Consecration Renewal – Day 25

Day 25 of Consecration Preparation from 2008 (or renewal)

From “Mary, Human and Holy” (Antonio Bello)
Chapter 24: Woman of the Third Day

Although it cannot be found in the Scriptures, Bishop Bello believes that Mary witnessed the Resurrection. The risen Jesus appeared to others afterwards, and theologians “tell us that the resurrection was hidden from everyone’s eyes”, but in his heart of hearts Bishop Bello believes that “Mary was an exception – she alone must have been present at this supreme turning point in human history.”  Bishop Bello reminds us that Mary was alone at the Incarnation; she was the first to see the face of God after the birth of Jesus; why would she not be given the great privilege of being the first to “look upon her glorified Son”? Bishop Bello writes: “…the bond between Mary and Jesus was so close that they shared every redeeming experience; this leads me to think that the resurrection, the peak moment of redemption, would have found her united with her Son. If she hadn’t been, it would seem a strangely unjustified absence.”  [may I just mention here that Bishop Bello’s beliefs are confirmed in the visions of Venerable Mary of Agreda in, “The Divine Life of the Most Holy Virgin”, Chapter 28]

He continues to show us how Mary is decidedly linked to the day of resurrection through Scripture passages. In the Gospel of Luke, when Mary and Joseph lost Jesus, He was discovered in the temple “on the third day”, and Bishop Bello tells us that scholars believe this whole story of Jesus’ disappearance and rediscovery on the third day is a foreshadowing or a “veiled prophecy” of the Triduum. In the Gospel of John, when Mary intervenes at the wedding at Cana, Bishop Bello tells us that, “John introduces this episode with the deliberate phrase: the third day.”

Holy Mary, pull away the burial cloth of despair from our face and fold up the shroud of our sins. Despite the lack of work, housing, and bread, comfort us with the new wine of joy and with the unleavened Easter bread of solidarity.

Give us peace and keep us from selfishness. Bestow on us the hope that, when the moment of the decisive challenge comes for us, you will be the arbiter who, on the third day, will at last confirm our victory.

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  1. From The Poem of the Man God by Maria Valtorta

    616. Comment on the Resurrection.
    [21st February 1944]
    Jesus says:

    (…)

    The angel of My life of man and the angel of My sorrow are prostrated before Me and worship My Glory. Both My angels are here. One to delight in the sight of Him Whom he guarded, and Who now no longer needs angelical protection. The other, who saw My tears, to see My smile; who saw My struggle, to see My victory; who saw My grief, to see My joy.
    And I go out into the garden full of flower buds and of dew. And the apple-trees open their corollas to form a flowery arch over My Royal head and the grass makes a carpet of gems and corollas for My Foot, that treads again on the Earth redeemed after being lifted up on it to redeem it. And the early sun, and the sweet April wind, and the light cloud that passes by, as rosy as the cheek of a child, and the birds among branches, they all greet Me. I am their God. They adore Me.
    I pass through the stunned guards, a symbol of souls in mortal sin, that do not perceive the passing of God.
    It is Passover, Mary! This is really the “Passing of the Angel of God”! His Passing from death to life. His Passing to give Life to those who believe in His Name. It is Passover! It is the Peace that passes through the world. The Peace no longer veiled by the condition of man, but free, complete in its recovered efficiency of God.
    And I go to My Mother. It is fair that I should go. It was fair for My angels. It is much more so for Her Who, besides being My guardian and comfort, gave Me life. Before going back to the Father in My glorified appearance of Man, I go to My Mother. I go in the splendour of My paradisiac appearance and of My living Gems. She can touch Me, She can kiss them, because She is the Pure, the Beautiful, the Beloved, the Blessed Saint of God.
    (…)
    Written by Maria Valtorta. From POEM OF THE MAN-GOD, Volume 5, Chapters 615 & 616.
    http://valtorta.org/

    Copyright 1990 by Centro Editoriale Valtortiano, srl, Isola del Liri, Italy.

    © 2010 Valtorta Publishing. All rights reserved.

