Thought of the day
Saturday, March 25, 2017

Annunciation of the Lord - Solemnity

Saint Clare (1193-1252), Franciscan nun 3rd Letter to Agnes of Prague, 18-26 (©2006 The province of St. Mary of the Capuchin Order) "The dwelling place of God"

Annunciation of the Lord - Solemnity

Commentary of the day 

Saint Clare (1193-1252), Franciscan nun 3rd Letter to Agnes of Prague, 18-26 (©2006 The province of St. Mary of the Capuchin Order)

                    "The dwelling place of God"

May you cling to his most sweet mother who gave birth to a Son whom the heavens could not contain, and yet she carried him in the little cloister of her holy womb and held him on her virginal lap. 

Who would not dread the treacheries of the enemy of humanity who, through the arrogance of momentary and deceptive glories, attempts to reduce to nothing that which is greater than heaven itself? Indeed, it is now clear that the soul of a faithful person, the most worthy of creatures because of the grace of God, is greater than heaven itself since the heavens and the rest of creation cannot contain their Creator. Only a faithful soul is his dwelling place and throne, and this only through the charity that the wicked lack. The Truth says: “Whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him, and we shall come to him and make our dwelling place with him” (Jn 14:21.23). 

Just as the glorious virgin of virgins physically carried him, so you, too, by following in her footsteps, can, without any doubt, always carry him spiritually in your chaste and virginal body, holding him by whom you and all things are held together, possessing that which, in comparison with the other transitory possessions of this world, you will possess more securely.