The Most Holy Name of Jesus

On this feastday, we continue with the theme of the last few posts – the nativity, the divine child, and the birth of Jesus within us.  Why, you may ask.  What connection is there between the Holy Name of Jesus and ourselves giving birth to Christ daily?

Well, the name of Jesus was given by an angel to Mary and Joseph before the birth of the Baby.  Must we not also receive His Holy Name into our hearts before we can birth Him? 

I’ve posted some reflections from Servant of God Catherine Doherty over at Contemplative Haven today, which help to explain the connection between the Holy Name of Jesus and His presence within us.  But here I’d like to share some thoughts from Father George A. Maloney, S.J., from his book entitled, Invaded by God.  Mysticism and the Indwelling Trinity” .

In his section on “The Jesus Prayer”, Father Maloney writes:

The name of Jesus Christ for us modern Christians is also more than a mere recall of our Lord who once lived on this earth and performed healings and miracles and died for love of us.  Allowing His name to be present not only on our lips but in our heart (pushing ourselves to be consciously present to Him), we can experience by the Spirit’s gifts of deeper infusion of faith, hope and love the presence of Jesus Christ.  (pg. 140)

Strikingly similar to the thoughts of Meister Eckhart posted recently, Father Maloney continues:

Jesus becomes more and more present to us, leading us into the presence of the Father through His Spirit of love.  We experience with Mary the growth of Jesus within our hearts.  We experience also the Heavenly Father begetting Him and us together in a new birth of His only begotten Son.  We experience the Holy Spirit pouring out His gifts that allow us to build up the body of Christ through contemplation and action.  (pgs. 140-141)

In the video I posted just recently where Father Schineller, S.J. tells us that the U.S. Catholic bishops took Meister Eckhart’s thoughts one step further, i.e., into the world, so too Father Maloney makes this point, and does so beautifully in the section entitled, “A Transfiguring Light”:

Above all, as we are bathed in the transfiguring power of the indwelling Jesus, we are able to release the same transfiguring presence of Jesus in the world in which we are present….  What a power a Christian contemplative has to call forth the transforming power of Jesus Christ into his modern world, one that groans so loudly in agony until the full Christ has been born….  “Come, Lord Jesus, Marana tha!”  (pg. 141)

Say But the Word

Continuing the theme of the birth of Jesus in our souls as at Bethlehem, here is an excerpt from Meister Eckhart:

…the Father goes on begetting his Son in himself without ceasing, and Father and Son breathe forth with equal power their holy Breath, both Son and Holy Ghost abiding with the Father in the essence, and in the vision of this Trinity of Persons lies the whole happiness of creatures which are able to participate in his divine felicity…. The soul becomes the heavenly habitation of the eternal Deity, and he performs his godly work in her, whence she receives the nectar which is denied to such as have not reached this fiery celestial mind.  For her heavenly Sire begets in her his Son whom she lures out of his Father’s heart, and Father and Son breathe into her their holy Breath, the Son never leaving his Father’s heart but proceeding forth from his Father in such fashion that he ever abides in his Father’s heart.  Thus the Father dwells in the soul; he clasps the soul to his breast, and in this embrace of the Father she conceives within her his Son as a proceeding Person and at the same time is aware of his presence with the Father in his essence…. He can speak but one word, and that Word is eternal:  it is his only-begotten Son.  That is the Word he speaks to the soul, giving birth to his Son in her, and in this birth the Father and Son inspire her with their Holy Ghost which teaches her all things.

Thus the soul gets all things from the Father and has gotten all things in the Son and knows all things in the Holy Ghost and so, possessed of all things, she is resting in God without end.

From:  The Sermons and Collations of Meister Eckhart, Chapter LXVIII [The Powers of the Soul], pgs. 170-171)

For Trinity Sunday: How the Trinity Sees Mary

When I began this blog in December 2007 it was with a certain amount of trepidation.  I was daunted by the idea of attempting to present Mary to others.  The awareness of Mary in my own life was just beginning to take shape.  My Consecration had been only a few months prior, and I knew that the field of Mariology was vast.  But underlying these concerns was another anxiety, more difficult to express, even to myself.

It had to do with depth, with experience, with knowing – it had to do with the mystical encountering of Mary deep within my heart, and hers.  More than anything I wanted to plumb deeper and deeper, and was concerned that by attempting to present Marian material to others, I would end up just speaking the words of Mariology, spouting the language of Mariology, or find myself caught up in a superficial, sentimental devotional mentality rather than a devotion with the mystical truths of Mary as its basis. 

In the following video, Dr. Mark Miravalle speaks to this very concern.  In so doing, he encourages us to enter the mystery of Mary before attempting to express it, and shows us that one way of doing so is by reflecting deeply on how each Person of the Holy Trinity views Mary.  It becomes a circle of knowledge as we do so, for in understanding how the Trinity sees her we not only learn more about Mary, but we also learn more about each of the three Persons of the Trinity. 

Dr. Mark Miravalle – How to Present Mary to Others

From:  “Dictionary of Mary”:

The Trinitarian reference is extremely important for Mariology and the cult of Mary, if they are to find their rightful place and their true objective.  Mary is the one to whom was revealed for the first time, even if in allusive terms, the Trinitarian Mystery of the Most High that by intervention of the Spirit gave birth to Christ, Son of God and transcendent Messiah (Lk 1:28-33). 

As such, she can become for Christians a locus of encounter with the three Divine Persons and a locus of revelation for Their salvific work.  With Mary as model, the Christian life becomes an itinerary to the Holy Trinity.