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Chapter 53

Hid in Mary

 

You are My Mother, the Mother of Mercy,
and the consolation of the souls in Purgatory.
—St. Bridget of Sweden

 

 

The Virgin Mary is our refuge.  When temptation comes, hide in Mary.  Then the devil cannot get to you without going through the Queen of Heaven.  She will protect you in her peace and presence, her love and life, who is Jesus Christ the Lord.  He hid in her.  God hid in Mary by way of the Incarnation, and so do we when we give ourselves to her in trust and love.  Entrust yourself to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  She will protect you from the evil one and consecrate you to Jesus Christ, her Son.

Mystically hidden within Jesus and Mary, like St. John the Apostle at the Crucifixion, you will find spiritual freedom from Satan, sin and temptation.  There is where she became his “mother,” and he took her into his home. (John 19:26-27)  There is where we find a home.  Stand with Mary at the foot of the cross and offer yourself with Jesus Christ to the Father in the Love of the Holy Spirit.  This sacrificial love, “not my will, but Thy will be done,” is the essence of Christianity, the substance of the spiritual life, and the meaning of the Mass. (Luke 22:42)  Through the Crucifixion we come to share in the Resurrection and Ascension and are filled with every grace and spiritual blessing.  Accept every cross of suffering, every pain in the brain or body, mind or emotion, soul or spirit.  Embrace the pain and you will gain spiritual freedom and interior joy.  The suffering you experience is reparation and penance for past or present sins, both yours and others.  It is also the path to freedom and detachment from selfish clingings.  When the balance of divine justice has come and reparation for the damage is done, you will be released from “prison,” from spiritual bondage, as will others whom you have suffered for willingly, though unknowingly.  You will be healed of the original sin’s effects, freed from the evil one and from the world, through the Virgin and her Child.  Eve was deceived by pride in the mind and became disobedient to God through the suggestion of Satan, but in the fullness of time, Mary’s humility and obedience to God crushed the head of the Serpent.  “I will put enmity between you and the woman (Mary), and between your offspring and hers; she shall crush your head (the rebellious pride of Satan through the Incarnation), and you shall bruise his heel (the humanity of Christ through the Crucifixion).” (Genesis 3:15)  She will more than restore you to the original innocence of Adam and Eve before the Fall, as far as this life will allow, by leading you to Jesus.  “He was pierced for our transgressions, bruised for our sins; the chastisement that brought our peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

Mary leads us over the bridge of the cross to her Divine Son who draws us up into Himself to the Father by the loving breeze of the Holy Spirit.  “For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3)

 

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