The concluding paragraph of the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John (Chapter 21 Verse 25) reads:
But there are also many other things which Jesus did which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written. Amen – sunt autem et alia multa quae fecit Iesus quae si scribantur per singula nec ipsum arbitror mundum capere eos qui scribendi sunt libros amen
Sister Mary of Agreda wrote that:
… the lives of (Jesus) and His most holy Mother are so intimately connected and intertwined with each other, that I cannot avoid making references to the Gospels and besides add other facts, which are not mentioned by them concerning the Lord and which were not necessary in their narratives for the first ages of the Catholic Church.
Aaaaah! … but for our times our loving Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit have deemed it beneficial to share some aspects of the Divine Mysteries, not divulged in the Holy Gospels, via the communications of Jesus’ Mother to Sister Mary of Agreda, for new enlightenment of the world, for rejoicing of the Catholic Church and for the encouragement of men.
Blessed be God in all of His designs.
This post contains insights into the behavior, and conversations, of the Most Holy Mary, Mother of God, with Her most pure spouse Saint Joseph prior to our Savior’s birth.
Following is a transcription of paragraphs 430 and 431 in 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).
At other times the saint asked the most pure Lady to teach him the nature and essence of virtues, especially of the love of God, in order that he might know how to behave toward the Most High become man and in order that he might not be rejected as a useless and incapable servant.
The Queen and Teacher of virtues complied with these requests and the manner of exercising them in all perfection.
In these discourses She proceeded with so much humility and discretion that She did not appear as the Teacher of her spouse, though such She was;
but She managed to give Her information under the guise of conversation or in addressing the Lord, or at other times asking questions of Saint Joseph, which of themselves suggested the information.
In all circumstances She knew how to preserve Her most profound humility, without permitting even the least gesture not in accordance with it.
These alternate discourses or readings from the Holy Scriptures they interrupted by manual labor as occasion required.
Not only was the hard and tiresome labor of Saint Joseph lightened by the admirable words of sympathy of our Lady, but in Her rare discretion She also knew how to add instruction, so that his manual labor became more an exercise of virtue than a work of the hands.
The mildest Dove, with the prudence of a most wise virgin, administered Her consolations by pointing out the most blessed fruits of labor.
In Her estimation She held Herself unworthy of being supported by Her spouse, and She felt Herself in continual debt to the sweat of Saint Joseph, as one who is receiving a great alms and most generous gift.
All these considerations caused in Her sentiments of deepest obligation, as if She were the most useless creature on earth.
Therefore, though She could not assist the saint in his trade, (since that was above the strength of women and unbecoming the modesty and retirement of the heavenly Queen) yet in all that was befitting Her She served him as an humble handmaid, since Her discreet humility and thankfulness would not suffer any less return for the faithful services of Saint Joseph.
Among other wonderful happenings in connection with his intercourse with most holy Mary during these days of Her pregnancy, Saint Joseph one day saw many birds flocking around Her in order to pay their respect to the Queen and Mistress of all creatures.
They surrounded Her as if to form a choir and raised up their voices in songs of sweet harmony not less wonderful than their visit to the heavenly Lady.
Saint Joseph had never seen this wonder until that day and, full of admiration and joy, he said to his sovereign Spouse:
“Is it possible, my Mistress, that these simple birds and irrational creatures should understand and fulfill their obligations better than I? Surely it is reasonable, that if they recognize, serve and reverence Thee according to their powers, that Thou allow me to perform that which in duty I am bound to do.”
The most pure Virgin answered him:
“My master, in the behavior of these little birds the Creator offers us a powerful motive worthily to employ all our strength and faculties in His praise, just as they recognize and acknowledge their Creator in my womb.
“I, however, am but a creature and therefore I deserve no veneration, nor is it right that I accept it;
“it is my duty to induce all creatures to praise the Most High, since He has looked upon me, His handmaid, and has enriched me with the treasures of the divinity.” [The Holy Gospel of St. Luke Chapter 1 Verse 48: Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid: for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed – quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes.]
Much of the information contained in “The Mystical City of God” came to Sister Mary of Agreda directly from the Queen of Heaven, some of it from the Holy Angels, and part of it immediately from God. All of it partakes of that intellectual and abstractive character, which absolutely excludes imaginary and visionary illusions.
I gladly give my “Imprimatur” as of today, to the new edition of the work, “The City of God” by Sister Mary of Jesus, to be reprinted from the original authorized Spanish Edition of the year 1902 without change, and already bearing the Imprimatur of His Excellency, Most Reverend H. J. Alerding, Bishop of Fort Wayne.
+Edwin V. Byrne, D.D., Archbishop of Santa Fe, 9 February 1949 A.D. Santa Fe, New Mexico