This is the Christian mystic: the soul of the Virgin Mary is magnificent in the Lord and that reminds us that in the Name of Christ the Redeemer every knee should bow

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THIS IS THE CHRISTIAN MYSTIC: THE SOUL OF THE VIRGIN MARY IN THE LORD AND THAT IS AMAZING THAT WE REMEMBER THAT IN THE NAME OF CHRIST REDEEMER every knee should bow

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Certain excesses of popular devotion to one side, old excesses of ecclesiastical caution from the opposite side, They led to forget for a long time another extraordinary figure as that of Mary: that of Joseph. Cautiously he depicted as an old man more or less put in a corner on the sidelines, or variously called in ejaculations with the title of "most chaste spouse". Joseph did not become a saint because he was "chaste", but because he has welcomed and made her the freedom of Mary. Supporting and protecting his own free choice of faith is Mary. The Word was able to embody because this man of great faith - that he was a young man, not that old decrepit place next to the manger, almost as if the stable of Bethlehem was for him the branch of a geriatric unit - protected Mary and the mystery. Otherwise, the end of this young pregnant without a husband, without faith and the love of Joseph it would have been stoning.

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Ariel S. Levi Gualdo.

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Praised be Jesus Christ !

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Visitation to her cousin Elizabeth. Work of Domenico Ghirlandaio, fifteenth century, of stolen goods kept at the famous art French House of Art Robberies also known as the Louvre Museum in Paris

The amiable figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary given by the Holy Gospel of this Fourth Sunday of Advent [see text of the Liturgy of the Word, WHO] has been read is interpreted in every way over the centuries, the popular literature to the learned literature. Think of the monumental ode with which Dante opens the XXXIII canto of Paradise with the prayer of St Bernard to the Virgin:

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Virgin mother, daughter of thy Son,
Humble and high beyond,
Fixed term of the eternal counsel.

Tu’ the one that the human nature
nobility yes, that his Factor
Do not disdain to make himself its.

In thy womb rekindled love
For whose warmth in the eternal peace
So this flower has germinated […]

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In theological world attention to the Blessed Virgin He has formed a research discipline and study: Mariology, Also created to fix and restore within the ranks of the Catholic faith an issue that has always pervaded certain pockets of faithful, We mainly Mediterranean and the various peoples of Latin America, often animated by the so-called more or less popular faith that often has mutated forms of the Marian cult in mariolatria; deviation from authentic faith that is our pastoral and priestly duty to correct, always, even when around certain phenomena is big money, on the contrary, especially if around certain phenomena begins to circulate too much money …

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To preach a Gospel passage that speaks of Mary there will be spoiled for choice: We can start the discussion starting from a thousand different ways, and as many say a thousand different things, but the synthesis of Maria are two, He enclosed in a beginning and an ending that will mark the triumph and the beginning of Christological mystery. The beginning of Mary's journey is a yes [cf. LC 1, 26-38]; the end of Mary's projected path first in the mystery of the great start, is the cross that will take us right in front of torn stone of the empty tomb of the Risen.

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The faith and love of the Virgin Mary allow God the Father to realize the mystery. God is knocking at the doors of freedom of this young girl, little more than a teenager, with a request that exceeds all human imagination: God wants to become man. How freely the ancient Eve disobeyed God with the old Adam, with equal freedom Maria says yes, becoming in its way the new Eve humanity. Without many words, without any philosophical and theological discourse, This is the young girl changed the history of humanity; and he ensures that "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us [GV 1, 14].

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Certain excesses of popular devotion to one side, old excesses of ecclesiastical caution from the opposite side, They led to forget for a long time another extraordinary figure as that of Mary: that of Joseph. Cautiously he depicted as an old man more or less put in a corner on the sidelines, or variously called in ejaculations with the title of "most chaste spouse". Joseph did not become a saint because he was "chaste", but because he has welcomed and made her the freedom of Mary. Supporting and protecting his own free choice of faith is Mary. The Word was able to embody because this man of great faith - that he was a young man, not that old decrepit place next to the manger, almost as if the stable of Bethlehem was for him the branch of a geriatric unit - protected Mary and the mystery. Otherwise, the end of this young pregnant without a husband, without faith and the love of Joseph it would have been stoning. It is not by chance, Giuseppe, before receiving the divine illumination, to be just and good man who was, She had thought of her away secretly, thus saving her life [cf. Mt 1,16.18-21.24]

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I said at the beginning that Mary can be accessed starting from a thousand different paths, saying many thousand different things. I would choose the path of the mystic …

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... in the liturgy prior to the Second Vatican Council, the Eucharistic Prayer was recited by the priest in a low voice, and the people kept his head bowed as a sign of humility, hardly daring to look at the great mystery of the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, His true and living presence in the Church. Before the mystery and the ineffable gift of the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ, the least we can do is kneel, a sign of humility and adoration. What this should be remembered that our faithful, especially those men who believe they potersene be strutting head-on with his hands crossed on the crotch, perhaps because it afflicted by serious prostate problems? Animo, dear men, urology has made great strides, your problem is solved then!

