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Fourth Joyful Mystery The PresentationWhen the day came to purify themaccording to the law of Moses, the couplebrought him up to Jerusalem so that hecould be presented to the Lord, for it iswritten in the law of the Lord, “Every first-born male shall be consecrated to the Lord.” Fruit of the Mystery: Obedience
The CircumcisionWords of the Queen onObedience anddocility
1.** The Circumcision (8th day) “From the very moment of his human conception, He becomes obedient in all things to the will of the Father. He submits himself to all the prescriptions of the Law: After 8 days, the circumcision and after 40 days, the presentation in the Temple.” (Gobbi)Micheal Pacher, The Circumcision of Christ, 1479. St. Wolfgang Church. Austria.
1A. The Silence “This is a mystery of silence, of prayer, of offering and of personal immolation. Enter into the Temple of my Immaculate Heart. I am forming you to a deep silence. Silence in order to receive only the Word of God. Silence to live it. Thus you speak with your life. Life becomes your word.” (Gobbi)Micheal Pacher, The Circumcision of Christ, 1479. St. Wolfgang Church. Austria.
1B. The Sacrifices “The Son of God, with (8th day) immeasurable love, offered up to the eternal Father three sacrifices of so great value that each one would have been sufficient for the Redemption of a thousand worlds. 1.He assumed the condition of a sinner. 2.The willingness to suffer the pains. 3.The most ardent love with which He began shed his blood for the human race. (Mary of Agreda)Micheal Pacher, The Circumcision of Christ, 1479. St. Wolfgang Church. Austria.
1C. The Sacrifices Archangels Michael and Gabriel (8th day) said to Mary: This is the Name of your Son, which the blessed Trinity has given Him as the sign of salvation for the whole human race. But now He is to shed His Blood in receiving it, since it is that of the Saviour. This will be the beginning of His sufferings in obedience to His Father’s Will.” That night Jesus’ pain was so severe that He could not rest and He often cried. (Mary of Agreda).Micheal Pacher, The Circumcision of Christ, 1479. St. Wolfgang Church. Austria.
At the same time the Son of God, with immeasurable love, offered up to the eternal Father three sacrifices of so great value that each one would have been sufficient for the Redemption of a thousand worlds. The first was that He, being innocent and the Son of the true God, assumed the condition of a sinner (Phil. 2, 7) by subjecting Himself to a rite instituted as a remedy for original sin, and to a law not binding on Him (II Cor. 5, 21). The second was his willingness to suffer the pains of circumcision, which He felt as a true and perfect man. The third was the most ardent love with which He began shed his blood for the human race, giving thanks to eternal Father for having given Him a human nature capable of suffering for his exaltation and glory. --------Mystical city of God. Mary of Agreda.
Words of the Queen to Mary of Agreda: “The saints in heaven, comprehending by the divine light these mysteries, are astonished at themselves for not having paid more attention to them during their life. And if they were capable of pain, they would be deeply grieved for their tardiness and carelessness in not having set proper value upon the works for the Redemption, and for failing in the imitation of Christ. All the angels and saints, by an insight hidden to mortals, wonder at the cruelty of human hearts against themselves and against Christ their Redeemer. Men have compassion neither for the sufferings of the Lord, nor for the sufferings they themselves stand in danger of incurring. When the foreknown, in unending bitterness shall recognize their dreadful forgetfulness and their indifference to the works of Christ.”
“Cast out from thy faculties every image and affection toward human creatures and turn all the powers of thy heart and soul toward the mysteries and blessings of the Redemption. Occupy thyself wholly with them, ponder and weigh them, give thanks for them as if thou alone wert in existence, as if they had been wrought solely for thee, and singly for each human being in particular (Gal. 2, 20). Thus thou wilt find life and the way of life, proceeding thus thou canst not err; but thou shalt find therein the light of thy eyes and true peace.”
