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In his book, Maria, Pope Benedict describes Mary after Jesus is taken down from the cross.
“And in her immaculate soul, she herself was to be pierced by the sword of sorrow thus showing that her role in the history of salvation did not end in the mystery of The Incarnation*, but was completed in loving and sorrowful participation in the Death and Resurrection of her son.”
*The moment God became man through the conception of Jesus through Mary.
Imagery Narrative: Mary Remembers In Her Heart
Saint Augustine writes of Mary, “The divine motherhood would have been of no value to her had Christ not borne her in his heart, with a destiny more fortunate than the moment when she conceived him in the flesh.” Pope Benedict continues this idea with “And in her heart Mary continued to treasure, to ‘piece together’ the subsequent events of which she was to be a witness and protagonist, even to the death on the Cross and the Resurrection of her Son, Jesus.
Click Here For Audio Imagery: Mary Remembers After the Crucifixion
NOTE: There are pauses on the tape between each exercise. (The series ends with a single beep but does not say Breathe out and open your eyes. Sorry about that.)
Close your eyes and breathe out three times. Imagine yourself as Mary holding Jesus in your arms after the Crucifixion.
Breathe out one time. See, feel, sense and know Mary, as a young virgin bearing a child who is both human and divine.
Breathe out one time. As Mary, see, feel, sense and know yourself nurturing Jesus.
Breathe out one time. As Mary, see, feel, sense and know yourself growing in wisdom that unveils the destiny of you and Jesus.
Breathe out one time. As Mary, see, feel, sense and know how you endure the pain as you hold Jesus body in your arms. At the beep, Breathe out and open your eyes.
NOTE: The Mary Remembers After the Crucifixion Imagery series can also be done as single exercises on consecutive days. Or do them as a reading contemplation.
Now Go to The Burial and Resurrection of Jesus, April 6, 2012
Blessings For This Holy Week, Barbarah