[quote=Joysong]What I love about our Blessed Mother is that, even though scripture tells us that she “pondered all these things in her heart,” she was fully a human mother, with all the duties attendant to her vocation. I love to picture the holy family “doing routine things,” and wish I could be a mouse in the corner observing it all — Jesus carving furnishings in the shop, Joseph giving Him instruction, Mary cooking their dinner, washing clothes, tidying their home, celebrating weddings with relatives, etc.
My intuition is that she was still in union with God, the Spouse of her soul, even when she was not actively thinking about Him. I think that is truly the real goal of prayer — that we take the fruit of it outward in loving and serving those whom God places in daily path. That is the only test of whether or not our prayer is authentic; i.e., how much we truly are able to bear with and love our neighbor for God’s sake. (And for us Carmelites, the only true test of union, according to St. Teresa in the 5th mansion)
Another thought came to mind, as I pondered the beautiful Great Amen we assent to at Mass, "Through HIM, with HIM, and in HIM, in the unity of the Spirit, all glory and honor are God’s. I think Mary, living with and contemplating constantly her Divine Son as He grew before her eyes, and as she observed His deeds in ministry, is the goal of our Amen, too. We do all things in and through Christ, in whom the Father is well pleased. Thus is our Father glorified through our works!
AMEN! and AMEN!
I believe Our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary actively thought of God constantly and I think it is possible to live an active life (as you describe so beautifully) as Mary’s domestic life with Jesus and St Joseph and also to live in the constant friendship of God by complete recollection to Him in active thought, all things are a reflection of Him, human love moreso than anything else.
Whatever our state in life that life is a life of prayer and for it to be as such, it is a life constantly recollected to God, though we may purposefully sit or kneel and meditate and pray at times for specific reasons, prayer is not subject to ‘set times’, this is simply a specific nature of a specific prayer, all other prayer outside of these times still remain prayer.
I’m thinking of those times we make to be silent and close our eyes and ears to the world to pray, this is a specific prayer. But those times we are not silent , those times we are working or enjoying the company of friends etc, those times still remain silent by their very nature of being a prayer and by God’s Presence and constant rememberance of His Presence. I like what Dave posted in respect of that. This silence is not simply a matter of sitting in the quiet, it is about BEING quiet interiorly, be silent interiorly, this allows the ‘pondering in the heart of all these things’
It is a hinderance to some extent to be noisy interiorly. Above the internal din, we cannot hear what God is speaking to us. In order to practice this silence, we must first of all embrace silence exteriorly and this is a difficult lesson, silence can seem forboding or awkward, easily leading to a soul giving up on the practise of silence, it can seem a void and an emptiness, when actually it is the richest field and pasture.
I think it is important to observe silence exteriorly even when a soul has be gifted by God to master it and is developing interior silence. It is a discipline that will always lead to deep prayer. It is also important to use silence as a tool for consideration in the Lord of all words spoken and all deeds made. To keep a guard over the words that fall from our lips and where possible use as few words as we need to.
Having said all of that… no-one wants to think that we don’t want to talk to them…so it is all things in moderation and good measure.
God Bless you and much love and peace to you