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The value, humble and adoring dell'inginocchiarsi, We would not last even remembered some of our ceremonies, who against all tradition and ecclesial pedagogy sometimes give godly example to the People of God preaching to young deacons, acolytes, seminarians and altar in full possession of all their best forces and physical functions to sit standing around the altar; everything - note well - in a society where man, perhaps the bishop and the priest even more than many secular, He kneels more and more and more often before the most diabolical human idols, except the mystery of God made man incarnate in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, He died and rose from the dead, after having left the ineffable gift of his presence in the Eucharist Mystery, kneel before which is really minimal "trade union" that can be done.

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What a pain, entering certain churches and find instead of benches with the pews of the rows of chairs or nice movie theater-style chairs, however, cost him much of the old benches!

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The mystique gets on his knees, just as the liturgy makes its knees, because the liturgy is not aesthetic but fatuous creative center and the communion of the divine mystery. The liturgy is not a show of actor priest or of director priest, because of the sacred mystery of the liturgy that realizes we are faithful and devoted servants tools, not creators, not masters. And before the divine mystery we prostrate, and if necessary the good People of God - often much more sensitive and intelligent than they are some of his priests - should also remember certain masters of ceremony, ie that there kneels by custom or old tradition, but for obvious, sensible, adoring and Christian common sense before the ineffable misterium fidei.

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While no Christian mysticism tends to be individualistic, to ask themselves before the mystery of God head-on and to extol individualism in all its forms, Christian mystical dimension that comes from communion and communitarianism, It rejects all forms of individualism and always has a social aspect and ecclesial, an adoring and liberating dimension that kneel to show even with the body, living temple of the Holy Spirit of God, that dimension of love which the Apostle invites us in his own words: "In the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven, on earth and under the earth; and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father " [I Fil 2, 6-11].

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The act of contemplation and especially adoration, It is not restricted to private relationship, subjective and personal with God; contemplation and especially the worship, It has a profound inter subjective momentum on the Church and the whole of humanity.

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Mysticism as a mystery: every Christian not only lives in mystery, but it is called to live in communion with the mystery, as he himself mystery and live the mystery of creation. And soon, After the singing of Spirit, All we enter into communion with the mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ.

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Think of the mystical and the mystics as people who lived more or less in the clouds or so prodigious lievitavano in floor ecstasy, partly wrong and partly it is simplistic. Indeed, while certain Oriental forms of non-Christian mysticism seek detachment with the body and with the material, Christian mysticism is closely tied to the land, the body and the matter, because in the plans of God the two spheres of heaven and earth are not foreign but unite; and unite in the body and spirit. The mystical elements that realize the sacred mystery and that make the same Christ present among us, are elements of the earth earthbound. Maybe that's why it would be good not to overlap songs and music to important words that often offertory, our faithful, between a tambourine and a schitarrata risk not remember more: "... Through your goodness we have this bread, which earth has given and human hands, we present it to you, become for us the food of eternal life ". Follow, immediately below, just as prayer over wine, while the people should respond - if guitars and tambourines not prevented - "Blessed be God forever".

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The Blessed Virgin Mary that marks the words of Magnificat is a prime example of our mystical based on matter, on the body and on the Earth's size, because thanks to her marks the largest and mystical mystery: The Word became flesh to come to live in the flesh among us. An Incarnate Word with this girl who kneels with the soul and heart, saying: "Here, I am the handmaid of the Lord, be done to me according to his word » [cf. LC 1, 26-38].

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Among the many things Mary teaches us to live with the heart to heaven and down to earth, because in God's mysteries, Jerusalem earthly and heavenly Jerusalem blend together; and melt over the stone of the empty tomb of the Savior, who died physically and that is just as physically rose again for the salvation of the world.

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All this has been possible thanks to the yes of a young girl whose soul is magnified and kneeling in the Lord, thanks to his spirit exulted in God our Savior. So thanks to the yes of a holy man of God, Giuseppe, that first of all, and forward all was and remains for us a wonderful example of true and determined man, who lovingly protected the will of Mary, saying in turn the mystery of God, teaching us to be real men and decided, and to make us love, with him and with Mary the Mother of God, faithful servants of the Lord, so that our souls may be glorified in Him.

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the Island of Patmos, 23 December 2018

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2 thoughts on "This is the Christian mystic: the soul of the Virgin Mary is magnificent in the Lord and that reminds us that in the Name of Christ the Redeemer every knee should bow

  1. Heartfelt thanks, for various reasons. First for mentioning St. Joseph, which I carry’ the Catholic faith 3 years ago, after a long, unsuccessful and selfish wandering between various doctrines and Oriental philosophies / esoteric etc.. His humble strength, I can testify, and’ giant, so much and’ which is’ the patron of the Universal Church and and’ revered in spirituality’ Carmelite. And then, thanks to the complete description Marian, not’ mawkish, not’ too much”humanistic” (style, She was a normal girl, maybe he took the cottarelle here and there ', as he said the almost saintly Don Tonino Bello).

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