Mary Vitamin:

Joseph… in the midst of his labours and his poverty esteemed himself superlatively rich, because in Mary he possessed the rarest and most precious treasure on earth. Her presence was paradise to him…

Mary is the earthly paradise of Jesus Christ the new Adam, where he became man by the power of the Holy Spirit, in order to accomplish in her wonders beyond our understanding. She is the vast and divine world of God where unutterable marvels and beauties are to be found. She is the magnificence of the Almighty where he hid his only Son, as in his own bosom, and with him everything that is most excellent and precious. What great and hidden things the all- powerful God has done for this wonderful creature, as she herself had to confess in spite of her great humility, “The Almighty has done great things for me.” The world does not know these things because it is incapable and unworthy of knowing them.

In Conversation with God:

In his messianic activity in the midst of Israel… Christ drew increasingly closer to the world of human suffering… and his actions concerned primarily those who were suffering… He was sensitive to every human suffering, whether of the body or of the soul…

Tell me, my friend, the beloved asked, will you be patient if I redouble your sufferings? Yes, replied the friend, as long as you redouble my capacity to love. The more painful the illness, the more love we will need…

The devil… can attack from any angle. When people are ill his tactics consist in stirring up a kind of psychosis in them so as to draw them away from God and fill the atmosphere with bitterness, or destroy that treasure of merits earned… by pain – that is, when it is borne with supernatural optimism, when it is loved… if God wills that we be struck down by some affliction, take it as a sign that He considers us mature enough…

Wisdom 2:21 – 25

… their own malice blinded them. And they knew not the secrets of God, nor hoped for the wages of justice, nor esteemed the honour of holy souls. For God created man incorruptible, and to the image of his own likeness he made him. But, by the envy of the devil, death came into the world: And they follow him that are of his side.

From today’s responsorial psalm:

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted… and those who are crushed in spirit he saves…


… this is where the healing begins, this is where the healing starts, when you come to where you’re broken within, the light meets the dark…

ToB #68 ~ Christ’s Words on the Resurrection Complete the Revelation of the Body


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