ancient threads in the tapestry – mother teresa


DAY 3

I Thirst

 

 

THE RESURRECTION

 

 

“You killed Him, by hanging Him on a tree, yet, after three days, God raised Him up … and we are His witnesses …” (Acts 3:15).

 

 

We, you and I, are His witnesses, not because we were in Palestine, but because we have “eaten and drunk with Him.” Since His resurrection He has shared His Risen Life with us. We are His living Alleluia before the world. This is our call. We are those chosen ones who have known the power of His resurrection in our lives. We have been immersed into the living waters, baptized into His death and resurrection. We are to continue to share our life in communion with the Risen Lord, drinking in: His presence, His satiating, His healing, and His resurrection power all the days of our lives. We are called not only to talk about the Thirst of God, but also to experience the power of His Spirit, the Thirst of the Father “poured into our hearts.” This is the grace we are asking for in this Eucharist.

 

Our life is to be Eucharist. We have to learn to follow Him in His Risen Life, as He stands before the Father, praising, interceding, satiating.

 

The second phase of the Eucharist is as follows: We don’t have only Calvary on our altars, but also the Risen, Glorified Christ, praising the Father and interceding for us. Though there is nothing to be seen; yet, behind this veil, the Lamb stands victorious and glorious before the Father. The humility, the poverty, the hiddenness of the Eucharist veils our glorious Lord. It is the same when we receive Communion (whether we feel it or not – it doesn’t matter). We are invited to share Jesus’ Risen Life.

 

As St. Paul says:

 

“Since you have been brought back to true life with Christ, you must look for the things that are in heaven, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand. Let your thoughts be on heavenly things, not on the things that are on the earth, because you have died, and now the life you have is hidden with Christ in God. But when Christ is revealed – and He is your life – you too will be revealed in all your glory with Him” (Col 3:1-4).

 

 

Be who you are called to be, and where you are called to be, at the Father’s right hand by virtue of Jesus’ resurrection and your baptism into Him. You can’t witness what you don’t behold. You can’t share what you have not experienced. The truest part of us is already risen with the Lord; with Him and in Him we are already seated at the right hand of the Father. We are only waiting for the full effect – the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead is already present and at work in us. It is just a matter of time, for in Him we are already risen. Be there! Let your thoughts be in Heaven, for this Earth is passing away. Paul gives us an entire plan of life:

 

“You have died, you are baptized into His death, and now the life which you have, this life of the Spirit, is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3).

 

You are to be the witnesses of this reality in the world, under the veil of poverty, failure, weakness. The Risen Life can come and transform your life. Your vocation is to shout the Gospel with your life – to proclaim – not to preach, not in the market place, but hidden with Jesus in the Father, now. You don’t have to wait for your own bodily resurrection, nor do you have to feel anything. It all begins now. A life hidden with Jesus in the Father as He stands in prayer, satiation, and intercession is my call – my dignity – my life.

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

THE ROSARY (at least one decade)     and     MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

DAY 4

I Thirst

MINISTERING IN THE KINGDOM

Ministering in the kingdom clearly demands that one minister in conscious harmony with the spirit and principles of the kingdom.

 

We must openly preach the beatitudes, proclaim the consequences of the kingdom, exhorting our people not to content themselves with false riches, not to feed on false dreams. But our ministry of word is to serve our “ministry of the Spirit.”

 

As St. Paul insists, “the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power” (1 Cor 4:10).

 

Our preaching is not an end in itself but is to put people in touch with God’s renewing, transforming power, a power that works miracles still, that can change their lives from without and within. We must proclaim to them the “God who is at work in you” (Phil. 2:13), the God who is close, who cares about them not only on Sunday but every day of their lives, the God who has “every hair of your head counted” (Lk. 12:7).

 

Too often we preach an absent, distant God, an inoperative salvation (especially when that God and that salvation are abstract or distant to us). We often hear the challenge:

 

“What would you do for a drug addict: counsel or pray with him? Do we have only good advice to offer, or do we believe that Jesus has the power to change that which we are not able to alter?” (Muhlen).

 

But once again, the key is that the kingdom must first be a lived reality for us, Jesus must be Lord of my life and I His kingdom in miniature before the Lord of the kingdom can effectively touch, satiate, and renew others through me, before He can extend that kingdom through my ministry. So let us first rehear the good news, rediscover the powerful presence of the kingdom in our life and ministry, drinking “without price” from the Pool of Siloe rejoicing in our own salvation and call, and allowing the Lord to speak to us the glad tidings that “the kingdom of God is within you …” (Mt. 10:7).

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

THE ROSARY (at least one decade)     and     MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

DAY 5

I Thirst

THE COVENANT

The greatest proof of God’s Thirst for Israel was the Covenant. More than just a legal agreement, it was a shared life a mutual belonging: “I will be your God, and you will be my people.” God belonged to Israel and Israel to God. Israel never saw the Commandments as a burden (as we do), but as a gift, as something very beautiful, for they were the terms of that covenant. When husband and wife pronounce their wedding vows, they see that as a beautiful binding, not as a burden. Israel saw in the Commandments, and all the prescriptions of the Law, something that could be reduced to one precept:

            “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one. You shall love the Lord, your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your strength. Let these words I enjoin on you today be written on your heart. You shall repeat them to your children and say them over to them whether at rest in your house or walking abroad, at your lying down or at your rising, you shall fasten them on your hand and forehead, and on the door posts of your house and on your gates.”

My consecration is a great sign of the Father’s Thirst for me in Jesus, a great sign of God’s love, not law, but life; god’s life in me, me in Him! I have four vows, and hundreds of points in the Constitutions and Mother’s instructions, but I know that all of this says the same thing: they are the recognition of the Father’s Thirst for me in Jesus[1]. I am His Israel, His chosen one, called to a bond that is beyond me, that only the power of love can bring about. Vows and Constitutions are all one great Commandment: “Give me to drink.” This is the great Commandment for us MCs, written on the wall of our chapels. You have one Spouse, one Lord, one Thirst in your life. The Lord your God is one. One love. All the powers of your soul, all virtues, the vows, Constitutions, prescriptions, obedience, all events, are to focus on this one thing: “You shall thirst for the Lord, your God,” and do so “with all your heart and soul and strength.” In the call, Jesus is always present. Your vows are not just words – the Lord is present. God has made a covenant with you. God is faithful; we are unfaithful. I break the covenant again and again. What does God do? From time to time when I grow cold, He mercifully and unexpectedly touches me with His fire, and like Jeremiah, I want to run away. I am called in a very special, unique way – with a special mission. He comes – comes to call again – to renew us so that we can say in this retreat, as Jeremiah:

“Lord you have drawn me, and I have let myself be drawn. You have overpowered me, and you have prevailed.”

Like Jeremiah, I must become a fool for the Lord. He met rejection, derision, insult. He met obstacle after obstacle. We, too, perhaps never expected the personal price we would have to pay for our mission. We wanted to go and speak in the name of Yahweh, but he was rebuffed and scorned, so he decides to turn away from his personal call and mission:

            “I said, it’s too much, Lord! I am too wounded, so I won’t think about Him anymore, I won’t speak in His Name.”

