The soul is further brought into union through the mediation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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Mary presents the soul to her Son, and he receives this soul tenderly out of love for that incomparable Mother. Sometimes the soul can continue her prayer to Mary with an intimate sense of the presence of our Lord. More often, vocal prayer becomes transformed into that more complete union which suspends the powers of the soul.
It sometimes happens that the soul finds herself especially united to the Blessed Virgin whom she feels to be a sacred link strengthening her union with our Lord. As for me, I cannot pray to that beloved Mother without her being the means of bringing back to me the intimate presence of our Lord if I am deprived of it, or if I already possess it, of rendering it even closer and more profound....
My soul was sad and cast down at the sight of my soul's wretchedness before God. When this sadness amounts to an impediment to prayer, it is a temptation. Our Lord deigned to make me feel this. He showed me that it is better to lean on him than to brood too much over ourselves, and changing my interior state in one instant he drew my soul into himself....
Once more I understood that we are all, and myself in particular, nothing but a tissue of imperfections, and that the least glimmer of virtue can only come to us from our Savior Jesus Christ. I remained in contemplation of his adorable nature; for, however little of this nature he deigns to reveal to the soul, she forthwith goes out of herself and loses herself in him.
Lucie Christine. "Offering Ourselves with the Widow and Mary." excerpt from Spiritual Journal of Lucie Christine (1870-1908) (St. Louis, MO: B. Herder, 1915).
This excerpt appeared in Magnificat.
Lucie Christine (1844-1908) was the pseudonym of an upper middle class Frenchwoman, Mathilde Boutle. She married at 21, reared five children, was deeply involved in domestic life yet suffered verbal and physical abuse at the hands of an alcoholic husband. Lucie Christine said her mysticism was "very simple. My soul lives in God, by a glance of love between him and myself". Anyone can learn to "be silent before God," she said, "to look at Him, and let Him look at you." Books about her include Spiritual Journal of Lucie Christine (1870-1908) by A. Poulain and A Mysticism of Kindness: The Lucie Christine Story by Astrid O'Brien.Copyright © 1915 Public Domain
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