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Third Joyful Mystery The Birth of Jesus She gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, for there was no room for them in the inn.Fruit of the Mystery: Spirit of Poverty
The Road to BethlehemWords of the Queen onRoad of Prayer andSuffering
1.* The Census:“Follow me along the way of incessant prayer, so that it maybecome a colloquy of love, of trust, and of filialabandonment to the plan of salvation of the Lord.” (Gobbi) The spirit of constant prayer is the greatest gift we can offer to a broken world. (St. Seraphim) Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The Census at Bethlehem. 1566. Brussels Museum
"Let not this edict of our temporal ruler cause thee any concern, my master and spouse, for all that happens to us is ordained by the Lord and King of heaven and earth; and in all events his Providence will assist and direct us (Eccli. 22, 28). Let us resign ourselves into his hands and we shall not be disappointed." Most holy Mary was capable of being entrusted with all the mysteries of her most holy Son and She knew of the prophecies and their fulfillment; hence, also, that the Only begotten of the Father and her own was to be born in Bethlehem, a Stranger and an Unknown.” (Mystical City of God. Mary of Agreda)
Mary told Joseph after hearing the Roman edict: “Do not let this edict cause you any concern, for all that happens to us is ordained by the Lord, and in all events His providence will assist and direct us. My master, I will accompany you with great joy. And we will make this journey as poor people in the name of the Lord, for He will not despise poverty, which He has come to seek with so much love. Relying on His help, we will go with confidence to Bethlehem.” Mary received the following answer to her prayer: “My dearest dove, accompany My servant Joseph on the journey. I shall be with you and I shall assist you with paternal love in the tribulations you will suffer for My sake. Although they will be very great, do not fear.” (Mary of Agreda. Mystical City of God)
2.*** Road to Bethlehem (means “House of Bread” in Hebrew) “You must tread the same road as your heavenly Mother: that of intimate union with God, of detachment from all creatures, and of perfect service to the Lord.” (Gobbi)
2A. Road to “You must tread the same road as your heavenlyBethlehem Mother; that of intimate union with God, of detachment from all creatures and of perfect service to the Lord. I am bringing you to say ‘yes’ always to whatever Jesus asks of you. Let yourselves be guided by docility and abandonment.” “Let the light that appeared to the shepherds in the darkness of the night be upon you.” (Gobbi)
2B. Road to “Follow me along the road of suffering. The necessity ofBethlehem abandoning the house in Nazareth; the exhausting journey to Bethlehem in my condition of mother- hood; the uncertainty of where we were to find shelter; the refusal to put us up in any house; the squalid shelter in a freezing cave: all these things were like so many thorns which pierced my heart. This suffering was asked of me by the Father… I welcomed it.” “Now I ask of you also, my beloved children, PRAYER and SUFFERING, as your personal collaboration in preparing a fitting dwelling place for Jesus, and for the salvation of souls.” (Gobbi)
2C. The Morning Star “My divine Child is the morning star, who shines with the very light of the Father, who brings his life into the desert of the world and of history. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. Beloved children, become you yourselves witnesses and apostles of his light.
No room in the innWords of the Queen onEmbrace humility andpoverty
3.*** No Room In the Inn:“Humanity had no place for Him.” Lord, there is room in our Hearts. Let us make room in our hearts & our homes for your children who are in need. Fill our homes with peace fidelity, and Joseph von Fuehrich, No room in the inn. love.
3A. No Room In the Inn:“Humanity had no place for Him.” “Since I bear Him in my womb, let us give thanks for having disposed events in this way. Let us lovingly embrace poverty. He came from heaven in order to seek it, let us then afford Him an occasion to practice it. Let us go gladly wherever the Lord shall guide us." Joseph von Fuehrich, No room in the inn. (Mary of Agreda)
3B. No Room In the Inn: Most holy Mary“Humanity had no place for Him.” was capable of being entrusted with all the mysteries of her most holy Son; hence, also, that the Only begotten of the Father was to be born in Bethlehem, a Stranger and an Unknown. (Mary of Agreda). Joseph von Fuehrich, No room in the inn.