Jeremiah was not sinning, he just wanted to be free to do something else. He tried to escape and keep his distance from God. But the Lord has a special love for Jeremiah, whom He “called from his mother’s womb.” God understands him, because He called and loves him, and He will not abandon him. As God pursued Jeremiah, so is He pursuing you. “But then, there seemed to be in my heart a burning fire, to which I could no longer say no.” This is the Lord coming to heal Jeremiah, to strengthen him, to renew his personal covenant, so that Jeremiah can declare:

            “The Lord is my light and my salvation, of whom should I be afraid? There is one thing I ask of the Lord, to dwell in His house all the days of my life, to enjoy His sweetness, to behold His temple. He shelters me in time of trouble under His wings – shelters me in His tent. Teach me your way; lead me in your path. I long to see your face, O Lord; hide not your face from me.” (Resp. Psalm)

 

Even though I’ve shielded myself from pain, You still seek me, Lord. Renew your covenant with me. I want to hear again the word of my personal mission. I desire with all my heart to do your will always. This is my call, to behold the temple of the Trinity. God shelters me, He hides me. The Thirst of the Father is my covenant, sealed in the Blood of the Lamb. He gives me the strength to respond, as did Jeremiah, and bids me to renew my personal covenant with Him. Let the fire return in your empty heart. Although I have run from Him by my infidelities, He still calls me back. “Lord you have drawn me and I have let myself be drawn – I shall behold your dwelling place all the days of my life.” The Lord’s Thirst for you is one, therefore, let us renew the covenant – in faithfulness and love.

 

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

THE ROSARY (at least one decade)     and     MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

I Thirst

AID FOR AN EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

 

 

Christian life is a relationship with each divine person of the Holy Trinity. We need to see grace and sin in terms of relationship with a personal God of love and fidelity. Therefore, at this time it would be good to make a good examination of conscience in order to make a general confession[2] of your entire life from the age of six to the present. You may divide the preparation in the following way:

 

1.- from six to eleven

2.- from twelve to eighteen

3.- from eighteen to twenty five

4.- from twenty six to the present

 

a) for married couples, religious and priests: from the time of your commitment in your state of life to the present.

 

 

Do I take my faith seriously?

Do I honor God?

Do I give God credit for my gifts?

Am I reverent?

Do I respect the sacred?

Do I regularly act as if my conversion depended only on myself, or do I allow God’s grace penetrate my hole being.

Do I believe that my sanctification depends in God’s grace with my cooperation?

Do I have an inordinate love of material goods?

Do I see what others have and want the same?

Do I make good use of what I have?

Do I hoard things?

Do I waste things?

Do I open my heart to God alone, or allow something else penetrate it.

Do I allow myself to become fixated on certain problems and difficulties rather than entrusting them to God?

Can I smile when trouble comes into my life, knowing it is part of God’s loving plan for me?

Do I get “upset” at God for the difficulties in my life?

Am I moody?

Am I hard to get along with?

Am I afraid to make mistakes?

Do I trust more in me than in God?

Do I believe that “nothing is impossible with God”?

Do I let God “have the last word” on my affairs?

Do I believe that I am truly in God’s heart and that He will take care of me?

Do I believe in His thirsting love for me?

Am I selfish?

Do I accept what Lord sends to my life patiently?

Do I entrust everything I do in God’s hands?

Do I accept the difficulties of life?

Do I grumble?

Do I frequently complain?

Do I accept my very own cross?

Is God the true center of my life or I go to Him only when in trouble.

Do I obey legitimate authority?

Am I at peace with the cross He gave me?

 

Do I try to blame others, and excuse myself?

Am I ready to accuse others of being unjust, unfair, or unkind to me?

Do I ridicule or make fun of others?

Do I seek revenge?

Do I get angry easily?

Am I frequently irritable?

Am I resentful?

Do my mistakes make me angry?

Do I make others angry?

Do I purposely try to hurt others?

Do I carry grudges?

Am I prone to argue?

Do I insist on having the last word?

Do I allow anger to fester?

Am I concerned about what others may think or say about me?

Do I go along with the crowd?

Do I envy the gifts, talents, or possessions of others?

Do I try to make an impression others?

Do I seek the esteem of others?

Have I tried to be humble?

Do I offer what I have and am to the good of others and the greater glory of God?

Do I accept to be the “last”?

Do I embrace my cross?

Do I ask Jesus and Our Lady to help me embrace my cross and the crosses of my beloved ones?

 

Do I act in a conceited way?

Do I lie?

Do I evade my responsibilities?

Do I try hard enough to bring joy to my neighbor?

Do I waste time?

Am I easily distracted?

Am I saddened when somebody else is preferred over me?

Am I sarcastic?

Am I stubborn?

Am I lazy?

Am I jealous?

Am I suspicious or distrustful?

Do I gossip?

Am I easily depressed?

Am I able to thank Jesus in all things?

Am I living a chaste life in thought and action?

Do I seek disordered sensual pleasure? (TV, pornography, Internet)

Am I faithful to my martial promises?

 

Do I seek forgiveness?

Do I really forgive those who seek forgiveness?

Do I act toward others as I want them to act toward me?

 

Am I overly critical?

Am I prone to notice the faults of others and to speak about them?

Do I speak ill of others?

Can I be at peace even in the midst of problems?

 

Can I laugh at my own foibles and mistakes?

Can I smile to “bad times”?

Do I accept the others peacefully?

Do I accept myself?

Do I accept honestly that Jesus love’s me the way I am?

Do I believe He can make me better and better every day?

 

Do I go to have communion frequently?

Do I believe that in the Eucharist Jesus is fully present?

Do I thank Him for this gift?

Do I ask Jesus in the Eucharist what is His will for me?

Do I “listen” to Him or only hear myself?

Am I respectful towards Jesus in the Eucharist?

 

Do I try to help others to get closer to God?

Do I have an exalted opinion of my goodness?

Do I criticize the spirituality of others?

Do I try to develop my talents?

Do I recognize my weaknesses as they really are?

Am I willing to accept advice, correction, or help?

Do I treat others with justice, respect, and fairness?

Is my voice heard when I become aware of injustice?

Am I uncharitable toward others?

Do I go in haste to bring Jesus into the life of my neighbor?

Do I have any regular apostolate?

Do I do it for God and not for my personal satisfaction?

Do I pray?

Do I try to know God better in order to love Him more and more every day?

Do I trust Our Lady?

Do I make the effort to seek God will for me?

Do I see Christ in my neighbor?

Do I walk the “extra mile” for those who I dislike?

Do I see the commandments as a burden or as a path to the true life?

Do I treat the poor exactly the same as I treat others wealthier?

Do I give God all the honor?

Am I thankful?


WEEK TWO

I Thirst

 

During this week we want to deepen our dependence on God and detach ourselves more conscientiously form the works of Satan. Therefore, in addition to praying the Rosary and the Litany to Our Lady -page VIII (Introduction)-, do the “Act of Renouncement” prayer daily during this week.

Act of Renouncement

 

I renounce Satan.

I renounce all his works and seductions.

I renounce occultism, esotericism and all superstition.

I renounce knowing the future, outside the limits of God.

I renounce magic, healing and witchcraft.

I renounce all reading regarding cards, coffee, tea, seeds and hands.

