The Role of Mary in Mental Prayer

Catholic Exchange | 10/18/2019 | Anthony Lilles
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Popular devotion is very important for contemplative prayer. Holy images, beautiful churches, holy shrines, rosaries, and Eu­charistic Adoration are given to us to dispose us to a deeper encounter with God. Mary is of special importance.

Different cultures have developed different expressions of Marian piety. These sources of contemplative prayer need to be rediscovered and promoted now more than ever. Her witness to maternal love and obedience to God keeps before us all that is good, noble, and true.

Mary - Mystery - Woman - Lives - Heart

In Mary, the mystery of woman lives at the heart of the Church. Because of the wonder of her faith, she is the icon of what the whole ecclesial reality means. Different forms of popular devotion can deepen this relationship so that, together with His Mother, we might more deeply love the Lord. This is dedicated to promoting a more lively devotion to Mary as an aid for growth in Christian contemplation and mystical wisdom.

Accepting the gift of Mary disposes us instead to a relational mysticism. It proposes a pathway by which we let go of our own projects and self-serving enterprises and choose to live for Christ in service to others.

Lord - Gift - Mother - Kind - Par­ticipation

The Lord’s gift of His Mother to us is vital to this kind of par­ticipation in His work of redemption. By embracing her special relation to Him as Mother in our life of prayer, our own relation to God and to one another is rendered more vulnerable to shar­ing in the life of grace that Christ came to give us. We accept and embrace the spiritual gift of the Lord’s Mother in our lives when we consecrate ourselves to Jesus through Mary.

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