom of the Mystical City of God by Sister Maria of Agreda

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 it marvels and hidden mysteries. I desire to make known to mortals how much intercession of Her is worth….(#009).

Chapter XV – The Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God through Divine Power: Book I – CONCEPTION, CityNotes #9

The blessed Trinity’s, ” Our first RELATIONSHIP COMMANDMENT, #4 HONOR thy Father and thy Mother.” (Ex20:12) Here He reveals to us, “How He is Faithful to His Law in these following Chapters.” [WISDOM -SOPHIA BE ATTENTIVE] {Please note City is making a notation (#4) in each paragraph that reveals Honor to the Mother of God, above a human’s natural state (wisdom)}

#209. The divine wisdom had now prepared all things,… the mountains had been raised, on which the mystical City of God was to be built. (#4)

100 From each Choir of Angels were selected as Mary’s Custodians

“The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwelling places of Jacob.(Ps87:2) He provided a noble and kingly ancestry from whom She should descend and had selected for Her most holy and perfect parents, than whom none holier or more perfect could be found in the world. For there is NO doubt had their been better or more apt parents, the Almighty would have selected them for Her, the chosen by God to be his Mother. (#4)

#210. He endowed her parents with graces, blessings and enriched them in virtues, enlightened them in divine science and gifts of the Holy Ghost. (#4) He permitted the work of the first conception to take place, the body of Mary. The age of Anne when she married Joachim, twenty-four, and that of Joachim, forty six. Twenty years, they lived in married life without issue. Thus Anne at conception of her Daughter was forty-four and St Joachim sixty-six. The Conception happened according to the ordinary course of nature, yet the Most High freed it from imperfections and disorders. (#4)

#211. As regards to holy matron Anne the divine power was more manifest on account of her sterility; in her the Conception was miraculous (#4), not only in regard to the manner, but in regard to its substance. {We see time and again how God blesses sterile woman (flesh of no import, He accepts their Holiness as His criteria, thus manifesting His love and power to the world.}

#212. Although the father was not naturally sterile, on account of his age (66), his natural powers were suppressed and weakened; therefore he was enlivened and restored and enabled to act with plenitude of his faculties. (#4) In both, nature and grace concurred; the latter overflowing. (grace)

#213. by the power of the Divinity, the restoration was limited to this Conception had ceased, the mother was left in her former sterility never to conceive again, since no new quality was taken from or added to the natural temperament. Sister Maria-Agreda reasons: this miracle was like when Peter walked over the water, (Mt14:29) Without changing the water, the water was given power by Jesus to sustain Peter. It remained in a liquid state during and after the miracle; thus the miracle did not add to the water, a new quality.

#214. For it was proper that a material part of his being should have it’s origin according to the order maintained in the conception of the other children o f Adam, it was likewise eminently proper that, without destroying nature, grace should concur in it with all it efficacy and power, and that it should excel in Her (Mary) and act in Her ( Mary) more efficaciously than in all the children of Adam ans Eve, who gave origin to the corruption of nature and to its disorderly concupiscence.

#215. Never did the body of most Holy Mary suffer from the taint of corruption, nor was there anything wanting or anything excessive found in it;

#216. This admirable body, formed in the womb of holy Anne, was not capable of spiritual gifts before it was animated by the soul; but it was capable of receiving natural ones.

#217. Just as the hand of our Lord formed the first parents Adam & Eve in such a was as to befit original justice and the state of innocents and therefore also more excellently than their descendants. According to our way of speaking, God exerted more care in composing this little creature of his most holy Mother, than in creating all the celestial orbs and the whole universe. (#4) In accordance with this rule are to be measured the gifts and privileges of this City of God from its beginnings and foundations to its highest pinnacle, next to the infinity of the Most High.

#218. For nature was to be subject to grace and served merely as an instrument to the supreme Artificer, who is superior to the laws of nature and of grace. It was here, He commenced to destroy sin, and to lay the foundations, building up the castle of the strong armed One. 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 (Lk11:12) who was to undermine evil and deprive it of the possessions which it tyrannically held.

Theotokos Crown of Authority

#219. The day on which the first Conception of the body of the most holy Mary happened, was a Sunday, corresponding to the day of the week on which the angels were created, whose exalted Queen and Lady she was to be. Thus for a man-child are required forty and for a female eighty (80) days more or less, according to the natural heat and disposition of the mothers The Almighty accelerated that to 7 days instead of 80 to receive the most holy soul of her daughter. (#4)

English or French School: Richard II presented to the Virgin and Child by his Patron Saint John the Baptist and Saints Edward and Edmund (‘The Wilton Diptych’), about 1395-9. Egg on oak, 53 x 37 cm. Bought with a special grant and contributions from Samuel Courtauld, Viscount Rothermere, C.T. Stoop and The Art Fund, 1929. (NG4451).

