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Hiddenness: God and Mary - 2 Pillars #17

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The Eucharist as the hidden God and being hidden like Mary. Meditations read in front of the exposed Blessed Sacrament for our Daily Holy Hour at our Bloomington, Indiana friary from the two books: "Real Presence"¯ by St Peter Julian Eymard and "A Month with Mary"¯ by Fr. Dolindo Ruotolo See Text below Ave Maria! Day #5: Hiddenness MARY: Do you know what is the real cause of the life and the beauty of a flower? "¦  You see its brilliant shades, smell its delicate fragrance and yet you don"™t recognize that all of this buds forth from those humble roots which are hidden in the barren and often muddy earth. It is the humble earth that secures the vital part of a flower and in it that the roots are hidden and these cannot give life to the flower if they are not hidden! Virtue is always born from an intimate and profound hiddenness! Flowers must certainly be seen for Jesus says: "Let your good deeds be seen by others"¯, but the seeds from which they bud, the life of the heart must remain concealed and hidden. How many times do you not love to appear virtuous before those who see you and seek the vain praise of others"™ Then you remove the root from being hidden, it unhappily dries up and also the flower wilts and dies. The paid gardener cuts the flower and ties it to an artificial stem so that it may be admired "¦ but in doing this he kills it! When you seek human praise, you cut the flower of virtue and you place it on an artificial stem "¦ After empty praise it is nothing more than a mass of withered leaves. Therefore love hiddenness and desire that only God sees you and reads the secret of your heart. THE SOUL: O Mary, open your humble Heart to me as a refuge so that I may hide myself in it! Human praise disturbs me, agitates me, makes me so ugly and I recognize that I get worse after praise. I?m full of pride and I can?t free myself of it except by hiding myself in God! O Mary, give me the strength to flee human praise and my vanity! ASPIRATION: O Mary, give me humility of heart. LITTLE WORK: When something redounds to your praise, don?t say it for the love of holy humility. To Download Audio go to http://airmaria.com?p=35422


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