TO HONOR MARY MEANT TO CONTEMPLATE IN HER THE LIFE OF JESUS AND TO SEE TO IT THAT JESUS LIVED IN US LIKE HE LIVED IN MARY

“Holy Mary, Mirror of Justice, you reflect Jesus even more beautifully than the moon reflects the rays of the sun, pray for us that we too may be a mirror of your Son.” (St. John Henry Newman)

On Eugene’s spiritual formation, Fr. Lubowicki writes:

Jean-Jacques Olier, the founder of the seminary, developed a spirituality in which he stressed the fact that the priest is an alter Christus [ed. another Christ] ,and therefore someone who follows Christ in everything, including his relation to Mary.

One of the main driving forces that led Fr. Olier to a Marian devotion was “the desire of adopting the same sentiments as our Lord with regard to his Blessed Mother”.

That is why the Sulpicians were vigilant to see that every priest whom they trained could say: “I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).

Mary was given to them as a model of this attitude since Christ lived in her in the fullest sense of the word. As a result, in the seminary spirituality, “to honor Mary” meant to contemplate in her the life of Jesus and to see to it that Jesus lived in us like he lived in Mary. The best expression of this Christocentric Marian spirituality seems to be the prayer O Jesu vivens in Maria [ed. O Jesus, living in Mary] which was recited after meditation. We can say that the ideas which it contains constitute the essence of Sulpician Marian spirituality and this was the spirituality in which Eugene was formed.

Casimir Lubowicki, “Mary” in the Dictionary of Oblate Values, http://www.omiworld.org/dictionary.asp?v=9&ID=1056&let=M&pag=4

Eugene wanted this prayer to be prayed each day by the Oblates, and it has become a part of our spiritual tradition:

O Jesus, living in Mary,
come and live in your servants,
in the spirit of your holiness,
in the fullness of your power,
in the perfection of your ways,
in the truth of your virtues,
in the communion of your mysteries.
Overcome every hostile power in your Spirit,
for the glory of the Father. Amen

 

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1 Response to TO HONOR MARY MEANT TO CONTEMPLATE IN HER THE LIFE OF JESUS AND TO SEE TO IT THAT JESUS LIVED IN US LIKE HE LIVED IN MARY

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    There is a small sentence that helps me to understand, not only how Eugene came to be the man, the priest, the Founder, Bishop and friend that we know today, but also why it is important that his message be passed on to each of us to experience in our own ways.

    That is why the Sulpicians were vigilant to see that every priest whom they trained could say: “I live now not with my own life but with the life of Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20).

    Fully human – that most precious gift given to all of us in this life, to use or abuse, to ignore or to incorporate, to tolerate or to accept. There is a profound mystery in all of this, so deep is it that we do not always recognize it is there.

    This prayer is not a prayer to Mary, but a prayer to Jesus who lives in Mary, asking Jesus to come and live in each of us. Jesus who was and is fully human and fully divine – this is who we pray to.

    And why?

    For the glory of God.

    A way of being that Mary expressed with her whole life.

    Another way of looking at Mary as we prepare for her Feast Day on the 15th…

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