I renounce consulting sorcerers, healers and black magicians.

I renounce spirits (spiritism), astrology and horoscopes.

I renounce acquiring power and control over myself or others, outside the limits of God’s.

I renounce mental control and dianetics.

I renounce the use of amulets, fetishes, stones, crystals, quartz and talismans.

I renounce speaking negatively about others.

I renounce supporting abortion.

I renounce not helping those who do wrong.

I renounce rejoicing at other’s distress.

I renounce saying bad words that might hurt my brothers/sisters.

I renounce seeking pleasure of senses.

I renounce watching pornographic movies or pictures.

I renounce envying my brother’s possessions.

I renounce not helping my parents.

I renounce being unfaithful to my wife or husband.

I renounce non-acceptance of my obligations or being lazy.

I renounce non-acceptance of my responsibilities.

I renounce having no control of my tongue or temperament.

I renounce seeking only my well-being.

I renounce abusing alcohol and/or drugs.

I renounce disappointing my neighbor.

I renounce all this completely and forever.

I renounce it all as well in the name of my ancestors.

I renounce all kinds of envy, lust and wickedness.

I renounce all kinds of self-sufficiency, greediness and ambition.

I renounce pride and vanity.

I renounce hate and resentments.

I renounce all this because I want to follow the Lord, I want to be an instrument in His Hands, and I want to depend on God and solely on Him.

I renounce wickedness!

 

 

 

     DAY 6

I Thirst

 

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

So let us ask Our Lady – for She understood His Thirst best of all –

to teach us to understand the gift of God to our Society [Family],

to satiate the Thirst of Jesus hungering for love, thirsting for love….” (MT)

 

 

THEME:                             Our young MC Family gathers around Our Lady in prayer

 

GRACE:                                 To better understand and respond to the words  “I Thirst”

PREPARATORY PRAYER:        Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

From now on, you will be their Mother.

As the young Church gathered around Our Lady in the Cenacle to receive the outpouring of the “Holy Spirit of the promise”; so our young Family gathers around Our Lady in prayer to receive the promised outpouring of the life-giving waters of Jesus’ Spirit – the Holy Spirit of God’s Thirst.

She is the Mother to whom Jesus entrusts the Society (and entire Family) as we stand with her next to the Cross of His Passion in the poor. It is she who opens our hearts to understand and respond to the words He speaks to us there: “I Thirst.” And it is she who urges and leads us in witnessing to His Thirst before the world.

Our Lady is intimately connected to the entire process of our discovering, satiating and proclaiming the Thirst of Jesus.

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS :               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the LORETO LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

DAY 7

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             Our Lady would be the one to nurture the Thirst of her Son in each disciple who welcomed her into his home.

 

GRACE:                                 To welcome Jesus’ cry of Thirst in my heart.

PREPARATORY PRAYER:  Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 2

 

The mystery of Our Lady’s role in the revelation of God’s Thirst began already at her Conception, continued throughout her life on this earth, and carries on even to this day in heaven.

 

In her Immaculate Conception, she became the perfect mirror and vessel of the Trinity’s Thirst.

 

In her Annunciation, and for the nine months she carried the Eternal Word within her, she came to experience, as no other human creature, the depth of God’s Thirst to be with us. In giving Jesus birth, she brought God’s Thirst into the world.

 

On Calvary, she was the first member of the Church to hear and open her soul to His cry of Thirst. It was His Thirst (manifested in His passion and pierced Heart) that became the “sword that pierced her soul” (as Paul reminds us, any word of God is “alive and active, and sharper than a two‑edged sword” – how much more these greatest of words: “I THIRST”).

It was there, on Calvary, that she became the “Woman” of Genesis, the new Eve, “Mother of all the living” (“Disciple, behold your Mother”).

 

She would be the one to nurture the Thirst of Her Son in Saint John and each disciple who welcomed her into his home. She would be there to protect, purify and sustain this Thirst.

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the LORETO LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 


DAY 8

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             The New Eve was to bring humanity to accept Jesus´ Thirst

 

GRACE:                                 To accept Jesus’ Thirst in my heart.

PREPARATORY PRAYER:   Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

MEDITATION 3

 

Note the important connection Jesus himself has made between the gift of Our Lady as Mother, and the gift of His Thirst: He proclaims the Trinity’s Thirst for mankind ONLY AFTER providing us with the “Woman” who would care for and nourish that Thirst within us.

 

She would protect it by “crushing the head of the Serpent” (who had first tempted humanity to reject the Thirst of God and turn its human thirst inward on itself, resulting in sin and death).

 

The first Eve brought humanity to reject God’s Thirst; the New Eve was to bring humanity to accept it. And so, John tells us, immediately after giving us the gift of His Mother (Jn 19:27), He gives us the revelation of His Thirst (Jn. 19:28). The two gifts are forever connected and interdependent:

“What God has joined together let no man put asunder”.

 

The early Church understood this connection from the start; for the first disciples returned to the Cenacle after the Ascension and gathered around Our Lady in prayer. As it was she on Calvary who has prepared the Church (represented by St. John) for the revelation of God’s Thirst, so it would be she on Pentecost to prepare the disciples (both then and now) for the communication of God’s Thirst in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love.

 

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the LORETO LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

DAY 9

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             It was an experience of how much God thirsted to love us

 

GRACE:                                 That Jesus’ Thirst be a fire within me as it was for Our Lady.

PREPARATORY PRAYER:        Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 4

 

To Our Lady has been entrusted this entire work of preparing the New Israel for the “new wine” of God’s Thirst: “New wine in new wine skins.”

 

Wine in the Old Testament was often a symbol of the gift of God’s self‑revelation; wine in the New Testament becomes symbolic of the fullness of revelation. It is especially a symbol of the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit ‑ for the new wine of God’s Thirst is revealed in the Blood of the Passion and communicated in the Holy Spirit.

 

Our Lady, in her role of preparing this revelation, is present at both Calvary and Pentecost, and has gathered the disciples around her.

 

It should be safe to say that: if Mother, who is only a disciple, had her great experience of God’s Thirst on the train to Darjeeling (an experience which constituted a kind of “Annunciation” for her and her future mission), then all the more surely Our Lady must have had her great and overwhelming experience of God’s Thirst at her Annunciation. More than just an announcement, it was the experience of how much God thirsted to love us, and be with us, to receive our love. And if Mother’s experience was so great as to become a fire within her ‑ how much more so was Our Lady’s experience a full gift of that fire which Jesus had come (into her womb) to bring to the earth.

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the LORETO LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

DAY 10

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             Our Lady pleading with the Father to share with the whole world the living thirst within her.

 

GRACE:                                 Zeal to proclaim Your Thirst to the whole world.

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

MEDITATION 5

 

 

That fire was His Spirit of Thirsting Love that was to fill her:

“the Holy Spirit shall overshadow you . . .”

 

As that experience urged Mother to satiate Jesus’ Thirst and make it known, how much more so for Our Lady (“The love of Christ urges us . . .” These words find a particular fullness in Our Lady).

