Meditating the Holiness of Jesus and Mary
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Meditating the Holiness of Jesus and Mary

"Become like unto me", says our Lord Jesus Christ. Be Holy as I am Holy. (Leviticus 11:44)

According to the Venerable Maria of Agreda (c1600), in revelations from Our Lady in "the Mystical City of God", these were the first words that the Incarnate Word of God spoke to his mother Mary when He first looked at her with his human eyes: "Become like unto me". In the same way that the moon reflects the sun, our Lady lived a life in obedience to those words, She became a true reflection of Jesus in virtue and holiness.

How can we become like Jesus Christ? Jesus is the reflection of the Father, the splendor or Holiness, Glory and Majesty. If we look at Jesus we also look at God the Father (John 14:8). If we look at an image of Jesus we can feel something very extraordinary about Him, and we may ponder what it would be like, to be with the God man and to become like Him.

If we study the Gospels, then we can have a clearer image of the virtues and personality of Jesus and we can sense the Divine attributes in Him.

To become like something we must be impregnated with that substance, for example, if we dip our hands in water we get wet, if we place our hands in fire we get burned.

We have a saying "you are what you eat" and this holds true when we receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. We eat Jesus' flesh and we become like Him who is eternal life. Jesus said unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you shall not have life within you (John 6:52). He truly desires to impregnate us with his flesh and blood, to purify us so that we become like Him.

Now, if we also come in the Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ and contemplate his attributes, we begin to absorb or rather to experience the reflection of Holiness that God desires to share with all those who come to Him. "Be Holy as I am Holy". Moses shone with dazzling light after he was exposed to the Presence of God in the burning bush (Exodus 34:29). St. Stephen's face shone with the reflection of the Heavenly Light he saw when he was being martyred for Christ (Acts 7:54-55).

We have lost the image of God in our souls through the sin of our first parents and then through our own sinfulness. Christ has come to restore us to holiness in his image. So if we come before the divine attributes of the Incarnate Word of God, the virtues of Christ the man and the qualities of his perfect personality, we have a better picture of Jesus and we can acknowledge him as the perfect image that we desire for our souls.

This type of reflection involves meditation and a very profound sincere interest in becoming like Jesus. God alone is good and He is the source of all goodness. If we possess a good quality, say for example patience, it is because this has come to perfection through our own hard work and perseverance, aided by the grace of God Who desires us to be patient as He is patient. The same applies to every good quality that we wish to posses.

If we want to become like Jesus Christ Our Lord, we must desire to possess all his human qualities, plus all his divine attributes which are unique to God. They must be reflected upon our souls in order that we may become what God wants us to be: "his own reflection". While this sounds very desirable but difficult, we need to do our work by amending our lives and by practicing living in the Presence of God. We can start by saying like Jesus, the flesh is weak but the Spirit God has given us is strong.

In order to make ourselves available to this great work of God for us, we must come humbly before Him with a repentant heart and with a desire to become like Jesus Christ. Then He can save our souls, make us his instruments and prepare us to do his work.


Interior silence and meditation.

Be still and know that I am God. (Ps 46:10)

Besides all our normal devotions, the practice of charity and the reception of the sacraments, we must spend some daily time in quiet meditation.

We are bodies with a mind, soul and spirit, God is Spirit. In order to become like God we must spiritualize ourselves, that is, we must try to become like Him so that the Holy Spirit can manifest in our lives more actively. When we pray we must be true worshipers that worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) We must live every word we pray, we must mean every word we say.

The Holy Spirit is described by Jesus as the spring of living water in a man's heart that dwells up to Eternal Life (John 4:14). When God looks at that water, He normally finds a storm taking place in our souls because of our self love. It is then desirable that we relax and become very serene, so that He will gaze at a lake of inner peace, a surface without any ripples which like a mirror is ready to absorb the attributes and qualities He longs to reflect upon us.

Our spirits must rise in adoration before God, and they will help us to pray. (Rom 8:26) In order to reach great spiritual heights, we must stop everything when we do our meditations, we must relax and sit comfortably. We must breath deeply in and out a few times before we pray, we must slow down all the body and mind activities.

God is the author of life, his life beats in our hearts every moment. How beautiful it is to meditate on our heart beats realizing that God is giving us life.
 