#220. On Saturday next, following the first Conception by creating the soul of his mother and infusing it into the body; and thus entered into the world that pure Creature, more holy perfect and agreeable to His eyes than all those He created, or will create to the end of the world, or through the eternities. Thus was this day a pashal feast for God and also for all creatures. (#4)

#221. On account of this Immaculate Conception of the most holy Mary the Holy Spirit has provided that Saturday be consecrated to the Virgin in the holy Church. The day of the Immaculate Conception the Church now celebrates, is not the day of her first conception when the body was conceived, but it is the day of the second Conception or the infusion of her soul. Body and soul, (#4) therefore, remained for nine months in the womb of Anne, which are the days that intervene between the Conception to the Nativity of that Queen. “Let us make Mary to our image and likeness to be our true Daughter and Spouse and a Mother to the Only-begotten of the Father.” (#4)

#222. By the force of this divine pronouncement and through the love with which it issued from the mouth of Almighty, was created and infused into the body of the most holy Mary he most blessed Soul. She possessed of the most perfect justice, superior to that of Adam and Eve in their first formation. I confess myself overcome, so that my heart unable to express itself in words, is dumbfounded in sentiments of admiration and of praise. (#4) I see the Ark of the Testament joined together, enriched and placed in the temple of a sterile mother with greater glory than the figurative one in the house of Obededon, and of David or in the temple of Solomon. “And the Ark of the Lord abode in the house of Obededon, the Gethite, three months: and the Lord blessed Obededon. And all his household…; And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the Lord into its place, into the oracle of the temple, in the holy of holies, under the wings of the cheribims. (2King6:11; 3King8:6) . I see the altar of the holy of holies (Is65:17), whence is to be offered the first sacrifice that is to overcome and prove acceptable to God; I see the order of the Nature break from its laws to be rearranged; I see new laws established against sin, disregarding those of the common order, overpowering those of guilt, conquering those of nature and supervening even those of grace itself; I see the formation of a new earth, and of a new heaven (Is 65:17) being the womb of a most humble woman, whither the yes of the most holy Trinity are directed, where the Divinity presides, where the courtiers of the ancient heaven gather, and wither a thousand angels are delegated to form a guard over a tiny, animated body not larger than that of a little bee.

#223. Let human frailty and humble piety approach this wonder, confessing the grandeur of the Creator, and let it rejoice at this benefit conceded to all human race in this Reparatrix. The divine Bounty looked upon Her with such pleasure, and upon original sin with such hostility… (“as was shown to me”/ Sister Maria ofAgreda)…..how can that appear proper to human wisdom , which is so abhorrent to God?

#224. The Almighty desired that her mother (Anne) should feel and recognize the presence of the Divinity in a most exalted manner. (#4) She was wrapped in exalted ecstasy, in which she was enlightened with deep intelligence of the most hidden mysteries and praised the Lord with new canticle of joy. O most fortunate woman! Let all the nations and generations of the world extol thee and call thee blessed! (#4)

Chapter XVI – Habits of Virtue God gifts the soul of the most holy Mary

In Chapter XV Sister Maria -Agreda describes the physical conditions regarding Mary’s Immaculate Conception” This following chapter reveals the “spiritual gifts infused in this infant bee-ling.” { As such, the reader {City} comes to wonder, “Does God act upon the initiation of life in this manner, as in Mary? Is He NOT also informing (& revealing) to us; the importance of natural conception, the mindfulness for “holiness in mother’s to be” in this spiritual involvement , so that He may act and infuse spiritual gifts on each child’s soul. All disorder would impede such actions or even negate them altogether?”} City notes & ponders?

The following paragraphs relate to the Spiritual Nature of the Immaculate Conception

#225. The impetuous floods of the Divinity met in this holy city of the sanctified soul of Mary. It took its origin from the foundation of the wisdom and Goodness, by which and whence He had resolved to deposit within heavenly Lady the greatest graces and virtues ever to be given to any other creature for all eternity. (#4) The Almighty fulfilled according to his pleasure and full satisfaction the desire, which He had held in suspended from all eternity until the time for gratifying this wish should arrive.