 

Must not her constant prayer have been, from that Annunciation day forward, a pleading with the Father to share with the whole world the Living Thirst within her? After His birth, what a longing and sense of responsibility she must have felt ‑ to care in every way for Him who was the living channel of the Father’s immeasurable Love. Can we not imagine, in their thirty years of intimacy and sharing, that Jesus would surely have opened His heart to her and spoken clearly and ardently of the Father’s THIRST which He had come to reveal to the world? As He finally began His public ministry, how she must have waited for the moment when He would proclaim the Thirst of Yahweh before all of Israel.

 

Already at Cana, as He made His first public appearance with His disciples, she would beg for this “new wine” of joyful revelation. She and Jesus both understood the significance and the symbolism of Cana, and only in the light of the fullness of her request can we understand Jesus’ negative answer, and solve the apparent contradiction between His answer and the working of His first miracle (cf. Rom.21).

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the LORETO LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

DAY 11

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             Calvary, the real wedding of God and humanity.

 

GRACE:                                 To experience God’s thirsting love for me

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION 6

 

Let us be assured that indeed Our Lady was asking Jesus to reveal Himself fully. She knew the biblical imagery of the wedding between God and Israel, and this wedding at Cana must have seemed the perfect setting to reveal the depth and reality of the love contained in that image, fulfilled in Her Son and His Infinite Thirst.

 

She wanted Him to do there what the prophets had always done in major moments of revelation ‑ to speak God’s word and at the same time to act it out in symbol (symbolically changing the water of the Old Covenant’s revelation, to the wine of the gospel revelation ‑ God is Love, a Thirsting Love).

 

Jesus understands this immediately (it is easy to imagine how often she must have spoken to Him of her desire that He reveal to the whole world what she had known of Him in her womb). He responds that His “hour” has not yet come (not meaning the hour for miracles. – In John’s gospel, Jesus’ “hour” always refers to His crucifixion).

 

She could not know that the Father had reserved the full revelation of His glory to another “wedding feast” ‑ that of Calvary, the real wedding of God and humanity, the real revelation and satiation of both God’s Thirst and man’s – of which Cana was but the symbol and foreshadowing.

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the LORETO LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

DAY 12

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             At Our Lady’s pleading, Jesus worked His first miracle

 

GRACE:                                 Absolute trust in Our Lady’s mission for me

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 7

 

And so, at her pleading, yet fully in keeping with the Father’s plan, Jesus worked His first miracle, by giving the symbol ‑ the “sign” ‑ of that which would be His last word of revelation – the real “new wine” to be given in His words from the cross.

 

This full revelation of His Thirst could only be contained in the full expression of His love on Calvary. As the steward prophetically spoke, He would yet save the “best wine for last.”

 

This was the hour not of fulfillment, but of foreshadowings; and so Jesus gladly gave answer to part of her request by giving the sign of water changed to wine for the wedding.

 

The rest of her prayer He would answer when this same wedding scene would be re‑enacted on Calvary (with all the same elements: Jesus “revealing His glory”, the presence of the “Mother of Jesus” along with a few disciples, the real “wedding” between God and man).

 

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the LORETO LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

DAY 13

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             Our Lady brought the “disciple” to encounter and experience the Thirst of Jesus

 

GRACE:                                 To be lead docilely to this encounter with Jesus’ Thirst

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION 8

 

Let us move on to Calvary then, to the “hour” of fulfillment. Our Lady was there ahead of the disciples, as at Cana. According to the contemplative tradition of the Church, she had followed closely along the Way of the Cross in sorrow and prayer.

 

At Cana she had shown herself to be “intercessor”, would she not now plead for the Apostles?   Were none of them to “witness His glory,” a glory infinitely beyond what they had seen in symbol at Cana?

 

Finally, touched by grace, John (who had run away just like the others, who had fled from God’s Thirst in Gethsemane as Adam and Eve in another garden), recognizing his weakness, made his way through the jeering crowd along the Via Dolorosa.

 

At a certain point he found Mary; in her, he found a love, a strength, a serenity that perhaps surpassed and sustained his own, a heart to open his own to the words he alone among the twelve would hear.

 

Our Lady, having entered the home of John, brought him the “disciple” to encounter and experience the Thirst of Jesus, as she does for every disciple.

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the LORETO LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

WEEK THREE

I Thirst

 

In week one you made a general examination of conscience. In week two you renounced Satan and his works. Now, in this third week of preparation you want to look at all those who have offended you, or whom you perceive have offended you, and to forgive them.   The following prayer is helpful to be able to be free to serve Jesus with a pure heart. Resentments can block the work of grace within us.   Apart from the Rosary and the Humility Litany -page X (Introduction)-, pray slowly the following “Forgiveness Prayer” during this week, daily.

 

Forgiveness Prayer

 

 

Lord Jesus Christ, I ask today to forgive everyone in my life. I know that You will give me strength to forgive and I thank You that You love me more that I love myself and want my happiness more than I desire it for myself.

 

Lord Jesus, I want to be free from the feelings of resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness toward you for the times I thought You sent death, hardships, financial difficulties, punishments and sickness into our family.

 

Lord, I forgive myself for my sins, faults and failings. For all that is truly bad in myself or all that I think is bad, I do forgive myself. For any delvings in the occult, Ouija boards, horoscopes, séances, fortune telling, lucky charms, for taking Your name in vain; for not worshipping You, for hurting my parents; for getting drunk, for taking drugs, for sins against my purity; for adultery; for aborting; for stealing; for lying – I am truly forgiving myself today. Thank You Lord for Your grace at this moment.

 

I truly forgive my mother. I forgive her for all the times she hurt me, resented me, was angry with me and for all the times she punished me. I forgive her for the times she preferred my brothers and sisters to me. I forgive her for the times she told me I was dumb, ugly, stupid, the worst of the children or that I cost the family a lot of money. For the times she told me I was unwanted, an accident, a mistake or not what she expected, I forgive her.

 

I forgive my father. I forgive him for any nonsupport, any lack of love, affection or attention. I forgive him for any lack of time, for not giving me his companionship, for his drinking or arguing and fighting with my mother or the other children. For his severe punishments, for desertion, for being away from home, for divorcing my mother or for any running around, I do forgive him.

 

Lord, I extend forgiveness to my sisters and brothers. I forgive those who rejected me, lied about, hated me, resented me, competed for my parents’ love, those who hurt me, who physically harmed me. For those who were too severe on me, punished me or made my life unpleasant in any way, I do forgive them.

 

Lord, I forgive my spouse for any lack of love, affection, consideration, support, attention, communication, for faults, failings, weaknesses and those other acts or words that hurt or disturb me.

 

Jesus, I forgive my children for their lack of respect, obedience, love attention, support, warmth, understanding; their bad habits, falling away from the Church, any bad actions which disturb me.

 

My God, I forgive my in-laws – mother, father, son or daughter-in-law, sister and brother-in-law and other relatives by marriage. For their lack of love, words of criticism, thoughts, actions or omissions which injure and cause pain. I do forgive them.

 

Please help me to forgive my relative; my grandmother and grandfather who may have interfered in our family, been possessive of my parents, who may have caused confusion or turned on parent against the other.

 

Jesus, help me to forgive my co-workers who are disagreeable or make life miserable for me. For those who push their work off on me, gossip about me, won’t cooperate with me, try to take my job, I do forgive them.

