Dear Brothers and Sisters,
First, I need to clarify that I had typed my title “day 4” again yesterday instead of day 5 - sorry about that. There are two different posts with the same title – not sure how that happened but since God permitted it I’m not too concerned, the important thing for me is simply to do prayerfully the best I can do and learn from Him as our Mother Mary did, one day at a time what “humility” truly means.
St. Teresa of Avila wrote in one of her many books that humility is “Truth” and I believe God gave her the grace to see that in her own journey of prayer . In describing the first “Dwelling Places” in her book “The Interior Castle”, St. Teresa lays much stress on humility and the importance of “self knowledge”.
So today, on day 6, of our journey toward renewal of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary (or toward Consecration for the first time), let us return to St. Lous de Montfort’s words in his treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”:
- Those who desire to take up this special devotion, … should spend at least twelve days in emptying themselves of the spirit of the world, which is opposed to the spirit of Jesus, …
As I read that sentence again this morning, I remembered Jesus’ words in Matthew’s Gospel:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” (Mt 11: 28-30)
May God give us His Grace, for truly without Him we can do nothing. If we are to learn from Him as Mary our Mother learned from Him by pondering in her heart all He said and did, then we need to ponder His Words and “see” by the Light of faith given to us at Baptism how humbly Jesus lived before His Father. I believe His “yoke” was the Will of the Father. He did only the Father’s Will, as we hear HIm pray to His Father, in Agony, “Thy Will, not mine be done”.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful…Jesus, we trust in You…Mary, Mother and Model of the Church, pray for us.