  2. I had to check for daughter’s itinerary, so I popped in. Very briefly, after weighing what seems sure against only the possible, I’ve still felt that the former sinner Mary, not the blessed Virgin Mary, was indeed first to see His resurrected Self. I feel that that gift was a mutual Nod between the Two Hearts. I believe it was a happy Conspiracy, for the sake of all mankind. I feel that He went to His mother after the first earthly need of His rising was met. I believe He then went to see His Mother, who already believed without seeing.

    GBU!

  3. Pia, how beautiful; I’m not surprised that Maria’s corresponds as well, since it does in many other areas too. This is from a different viewpoint than Mary of Agreda’s (here it is from Jesus’ viewpoint), and is expressed much more descriptively and poetically, with the nature all around, etc. But the final paragraph coincides well with Mary of Agreda, whose vision is from the point of view of witnessing how Mary experienced it. I will try to get back here later this evening or tomorrow to write out a few paragraphs from “The Divine Life of the Most Holy Virgin” so you can see what I mean.

    C, I understand your viewpoint, but I think (and I must highlight “think”) we may be talking about two different things, and after I have a chance to read Mary of Agreda’s version again and post a bit here in relation to Pia’s last paragraph, maybe we will be able to reflect on it in a different way. I think the difference is that Mary Magdalene was seeing the risen Christ, whereas Jesus allowed Mary to participate in the experience of His resurrection, which follows along with Bishop Bello’s thoughts that that would only seem right, since she was the one who most fully participated in His birth, His life, His Passion, and His death. I believe He “went” to her in a different way, mystically, than He allowed Himself to be seen by Mary Magdalene and then the apostles. I’ll be back later with more.

  4. Who could have dreamnt of it? Who could have thought up a more befitting end than that of the Assumption of Our Lady body and soul into heaven?
    For me, that says it all in answer to Jesus’ relationship with his mother. He gave her her place – and through that great gesture we, in turn and through God’s grace, have been promised ours.

  5. The excerpt I posted was from the comment Jesus himself made after Maria’s recounting of the Resurrection, but the website doesn’t actually post the scene where He goes to visit His Mother before appearing to Mary.

    In the paragraph before, Jesus explains how three days did not really come to pass since his death, if we take account of human time, and that He anticipated His resurrection because of the Blessed Mother’s prayers (Mediatrix). I wish I could have posted the actual scene because I recall that when I read it, I was deeply moved.
    In looking around for this excerpt, I read an article by Padre Livio Fanzaga, the main speaker of Radio Maria which is directly connected with Medjugorie. He says two of the girls who experience the visions asked Mary directly if Maria Valtorta’s writings are ok to read. She said yes, that they are true. Padre Livio says that in the many years of these visions, the seers had asked direct questions about many things, but Mary very rarely ever gave more than an generic reply. In the case of Maria Valtorta, she was very specific and even expounded on it a bit.
    <i'm glad to know that at least another mystic has confirmed this scenario.

  6. Ann has said what was in my mind.

    G, I do understand what you’re saying.

    MPD, even I can see in the above excerpt and in your explanation that Maria contradicts the Apostles, the Creed, sacred Scripture, and Tradition. It is rare for the Church to speak utterly definitively relatively soon, but she has indeed done so regarding the poetess Valtorta.

  7. This is private revelation, so no one is obliged to believe, but I post it here for any who are interested (From Venerable Mary of Agreda’s “The Divine Life of the Most Holy Virgin”). imho, I believe the reason it is not found in the Scriptures is because the apostles didn’t know, except for John, and I believe he would have thought it was such a personal experience of Mary’s that if she didn’t talk about it out of humility, neither would he… This is only a small portion of Chapter 28… Things that especially caught my attention between what Pia has posted in her two comments and the following are: the angels, the apparent discrepancy in the timing, the “anticipation” mentioned…and that Jesus went to Mary…

    “The Divine Saviour remained in Limbo with the holy fathers from Friday night until Sunday morning, before dawn, when He came forth from the sepulchre, accompanied by the holy Angels and the souls of the just whom He had redeemed….