 

My neighbors need to be forgiven, Lord. For all their noise, letting their property run down, not tying up their dogs who run through my yard, not taking in their trash cans, being prejudiced and running down the neighborhood I do forgive them.

 

I now forgive my clergyman, my congregation and my church for all their lack of support, pettiness, bad sermons, lack of friendliness, not affirming me as they should, not providing me with inspiration, for not using me in a key position, for not inviting me to serve in a major capacity and for any other hurt they have inflicted – I do forgive them today.

 

Lord, I forgive all professional people who have hurt me in any way doctors, nurses, lawyers, policemen, hospital workers. For anything that they did to me, I truly forgive them today.

 

Lord, I forgive my employer for not paying me enough money, for not appreciating my work, for being unkind and unreasonable with me,   for being angry or unfriendly, for not promoting me and for not complimenting me on my work.

 

Lord, I forgive my schoolteachers and instructors of the past, as well as the present. For those who punished me, humiliated me, insulted me, treated me unjustly, made fun of me, called me dump or stupid, made me stay after school.

 

Lord, I forgive my friends who have let me down, lost contact with me, do not support me, were not available when I needed help borrowed money and did not return it, gossiped about me.

 

Lord Jesus, I especially pray for the grace of forgiveness for that one person in life who has hurt me the most. I ask to forgive anyone who I consider my greatest enemy, the one who is the hardest to forgive or the one I said I would never forgive.

 

Thank You, Jesus, that I am free of the evil of unforgiveness. Let your Holy Spirit fill me with light and let every dark area of my mind be enlightened. AMEN.

 

Taken from Fr. Robert DeGrandis’ book “Forgiveness is Divine”

 

DAY 14

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             It is Our Lady’s role to bring together the thirsts of God and man.

 

GRACE:                                 To be lead docilely to this encounter with Jesus’ Thirst

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 9

 

In union with her Son Jesus, it is Our Lady’s role and dignity to bring together the Thirsts of God and man ‑ as she did first of all in her own womb, as she did for John on Calvary, as she did for the disciples at Pentecost, and as she will for each of us in our daily living of those mysteries as Jesus is born in our life, as we come in contact with His passion in the Eucharist and the poor; as we receive the gift of His Spirit. She is the “garden enclosed,” the new Eden for our meeting with God’s Thirst, the wedding place of God and man in Jesus.

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the HUMILITY LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

DAY 15

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             To hear Jesus say “behold your mother” was to hear Our Lady say “behold His Thirst”

 

GRACE:                                 To understand these words “behold His Thirst”

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION 10

 

This work of Our Lady’s intercession and preparation for the gift of God’s Thirst continued (and continues) well beyond Calvary

 

With the beloved disciple at her side, it is not difficult to see her as the one to relate to the early Church, gathered around her in prayer, the great words of her Son: “I Thirst”. She was the one to help prepare them for the Living Waters at Pentecost. One may contemplate her sharing with John at Ephesus, her understanding of the words they had both heard on Calvary, and the fire and urgency those words had impressed on her soul. As the Holy Spirit’s spouse, she would have shared the divine urgency to have them written down for the Church. The very sight of Our Lady, who had taken him into her heart at Calvary, and whom he had in turn “taken unto His own” at Ephesus, must have been a constant reminder of the very next words of Jesus, spoken after the gift of His Mother.

 

To hear Him say, “Behold your mother”, was to hear her say, “Behold His Thirst.”

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the HUMILITY LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

DAY 16

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             Our Lady would receive a share of His power and authority over the whole of humanity

 

GRACE:                              To share Our Lady’s mission of satiating the Thirst of her Beloved Son

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 11

 

After her Assumption, her role of intercession was magnified and empowered immeasurably.

 

Jesus has ascended to the Father’s right hand, “living ever to intercede for us“; Our Lady has joined Him there. There she “sees His glory” (the radiance of the Trinity’s Thirst “shining on the face of Jesus”), just as she did at Cana and Calvary, and there (as before), she intercedes the outpouring of His Thirst on the Church and the world.

 

As Jesus, at His Ascension, was given “all power and authority in heaven and on earth”, so too Our Lady in the glory of her Coronation would receive a share in His power and authority over the whole of humanity (as before, standing with Him in the “glory” of Calvary she was given to share in His power and authority over John).

 

It is not a power or authority to be served, but to serve ‑ to serve the mystery of Jesus’ Thirst in the Church and the world (cf. Rom.41).

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the HUMILITY LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

DAY 17

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             Our Lady would again intercede for grace and conversion

 

GRACE:                              A deeper conversion to be able to satiate Jesus’ Thirst more fully

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION 12

 

As the world began to drift yet further away from her Son in recent generations, she would again intercede for grace and conversion: as she had in Cana, she would plead for some extraordinary intervention to reveal the depth of His Thirsting but forgotten love for man.

 

Since the new wine that had begun to flow at Cana was apparently about to “run out” in men’s hearts, she pleaded for us once again, reminding Him that “they have no wine” for the wedding. And again, He answered.

 

One can detect an analogy with what happened from Cana to Calvary: Though the hour to reveal the depth of Jesus’ Thirst in the Church had not yet come, He deigned to prepare the way as at Cana, by giving first the symbol of His Thirsting Love ‑ the revelation of the Sacred Heart.

 

And as at Cana, the Church “saw His glory and put their faith in Him.” But as the first disciples, so mankind would soon begin to abandon Him, “each going his own way and leaving Me alone” ‑ alone in His unknown and unsatiated Thirst.

“I looked, I sought for love, and I found none” (Ps 69‑20).

 

As Pope John Paul II would declare of this generation: “Never has mankind in all its history, so totally and systematically rejected God as it has today.”

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the HUMILITY LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

 

DAY 18

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             At Our Lady’s pleading the MC Family was born

GRACE:                              To be Jesus’ voice proclaiming in the world “I Thirst”

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION 13

 

Again, our Lady pleaded, and the Lord granted to the Church not only the symbol, but the full revelation which this symbol represents: “I Thirst”‑ the fullness of divine love contained in the Heart of Jesus.

“At our Lady’s pleading, the MC Family was born”

 

‑ born through Mother, born in all our human poverty, yet born to be Jesus’ voice proclaiming in the world: “I THIRST”.

 

But we cannot be voice to what we have not ourselves first

“heard with our ears and seen with our eyes, which we have beheld and our hands have touched” ‑ the mystery of Jesus’ Thirst for us.

 

In our weakness and wandering ‑ in this urgent “hour” of rejection all about us, let us do as Saint John, let us find Our Lady.

 

She will bring us faithfully to our own particular Calvaries, where we will come close enough to Jesus in the glory of His Passion to hear and touch and behold His Thirst, close enough to satiate Him and tell of His Thirst to a thirsting world. She will bring us close enough to His Passion in the Eucharist, in our community, in the poor, and in the poverty of our heart, to allow our soul to be “pierced”, as hers was, by the sword of His Thirst.

 

“Sabat Mater” – it is she alone who will teach us to stand and persevere “at the cross, our station keeping.”

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the HUMILITY LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

DAY 19

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             Our Lady was to be the patroness of the MC Family

GRACE:                              To be vigilant to the small ways of satiating Jesus’ Thirst

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION 14

 

Cana and Calvary were the alpha and omega of Jesus’ public ministry, of His work of revelation of the Father’s Thirst, and they are two places in the Gospel specially marked by Our Lady’s presence.

