Following Mary’s example, the contemplative is a person centred in God. (VDQ 10)



mont des oliviers

      Let us turn now to the Mount of Olives as the disciples watched Our Lord Jesus ascend into heaven, making us partakers of His divinity!


«After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.” Mark 16:19New International Version
Christ’s Ascension marks the final entry of the humanity of Jesus into God’s glory as he rises into heaven.    
« Here it is without suffering, full of glory, exciting some and encouraging others, before ascending to heaven; Here it is, our companion in the Most Holy Sacrament, for it has not, it seems, been in his power to leave us for a moment ...”Saint Therese of Avila (Life 22,6)
Jesus Christ, having entered once and for all into the sanctuary of heaven, continually intercedes for us as the mediator who constantly assures us of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (cf. Catechism Catholic Church, 659-67).
As members of the Mystical Body of Christ, we are invited to be with Him as He takes His place next to the Father.  “To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.” (Rev. 3:21 NIV).

(I John 2: 1): "We have an advocate with the Father Jesus Christ the righteous." It is the office of the advocate not to accept or condemn, but rather to dissuade the accuser and prevent the conviction. It is said that Jesus Christ intercedes for us and this is done in two ways.  First, by praying to God for us, according to this passage from St John :  "I pray not only for these," that is, for the apostles, "but also for those who must believe in me by their word ".  Presently, His intercession in our favor consists in His good will for our salvation (John 17:24): "My Father, I desire that where I am, those whom you have given me may also be with me." He then intercedes for us in another way, offering before the Father's gaze the humanity which he has united for us and the mysteries which have been accomplished in it (Heb., IX, 24): He has entered into heaven itself, in order to present us before God. "(Thomas A. on Rm (1869) 41

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