Thought of the day
Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Readings for 21 December

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897), Carmelite, Doctor of the Church Poem “Why I love you, Mary”, vv.4-7 (©Institute of Carmelite Studies)

Readings for 21 December

Commentary of the day 

Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus (1873-1897), Carmelite, Doctor of the Church  Poem “Why I love you, Mary”, vv.4-7 (©Institute of Carmelite Studies)

“ The Almighty works wonders for me” (Lk 1,49)

Oh! I love you, Mary, saying you are the servant 
Of the God whom you charm by your humility (Lk 1,38).
This hidden virtue makes you all-powerful.
It attracts the Holy Trinity into your heart. 
Then the Spirit of Love covering you with his shadow, (Lk 1,35)
The Son equal to the Father became incarnate in you,
There will be a great many of his sinner brothers, 
Since he will be called: Jesus, your first-born! (Lk 2,7)

O beloved Mother, despite my littleness,
Like you I possess The All-Powerful within me.
But I don't tremble in seeing my weakness: 
The treasures of a mother belong to her child, 
And I am your child, O my dearest Mother. 
Aren't your virtues and your love mine too? 
So when the white Host comes into my heart, 
Jesus, your Sweet Lamb, thinks he is resting in you! ... 

You make me feel that it's not impossible 
To follow in your footsteps, O Queen of the elect. 
You made visible the narrow road to Heaven 
While always practicing the humblest virtues. 
Near you, Mary, I like to stay little.
At the home of Saint Elizabeth, receiving your visit, 
I learn how to practice ardent charity. 

There, Sweet Queen of angels, I listen, delighted, 
To the sacred canticle springing forth from your heart (Lk 1,46f.). 
You teach me to sing divine praises, 
To glory in Jesus my Savior. 
Your words of love are mystical roses 
Destined to perfume the centuries to come. 
In you the Almighty has done great things. 
I want to ponder them to bless him for them.