 

The Gospel gives us a sense of her “staying”, her watching in vigil at both these occasions. They must be two “stations” of the Society (and Family) as well: with Our Lady at Cana (in intercession), and at Calvary (in loving contemplation and service).

 

In view of her intimate connection to the mystery of Jesus’ Thirst, it should be clear that Our Lady was to be Patroness of the Family. Without Our Lady, we would be as Saint John, alone on Good Friday.

Without the fidelity she inspired in St. John, the Church would never have heard the words “I THIRST”;

and without the fidelity she inspires in us, the world will never hear those words “I THIRST” today.

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the HUMILITY LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER


DAY 20

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart points to her interiority

GRACE:                              A pure heart to love and serve Jesus

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

MEDITATION 15

 

Why do we look especially to her Immaculate Heart?

 

Would not the mystery of her Visitation have been more fitting to celebrate as our Society Feast? On the surface, perhaps it could seem so.

 

But what is the essence of the MC charism? As Mother insists, it is not so much a particular work, but rather a particular spirit in which that work is done, that constitutes the essence of our Family.

 

It is not so much what is exterior as what is interior that makes us MC’s. If this is what the Holy Spirit has shown us as central in our vocation, then this is what we are to seek as central in her who is patroness of our vocation. While other Marian feasts celebrate some isolated event in the unfolding of her life, her Immaculate Heart points to her interiority; not to some one thing she did (as the Visitation), but to the spirit with which she lived every moment of her life, to the love she put into everything she did, from Conception to Assumption and beyond. Love and interiority are the foundation of the MC charism; this is why the Holy Spirit has given us as our inheritance the feast that celebrates Our Lady’s love and interiority ‑ the feast of her Immaculate Heart.

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the HUMILITY LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER
WEEK FOUR

I Thirst

 

 

Having renounced sin, Satan and his works and our resentments, this week we desire to renew our Profession of Faith. Apart from the Rosary and the Sitio Litany -page XII (Introduction)-, renew your Profession of Faith” during this week every day.

 

 

I believe that God created me out of His love and that He loves me as a Father.

I believe that He is present in the world and transforms it.

I believe that He loves all men, specially the poor and the sinners.

I believe that He has a plan of happiness, peace and justice for all men.

I believe that Good will always prevail against Evil.

I believe that all men are children of the same Father.

I believe that God so loved the world, that He sent His only Son, not to condemn it, but to redeem it.

I believe that Jesus, the only Son of God and only Mediator between God and man, is capable of saving the world.

I believe that by His death on the Cross, sin died as well.

I believe that He resurrected and is alive forever.

I believe that He has all power on heaven and earth.

I believe that Jesus is the only answer and effective solution to world problems.

I believe that today and here, Jesus can give full meaning to my life.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, fountain of New Life.

I believe that the Holy Spirit transforms and sanctifies everything.

I believe that He leads the faithful and makes Himself present in love.

I believe in the unity and sanctity of the Body of Christ.

I believe that Jesus’ Mother is also our Mother and that she is my Mother.

I believe that everything occurs for the good of those who love God.

I believe that everything I do for a brother in need, I do it to Jesus himself.

I believe that one day I will fully participate in Jesus’ resurrection.

I believe that Jesus will victoriously return to earth.

I believe that God, One and Triune, loves me so, that He thirsts for me.

 


                                                             DAY 21

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

THEME:                             The vocation to satiate, the vocation to love, establishes us in a special relationship to the heart of Our Lady

GRACE:                              To be Jesus’ voice proclaiming in the world “I Thirst”

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 16

  In her Immaculate Heart we see the reflection of everything we are to be as MCs.

Her Heart is the symbol of her satiating of the Trinity’s Thirst for love – which is our whole vocation.

 

 

 

If the Heart of Jesus is the symbol of God’s Thirst for us, then the Heart of Our Lady is the symbol of her thirst for God.

 

This pure thirst for God is what Mother calls “undivided love” ‑ the goal of our MC life. It is this undivided love we honor in Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart (Immaculate = undivided / Heart = love). It is a symbol and model of our vocation to love (to which we bind ourselves by our fourth vow of charity) and to be love in the church.

 

The role of the Church is an extension of the role of Our Lady, she is its “type” and prefigurement. And so the MC Family can say, paraphrasing St. Therese,

 

“I have found my vocation: in the Heart of the Church (and in the Heart of Our Lady), I will be love . . .”

 

The vocation to satiate, the vocation to love, establishes us in a special relationship to the heart of the Church, and to the Heart of Our Lady. It is our same MC vocation to love that we see lived out in Our Lady’s humble ministrations; in her living presence from Visitation to Bethlehem, from Egypt to Nazareth, from Cana to Calvary, from the Cenacle to Ephesus, and from the Assumption to the present.

 

 

REVISION:   Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER


DAY 22

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             The experience of Jesus’ Thirst, the vocation to love, and the  “little way” of humble works

GRACE:                              To do small things with great love

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION 17

 

In this Our Lady is a model for the whole Church, but in a particular way for those ‑ such as St. Therese, Mother, and our MC Family ‑ who have been called to represent, and witness publicly to the vocation to love in the name of the Church.

 

By approving our charism, the Church itself has placed the MC Family “in the heart of the church . . . to be love,” and in the Heart of Our Lady.

 

We are to give witness to her Heart’s response to Jesus’ Thirst not only by our devotion, but by our service, by our living out the “little way” though the “humble works” of the MC Family ‑ which are to be a reflection of her Heart in the world today.

 

In as much as it is divine grace that moves our “love in action,” our humble works reflect the thirsting love of Jesus. But in as much as we are creatures seeking to cooperate with grace, our service also reflects Our Lady’s response to grace.

 

The components of our vocation ‑ the experience of Jesus’ Thirst, the vocation to love, and the “LITTLE WAY” of humble works (which have their contemporary witness in St. Therese and Mother) in reality find their first and deepest source in the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (What is implicitly present as a seed, model, and source in Our Lady, is perhaps more explicit in St. Therese, and even more so in Mother, once the Father’s moment had come to raise up this gift which He had first hidden in the Heart of Our Lady .

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER


DAY 23

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             Our Lady, “model for all the aspects of our MC Spirit and Life”

GRACE:                              To serve Jesus as Our Lady did, in the distressing disguise of the poorest of the poor

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION 18

 

Once we accept the mystery of Our Lady’s Heart (her response of pure thirst for God) as the primary channel for our call, we can then begin to look to her as a model for all the aspects of our spirit and life.

 

In her we see the first grace‑filled stirrings of what Mother would later experience as the Spirit of the MC Family (since they shared a similar initial grace that brought forth this Spirit ‑ the encounter with Jesus’ Thirst: for Our Lady in the Annunciation, and for Mother in her own “annunciation” grace on the train to Darjeeling).

 

We contemplate her trust (“Blessed is he who trusted that the Lord’s words to her would be fulfilled”), her surrender (“Be it done to me according to your word”), and her joy (“My spirit rejoices in God my Savior”), especially her joy as gift to others ‑ what Mother calls “cheerfulness” ‑ (“The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy”).

