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The following is from Chapter VI of Book II of The Incarnation contained within “The Mystical City of God” manifested by the Mother of God to her handmaid and transcriptionist Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda (Venerable Mary of Agreda).

Paragraph 428. Before Saint Joseph had been instructed in the mystery of the Incarnation, the Princess of Heaven made use of opportune occasions for reading to him some of the passages of Holy Scriptures, especially from the Prophets and from the Psalms.

As a most wise Teacher She also explained them to him, and Her holy spouse who was indeed capable of the exalted truths contained therein, asked Her many questions, wondering at and consoling himself with the heavenly answers of his Spouse; and thus both of them alternately praised and blessed the Lord.

But after he had himself become instructed in the great sacrament, he conversed with our Queen, as with one, who was Herself to be the Coadjutrix of the admirable works and mysteries of our Redemption.

For now, they could more openly and clearly discuss the divine prophecies and oracles concerning the conception of the Word through a Virgin-Mother, of His birth, His bringing up, and His most holy life.

All these things Her Highness discussed and explained, delineating beforehand the course of action, which they were to pursue, when the longed-for day of the birth of the Child should have arrived, when She should hold Him in Her arms, nourish Him at Her breast with virginal milk, and when the holy spouse himself should share in this greatest of mortal blessedness.

Only of His Passion and Death, and of the sayings of Isaias and Jeremias, the most prudent Queen spoke more rarely; for as Her spouse was of a most kind and tender heart, She thought it best not to dilate upon or anticipate that which he himself remembered of the sayings of the ancient writers concerning the coming and the sufferings of the Messiah.

The most prudent Virgin also waited until the Lord should grant more particular revelation of what was to happen, or until She Herself would know better the divine will in this respect.

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Paragraph 429. Her most faithful and blessed husband was wholly inflamed by Her sweet words and conversations, and with tears of joy he said to the heavenly Spouse:

‘Is it possible, that in Thy most chaste arms I shall see my God and Redeemer?

‘That I shall hear Him speak, and touch Him, and that my eyes shall look upon His divine face, and that the sweat of my brow shall be so blessed as to be poured out in His service and for His sustenance?

‘That He shall live with us, and that we shall eat with Him at the same table, and that we shall speak and converse with Him?

‘Whence comes to me this good fortune which nobody can ever deserve?

‘O how much do I regret that I am so poor!

‘Would I possessed the richest palaces for His entertainment and many treasures to offer Him!’

And the sovereign Queen answered:

‘My master and spouse, there is abundant reason that thy desires extend to all things possible for the reception of thy Creator; but this great God and Lord does not wish to enter into this world in the pomp of ostentatious riches and royal majesty.

‘He has need of none of these (Psalms 15 verse 2: I have said to the Lord, thou art my God, for thou hast no need of my goods – dicens Deo Dominus meus es tu bene mihi non est sine te), nor does He come from heaven for such vanities.

‘He comes to redeem the world and to guide men on the path of eternal life (John 10 verse 10: The thief cometh not, but for to steal and to kill and to destroy. I am come that they may have life and may have it more abundantly – fur non venit nisi ut furetur et mactet et perdat ego veni ut vitam habeant et abundantius habeant); and this is to be done by means of humility and poverty;

‘in these He wishes to be born, live and die, in order to destroy in the hearts of men the fetters of covetousness and pride, which keep them from blessedness.

‘On this account He chose our poor and humble house, and desired us not to be rich in apparent, deceitful and transitory goods, which are but vanity of vanities and affliction of spirit (Ecclesiastes 1 verse 2: Vanity of vanities, said Ecclesiastes: vanity of vanities, and all is vanity – vanitas vanitatum dixit Ecclesiastes vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas) and which oppress and obscure the understanding.’

From “The Mystical City Of God”

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