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Mary, During the Months of Her Pregnancy


Mary wasn’t an alienated gestating woman. Contrived contemplation alienates. But true contemplation fosters fecundity, maturity, and common sense. No doubt Mary is living immersed in the presence of the Divine. But while in that presence she still had her feet on the ground and planted firmly thereof. She knows that she must eat good food because what she eats nourishes the One who is going to be born.


At the same time, the Real Presence serves to ignite in her the spark of fraternal charity. And so, the young girl departs in haste to Elizabeth’s house in order to congratulate her, and to help her in the last months of her expecting, and in the impending actual birth. She remains there for three months. God is that way. He never leaves us alone. He is always writing straight with crooked lines. His ways are such that He takes people out of their element only to propel them into the caldron of the necessities of this world, exuding help and kindness.

Never has anyone perceived someone so marked with that maternal trait of tenderness, gentleness and silence. Never will it be seen again in this world the picture of a woman so exceedingly indescribable. Never will human eyes ever perceive her inner nature. All the women in this world, those that have lived and those who will live, will have found in this pregnant young girl their highest ideal.


Extracted from the book "The Silence of Mary" by Fr. Ignacio Larrañaga