2.*** Docility “I have asked you for the consecration to my Immaculate Heart to form all of you to that interior docility which is necessary for me in order that I may be able to work in each one of you, bringing you to a profound transformation. I am forming you to prayer which must always be carried out by you in union with me.” (Gobbi)Mantegna, The circumcision, 1474. Uffizi, Florence.
Words of the Queen on Docility and abandonment “Beloved sons, when I appeal to you to become littler, it is to make you like my child, Jesus, through docile and perfect obedience to the divine will. Let yourselves be carried in my arms, as my tiniest babes, and I will make you perfectly docile to the will of the Father.” “Learn to abandon yourselves to me as little children and to let yourselves be guided with the simplicity, the confidence and the complete abandonment of children. This abandonment of yours is necessary to me, so that I can act in you and in your life. My motherly task is to transform you each day, so that you may accomplish perfectly the will of the Lord.”
“Allow yourselves to be nourished and formed byme; to be led by me with docility; to be signed by mewith my motherly seal. I am imprinting my seal onyour forehead with the most holy sign of the Cross ofmy Son Jesus. I am imprinting upon your hands myseal which is the sign of the Holy Trinity.” (Gobbi)
Words of the Queen on White flakes of snow In the great desert in which you are living, in the immense sea of impurity which is submerging the world possessed by the Evil One, white flakes of snow are falling from my Immaculate Heart upon you, children consecrated to me, so that you may spread everywhere my fragrance from heaven and become signs and instruments of Divine Mercy in the world. “White flakes of snow are coming down from my Immaculate Heart upon you, so that you may bring everywhere the light of the divine Word and become instruments which make shine everywhere, in its greatest spendor, all the truth contained in the Gospel of my Son Jesus.
White flakes of snow are coming down from my Immaculate Heart upon you, children consecrated to me, so that you may bring to all my motherly voice which leads you to hope and confidence. Thus you can take by the hand many of my poor children and cross together the bright thresholds of hope, with the triumph of my Immaculate Heart, the white snowflakes of Divine Mercy..” (Gobbi :To the priests)
The PresentationWords of the Queen onHumble ThanksgivingLabours and sufferingsYour consecration
3.**Your Presentation “My children, with docility, let yourselves be carried in my motherly arms, and you will see everywhere the marvels of grace and mercy of my Immaculate Heart. I am bringing you to the Father. Expect and receive everything as a gift of love from the Father.” (Gobbi)
Words of the Queen on Humble thanksgiving “My daughter, what thou must especially learn from this chapter is, that thou accustom thyself to humble thanksgiving for the benefits which thou receivest, since thou, among many generations, art so specially signalized by the riches of grace with which my Son and I visit thee without any merit of thine. I was wont to repeat many times this verse of David: "What shall I render the Lord for all the things that he hath rendered to me?" (Ps. 15, 12). In such sentiments I humiliated myself to the dust, esteeming myself altogether useless among creatures. Therefore, if thou knowest what I did as Mother of God, consider what then is thy obligation, since thou must with so much truth confess thyself unworthy and undeserving of all thou receivest, and so poorly furnished for giving thanks and for making payment. Thou must supply thy insufficiency and thy misery by offering up to the eternal Father.”
Words of the Queen on Labors and Sufferings “In addition to this offering is the resignation with which souls embrace and bear with equanimity and patience the labors and difficulties of mortal life. My most holy Son and I were eminent Masters in the practice of this doctrine. My Son began to teach it from the moment in which He was conceived in my womb. For already then He began to suffer, and as soon as He was born into the world He and I were banished by Herod into a desert, and his sufferings continued until He died on the Cross. I also labored to the end of my life, as thou wilt be informed more and more in the writing of this history. Since, therefore, We suffered so much for creatures and for their salvation, I desire thee to imitate Us in this conformity to the divine will as being his spouse and my daughter. Suffer with a magnanimous heart, and labor to increase the possessions of thy Lord and Master, namely, souls, which are so precious in his sight and which He has purchased with his life-blood. Never shouldst thou fly from labors, difficulties, bitterness and sorrows, if by any of them thou canst gain a soul for the Lord.”