Synchronizing our words with the heart

If we can stop and listen to our hearts, this will provide us with a beautiful meditation because our hearts throb with the gift of life, if we can also do that while we thank and praise God, then we will be praying to Him to strengthen our weakness with His gifts. When we meditate on our heart beats, we must close our eyes and be comfortably seated; we may feel our pulse by touching and holding our left wrists with the right thumb as when the doctor is feeling the pulse, later with practice we can listen to our hearts.

To synchronize our words with the heart, we must try to follow our heart beats with our words, for this we have to divide each word in syllables, the ideal situation is to have two syllables per heart beat. If the word has more than two syllables, we have to extend it somehow to fit with the rhythm of the heart.

Thank you Jesus, you are life, Thank you Jesus, be my life

Thank you Jesus:   prayer of thanksgiving 
You are life: prayer of praise
Thank you Jesus: thanksgiving before receiving (faith)
Be my life: prayer of supplication 

Since not everyone can practice this type of meditation synchronizing with the heart, it is sufficient just to read it with concentration and to think deeply about it. A humble element of desire and need must be added to it, in order to make it a very powerful prayer.

 It is a good idea to repeat the affirmations many times until they become very vivid in our minds so that we can live them and receive the appropriate benefit.

Many qualities or attributes of God may be very appropriate for our meditation on certain occasions, for example:

For healing: (physical or spiritual)
 Thank you Jesus, you are healing. Thank you Jesus be my healing.
 Thank you Jesus, you are health. Thank you Jesus be my health.

For Impatience:
 Thank you Jesus, you are patience. Thank you Jesus be my patience.

For diligence:
 Thank you Jesus, you are diligence. Thank you Jesus be my diligence.

For Purity:
 Thank you Jesus, you are purity. Thank you Jesus be my purity.

For anger:
 Thank you Jesus, you are sweetness. Thank you Jesus be my sweetness.

When praying with others:
 Thank you Jesus, you are life. Thank you Jesus, be our life

When interceding for others
 Thank you Jesus, you are healing. Thank you Jesus, be (person's name) healing

Main Divine Attributes:
God the Father: Power, Omnipotence, Justice, Divine Will;
God the Son (Word of God) Wisdom and Omniscience, Divine Mercy;
God the Holy Spirit: Love and Charity.

Other Divine Attributes shared by the persons of the Holy Trinity:
 Eternity, Infinity, Existence, Grace, Mercy, Glory, Majesty, Perfection, Goodness.

 God shares his Divine Attributes with all heavenly beings: Our Lady, the saints and the angels. Our salvation will bring us before God, who will make us his own reflection, so that we can share all his riches for eternity. Some of the Divine attributes have been shared with many saints who have enjoyed the gifts of God and have performed wonderful miracles to testify about the Power of God.

Virtues reflected on with human beings or qualities that God shares and expects in all human beings:

Theological virtues: Faith, Hope, Love or Charity
Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Fear of the Lord.
Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Charity, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,   Generosity, Gentleness, Faithfulness, Modesty, Self-control and Chastity.
Charismatic gifts: Prophecy, Deliverance, Tongues, Teaching, Healing, Miracles,  Discernment and Knowledge

BECOMING LIKE JESUS CHRIST MEDITATIONS BECOMING LIKE JESUS MEDITATIONS

List of affirmations to meditate on the attributes and qualities of Jesus Christ

While it is very desirable to meditate these qualities and attributes of the Word of God Incarnate, our Lord Jesus Christ with a quiet spirit and in the silence of our hearts, they can be said aloud too. They can also provide a source for spiritual reading or can be said as short prayers during the day.