3C. No Room In the Inn: “Every refusal“Humanity had no place for Him.” given to us was a refusal given to Him. Understand that it is your Poverty alone that has drawn down upon you the predilection of my Son Jesus. It is nothingness that attracts God’s pleasure”. (Gobbi) Joseph von Fuehrich, No room in the inn.
( Excerpts from the Mystical City of God.) With these wonderful favors and delights, however, the Lord joined some hardships and inconveniences which the divine Mother encountered on the way. For the concourse of people in the taverns, occasioned by the imperial edict, was very disagreeable and annoying to the modest and retiring Virgin- Mother and her spouse. On account of their poverty and timid retirement they were treated with less hospitality and consideration than others, especially the well-to-do; for the world judges and usually confers its favors according to outward appearance and according to personal influence. Our holy pilgrims were obliged repeatedly to listen to sharp reprimands in the taverns, at which they arrived tired out by their journey, and in some of them they were refused admittance as worthless and despicable people. Several times they assigned to the Mistress of heaven and earth some corner of the hallway; while at others She did not fare even so well, being obliged to retire with her husband to places still more humble and unbecoming in the estimation of the world.
Thus variously and wonderfully assisted, our travelers arrived at the town of Bethlehem at four oclock of the fifth day, a Saturday. As it was at the time of the winter solstice, the sun was already sinking and the night was falling. They entered the town, and wandered through many streets in search of a lodging-house or inn for staying over night. They knocked at the doors of their acquaintances and nearer family relations; but they were admitted nowhere and in many places they met with harsh words and insults. The most modest Queen followed her spouse through the crowds of people, while he went from house to house and from door to door. Although She knew that the hearts and the houses of men were to be closed to them, and although to expose her state at her age to the public gaze was more painful to her modesty than to their failure to procure a night- lodging, She nevertheless wished to obey saint Joseph and suffer this indignity and unmerited shame.
While wandering through the streets they passed the office of the public registry and they inscribed their names and paid the fiscal tribute in order to comply with the edict and not be obliged to return. They continued their search, betaking themselves to other houses. But having already applied at more than fifty different places, they found themselves rejected and sent away from them all. The heavenly spirits were filled with astonishment at these exalted mysteries of the Most High, which manifested the patience and meekness of his Virgin Mother and the unfeeling hardness of men. At the same time they blessed the Almighty in his works and hidden sacraments, since from that day on He began to exalt and honor poverty and humility among men.
It was nine oclock at night when the most faithful Joseph, full of bitter and heartrending sorrow, returned to his most prudent Spouse and said: "My sweetest Lady, my heart is broken with sorrow at the thought of not only not being able to shelter Thee as Thou deservest and as I desire, but in not being able to offer Thee even any kind of protection from the weather, or a place of rest, a thing rarely or never denied to the most poor and despised in the world. No doubt heaven, in thus allowing the hearts of men to be so unmoved as to refuse us a night-lodging conceals some mystery. I now remember, Lady, that outside the city walls there is a cave, which serves as a shelter for shepherds and their flocks. Let us seek it out; perhaps it is unoccupied, and we may there expect some assistance from heaven, since we receive none from men on earth."
The most prudent Virgin answered: "My spouse and my master, let not thy kindest heart be afflicted because the ardent wishes which the love of thy Lord excites in thee cannot be fulfilled. Since I bear Him in my womb, let us, I beseech thee, give thanks for having disposed events in this way. The place of which thou speakest shall be most satisfactory to me. Let thy tears of sorrow be turned into tears of joy, and let us lovingly embrace poverty, which is the inestimable and precious treasure of my most holy Son. He came from heaven in order to seek it, let us then afford Him an occasion to practice it in the joy of our souls; certainly I cannot be better delighted than to see thee procure it for me. Let us go gladly wherever the Lord shall guide us." The holy angels accompanied the heavenly pair, brilliantly lighting up the way, and when they arrived at the city gate they saw that the cave was forsaken and unoccupied. Full of heavenly consolation, they thanked the Lord for this favor. (Mary of Agreda. Mystical City of God)
Silent night, Holy nightWords of the Queen onNeed for silenceBecome like unto meEucharistic presence
4.* The Silent Night “There is need again today of a great silence, in order to hear the voice of God and understand the plan of God, to know how to read the signs of the times. Let the tranquil peace of the soul mark the passage of your days.” (Gobbi)
5.**The Holy Night“This is the nightwhich has conqueredall darkness forever.The life of every mantakes on a newmeaning: Do not beafraid, God is withyou!He asks for your giftof love.” (Gobbi)Philippe de Champaigne, The nativity,1643. Lille, Musee des Beaux-Arts.