The Coronation the Soul of Mary with her parents St Joachim & St. Anne (Hanna) Icon

#226. Although she was adorned as the bride descending down from heaven (#4), endowed with all perfections and the whole range of infused virtues, it was not necessary she exercise all them at once. Among the first thus exercised were the first three theological virtues faith, hope and charity, which relate immediately to God.

#227. the other (9) virtues adorn and perfect the rational part of the creature, She possessed in a proportion corresponding to the theological virtues. Moral and natural virtues were hers in a miraculous and supernatural measure, and the fruits of the Holy Ghost in the order of Grace. (#4)

#229. In addition to the facts of faith, she possessed other knowledge of the Mystery of the Divinity and of the most Holy Trinity.(#4) At Conception she could not see him intuitively as the saints, but as abstraction but as light and vision. She understood the immutable being of God, as in a shining mirror.

#230. At the very instant of conception the vision of all men, and angels in their hierarchies; the first state of Adam & Eve in their innocence, the fall of the angels and their ruin. She saw purgatory, Limbo and Hell. she was informed of the most high sacraments connected to the incarnation, by which God was to become man (but not that she was to be His Mother).

Mary the KEY to Knowledge – ICON

#231. She recognized as the Author and end of thee admirable works. Mary exerted herself by eliciting heroic acts of virtue, of incomparable admiration, praise, glorification, adoration, humility and love of God, and sorrow for sins committed against Him. (#4)

#232. She was informed of her genealogy, and the genealogy of all the rest of the holy people chosen by God, the Patriarchs and Prophets and how admirable his Majesty was in the gifts, graces, and favors wrought in them. She shed tears of sorrow in the womb of her mother at the gravity of the offense against the highest God. (#4) {“Already the lady of sorrows”, City}

Pieta “the pity” Queen of Sorrow

#233. She began to seek a remedy for mankind and commenced the work of mediation, intercession and reparation. …. since in Her body, He was to assume human flesh, accomplish the most admirable of all his works, and fulfill the end of all other creatures.

#234. She also prayed at Conception for her parents, Joachim and Anne, whom she knew in God before she had seen them in the body. She found the grace, which issued forth to meet her “ (Eccl ? ) She found the divinity, which met her at the threshold of her existence. (sap6:15) In this Queen there was NO existence without knowledge of God, no knowledge without love, and no love without merit. Oh how beautiful were those steps of thine, Daughter of the King, since with thy first one Thou did reach the Godhead. ”What shall thou see in the Sulamites but the companies of camps? How beautiful are thy steps in shoes, O prince’s daughter! The joints of thy thighs are like jewel;s, that are made by the hand of a skillful workman. (Cant7:1) Twice beautiful were thou, for thy grace and beauty!”How beautiful art thou , my love, how beautiful art thou! Thy eyes are doves eyes, besides what is hid within. Thy hair is as flocks of goats, which com up from Mnt. Galaad. (Cant4:1)and thy thoughts are like Kingly carmine, since Thou hast enraptured his heart made Him Prisoner by a thread of hair “Thou has wounded my heart my sister, my spouse! Thou has wounded my heart with one of thy eyes, and one hair of thy neck.” (Cant4:9) and drawn him captured by the love of thy virginal womb and heart.

#235. There in truth the spouse of the King did sleep, while her heart was awake. “I sleep and my heart watches the voice of my beloved knocking: Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is full of dew, and my locks of the drops of the nights.” (Cant5:2) It was not befitting that in this heavenly Creature the inferior faculties of the soul should act before the superior ones, nor that they should operate in an inferior, or merely in a manner equal to those of any other creatures….. for to none of the angels had the Word said: thou shalt be my Mother “For to which of the angels hath he said at any time, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?(Heb1:5); nor could anyone of them say to Him: Thou art my son. Mary alone could claim this commerce and relationship, which is therefore the real measure and foundation of the greatness of Mary, in the same way the Apostles measured the greatness in Christ, by his being the Son of the eternal Father.

#236. In human language, it is difficult to express; Let therefore this human imbecility acknowledge itself unequal and incapable of fixing its eyes on this heavenly sun, with which the rays of the Divinity break upon the world, although yet be clouded in the maternal womb of holy Anne. If we seek permission to approach this wonderful sight, let us come near unshackled. Let us not allow ourselves to be detained, neither by our natural cowardice nor by a base fear and hesitation, even though it be under the cloak of humility. Let us approach, with the greatest devotion and piety, free from the spirit of contention The night is passed, and the day is at hand. Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on the armour of light” (Rom13:12)

Mary seat of Wisdom Icon

FIRST Instructions, the Queen of Heaven gave Maria regarding this Chapter:

WISDOM – SOPHIA be Attentive: (it is for this very Wisdom, the City of God. blog publish MARY’s LIFE , to share Her instructions and treasures with YOU as she blessed Sister Maria-of Jesus of Agreda, Spain, whose body remains as one of Our holy Incorruptibles of this Holy Church, the Citynotes!