4.*** Your consecration “Your act of consecration to my Immaculate Heart allows me to intervene in your life in order to direct it to the perfect fulfillment of the will of the Father.” “I am situated at your side at each moment of your day. Transform your day into an act of unceasing prayer. I want so much prayer of you!” (Gobbi)Jan van Scorel. Presentation at the temple. 1524. Kunsthistorisches Musee. Vienna
Saint Louis de Montforts highly influential True Devotion to Mary synthesized many of the earlier saints writings and teachings on Mary. De Montforts approach of "total consecration to Jesus Christ through Mary" had a strong impact on Marian devotion both in popular piety and in the spirituality of religious orders. One of his well-known followers was Pope John Paul II of the 20th century. According to his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, the pontiffs personal motto Totus Tuus (Totally yours) was inspired by St. Louis doctrine on the excellence of Marian devotion and total consecration. He quoted: "Since Mary is of all creatures the one most conformed to Jesus Christ, it follows that among all devotions that which most consecrates and conforms a soul to our Lord is devotion to Mary, his Holy Mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to her the more will it be consecrated to Jesus Christ."
Words of the Queen on Your Consecration “Renew each day your consecration to my Immaculate Heart. Through this act, you make it possible for me to enter as a Mother, into your life and to dispose it for the perfect fulfillment of the design which the Lord has on each one of you. Thus you become my very own presence in the world. I ask you to offer me the fragrant and precious flower of your suffering. On the altar of my Immaculate Heart I want to offer all my children, in a perennial act of immolation and reparation, Only through the suffering of my littlest children can I hasten the time of the triumph of my Immaculate Heart in the world.” (Gobbi)
“I am imprinting my seal on your forehead with the sign of the Cross my Son Jesus. I am opening the intellect to receive his divine word. I am imprinting upon your hands my seal which is the sign of the Holy Trinity. With the sign of the Father, your human activity becomes directed towards a perfect cooperation with the plans of his divine Providence which is today arranges all things for your good. With the sign of the Son, your actions become inserted into the mystery of redemption. With the sign of the Holy spirit, everything you do becomes open to his powerful force for sanctification.” (Gobbi)
Words of the Queen onYour offeringYour immolationLive in the heart of the Trinity
5.***Your Offering “Offer your whole life to the Lord: your body, your heart, your soul, you mind, your will, your freedom. You become the chosen victims, precious and pleasing to God. I am asking for a spiritual immolation made up of the acceptance with love of every circumstance of your life as a fulfillment of the will of the Heavenly Father. Do always and only the divine will.” (Gobbi)
5A. I offer you to the Trinity “Beloved, let yourselves be offered by me to the perfect glory of the most Holy Trinity. Be the gift of my trust for the Church. Be the gift of my trust for all this poor humanity. Help it to return to God along the road of prayer and penance.” (Gobbi)
Words of the Queen on Your Offering “In the temple of my Immaculate Heart, I offer you to the glory of the Father, who takes delight in you. I lead you, at each moment of your life, to do his divine will with love docility and filial abandonment. I offer you to the glory of the Son, who pours out upon you the torrents of his divine mercy, to wipe away every shadow of evil and sin from your souls to make of you yourselves light for revelation to all the gentiles. I offer you to the glory of the Holy Spirit, who give Himself to you in inexhaustible abundance. I am obtaining for you his seven holy gifts which give you the courage and strength in the fulfillment of the mission which has been entrusted to you.” (Gobbi)
I am forming you for the greater splendor of the Church. You become the help which it earnestly awaits. I am bringing you to the heroic witness to Christ and to his Gospel that you illumine with your light the deep darkness of these times of great apostasy, so that it may accomplish the task of the second evangelization. In the hearts of all my little children, I take up my dwelling where I find my refuge to be consoled by your tender filial love and to obtain that great reparation which I has asked of you and of which I have need, in order to shorten the great sufferings of these, your days.” (Gobbi)
