Throughout the Spiritual Diary of Elizabeth Kindelmann, we see her experience great joy, despite the intense suffering and sacrifice she chose to accept for Love. Often she was given new sips of Joy to strengthen her for further sufferings, and this is exactly what God will do for each one of us. Our Mother explained to her the key, so we can envision how our sufferings achieve the profound result of comforting Jesus: “Just live in hidden humility and be consumed in suffering. I, the Mother of Sorrows, feel as if with each of your sufferings, you pour medical balm upon the wounds of my Son.” What a profound spiritual reality! We are actually giving balm to our Lord through His great condescension and Love!
Fr. Emil Neubert describes this reciprocal Joy between Jesus and Mary, which is founded upon constant self-giving for others based in sacrifice and suffering for them. He uses the putative words of Jesus: “…how great were the joys, which My intimacy with Mary afforded Me! The joys of those nine months of ineffable union, when I and My Mother were one, and when as a loving tabernacle she always carried Me about in her (is the model to envision for yourself)….Oh, the joys of those thirty years of (incredible) intimacy at Bethlehem, in Egypt and Nazareth…..I was to know other joys…But all these joys combined never equaled the least of those which I found in that union between Myself and My Mother, in that fusion of our souls into one.
“Now My dear (child), I want to share this union (with you) in order to share this Joy…
“Try therefore to imitate Me by entering into the closest possible intimacy with My Mother.”
So, we have one extraordinary, practical step to practice today and every day: envisioning ourselves carrying Jesus within us to others as Mary did. We are the monstrance, He is the Host….as we talk on the phone, as we communicate in email, as we greet and interact with others. Even when we have to correct others in our duties, we must always do it in a very gentle way, as Jesus would have done it living in us. We will often fail, but we must repent, and try again with even more effort, constantly seeking to grow in Charity begging for His Grace through our Mother….”Mother I am all yours and all I have is yours, please ask your Son for me for the Grace to better intimate you this moment and every moment I have remaining before the “Great Meeting.”