When recited in a prayer group, pray like this:
 Thank you Jesus, you are life. Thank you Jesus, be our life

When making intercessory prayers for someone, pray like this
 Thank you Jesus, you are healing. Thank you Jesus, be (the person's name) healing

Thank you Jesus you are Activity. Thank you Jesus, be my Activity
 Thank you Jesus you are  Alpha & Omega. Thank you Jesus, be my Alpha & Omega
 Thank you Jesus you are Altar. Thank you Jesus, be my Altar
 Thank you Jesus you are Amen. Thank you Jesus, be my Amen
 Thank you Jesus you are Beauty. Thank you Jesus, be my Beauty
 Thank you Jesus you are Bliss. Thank you Jesus, be my Bliss
 Thank you Jesus you are  Precious Blood. Thank you Jesus, be my Blood
 Thank you Jesus you are Charity. Thank you Jesus, be my Charity
 Thank you Jesus you are Chastity. Thank you Jesus, be my Chastity
 Thank you Jesus you are Compassion. Thank you Jesus, be my Compassion
 Thank you Jesus you are Confidence. Thank you Jesus, be my Confidence
 Thank you Jesus you are  Consuming Fire. Thank you Jesus, be my Consuming Fire
 Thank you Jesus you are Counsel. Thank you Jesus, be my Counsel
 Thank you Jesus you are Creativity. Thank you Jesus, be my Creativity
 Thank you Jesus you are Delight. Thank you Jesus, be my Delight
 Thank you Jesus you are Desire. Thank you Jesus, be my Desire
 Thank you Jesus you are Detachment. Thank you Jesus, be my Detachment
 Thank you Jesus you are Devotion. Thank you Jesus, be my Devotion
 Thank you Jesus you are Diligence. Thank you Jesus, be my Diligence
 Thank you Jesus you are Divinity. Thank you Jesus, be my Divinity
 Thank you Jesus you are Eloquence. Thank you Jesus, be my Eloquence
 Thank you Jesus you are Enlightenment. Thank you Jesus, be my Enlightenment
 Thank you Jesus you are Eternity. Thank you Jesus, be my Eternity
 Thank you Jesus you are Excellence. Thank you Jesus, be my Excellence
 Thank you Jesus you are Existence. Thank you Jesus, be my Existence
 Thank you Jesus you are Faith. Thank you Jesus, be my Faith
 Thank you Jesus you are Faithfulness. Thank you Jesus, be my Faithfulness
 Thank you Jesus you are  Fear of the Lord. Thank you Jesus, be my Fear of the Lord
 Thank you Jesus you are Fervor. Thank you Jesus, be my Fervor
 Thank you Jesus you are  Precious Flesh. Thank you Jesus, be my Flesh
 Thank you Jesus you are Forgiveness. Thank you Jesus, be my Forgiveness
 Thank you Jesus you are Fortitude. Thank you Jesus, be my Fortitude
 Thank you Jesus you are Freedom. Thank you Jesus, be my Freedom
 Thank you Jesus you are Generosity. Thank you Jesus, be my Generosity
 Thank you Jesus you are Gentleness. Thank you Jesus, be my Gentleness
 Thank you Jesus you are Glory. Thank you Jesus, be my Glory
 Thank you Jesus you are God. Thank you Jesus, be my God
 Thank you Jesus you are Goodness. Thank you Jesus, be my Goodness
 Thank you Jesus you are Grace. Thank you Jesus, be my Grace
 Thank you Jesus you are Greatness. Thank you Jesus, be my Greatness
 Thank you Jesus you are Guidance. Thank you Jesus, be my Guidance
 Thank you Jesus you are Healing. Thank you Jesus, be my Healing
 Thank you Jesus you are Health. Thank you Jesus, be my Health
 Thank you Jesus you are Holiness. Thank you Jesus, be my Holiness
 Thank you Jesus you are Hope. Thank you Jesus, be my Hope
 Thank you Jesus you are  Perfect Humanity. Thank you Jesus, be my Humanity
 Thank you Jesus you are Humility. Thank you Jesus, be my Humility
 Thank you Jesus you are Immortality. Thank you Jesus, be my Immortality
 Thank you Jesus you are Incorruptibility. Thank you Jesus, be my Incorruptibility
 Thank you Jesus you are Integrity. Thank you Jesus, be my Integrity
 Thank you Jesus you are Intelligence. Thank you Jesus, be my Intelligence
 Thank you Jesus you are Joy. Thank you Jesus, be my Joy
 Thank you Jesus you are Justice. Thank you Jesus, be my Justice
