One of the great aspects of God’s example for us in Elizabeth Kindelmann (www.FlameofLove.us) is the close relationship she had with Jesus and Mary, which she constantly displayed throughout her duties and prayer each day, proving that intimacy with Mary does NOT in any way detract from intimacy with Jesus. Quite the contrary: mature, prudent intimacy with the Mother of God can only lead to a more intimate relationship in Divine Love with Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, Mary would fail in her mission of “Do whatever He tells you”…and…”Behold, the Handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to Thy word.”
We return to our mentor, Fr. Emil Neubert, in the masterpiece: “My Ideal: Jesus, Son of Mary”. He teaches us through the putative words of Jesus, “Try therefore, to imitate Me by entering into the closest possible intimacy with My Mother.” The first habit is to always, every single day, commit to:
- Pray at least five decades of the Rosary slowly with the Flame of Love petition, while thinking of Jesus and Mary’s life together in the Mysteries.
- Renew your consecration (the short, daily version) to Jesus through Mary.
- Pray your other prayers with Mary.
- Throughout the day, pause and ask her to join you to unite perfectly to Jesus through the Holy Spirit in your soul by an act of love, abandonment and reparation. (Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you, save souls).
Here is the key habit that Fr. Emil ascribes to Jesus: “But as you pray to Her, recall to mind that it is in My name you are invoking her; that it is I who continue to honor and love My Mother with your heart and lips. You will feel a great difference in your dispositions of confidence and love according as you speak to My Mother in your own name alone, or in My Name and in union with My Heart.”
This is a very important breakthrough habit, as it will cause us to realize that ultimately when we invoke Mary, especially through the Rosary, we do so ultimately to give Glory to the Trinity, because it is the Three in One, who seek to have the Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son and Spouse of the Holy Spirit honored and venerated to such a degree. We are fulfilling the Glory they have chosen for Mary, and further which they now wish to share with us as much as is possible for a creature!
Jesus wills to share the same relationship He had with Mary with us! Think about this love and condescension! Jesus further wills to allow us to share in the Immaculate Conception … again due to His Infinite Mercy and Love!
Our Lord stated to Elizabeth Kindelmann: “The Three Divine Persons are obligated to My Mother. All Graces sought through Her will be received.” God in His Infinite Mercy is allowing His Word in Scripture to be fulfilled: “Be Perfect as Your Heavenly Father is Perfect.”
Our Lord gave St. Faustina the same message for us: “Jesus told me that the most perfect and holy soul is the one who does the Will of the Father. He told me that I was doing the Will of God perfectly…”
How is it that we come to this point? Only one way: by uniting ourselves always with our Mother, the Mother of God, and then through daily, contemplative (listening in stillness) prayer as our Lord explained to St. Faustina: “Oh, if souls would only want to listen to My voice when I am speaking in the depths of their hearts, they would reach the peak of holiness in a short time.” (emphasis added)
So, commit today to practice spending five minutes in total silence, united in a loving embrace with Mary, focused on the Trinity in our soul… listening for the inspirations of the Holy Spirit … the Love between the Father and the Son…and then slowly build up to 15 minutes every day. Then let this attitude of “Fiat” permeate your Rosary every day as well, in addition to the pauses you make throughout the day to reunite with Mary in the perfect Will of the Father through the Son and with the Holy Spirit! Envision yourself in each Mystery…”Most Holy Trinity, Mary, I’m here to love you … do with me as you will.”