Sister Maria – Jesus, of Agreda, Incorruptible remains

#238. 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.

#239. My daughter, I wish that thou reap for thyself the fruits which thou desire from he 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. It is the will of my divine Son, that thou exert all thy powers toward that which I shall teach thee, and that thou apply thyself with all thy heart to my virtues and works. 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.

Mary Key to Intelligence – Icon

#240. It is an act of justice due to the eternal God that the creature coming to the use of reason, direct its very first movement toward God. By knowing, it should begin to love Him, reverence Him and adore Him as its Creator and only true Lord. The parents are naturally bound to instruct their children from their infancy in this knowledge of God and to direct them with solicitous care, so that they may at once see their ultimate end and seek it in their first acts of the intellect and will. They should with great watchfulness withdraw them from the childishness and puerile trickishness to which depraved will incline them if left without direction. If the fathers and mothers would be solicitous to prevent these vanities and perverted habits of their children and would instruct them from their infancy in the knowledge of their God and Creator, then they would afterwords easily accustom them to know and adore Him….. My holy mother, who knew not of my wisdom and real condition, was most solicitously before hand in this matter, for when she bore me in her womb She adored in my name the Creator and offered her worship and thanks for his having created me forth to the light of day from the condition in which I then was. So also parents should pray with ferver to God. That souls of their children, through his Providence, may obtain Baptism and be freed from the servitude of original sin.

#241. And if the rational creature has not known, and adored the Creator from the first dawn of reason, it should do this as soon as it obtains knowledge of the essential God by the light of faith. From that very moment the soul must exert itself not to lose Him from her sight, always fearing Him, loving Him, and reverencing Him. Thou, my daughter, owe this adoration to God from the beginning of thy life; but now I desire thee to practice it in a more perfect manner, as I shall show thee. Direct the eyes of thy soul toward the essence of God, which is without beginning and without limit, contemplating his infinite attributes and perfections. Consider that He alone is true holiness, the highest good, the most noble object of creatures, that He alone gave being to ALL things, without having need of them. He is Consummate beauty without defect, He is eternal in his love, true in his words and most faithful in his promises. He it was, gave his own life, and subjected himself to suffering for the good of his creatures without waiting for any merits on their part. Over this wide field of goodness and of benefits extend thy vision and occupy thy faculties without forgetting or wandering away therefrom. For, having obtained such great knowledge of the highest Good, thine would be a loathsome meanness and disloyalty to forget Him, and horrible would be thy ingratitude, if, after having received an enlightenment so much above the common and ordinary, and divinely infused by faith, thou would allow thy understanding and will to swerve from the course of divine love. If at any time in thy weakness it should happen, then quickly seek it again with all dispatch and diligence and return more humbly to the Most High to give Him honor, glory and glory and eternal praise. Remember that thou must consider it thy special duty to do this incessantly for thyself and for all the other creatures and in this I desire thee to exert all thy diligence.

#242. In order to excite thyself to greater efforts, confer in thy heart, what thou know of my own conduct; how at the first sight of the highest Good, my heart was wounded with love, giving myself entirely to Him in order to never to separate myself thereafter. My whole life was consumed in this and I ceased not to press forward in order to arrive at the center of my desires and affections; for since the Object is infinite, so love can have no rest or cessation until it is attained. With the knowledge of God and the love of Him should also go the knowledge of thyself, remembering and considering the insignificance and vileness. Advert that when these truths are well understood, repeated, and meditated upon, they will cause divine effects in the soul.

#243. Sister Agreda: ”My Mistress, whose SLAVE I AM and to whom I dedicate and consecrate myself anew; not without cause has my heart desired and asked for this day, on which. According to thy maternal condescension, I might come to know thy heavenly doings and hear they sweet and salutary words. ….Look upon me, therefore my Lady, as a daughter, and teach me as thy disciple, correct my affections, so that they may become enamored with His infinite perfections and if I attain Him, I will not dismiss Him. “I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope” (Eccl24:24) ……

“OBEY SOUL”

End chapter XV & XVI- 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 17th 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”

Queen of Revelation , Roma 04/12/1947

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)

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