"Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." John 6:68


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Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary - Solemnity
Commentary of the day
Saint Bonaventure (1221-1274), Franciscan, Doctor of the Church
The Tree of Life, no.3 (trans. Ewart Cousins ; The Classics of Western Spirituality, 1978)

When Jesus took flesh in Mary

Finally, the fulness of time (Gal. 4:4) had come. Just as man was formed from the earth on the sixth day by the power and wisdom of the divine hand, so at the beginning of the sixth age of the world, the Archangel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin. When she gave her consent to him, the Holy Spirit came upon her like a divine fire inflaming her soul and sanctifying her flesh in perfect purity. But “the power of the Most High overshadowed her” (Lk 1:35) so that she could endure such fire. By the action of that power, instantly his body was formed, his soul created, and at once both were united to the divinity in the Person of the Son, so that the same Person was God and man, with the properties of each nature maintained.

Oh, if you could feel in some way the quality and intensity of that fire sent from heaven, the refreshing coolness that accompanied it, the consolation it imparted; if you could realize the great exaltation of the Virgin Mother, the ennobling of the human race, the condescension of the divine Majesty; if you could hear the Virgin singing with joy; if you could go with your Lady into the mountainous region; if you could see the sweet embrace of the Virgin and the woman who had been sterile and hear the greeting in which the tiny servant recognized his Lord, the herald his Judge and the voice his Word, then I am sure you would sing in sweet tones with the Blessed Virgin that sacred hymn: “My soul magnifies the Lord…” (Lk 1:46) and with the child prophet you would exalt, rejoice and adore the marvelous virginal conception!

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