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Meditation 16 - The Magnificat

Mary Visits her Cousin, Elizabeth

The Magnificat was the answer the Most Holy Virgin gave in response to the praises of Saint Elizabeth.  Thus, this sublime canticle is worthy to be thoroughly meditated upon and known by all those who are devoted to Mary.

1. Excellence and Sublimity of the Magnificat — Just knowing that these words came forth from the lips of Our Blessed Mother should suffice to bring us out of our indifference to the Magnificat… If we were to consider the circumstances in which Mary recited this prayer, it would be impossible to remain indifferent.  The Magnificat is the canticle that Mary, filled with the Holy Spirit and with divine joy at being called the Mother of God, elevated in adoration to the Lord. — One could say that it is a song in praise of the Redemption. — And who could better sing of the Redemption than Mary? — Save God Himself, there would be no one more worthy of praising and glorifying this work… the greatest of His works… not even the angels of Heaven would be more worthy… Therefore, the Most Blessed Virgin declared, publicly and officially, to every generation the power and love that the Lord manifested in the Redemption of humanity.

2. The Magnificat is Mary’s Canticle of Love and Gratitude — Imagine how Her heart must have beaten with the deepest sentiments as She expressed with Her most pure lips what She had experienced in the depths of Her soul! — Just as one contemplates a precious jewel kept in lavished vessels… so too should you contemplate and admire these sentiments of Mary, which She had kept in Her heart, but has now made known to all of humanity through this canticle.  

One will never be able to fathom with what passion She expressed each word. — The more you meditate them, the more treasures you will discover… Yet do not think that you will fully comprehend all the beauty expressed in this canticle. — To reach this point one must love only as Mary can and is capable of loving… To fully understand the Magnificat you must know the mysteries that only She penetrated.  Knowing that the Magnificat is the outpouring of the loving heart of Mary and the expression of Her gratitude to God, you must recite this canticle with much fervor and devotion. — The most opportune moment to recite the Magnificat is when you give thanks to the Lord for a particular grace or benefit that He has granted you.  What better way to express your gratitude than with the very words of the Magnificat?  Could there be anything more pleasing to the Lord than the recitation of the very canticle that would remind Him of the intense love of its author, who pronounced it for the first time?

3. The Magnificat is the Canticle that Contains the Sublime Prayer of Mary — How many times have we desired to know how the Blessed Mother would have prayed… Behold, here we have a marvelous example of Her most sublime prayer.  Nothing that pertains to mere imagination can be found here… for the Magnificat contains the very words that the Blessed Mother used on this occasion to speak to God… These words were expressed out loud in order that we might learn from Her how to pour out our heart in the presence of the Lord.

Recall the Gospel passage in which the Apostles bid the Master to teach them how to pray.  The Lord responded by giving them the “Our Father”. — No other prayer can be compared to one composed by God Himself. — Imagine if you asked Mary the same request as the Apostles did with Christ, “Teach us to pray”.  The Blessed Mother, who teaches us how to pray, would teach you and sing to you Her precious Magnificat.  Just as the “Our Father” is the prayer of Jesus, the Magnificat is the prayer of Mary. — Therefore, besides the Magnificat and the Hail Mary — that unite as one with the “Our Father” — there is no better prayer for you than the very prayer of Mary — Her canticle of the Magnificat…

4. Mary’s Words — Finally, in this canticle we find the most words spoken by Mary. — In the Gospel we only find a few sentences pronounced by the Blessed Mother.  They are so few that they could not be enough for Her children and for those who are devoted to Her. — Moreover, in the Magnificat we find Her very words and not merely an extract or an idea.  Her words were not spontaneous, but profoundly reasoned out.  The fact that She spoke very little, both to men and even to the angels, seems to indicate something to us.  She did not waste time saying empty words, but only words of necessity.  Yet, here, we see with what ease She speaks when it comes to conversing with God.  Here we also see that She lets Her heart expand (however much She wants), without measuring time or words.

Meditate Her discretion and prudence when it came to speaking to humanity, and yet with what love and fervor She spoke to the Lord.  We would do well to imitate this prudence when it comes to speaking with those around us and we must not hesitate to have Her same love for God.  Instead of becoming weary, prolong your time of prayer with Him.  May you find more joy in your conversations with the Lord than any other conversations that you could have with anyone on this earth.

Finally, ask of Her that we ourselves may love and cherish this prayer and canticle, precisely because it is Her prayer and Her canticle, and precisely because it was inspired by the Holy Spirit.  Ask of Her that you may be capable of praying it with the same devotion and fervor as She had.

 

Sister Clare

Hermana Clare

Sr. Clare on Radio Maria Ireland on February 6, 2019

Our sisters at Mitchelstown, Ireland, granted an interview to Radio Maria Ireland in Dublin on February 6, 2019. They spoke about the Home of the Mother and our missions in the Church, but they spoke most of all about Sr. Clare Crockett, surely the most famous Irish nun in the world.

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