blessed path of tribulations
The monk, who continues faithfully in his cell and lets himself be molded by it, will gradually find that his whole life tends to become one continual prayer. But he cannot attain to this repose except at the cost of stern battle; both by living austerely in fidelity to the law of the cross, and willingly accepting the tribulations by which God will try him as gold in the furnace. In this way, having been cleansed in the night of patience, and having been consoled and sustained by assiduous meditation of the Scriptures, and having been led by the Holy Spirit into the depths of his own soul, he is now ready, not only to serve God, but even to cleave to him in love. Carthusian Statutes, chapter 3 .
As an example, Dom Pablo (Thomas Verner Moore ) states that for the soul to turn spontaneously to the contemplation of God "it is necessary that it should have labored long and suffered much in a life devoted to the service of God." He spent his last years back at Miraflores, not speaking Spanish, blind, finally alone with God. This will be ultimately the path of the SBPCLC's. The Suffering Servant
Mary's spiritual motherhood
We celebrate the eternal newness of the mystery that is Mary‘s spiritual engendering of Christ in our hearts. Carthusian Statutes, chapter 21 .
If therefore we are truly living in union with God, our minds and hearts, far from becoming shut in on themselves, open up to embrace the whole universe and the mystery of Christ that saves it. Apart from all, to all we are united, so that it is in the name of all that we stand before the living God. This continual effort to be always — as far as human frailty permits — very close to God, unites us in a special way with the Blessed Virgin Mary, whom we are accustomed to call the Mother in particular of all Carthusians. Carthusian Statutes, chapter 34 .
“Christ is the supreme Teacher, the revealer and the one revealed. It is not just a question of learning what he taught but of “learning him”. In this regard could we have any better teacher than Mary? From the divine standpoint, the Spirit is the interior teacher who leads us to the full truth of Christ (cf. Jn 14:26; 15:26; 16:13). But among creatures no one knows Christ better than Mary; no one can introduce us to a profound knowledge of his mystery better than his Mother.” Rosarium Virginis Mariae by JPII, section 14
She is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect
way of approaching Jesus and (they) will surrender
themselves to her, body and soul, without reserve in order
to belong entirely to Jesus. Treatise
on true devotion to the Blessed Virgin, Saint Louis
de Montfort no 55
We make more progress in a brief period of submission to
and dependence on Mary than in whole years of following
our own will and relying upon ourselves. Saint
Louis de Montfort in Treatise
on true devotion to the Blessed Virgin
When you want to offer something to God, to be welcomed by him be sure to offer it through the worthy Mother of God. St. Bernard, quoted by Saint Louis de Montfort in Treatise on true devotion to the Blessed Virgin
“To be devout to thee O Blessed virgin, is an arm of
salvation that God gives to those whom He wishes to save”
(St John Damascene, True Devotion, 41)
Venerating the Mother of Jesus in the Church, then,
means to learn from her to be a community that prays, that
is one of the essential characteristics of the first
description of the Christian community outlined in the
Acts of the Apostles (cf. 2:42). Prayer is
often dictated by difficult situations, personal problems
that lead us to turn to the Lord for light, comfort and
help. Mary invites us to open the dimensions of our
prayer, to turn to God not only in need and not just for
ourselves but in a unanimous, persevering, faithful way
with a " of one heart and mind" (cf.
Acts 4.32 ). Pope:
Praying with Mary, mother and Church Benedict XVI
Consecration to Mary
Saint Louis-Marie De Montfort's own blessed path of tribulations, gifted us of the Total Consecration to Mary, in view of cleaving ever deeper to God. Our own personal Total Consecration to Mary could be a fruit of listening with the heart to the 11 guidelines, wishing to surrender ourselves more and more to a life of continual conversion through notably regular sacramental confession (Step 1), into living in a permanent "spirit of confession" (Adrienne Von Speyr Confession ), by our True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, Mother of the Carthusians, and without which we who would wish to follow Saint Bruno, would be certainly lost, because "Our sanctity depends on the degree of our nearness to Mary. She is the nearest to God, and if we are the nearest to her then we therefore will be nearest, through her, to God Himself" Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe.
Questions for reflection and further development