5A. The Holy Night “Live this Christmas in a spirit of profound joy, because time has reached its fullness. For how many centuries this event has been awaited. On this night everything has its fulfillment. Live in my Immaculate Heart, and make yourselves eagerly ready to throw open the doors of men and ofPhilippe de Champaigne, The nativity, nations to Christ.”1643. Lille, Musee des Beaux-Arts. (Gobbi)
5.*The Holy Night “How overwhelmed I was when I perceived and gazed at His beauty, and when I realized that I was not worthy of such a Son. When I looked at the places where the nails would be driven into His hands and feet, how my eyes filled with tears and my heart was torn with grief! But then, when I contemplated the power of His Divinity, I regained confidence, for I knew that it was His will and that it would be for the good, and I made my whole will conform to His. Thus myPhilippe de Champaigne, The nativity, happiness was ever mixed with1643. Lille, Musee des Beaux-Arts. sorrow.”Our Lady to St. Bridget, Sweden.
“I desire that thou go even to extremes in this holy reverence and fear; and I wish that thou take notice and be convinced, that in entering into thy heart in the holy Sacrament, thy God exhorts thee in the same words, which thou hast recorded as spoken to me: become like unto Me. His coming down from heaven onto the earth, his being born in humility and poverty, his living and dying in it, giving such rare example of the contempt of the world and its deceits; the knowledge, which thou hast received concerning his conduct and which thou hast penetrated so deeply by divine intelligence: all these things should be for thee like living voices, which thou must heed and inscribe into the interior of thy heart.
These privileges have all been granted to thee in order that thou discreetly use the common blessings to their fullest extent, and in order that thou mayest understand, how thankful thou must be to my most holy Son and Lord, and how thou shouldst strive to make as great a return for his goodness, as if He had come from heaven to redeem thee alone and as if He had instituted all his wonders and doctrines in the holy Church for none else than thee.” (Gal. 7, 12). (Mary of Agreda. The mystical city of God)
“After long centuries of expectation and of prayerful supplication, your Saviour and Redeemer at last comes to you. This is the Holy Night. This is the Dawn which arises upon the new day of your salvation. This is the Light which shines forth in the deep darkness of all history. Divine Mercy has given his Fruit to you: together let us prostrate ourselves and adore the Merciful Love who has been born for us.” (Gobbi. To the priests.)
6. Encounter with “Prepare yourselves Jesus. with me for the coming of Jesus, which is . realized each day in the mystery of his real Eucharistic presence and under the human clothing of every person whom you meet. This daily encounter with Jesus must become for you a joyous and perennial Nativity.” (Gobbi)
Words of the Queen on the How we must treat Him in the Holy sacrament: Learn from my example the reverence, fear and respect, with which thou must treat Him, remembering how I acted, when I held Him in my arms; follow my example, whenever thou receivest Him in thy heart in the venerable sacrament of the holy Eucharist, wherein is contained the same God-Man, who was born of my womb. In this holy Sacrament thou receivest Him and possessest Him just as really, and He remains in thee just as actually, as I possessed Him and conversed with Him, although in another manner.”
Words of the Queen onPoverty and HumilityBe ye perfect in imitation
7. “ and peace on earth to men of good will.” “His name is peace: Peace between God and man, and peace among all men---- because you are all children of God, true brother of Jesus and of each other.” (Gobbi)Rembrant 1666-1669. The Angels appearing to the shepherds
8.****Poverty and Humility “No one should despise the humility and poverty which the Lord loved and chose for Himself as the very means of teaching the Way of Eternal Life. Few are those who stop to consider this truth and as a result, only the few reap the fruit of these mysteries.” (Mary of Agreda)Anton Raffael Mengs. Adoration of the Shepherds. Museo del Prado. Madrid.
