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The Glorious Mysteries

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The Glorious Mysteries

Here is the final page from ‘To Be a Pilgrim’ by the late Cardinal Hume:

“This life is a period of training, a time of preparation, during which we learn the art of loving God and our neighbour, the heart of the Gospel message, sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing.

Death is the way which leads us to the vision of God, the moment when we shall see Him as He really is, and find our total fulfilment in love’s final choice.

The ultimate union with that which is most lovable, union with God, is the moment of ecstasy, the unending ‘now’ of complete happiness. That vision will draw from us the response of surprise, wonder and joy which will be forever our prayer of praise. We are made for that.”

From the moment our First Parents bit into that juicy fruit in Eden, one could say that God had been preparing for our homecoming. Remember, God desires nothing less than drawing all of humanity to himself, that we might share his divine life. In these final mysteries of the Holy Rosary we meditate upon the glories of God and in all humility, we recognise with profound and lasting gratitude that there is a place for us in that divine plan.

As those mysteries leave the Gospel pages and move through the Acts of the Apostles and the Revelation of John, we are reminded that the work of God cannot be contained within the pages of the Bible but is lived out day after day in his creation and in his created.  The resurrection raises us to to new and eternal life, which Jesus goes to prepare for us, leaving the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete which empowers us now as it did the Apostles in the upper room. Mary’s assumption is for us a foretaste of where we hope to follow and her crowning is a reminder of what we strive to be.

The glory of these mysteries is played out in God’s time and it would do well for us to remember that our lives also take place within that same salvation history.  Perhaps the glory of God is hidden now but, as St Paul reminds us, ‘now we see though through a glass darkly; but then face to face’.  Let us pray these Glorious Mysteries mindful of Cardinal Hume’s final words: ‘union with God… we are made for that’.

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