 Thank you Jesus you are Kindness. Thank you Jesus, be my Kindness
 Thank you Jesus you are Knowledge. Thank you Jesus, be my Knowledge
 Thank you Jesus you are Life. Thank you Jesus, be my Life
 Thank you Jesus you are Light. Thank you Jesus, be my Light
 Thank you Jesus you are Lord. Thank you Jesus, be my Lord
 Thank you Jesus you are Love. Thank you Jesus, be my Love
 Thank you Jesus you are Majesty. Thank you Jesus, be my Majesty
 Thank you Jesus you are Master. Thank you Jesus, be my Master
 Thank you Jesus you are Meekness. Thank you Jesus, be my Meekness
 Thank you Jesus you are Mercy. Thank you Jesus, be my Mercy
 Thank you Jesus you are Moderation. Thank you Jesus, be my Moderation
 Thank you Jesus you are Modesty. Thank you Jesus, be my Modesty
 Thank you Jesus you are Mortification. Thank you Jesus, be my Mortification
 Thank you Jesus you are Offering. Thank you Jesus, be my Offering
 Thank you Jesus you are Omnipotence. Thank you Jesus, be my Omnipotence
 Thank you Jesus you are Optimism. Thank you Jesus, be my Optimism
 Thank you Jesus you are Patience. Thank you Jesus, be my Patience
 Thank you Jesus you are Peace. Thank you Jesus, be my Peace
 Thank you Jesus you are Perfection. Thank you Jesus, be my Perfection
 Thank you Jesus you are Perseverance. Thank you Jesus, be my Perseverance
 Thank you Jesus you are Piety. Thank you Jesus, be my Piety
 Thank you Jesus you are Power. Thank you Jesus, be my Power
 Thank you Jesus you are Presence. Thank you Jesus, be my Presence
 Thank you Jesus you are Prosperity. Thank you Jesus, be my Prosperity
 Thank you Jesus you are Prudence. Thank you Jesus, be my Prudence
 Thank you Jesus you are Purity. Thank you Jesus, be my Purity
 Thank you Jesus you are Resignation. Thank you Jesus, be my Resignation
 Thank you Jesus you are Resolution. Thank you Jesus, be my Resolution
 Thank you Jesus you are Resurrection. Thank you Jesus, be my Resurrection
 Thank you Jesus you are Riches. Thank you Jesus, be my Riches
 Thank you Jesus you are Sacrifice. Thank you Jesus, be my Sacrifice
 Thank you Jesus you are Savior. Thank you Jesus, be my Savior
 Thank you Jesus you are  Self Control. Thank you Jesus, be my Self Control
 Thank you Jesus you are Serenity. Thank you Jesus, be my Serenity
 Thank you Jesus you are Shepherd. Thank you Jesus, be my Shepherd
 Thank you Jesus you are Simplicity. Thank you Jesus, be my Simplicity
 Thank you Jesus you are Sincerity. Thank you Jesus, be my Sincerity
 Thank you Jesus you are Soul. Thank you Jesus, be my Soul
 Thank you Jesus you are Spirit. Thank you Jesus, be my Spirit
 Thank you Jesus you are Strength. Thank you Jesus, be my Strength
 Thank you Jesus you are Success. Thank you Jesus, be my Success
 Thank you Jesus you are Sweetness. Thank you Jesus, be my Sweetness
 Thank you Jesus you are Tranquillity. Thank you Jesus, be my Tranquillity
 Thank you Jesus you are Triumph. Thank you Jesus, be my Triumph
 Thank you Jesus you are Trust. Thank you Jesus, be my Trust
 Thank you Jesus you are Trustworthiness. Thank you Jesus, be my Trustworthiness
 Thank you Jesus you are Truth. Thank you Jesus, be my Truth
 Thank you Jesus you are Understanding. Thank you Jesus, be my Understanding
 Thank you Jesus you are Victory. Thank you Jesus, be my Victory
 Thank you Jesus you are Vision. Thank you Jesus, be my Vision
 Thank you Jesus you are Way. Thank you Jesus, be my Way
 Thank you Jesus you are Wealth. Thank you Jesus, be my Wealth
 Thank you Jesus you are Wisdom. Thank you Jesus, be my Wisdom
 Thank you Jesus you are Zeal. Thank you Jesus, be my Zea

Shepherd

 Thank you Jesus, You are Shepherd.
Thank you Jesus, be my Shepherd.

Jesus, I desire You to be my Shepherd.
I need You to be my Shepherd.

Please reveal Your Presence.
I ask you this through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Amen.