    Jesus came forth from the sepulchre, shining with heavenly beauty; in the presence of the holy fathers, He promised to all mankind the resurrection of the body as an effect of His, and as a pledge of this promise He commanded the souls of many of those present to reassume their bodies; therefore the Evangelist says, “and the bodies of many arose.”

    The Queen of Martyrs beheld all this [note: she wasn’t at the sepulchre, she was in her room], and the sight reflected on her a celestial splendor, so that she became radiant with beauty and light. St. John had come, as on the previous morning, to console her in her desolation; suddenly he beheld her surrounded with rays of glory, so that as before she was hardly recognizable from the excess of grief, so now she was so brilliant and transformed, as it were, that she seemed to have received new life; hence he concluded that Jesus must be risen.

    The great Queen, entirely absorbed in the thought of her Son’s Resurrection, performed heroic acts of virtue, and her heart became inflamed with the fire of charity. Suddenly she experienced within herself a new emotion of joy and heavenly consolation, corresponding to the inexplicable grief she had suffered during the Passion, and this emotion was communicated to her body by the soul. To these admirable effects was added a third benefit of a different nature, which was a new light like that of Heaven.

    After she had been thus prepared, her beloved Son entered into her room, risen and glorious, and accompanied by all the holy patriarchs. The humble Queen prostrated herself upon the ground to adore her Son and Lord, who, raising her, drew her to His side…

    After this visit to His holy Mother, Our Lord willed to visit those who had suffered most during His Passion, as is related by the Evangelist, and except when Jesus was thus occupied in consoling others by His visits, He always remained to converse with His Mother in the Supper-room, where she remained during the forty days which preceded his Ascension.

    After His blessed Mother, the Lord was pleased to pay His first visit to the holy women, because they had remained firm in the faith and hope of the Resurrection. The holy Gospel relates that the Marys went to the sepulchre, one Evangelist says, “by night”; another, “when the sun had risen.” This apparent contradiction may be thus explained. The holy women left the house before daylight, but when they reached the sepulchre the sun had arisen, because on that day he anticipated the time by three hours, in order to compensate for the three hours eclipse at our Saviour’s death. Therefore it is true that by the hour it was still night, yet it was day, by reason of the sun’s being risen.”

  8. I’ve been looking for other references to Jesus’ possible apparition to his mother before the others, and I found something very interesting regarding the Carthusians:
    http://victorcauchi.fortunecity.com/homilies/pensieri/Rosary1.htm

    and most interestingly this page from that ancient book;
    http://www.certosini.info/immaginicertosine/displayimage.php?pos=-740

  9. http://digilander.libero.it/passionecristoarte/arte/resurrezione/resurrezione-xv.htm#

    Scroll down towards the end of the page to:

    Rogier van der Weyden, “Resurrezione di Cristo e apparizione a sua Madre” pannello destro Trittico Miraflores «Staatliche Museen» – Berlino (Germania)

    Rogier van der Weyden, “Resurrection of Christ and apparition to His Mother” right panel of the Miraflores Tryptic «Staatliche Museen» – Berlin (Germany)

    Simply breathtaking!

  10. From a website of St. Bernardine of Siena:

    St. Bernardine was a preacher of inspired eloquence. He was also a distinguished master in the science of sacred things, as is proved by the writings he has left us. One such regards the apparition of Jesus to His Blessed Mother after the Resurrection:

    “From the fact of there being no mention made in the Gospel of the visit wherewith Christ consoled His Mother after His Resurrection, we are not to conclude that this most merciful Jesus, the source of all grace and consolation, Who was so anxious to gladden His disciples by His presence, forgot His Mother, Who He knew had drunk so deeply of the bitterness of His Passion. But it has pleased Divine Providence that the Gospel should be silent on this subject; and this for three reasons.