Words of the Queen on Your Immolation. “The hour of your immolation has come. On the altar of my Immaculate Heart, you are being immolated to the perfect glory of the Father. In you life, He arranges with love every least circumstance for your good. In you, in your life, in your peace, in your joy, the Heavenly Father is glorified. The Son is glorified when the Will of the Father is accomplished by all in a perfect way. His will is that you all be perfectly one in the Son, so as to be perfectly one with the Father. The Holy Spirit must be glorified. He is constantly being given to you by the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit is glorified when, with his divine fire, He purifies you and transforms you, so that you may love, in Him and through Him, the Father and the Son.” (Gobbi)
“Thus you live in the Heart of the Most Holy Trinity.” You are called to be strong witnesses of the Truth. The hour of the great apostasy has come, and yours is the task of giving to all the splendor of the divine Truth. You are living the moments of the great perversion, during which humanity has become pagan, and worse than the times of the flood. You are being called to spread the light of holiness. Be torches ablaze with holiness and purity in the deep darkness of sin which has descended upon the world. You are being called to become strong witnesses of love in the hour of violence and hatred, of unbridled egotism and of war. I am ever close to you and I am leading you by the hand at each moment, as a mother leads her little children. I will be at your side, in an extraordinary way. (Gobbi)
Simeon’s prophesyWords of the Queen onRecognizing ChristSign of contradiction
6. Recognizing Christ “Let your minds be illumined to know how to always recognize Him under the fragile and painful features of the little, the poor, the sick, the dying, the sinners, the needy, the oppressed, the marginalized, the persecuted, and those far away.” (Gobbi)How to pray with icons. By Myroslaw Tataryn
7. Simeon took into his arms the master of the entireuniverse, and in his joy he exclaimed: “My eyes have seenyour saving deeds. Now you may let your servant go inpeace.” “The Holy Spirit comes down upon a poor old man. A poor old man and a woman come to be the first to understand this great mystery.” (Gobbi)
8. Simeon’s Prophesy: He will be a sign of contradiction. “You will be called today to be this sign of contradiction. By your life which will be purely a living Gospel. By your word, which will repeat loudly the truth Jesus has revealed to you. By your witness, which must be a light and example for all the . Church.” (Gobbi)Rembrandt, The presentation in the Temple. 1628. Hamburg.
Words of the Queen on My heart is pierced My Immaculate heartThe 4th mystery To St. Bridget of SwedenWords of Jesus on The sorrowful heart of Mary
9.*** Our Lady of Sorrows“My heart is bleeding, becausethis humanity has not acceptedmy repeated call to conversion,to repentance, and a return toGod.I am inviting you to suffering.I urge you to transform all yoursuffering into a perfect gift oflove. You will carry your crosswith joy. Your suffering willbecome sweet and it will leadyou to true peace of heart.”(Gobbi)
9A. Our Lady of Sorrows“I ask that they offertheir sufferings in a spiritof reparation, ofpurification and ofsanctification.I personally and lovinglytake care to giveconsolation in sufferingand, if it be in the will ofthe Lord, to offer the giftof healing.” (Gobbi)
9B. “and a sword shall pierce Thy heart.”“My Immaculate Heart is being piercedwith numerous and painful thorns.”“I am the mother of the transpiercedsoul!Therefore all your wounds are nowmine. I am close by you to close yourwounds.”“I am the Mother of all sorrows andtears are falling from my eyes. Do notwithdraw from the love of yoursorrowful Mother who wants to leadyou all to salvation.” (Gobbi)
Words of the Queen on My soul is pierced. “My soul is pierced by the pain of all this poor humanity, which has distanced itself from its Lord in order to follow the idols of pleasure and comfort, of pride and money, of hatred and impurity. How great is the danger into which it can fall, the danger of destroying itself by its own hands! My soul is pierced in seeing my Church prostrate beneath the weight of a most painful agony. Sin is seducing the minds and hearts of many of my children. Many are giving in to the allurements of pleasures and falling into slavery to Satan. The Church is now being called to live through the hours of its passion and its bloody immolation.”