Words of the Queen on Humility and Poverty: (Mary of Agreda) “Who would be so hardened as not to be moved to tenderness at the sight of their God become man, humiliated in poverty, despised, unknown, entering the world in a cave, lying in a manger surrounded by brute animals, protected only by a poverty-stricken Mother, and cast off by the foolish arrogance of the world? Who will dare to love the vanity and pride, which was openly abhorred and condemned by the Creator of heaven and earth in his conduct? No one can despise the humility, poverty and indigence, which the Lord loved and chose for Himself as the very means of teaching the way of eternal life. Few there are, who stop to consider this truth and example: and on account of this vile ingratitude only the few will reap the fruit of these great mysteries.”
“I remind and exhort thee to forget all that is of earth and lose it out of thy sight; that thou seek nothing, or engage thyself with nothing except what can help thee to withdraw and detach thee from the world and its inhabitants so that, with a heart freed from all terrestrial affection, thou dispose thyself to celebrate in it the mysteries of the poverty, humility and divine love of the incarnate God.”
“My most holy Son is such a faithful Lover of souls that He hast set me as the teacher and living example of the love of humility and true contempt of worldly vanity and pride. He ordained also for his own glory as well as for my sake that I, his Servant and Mother, should be left without shelter and be turned away by mortals, in order that afterwards his beloved souls might be so much the more readily induced to offer Him a welcome, thus obliging Him, by an artifice of love, to come and remain with them. He also sought destitution and poverty, not because He had any need of them for bringing the practice of virtues to the highest perfection, but in order to teach mortals the shortest and surest way for reaching the heights of divine love and union with God.”
“I wish that, bearing them in mind, thou from this day on embrace with new and great esteem the contempt and neglect of the world. And tell me, dearest, if, in exchange for this forgetfulness and scorn of the world, God look upon thee with eyes of sweetest love, why shouldst thou not buy so cheaply what is worth an infinite price? What can the world give thee, even when it esteems thee and exalts thee most ? And what dost thou lose, if thou despise it? Is its favor not all vanity and deceit (Ps. 4, 3)? Is it not all a fleeting and momentary shadow, which eludes the grasp of those that haste after it? Hence, if thou hadst all worldly advantage in thy possession, what great feat would it be to despise it as of no value? Consider how little thou dost in rejecting all of it for the love of God.” -----Words of the Queen. Mary of Agreda.
Words of the Queen on Be Ye Perfect in imitation. Thou knowest well, my dearest, that thou hast been incessantly instructed and exhorted by divine enlightenment to forget the terrestrial and visible and gird thyself with fortitude (Prov. 31, 17), to raise thyself to the imitation of me, copying in thyself, according to thy capacity, the works and virtues manifested to thee in my life. This is the very first purpose of the knowledge which thou receivest in writing this history thou hast in me a perfect model, and by it thou canst arrange the converse and conduct of thy life in the same manner as I arranged mine in imitation of my sweetest Son. ----Mystical City of God. Mary of Agreda.
Thou must encourage thyself by the words of my most holy Son in the Gospel of saint Matthew: "Be ye perfect as my heavenly Father is perfect" (Matth. 5, 8).This command of the Most High imposed upon his holy Church is not impossible of fulfillment, and, if his faithful children on their part dispose themselves properly, He will deny to none of them the grace of attaining this resemblance to the heavenly Father. All this my most holy Son has merited for them. But the degrading forgetfulness and neglect of men hinder them from maturing within themselves the fruits of his Redemption.”
“Of thee particularly I expect this perfection, and I invite thee to it by the sweet law of love which accompanies my instruction. Ponder and scrutinize, by the divine light, the obligation under which I place thee, and labor to correspond with it like a faithful and anxious child. Let no difficulty or hardship disturb thee, nor deter thee from any virtuous exercise, no matter how hard it may be. Nor be content with striving after the love of God and salvation of thyself alone; if thou wouldst be perfect in imitating me and fulfilling all that the Gospel teaches, thou must work for the salvation of other souls and the exaltation of the holy name of my Son, making thyself an instrument in his powerful hands for the accomplishment of mighty works to advance his pleasure and glory.”-----Words of the Queen.
