The Assumption of Mary Magdalene ~ Carlo Marochetti (1805-1867)
. . . If God is Love, well . . . then I was closest to Love in the beginning ~ before the Charism ~ before I was Catholic. When I knew not of betrayal ~ I knew not of rejection ~ I knew not of isolation ~ I knew not of permanent sorrow ~ I knew not of beguilement ~ I knew not of mans lie ~ I knew not of manipulation ~ I knew not of broken trust ~ I knew not of separation ~ I knew not of mans distance ~
I knew of True Love . . . .
That was a time when I naturally Loved everybody perfectly ~ and felt Loved in return ~ and even for those who struggled in their own loving ~ I still Loved and was Loving and kind and warm and happy ~ and So close to God ~ because God is Love.
I could spend my whole life now trying to live The Charism which God gave me as a gift ~
Once before the Charism it was easy ~ now it feels almost impossible.
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Baron Williams of Oystermouth Master (on Magdalene College headed paper) said of it ~ ‘It is very finely done, and full of spiritual challenge; I’m most grateful to you for sharing your insights and vision.’ + Rowan Williams
God has given me a lifetime project that I shall spend the whole of the rest of my life trying to re-fulfil ~ the whole of the rest of my life being challenged by ~ the whole of the rest of my life trying to live out ~ just as Mary and Jesus Loved ~ in a perfect way.
To fulfil The Way of Love Charism, needs now Supernatural Grace ~ because of what I have lived through ~ where once it was just within my nature to Love in this way.
I pray that one day, beginning with yesterday ~ I Am more like my Sister in Christ St Mary Magdalene of Bethany each day ~ who Loved perfectly ~ and each and every day was the closest ever ~
~ One ~
with her Beloved.