The Canticle of Mary
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.
The Mystical City of God by Venerable Mary of Agreda portrays the most holy Mary, child of Joachim and Anne, is given to prophetess Anne for teaching and preparation for providence, unknown at the time, that she would bear a child, the son of God, Jesus Christ . Historically, we have no idea of the names of Mary’s parents. The names are passed down to us by legend and tradition. Mary of Agreda gives a testimony in “Ciudad de Dios” of Mary’s preparation for conception some 1600 years later based on visions from Our Lady. The book has received the Imprimatur (blessing to be printed and nothing in it is opposed to Catholic teaching) and has been praised by many religious. The contemplative prayers of Venerable Mary of Agreda and writings can serve to bring us closer to God in our own prayers. May my imagination bring to life in prayer the lives of saints, martyrs, and villains so I may fully understand the spirit and way of holiness in my epoch of time, however brief my mortal self contains its presence and journey.