“Though he was rich, he wished to choose poverty in the world beyond all else. Our Christ is a king who takes the side of the under privileged in order to show us where the humble beginnings of saintliness begin. Christ’s impoverished birth restores the brother hood of humanity. He chose humble beginnings so that he can connect to the grassroots people of his mission. Jesus’ Incarnation reveals that God will go to any length to draw near to us so that we can draw near to our God.
Adoration of the shepherdsWords of the Queen onAdoration of the shepherdsThe little ones, the poor.
9.*** Adoration of the Shepherds“Of all the human race, those who merited to be the first tosee the Christ Child were the poor, humble, and devoutshepherds.” “The Lord works only by means of littleness and weakness. The mercy of the Lord manifest itself only by means of poverty and misery.” (Gobbi)Murillo, The Adoration of the Shepherds. 1650. Museo del Prado. Madrid.
Words of the Queen :With the little ones I will attain the triumph of my Immaculate Heart. (Gobbi) “You see now it is especially the littlest ones, the simple and poorest who have responded to me. In the hearts of the little ones, I am able to exercise fully my function as a Mother. In the heart of the little ones, I experience my great comfort and joy. In these I reflect my light and I see my plan reproduced. Only in the hearts of the little ones does the Father take pleasure, is the Son glorified, and does the Holy Spirit find his permanent dwelling place. By means of them, the Immaculate Heart of your heavenly Mother can repeat her eternal Magnificat. In the heart of the little ones my Immaculate Heart already achieves its triumph. It is by means of these that I am able to carry out my great work of love and mercy, for the salvation of the world and the greatest renewal of the Church. In the heart of the little ones you must find your repose.
With the littlest ones, I am able to form for myself the faithful Church. With the littlest ones, I attain the triumph of my Immaculate Heart and Jesus will establish his glorious reign in the world. With the littlest ones, I am waging my battle against the powerful cohort of the great and proud. Through the mouths of infants and babes at the breast, I will reduce to nothing the forces of all his adversaries. With the littlest ones, I am attaining each day my victory over Satan. I am leading my children along the road of heroic faith, of sure hope and of perfect love. See how they love and glorify me. They are the littlest, the poorest, the simplest, the ones whom the world ignore and despises. Bring me more and more of these little children of mine, because they are for me the greatest and most precious of treasures.” (Gobbi: To the priests) The little ones, the simple, the poor, the peasants.
Adoration of the MagiWords of the Queen onThe Adoration of the MagiVoluntary poverty
10.*** Adoration of the Magi “Thy ceaseless offer, however, must be Love, which is the gold; continual Prayer, which is the incense; and the patient acceptance of labors and true Mortifications, which is the myrrh.” (Mary of Agreda)Rubens, Adoration of the Magi, Museum of Louvre. Paris
10A. Adoration of the Magi “My daughter, great were the gifts which the Kings offered to my most holy Son. I wish that thou also offer up similar gifts. There is no more acceptable gift to the Most High than voluntary poverty. There are very few in the world in our days who use well the temporal riches and offer them to their God with the love and generosity of these holy Kings.” (Mary ofRubens, Adoration of the Magi, Museum. of Louvre. Paris Agreda)
10B. Adoration of the Magi Very early in his life Jesus teaches us that He came to accept into the new people of God, all of every tribe and nation. During this mystery, let us thank Christ for coming to us, for accepting us, for teaching us to love Him.Rubens, Adoration of the Magi, Museum of Louvre. Paris
After the departure of the Magi, the Mother of God said to St. Joseph:“My master, dispose of all the offerings of the Kings as belong to my Son and to yourself---I deserve nothing.”Together they divided the gifts into three parts: one for the Temple (the incense and myrrh and some of the gold), another for the priest who had circumcised the Child, and the rest for the poor. ----Excerpts from the Mystical City of God. Mary of Agreda.
Words of the Queen on the Voluntary Poverty “My daughter, great were the gifts which the Kings offered to my most holy Son; but greater still was the affection with which they offered them and the mystery concealed beneath them. On account of all this they were most acceptable to his Majesty. I wish that thou also offer up similar gifts, thanking him for having made thee poor in condition and profession. For I assure thee, my dearest, there is no more acceptable gift to the Most High than voluntary poverty. There are very few in the world in our days who use well the temporal riches and offer them to their God and Lord with the generosity and love of these holy Kings.”
