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Seasonal Reflection

EASTER REFLECTION

“…we are wound
With mercy round and round…”

by Ted Keating, SM

One of the most beautiful poems by the great Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins is "The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe."
One verse reads:

I say that we are wound
With mercy round and round
As if with air: the same
Is Mary, more by name.
She, wild web, wondrous robe,
Mantles the guilty globe,
Since God has let dispense
Her prayers His Providence.

Jean Claude Colin, Founder of the Society of Mary, was in many ways a religious genius—a mystic who peered deeply into the mysteries of faith. What he saw there was an approach to Mary in the midst of the Church who emptied herself in her "Yes" at the Annunciation to the fullness of God in the Spirit and thus became the Mother of the Incarnate Jesus.

Many of our greatest Marist historians helped us to see that the renewal of that devotion in the Church since Vatican II did not displace the Marian images. They fold together nicely as they should for us disciples seeking to be overshadowed by the Spirit of Jesus with Mary as our model so that we may live totally in Christ as Paul said. In the words of a later verse of Hopkins" poem:

She holds high Motherhood
Towards all our ghostly good,
And plays in grace her part
About our beating heart,
Laying like air's fine flood
The death-dance in our blood;
Yet no part but what will
Be Christ our Saviour still….
And wakes, O Marvelous,
New Nazareths in us,
Where she shall yet conceive
Him, morning, noon, and eve….


Not a bad statement of the Marist mission to the Church and world.

[Read Father Keating’s entire text at http://www.societyofmaryusa.org/about/aboutmary.html]

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Enjoy this brief and
ancient Easter chant
sung in Latin by the
Benedictine monks of
Santo Domingo de Silos.

Link to Regina Caeli
Regina Caeli/
“Queen of Heaven”

Mater Amirabilis

Translation
Queen of Heaven, rejoice,
alleluia.
For He whom you did
merit to bear,
alleluia.
Has risen, as he said,
alleluia.
Pray for us to God,
alleluia.

 

 

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