Saturday, 9 September 2006

Accidental Light on the Angelus

Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genitrix, ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
"Pray for us, o Holy Mother of God, that we be may be made worthy of the promises of Christ."

I have recited this hundreds of time during the Angelus the past year. Yet, the words glimmered as if in afternoon sun as I spoke them yesterday. Ora pro nobis ... because we are brethren, you and I, pauper and Queen ... Sancta Dei Genitrix ... because in you heaven and earth met, and the Word dwelt among us ... ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi ... because I wish to live a life worthy of the calling in my heart.

The temptation is close at hand to see this as a petition to be moulded into a state which Christ can work with; then (and only from then on) can he have anything to do with you. My Protestant friends would probably see it so. Yet in the firm and resolute light, containing that terrible fearlessness which the Virgin possesses, one can see the heart of this petition: Help us live the life we are called to. Let these promises take flame in us.

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