UNBORN WORD of the day

Mary, model of contemplation
October 7, 2007, 10:42 pm
Filed under: John Paul II


Traditionally October 7 is the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary. The following is taken from Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the Most Holy Rosary:

Mary, model of contemplation

“The contemplation of Christ has an incomparable model in Mary. In a unique way the face of the Son belongs to Mary. It was in her womb that Christ was formed, receiving from her a human resemblance which points to an even greater spiritual closeness. No one has ever devoted himself to the contemplation of the face of Christ as faithfully as Mary. The eyes of her heart already turned to him at the Annunciation, when she conceived him by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the months that followed she began to sense his presence and to picture his features. When at last she gave birth to him in Bethlehem, her eyes were able to gaze tenderly on the face of her Son, as she “wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger”. (Lk2:7)

Thereafter, Mary’s gaze, ever filled with adoration and wonder, would never leave him.” #10


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