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER


DAY 24

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             Our Lady is first of all a presence in our life

GRACE:                              To share in the experience of Our Lady’s encounter with Jesus´ Thirst

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION 19

 

We contemplate Our Lady as a model of

poverty of spirit (“He has looked on His servant in her lowliness”);

of humility (her silence before Joseph);

of poverty (Bethlehem, Egypt, and Nazareth);

of thoughtfulness (Cana); and of “going in haste.”

 

We contemplate her pondering the mystery of Jesus’ Thirst (Annunciation and Calvary); satiating Him (throughout all her life);

witnessing to His Thirst (Cana, Calvary, Pentecost, and Ephesus);

and continuing in heaven to plead for His Thirst to be known (the sending of St. Margaret Mary, St. Therese, Mother, and the birth of our MC Family).

 

But Our Lady is not a distant model who has to be imitated from afar. She is first of all a presence in our life, even as she was for St. John ‑ a presence we are to have confidence in, and recourse to, in all our needs. She is there present to intercede for us an understanding of Her Son’s Thirst, to share with us her own experience of His Thirst (in union of spirit with her in the Rosary), to protect us in our wanderings and lead us back to fidelity and generosity. She will bring us to stand with her “juxta crucem“, “by the cross” of Jesus’ passion in the world. There she continues her vigil and mission until the end of time, and there the Lord continues to declare, for “those who have ears to hear” ‑ “I THIRST.”

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 


DAY 25

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

 

THEME:                             It was given to John as his particular mission to be the witness of Jesus’ Thirst within the early Church

GRACE:                              To be brought face to face with the mystery of God’s mercy

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 20

 

In the Father’s plan, all of the disciples of Jesus were called to love the Lord (“Peter, do you love Me?”) and preach His gospel, and thus satiate His Thirst for their love and for souls. But it was given to John as his particular mission to be the witness of Jesus’ Thirst within the early Church.

 

To be so, it was essential that he first came face to face with the mystery of God’s Thirst. But for that encounter it was necessary that he clings to Our Lady – cling to her both in his discovery of Jesus’ Thirst on Calvary, and in his witnessing to His Thirst as he wrote and preached ‑ as tradition suggests ‑ in Ephesus (this discovery gained at Our Lady’s side on Good Friday, and deepened at her side throughout the rest of his life, explains why the theme and symbols of God’s Thirst to love and be loved run throughout his gospel, his letters and his Apocalypse).

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

DAY 26

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

THEME:                             It is necessary that we too cling to Our Lady

GRACE:                              To be able to live a Personal Covenant with Our Lady as St. John did.

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 21

 

As the disciples, the whole Church is called to satiate God’s Thirst for man and man’s thirst for God. But as St. John, our MC Family has been given the particular mission, among other congregations and charisms raised up by the Holy Spirit, to be the witnesses of Jesus’ Thirst within the Church and the world.

 

To do so, it is necessary that we first come face to face every day with the mystery of Jesus’ thirst for us.

 

But for that, it is necessary that we too cling to Our Lady ‑ both in our discovering Jesus’ Thirst with her in prayer, and in witnessing to His Thirst with her in our work. Cana and Calvary would not have been the same for the disciples had Our Lady not been there.

 

Our Cana (prayer/spousal love) and Calvary (service/redemptive love) will not be the same, will not be all they are intended to be in the Father’s plan, if Our Lady is not included.

 

 

What does it mean to cling to Our Lady? What did it come to mean for St. John? If, as Mother says, we “cling to Jesus” by the personal covenant of religious consecration, then similarly, we cling to Our Lady by a personal covenant of consecration. This was the kind of “covenant” Jesus himself established between His Mother and St. John on Calvary: “She is your Mother, you are her son” (an echo of the covenant relationship between Yahweh and Israel: “You will be My people and I will be your God”). As Israel’s covenant made of them a people “consecrated to the Lord, and peculiarly His own,” so our covenant relationship with Our Lady is kind of consecration by which we entrust ourselves and our mission entirely to her and become thereby “peculiarly her own.”

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

DAY 27

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

THEME:                             She shared her life with Him

GRACE:                              To give myself totally to Jesus through Mary

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION 22

 

This covenant and consecration is not merely a pious formality. It is more than just a legal act. Israel’s covenant resulted in Yahweh’s becoming their Emmanuel, who shared His life with them. St. John’s covenant with Our Lady resulted in “taking her unto his own”, in Ephesus, where she shared her life with him.

 

Consecration to Our Lady is not a matter of words, it is rather a covenant of life shared with her in the service of her Son’s Thirst.

 

There is one question we can ask ourselves that will always cover all the aspects of our covenant‑consecration with Our Lady:

Am I living to the full the “mystery of Ephesus”?

 

Only to the extent that we are, will our consecration be effective, will it become a true covenant of life as Jesus intends it to be. And only when He sees that covenant accepted and established in our heart (as St. John on Calvary) will He entrust to us the secrets of His Thirst (“Behold your Mother”… “I thirst”).

 

Only to the extent we live the mystery of Ephesus, will we be able to bring forth from that Ephesus experience what tradition suggests John did: the fruit of witnessing to Jesus’ Thirst before the Church and the world.

 

Let us recall once more that she, as model of the Church, is the wedding place between God and man ‑ for it is she who prepares (Cana), assists (Calvary), and nourishes (Cenacle and beyond), the communion between the Thirst of God and the thirst of humanity.

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

DAY 28

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

THEME:                             To live our Ephesus means that we take her unto our own

GRACE:                              To be able to take Our Lady into my heart as St. John did

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 23

 

 

To live our covenant with her, to live our Ephesus, means

first of all that we “take her unto our own” as a presence in our daily lives;

and secondly that we give her “power and authority” over ourselves and all that belongs to us, that she may be free to exercise her part in this covenant, that of “Mother” ‑ actively nurturing Jesus’ Thirst within us.

 

Both of these elements are not just ideas or attitudes, but part of daily life in all its concreteness and detail. Just as the basic covenant between God and Israel took the form of promises and prescriptions (that spelled out the duties and rights of both parties), so our basic consecration covenant with Our Lady needs to take specific form as well.

 

The Holy Spirit will guide each one in choosing the terms of their covenant in complete freedom, so in this same spirit of freedom we offer the following suggestions.

 

 

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

WEEK FIVE

 

I Thirst

 

Recognizing that Jesus truly is the Lord of our life, we want to consecrate every aspect of our being to Him through Mary’s hands. This offering is a means of satiating His Thirst and making us the “cause of Mary’s joy”. Apart from the Rosary and the “Sitio Litany” -page XII(Introduction)-, please make the “Entrustment Of Every Aspect Of Our Lives To Jesusduring this week, daily.