“Witness how cruel and avaricious human nature has become; since in their great necessities they are so little succored by the rich. This gross uncharitableness of men offends the holy angels and grieves the Holy Ghost, since they are bound to witness the nobility of the souls so degraded and abased in the service of vile greed of gold with all its evil powers (Eccles. 10, 20). As if all things had been created for the individual use of the rich, they appropriate them to themselves and deprive the poor, their brothers springing from the same nature and flesh; and denying them even to God, who created and preserves all things, and who can give or take at will. It is most lamentable that while the rich might purchase eternal life with their possessions, they abuse them to draw upon themselves damnation as senseless and foolish creatures .”(Luke 14, 9).
“This evil is common among the children of Adam and therefore voluntary poverty is so excellent and safe a remedy. By it, making man willing to part joyfully with his possessions for the sake of the poor, a great sacrifice is offered to the Lord. Thou also canst make such an offering of the things necessary for sustenance, giving a part of it to the poor and desiring, if it were possible by thy labor and sweat, to help all of them. Thy ceaseless offer, however, must be love, which is the gold; continual prayer, which is the incense; and the patient acceptance of labors and true mortifications, which is the myrrh.
All that thou dost for the Lord, thou should offer up to Him with fervent affection and promptitude, without negligence or fear; for negligent works, and those not enlivened by love, are not an acceptable sacrifice in the eyes of his Majesty. In order to make those incessant offerings, it is necessary that divine faith and light continually inflame thy heart, having before thy eyes the great object of thy praise and exaltation, and the stimulus of love, by which thou art bound to the right hand of the Most High. Thus shouldst thou continue incessantly in this sweet exercise of love, so proper to the spouses of his Majesty; for their name implies such a continual payment of the debt of love and affection.” ----Words of the queen. Mystical city of God.
Words of the Blessed Virgin To venerable Mary of Agreda.“My daughter, great were the gifts which the Kings offeredTo my Son, but greater still was their affection. I wish youalso to offer up similar gifts. For I assure you, my dearest,that there is no more acceptable gift to the Most High thanVoluntary poverty.There are few in the world who use temporal riches well andoffer to their Lord with the generosity and love of those holyKings. You too can make such an offering of the thingsnecessary for sustenance, giving a part to the poor. Yourceaseless offering, must be love, which is gold; continualprayer, which is the incense; and the patient acceptance oflabours and true mortifications, which is myrrh. All thatyou do for the Lord, you should offer up to Him with ardentaffection.”
“I would ask you to spend the last hours of the year on yourknees, in confident and unceasing prayer. “Pray in order to Cask for the salvation of this world, which has now touchedthe depths of impiety and of impurity, injustice, hatred,violence, sin and evil.” (Gobbi) Rubens, Adoration of the Magi, Musee de Arts. Lyon
Words of the Queen on How to spend Christmas: “See how many spend these hours in dissipation and amusements and await the new year in a pagan atmosphere. As for you, spend these hours with me, in prayer and in silence, in meditation on my word and with a great confidence in your Heavenly Father. It is Providence that prepares for you each new day and each new year. It is the Father who arranges for you new days of peace and not of affliction, of pardon and not of condemnation, so that the miracle of his Divine Mercy may shine forth upon the world.” (Gobbi)
“I would ask you to spend the last hours of the year on your knees, in confident and unceasing prayer. “Pray in order to ask for the salvation of this world, which has now touched the depths of impiety and of impurity, injustice, hatred, violence, sin and evil.” (Gobbi)
The ( National ) Rosary For the Evangelization of (Nations)1. Fatima Prayer: To Eucharistic Jesus, source of all evangelization. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy.”2. Invocation of the Holy Spirit: Principal agent of evangelization. “Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of the (National) people and enkindle in them the fire of your love! Come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse.”3. Prayer to Our Lady of ( Nation ): Star of the new evangelization. “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of (Nation), come and present the (National) people to Jesus, the fruit of thy womb. Look upon them continually with mercy and through your