The Feast of the Presentation of Mary to the Temple 🌹
"Let us consider how prompt Mary was in offering herself to God.
In her infancy, having scarcely attained the age of three years, knowing that her parents had made a vow to consecrate her to God, she was the first to request them to accomplish their promise by assuring them that the time had already come.
Behold now Joachim and Anne generously sacrificing to the Lord that which was dearest to their hearts, setting out from Nazareth, accompanied by few relatives, indeed, but by choirs of Angels.
Having reached Jerusalem they brought their cherished little daughter to the Temple. The holy child immediately ascended to the first step, and turning to her parents, on her knees kissed their hands and asked them to bless her and to recommend her to God. After having received the blessing, and being strengthened by the love with which she was going to serve her God, Who had deigned to call her to His house, she ascended all the steps of the Temple, and did so with so much haste and zeal that she turned back no more, not even to look on her parents who remained there deeply afflicted, and at the same time filled with wonder at the sight of so much strength and courage in so young a child.
Ah! holy child, it is thou who art the happy daughter of the prince of the earth praised by Holy Scripture:
🕊🌹How beautiful are thy steps,
O prince's daughter (Canticles 7:1).
Let us consider how holy and pleasing to God was the life of Mary in the Temple.
🕊🌹She progressed without intermission in the perfection of every virtue, as the morning rising (Canticles 6:9).
Who can describe how from day to day all her virtues appeared more beautiful
-- especially her modesty, silence, mortification, humility, sweetness? •
St. Anselm says she was accustomed to speak little, was affable, charitable towards every one, and most obliging.
🌹In fact, as was revealed to St. Bridget,
🌹the virtues she practised
🌹most in the Temple were
🌹HUMILITY, CHARITY, and OBEDIENCE.” ♥️🕊
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