My souls is pierced by many souls who are being lost and going each day into hell. Help me to save them. Help me with prayer, with suffering , with your love , with your faithfulness. I am asking you to multiply your cenacles of prayer, in the conclusive time of the great tribulation. In this way, you help me to save many of my poor children. My soul is pierced in seeing into what a dire situation this great country, in which you find yourself , has fallen. It has again become pagan, a victim of materialism, and of the mad search for pleasure. The law of God is more and more violated, and the gift of life is being daily attacked through the innumerable abortions which are being carried out. Cry out to all with a resolute voice to tell them of my immense sorrow. Announce without fear that the great chastisement has already begun, and that, to be saved , you must enter into the safe refuge of my Immaculate Heart.” (Gobbi.)
10.*** The Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary “Teach souls to love the Heart of My Mother pierced by the very sorrow which pierced Mine. It is hearts that must be changed. Recourse to My Mother under this title I wish for her universally, is the last help I shall give before the end of time.” ----Our Lord to Berthe Petit.Picture discovered at the time of the 1918 armistice.
Words of the Blessed Virgin on the 4th Mystery to Mary of Agreda. The mystical city of God, “ My daughter, the doctrine and example contained in this mystery will teach thee to strive after the constancy and expansion of heart by which thou may prepare thyself to accept blessings and adversity, the sweet and the bitter, with equanimity. “ How persistently the human heart forgets that its Teacher and Master has first accepted sufferings, and has honoured and sanctified them in His own Person!” “ Seek ever to preserve inward peace. Full of trust in me, whenever tribulation comes over thee, fervently exclaim: “The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear?”
Words of the Blessed Virgin to St. Bridget of Sweden:“I did not need purification, like other women, because my Son who was born of me, made me clean. Nevertheless, that the Law and the prophecies might be fulfilled, I chose to live according to the Law. Nor did I live like worldly parents, but humbly conversed with the humble. Nor did I wish to show anything extraordinary in me, but loved whatever was humble.On that day of the Purification my pain was increased. For though by divine inspiration I know that my Son was to suffer, yet this grief pierced my heart more keenly at Simeon’s words. And until I was assumed in body and soul to Heaven, this grief never left my heart, although it was tempered by the consolation of the Spirit of God. Let not, then, this grief leave thy heart, for without tribulation few would reach Heaven.”
Words of the Blessed Virgin to Fr. Gobbi“Allow yourselves to be carried in my motherly arms, with humility, with docility and with meekness. These are the times of your full manifestation. The days of your public testimony have arrived. The hour has come when I want to be glorified in you before all the Church and the world.Walk with me in the light of faith. You my beloved ones must, today be the Gospel alone, lived out and preached to the letter.Walk with me in the light of love. Love the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Love with the very Heart of Jesus, all your brothers, especially the poorest, the sinners, those furthest away, the sick, the wounded, the stricken, the marginalized, the weak, the littlest.
Walk with me in the light of holiness. Walk along the road of disdain for the world and for yourselves, of unceasing prayer, of mortification of the senses, of penance.I am glorified in you when you are humble, poor , little, pure and merciful.”
Words of the Queen on My Immaculate Heart “My Immaculate Heart will triumph over this ailing and materialistic humanity, bent on the mad search for pleasure and comfort, which has built a new civilization without God and has again become pagan, after almost two thousand years. The pagan society in which you live has denied its God in order to build the idols of pleasure and money, of pride and egotism, of amusement and impurity---constitutes for you a grave danger of betraying your Baptism. It is your refuge, in which you are defended against the wicked influence of this world. It is your refuge, which protects you from being contaminated by sin and impurity. (Gobbi)
My Immaculate Heart is your refuge in which I gather you together, as in a new spiritual Cenacle, to obtain for you the gift of the Holy Spirit, which would transform you into apostles of the second evangelization. It is you who must be the instruments of this general return. It is you who must be the apostles of this second evangelization. Be apostles of my Work. Go out from this cenacle and go everywhere in search of my children. I am with you and am lighting up for you the way along which you must go.
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