 

I entrust to you my family and friends            TO SATIATE YOUR THIRST

I entrust to you my past, present and future                      “

I entrust to you my studies or work                                  “

I entrust to you my health or sickness                               “

I entrust to you my poverty or riches

I entrust to you my body and soul

I entrust to you all my personal relationships

I entrust to you my sexuality and emotions

I entrust to you my home and country

I entrust to you my house and material goods

I entrust to you my fears and hopes

I entrust to you my political and social life

I entrust to you my imagination and memory

I entrust to you my intelligence and will

I entrust to you my eyes, ears, hands and feet

I entrust to you my ways of recreating

I entrust to you my ways of eating, dressing, thinking and speaking

I entrust to you my wishes and the desires of my heart

I entrust to you my joys and sufferings

I entrust to you my words and intentions

I entrust to you my past memories

I entrust to you my successes and failures

I entrust to you my strengths and weaknesses

I entrust to you the intentions of my heart

I entrust to you my conscience and efforts

I entrust to you my freedom

I entrust to you all that I have and am           TO SATIATE YOUR THIRST

 

 

DAY 29

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

THEME:                             Her duties – my duties

GRACE:                              To be able to live in a spirit of trust, surrender and cheerfulness

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 24

 

As previously stated, we offer this suggestion for your personal covenant wit Our Lady, our “Ephesus Covenant” with the Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

 

 

    EPHESUS COVENANT

Moved by an ardent desire to live in the closest union with you possible in this life, so as to more surely and fully arrive at union with your Son, and with you to penetrate the mystery of His Thirst; I hereby pledge to live the spirit and terms of the following covenant of consideration as faithfully and generously as I am able with your help.  

 

 

 

Her Duties My Duties
1. Gift of her spirit and heart 1. Total gift of all I have and am
2. Possess, protect & transform me 2. Total dependence on her
3. Inspire, guide, enlighten me 3. Docile surrender to her spirit
4. Share her experience of Jesus’ Thirst 4. Faithfulness to prayer
5. Full responsibility for my sanctification 5. Absolute trust in her intercession
6. Full responsibility for all that befalls me 6. Accept all as coming from her hand
7. Share with me her spirit and virtues 7. Imitate her spirit
8. Provide for all my spiritual and material needs 8. Constant recourse to her
9. Share with me her spiritual fecundity 9. Apostolic zeal
10. Union with her Heart in time and eternity 10. Remembrance of her presence
11. Use me to satiate her Son to the full 11. “Small things with great love”
12. Purify me and my actions; present them to the Lord 12. Self-denial
13. Intercede gift of undivided love 13. Purity of intention

 

 

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

DAY 30

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

THEME:                             Her rights – my rights

GRACE:                              To be able to abandon myself totally to Jesus.

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 25

 

 

 

Her Rights My Rights
       Right to dispose of me, my prayers, merits and energies.        Right to dispose of her intercession and graces for herself and others.
       Right to total freedom in and around me, to do as she pleases in all things.        Right to enter her Heart, to share her interior life, in time and eternity.

 

 

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

DAY 31

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

THEME:                             Do whatever He tells you

GRACE:                              To believe as Our Lady believed and trust as she trusted.

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 26

 

As Israel’s covenant was founded on the “great commandment”, so our covenant with Our Lady is based on her one great commandment to us, from which everything else flows:

“Do whatever He tells you” . . .

 

(She encourages us to hear His words of invitation, to prepare our soul for His coming, she awakens us to His presence, and encourages us to believe in His Thirst for us).

 

As on Calvary, so even beforehand at Cana there was a close connection between Our Lady’s presence and the revelation of Jesus’ Thirst. It is only after her intervention with her Son and her encouragement to the stewards, that Jesus “reveals His glory.”

 

As she intercedes this grace for us with the Lord (“They have no wine”), she encourages us to believe and heed His invitation, to believe He will work this miracle of grace for us – to bring us into the mystery of His Thirst:

 

Do whatever He tells you.”

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

DAY 32

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

THEME:                             That He may change our human thirsts into thirst for God

GRACE:                              That I may thirst for Jesus as Our Lady thirsted for Him

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

 

MEDITATION 27

 

Jesus’ invitation is always the same ‑ to fill the stone water jars (the “earthen vessels” of our heart), to fill them with the “water” of our human love.

 

He wants us to fill our hearts with all the human love that is within us, and then to “draw it out and bring it to Him” ‑ that He may change our human thirsts into thirst for God; that He may taste of it to satiate His Thirst for our love, and finally share it with all those He has invited to the wedding feast, “the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame” (Lk14.21) ‑ all those in whom He continues the mystery of His Passion and Thirst.

 

And it is Our Lady who initiates this whole process ‑ she sees and knows our need, she intercedes the grace and prepares us for it by her one covenant command: “Do whatever He will tell you . . .” because He is going to reveal His Thirst for you, and transform your human thirst by His grace.

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

DAY 33

 

I Thirst

 

OUR LADY AND THE MC FAMILY

 

 

 

THEME:                             He provides us with the unseen grace of Our Lady’s Presence

GRACE:                              To step “out of the boat” of my human weakness to enter into the mystery of Jesus’ Thirst

PREPARATORY PRAYER:     Come Lord Jesus, I am Yours

 

 

 

MEDITATION 28

 

 

The Immaculate Heart of Mary, which has become our inheritance as MC’s, and the covenant Jesus has forged between her and us from the Cross, are one of the greatest gifts and guarantees of His Thirst for us. He invites us to discover, to satiate, and to proclaim His Thirst in the world ‑ yet we know all too well our weakness and nothingness and sin, and the seeming impossibility of answering this sacred call.

 

Yet as He invited Peter to “walk across the waters” to Him ‑ something humanly impossible ‑ He provided Peter with the unseen grace to answer that invitation, “for nothing is impossible with God.”

 

And as He invites us to “step out of the boat” of our human weakness and, despite the storm of doubts that assail us, to enter the mystery of His Thirst and be its witnesses in the Church; He provides us with the unseen grace of Our Lady’s presence, and the hidden strength of our covenant with her, to enable us to satiate His Thirst to the full.

 

This is our joy, now and in eternity . . . and we can now clearly see how she is the cause of that joy.

 

Let us “take her unto our own” ‑ in Cana, Calvary, and Ephesus. “Disciple, behold your Mother,” that together with her you may hear Him say, and repeat to the world,

 

I THIRST…”

 

 

 

REVISION:            Write down for 10 minutes (or more) the insights received.

 

PRAYERS:               THE ROSARY (at least one decade) with the “SITIO” LITANY   and MOTHER TERESA’S PRAYER

 

Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

Dear mother and queen of apostles, into your hands I, ________________________, solemnly make the total consecration of my whole being – all I have and am, my poverty and weakness, my gifts and ministry, my desire for holiness, my zeal for our charism and for souls, and my entire will and future – that you my do as you will within in me and around me that together we may satiate the Thirst of your Son.

Conform me unto Jesus, and channel into me the fullness of the gifts of his spirit.   Help me to live ever in the temple of your Immaculate Heart in docility, abandonment, and incessant prayer, for the glory and praise of the blessed Trinity.  Amen

 

 

 

 

[1] Whether a priest, religious, married or committed lay person, the message is the same.  The details of our state of life are the means to satiate the Father’s Thirst for our love.

[2] Now is a special time of grace, it is recommended to review the sins of your entire life and to bring them to the sacrament of confession. This will prepare and dispose your soul, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to discover God’s plan and presence in our life, and to respond generously. The purpose of these exercises, is to help you discern the presence and meaning of Jesus’ Thirst in your life, and the ways in which you are to respond to His Thirst.

 

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