Ex More Docti Mystico

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Vigils or Office of Readings I

Now, with the slow revolving year,
Again the sacred Fast we greet;
Which in its mystic circle moves
In Forty Days to be complete.

That Fast by Law and Prophet taught,
A sacred sign by Christ restored;
He is, of seasons and of times,
The fullness and the timeless Lord.

Henceforth more sparing let us be,
of food and drink, of words and sleep;
And let us by a closer guard
Our roving senses cloistered keep.

Quick! Let us shun whatever things
Distract the careless eye and heart;
And let us shut our minds against
The tyrant tempter’s lying art.

Blest Trinity in Unity!
Uphold our weakness in your love,
That we to death may die with Christ
and rise with Christ to life above. Amen.

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This really doesn't belong here, but there's no way to email you, so...
I've been reading Elizabeth of the Trinity's Letters from Carmel, and I've read Marmion's Christ Our Life...both talk about God the Father contemplating the Word within the souls of the faithful. Is there a common source for this idea...given the similar times of writing and such?
I ask since you're such a source on Marmion, and you've written on little Elizabeth before.

Much thanks!

Yes, Blessed Elizabeth and Blessed Abbot Marmion have much in common. Abbot Marmion also wrote his own "Consecration to the Most Holy Trinity"— it reminds me of Blessed Elizabeth's beautiful prayer. I think that their common source is Saint Paul. Both were immersed in the Epistles of Saint Paul and in the Fourth Gospel. The mystery of "Christ in us" is a key to understanding both of them. And where Christ is, there the gaze of the Father rests.

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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