    “In the first place, because of the firmness of Mary’s faith. The confidence which the Virgin-Mother had of Her Son’s rising again had never faltered, not even by the slightest doubt. This we can readily believe, if we reflect on the special grace wherewith She was filled, She the Mother of the Man-God, the Queen of the Angels, and the Mistress of the world. To a truly enlightened mind, the silence of Scripture on this subject says more than any affirmation could have done. We have learned to know something of Mary by the visit She received from the Angel, when the Holy Ghost overshadowed Her. We met Her again at the foot of the Cross, where She, the Mother of Sorrows, stood nigh Her dying Son. If then the Apostle could say: As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation (2 Cor. 1: 7), what share must not the Virgin-Mother have had in the joys of the Resurrection? We should hold it as a certain truth that Her most sweet Jesus, after His Resurrection, consoled Her first of all. The Holy Roman Church would seem to express this, by celebrating at St. Mary Major’s the Station of Easter Sunday. Moreover, if from the silence of the Evangelists you would conclude that our Risen Lord did not appear to Her first, you must go farther, and say that He did not appear to Her at all, inasmuch as these same Evangelists, when relating the several apparitions, do not mention a single one as made to Her. Now, such a conclusion as this would savor of impiety.

    “In the second place, the silence of the Gospel is explained by the incredulity of men. The object of the Holy Ghost, when dictating the Gospels, was to describe such apparitions as would remove all doubt from carnal-minded men with regard to the Resurrection of Christ. The fact of Mary’s being His Mother would have weakened Her testimony, at least in their own eyes. For this reason She was not brought forward as a witness, though most assuredly there never was or ever will be any creature (the Humanity of Her Son alone excepted) whose assertion better deserved the confidence of every truly pious soul. But the text of the Gospel was not to adduce any testimonies, save such as might be offered to the whole world. As to Jesus’ apparition to His Mother, the Holy Ghost has left it to be believed by those that are enlightened by His light.

    “In the third place, this silence is explained by the sublime nature of the apparition itself. The Gospel says nothing regarding the Mother of Christ after the Resurrection; and the reason is, that Her interviews with Her Son were so sublime and ineffable that no words could have described them. There are two sorts of visions: one is merely corporal, and feeble in proportion; the other is mainly in the soul, and is granted only to such as have been transformed. Say, if you will, that St. Mary Magdalen was the first to have the merely corporal vision, provided that you admit that the Blessed Virgin saw, previously to Magdalen, and in a far sublimer way, Her Risen Jesus, that She recognised Him, and enjoyed His sweet embraces in Her soul, more even than in Her body.”

    I also read that the apparition of the Risen Jesus to His Mother is a tradition of the eastern rite. I wonder if Abbott Joseph can add any insight?

  11. Pia, re your first comment with the two links, thank you for all this research, and also for the direct link to the page in question. I will give here some directions from your first link, in case readers want to see more of the Cathusian site and more of the actual book in question:

    Click on Pia’s first link then click on “Charterhouse” at the bottom of the page. At the site it brings you to, scroll down to the bottom and click on Page 2. Then click on “Resurrection”. On the page it brings you to, you will see #150: “After the resurrection Jesus first appears to his mother.” This book, the “Mysteries of the life of Our Lord Jesus Christ – Rosary of the glorious Virgin Mary” was written in 1524 by a Dominican, Alberto da Castello. The reason it is on a Carthusian site is because it is kept in the Carthusian Charterhouse at Serra San Bruno, Calabria, Italy.

  12. Pia, re the work of art you discovered, I was so delighted by it that I did a separate post.

    Re this passage from St. Bernadine of Siena, again, I am amazed, and so grateful to you for having found it. I cannot imagine anyone could have expressed all the facets of this subject more beautifully, thoroughly and convincingly than he did.

    In the second-last paragraph, he is explaining what I had been feebly trying to express in one of my comments above; I felt that Jesus had appeared to Mary Magdalene in a “different” way than He had come to His Mother, and St. Bernadine explains it by differentiating a corporal vision from a more sublime mystical experience.

    I am in complete agreement with everything he says regarding all three reasons as to why the Gospels were silent on this subject.

    Abbot Joseph is in the middle of writing a book about Mary. Dare we disturb him? 🙂

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