Friday, May 25, 2012

St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

Today’s saint was a Carmelite nun who experienced both the heights and the depths of the spiritual life. She was favored with mystical gifts of prayer and healing and the stigmata, yet she also struggled with physical illness, temptations to lust and gluttony, thoughts of suicide, and terrible spiritual dryness. Let us pray with St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi today that the Holy Spirit will inspire citizens to work for initiatives that defend the role of the family. Let us also pray that the Holy Spirit, whom Pope John Paul II called “the soul of evangelization,” may, through the intercession of Mary, strengthen missionaries. Our prayer is one that our saint wrote.

You, the Word, are most wonderful, working through the Holy Spirit to fill the soul with yourself, so that it is joined to God, grasps God, tastes God and absorbs nothing but God. The Holy Spirit comes into the soul signed with the precious seal of the blood of the Word and of the slain Lamb; or rather that very blood urges it to come, although the Spirit moves itself and desires to come. You are the friend of the created because of the blood shed by the only-begotten Word, who in the greatness of his love made himself the friend of the created. You find rest in creatures who are prepared to receive you, so that in the transmission of your gifts they take on, through purity, their own particular likeness to you. You find rest in those creatures who absorb the effects of the blood of the Word and make themselves a worthy dwelling place for you.

Come, Holy Spirit. Let the precious pearl of the Father and the Word's delight come. Spirit of truth, you are the reward of the saints, the comforter of souls, light in the darkness, riches to the poor, treasure to lovers, food for the hungry, comfort to those who are wandering; to sum up, you are the one in whom all treasures are contained. Come! As you descended upon Mary, that the Word might become flesh, work in us through grace as you worked in her through nature and grace. Come! Food of every chaste thought, fountain of all mercy, sum of all purity. Come! Consume in us whatever prevents us from being consumed in you.

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