Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 2 February

detail of the painting 'The Purification of the Virgin or The Presentation in the Temple' by Luis de Morales, c.1562; Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsPurification of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Blessed Henry Suso, O.P., prepared himself during three days to keep this feast and celebrated it in the interior of his soul with special joy, receiving the Infant Jesus in his arms from the hands of His Mother, pressing Him to his heart, gazing with inexpressible happiness into His shining eyes, at His lovely mouth. His little hands. His body white as snow and all His members transfigured with celestial beauty. Do you also imitate his fervor in contemplating Mary’s obedience to the law, the humility which leads her to allow no difference being made between herself and other women, her sweet devotion and recollection in the Temple? This feast is also called the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, and gives its title to the second joyful mystery of the Rosary; also Candlemas, on account of the candles which are lighted, in accordance with the rubrics in memory of those words of the Canticle of Simeon: “A light to enlighten the Gentiles.” We should also meditate on the ardent desires and penitential spirit of Holy Simeon and of Anna. But especially think of the two doves which Mary offers in sacrifice in place of her Son, for they represent the two lives in us. One of the doves had to be sacrificed in order that the other might be set free; so also must our natural self be sacrificed that the supernatural may take its flight to God. What serious and beautiful lessons!

Prayer

My God, when shall I say my “Nunc dimittis”?

Practice

Meditate on the “Inviolata” before a statue of Mary.