Until Christ Be Formed in You

Until Christ Be Formed in You
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by Paul J. Landolfi, SM
148 pp.

 

 


 

This publication was published by Saragossa Publications and is being distributed by NACMS.

 


 

In this book, Father Landolfi facilitates conversation between Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the reader. Each chapter begins with a passage from scripture that depicts an event or description of Jesus' life. Father Landolfi then poses questions that ask the reader to look at this passage through the eyes of Mary and Jesus. Father Landolfi writes, "This booklet may be used individually for personal prayer or for group prayer discussion. The conversation hopefully will engender conversation of one's own."

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    Mary, you are an excellent listener.

    Mary remembers

    He was speaking when suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them. Out of the cloud came a voice which said, This is My beloved Son on whom my favor rests. Listen to Him. (Matthew 17:5)

    We reflect

    The story of Samuel and Eli. (1 Samuel 3:1-11)

    What are some of the reasons why it is so difficult to listen?

    We talk with Mary

    How true it is that God speaks to us, as to Elijah, in gentle whispers (1 Kings 19:9-19). Mary, you listened closely. Attentively, you picked up the inner whisperings in your heart. Could it be so? The God you adored and loved was calling to you. You sensed the presence of Gabriel, the Strength of God. The angel's message was beyond human comprehension. God was asking you to be His Mother! . . .

    We Share

    Give an example of a time when you listened in a totally involved way or felt listened to in such a manner. What were your feelings about this?

    We Resolve

    If you hear the word of God, harden not your hearts. (Psalms 95:8)

    What does the Spirit of the Lord seem to be saying to you?

    What implications does this have for my life? For the life of my community?

    We Pray

    Mary, you know how to listen. Be my teacher. Your only wish is that I be transformed into the likeness of your Son. I pray with you, as the disciples did in the Cenacle so that I may receive the fullness of the Spirit of Jesus.

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    Foreword
    Acknowledgements
    Offering Prayer
    Suggested guide for using this booklet

    INTRODUCTION
          

    Part 1: In Union With Your Immaculate Heart

    Chapter 1: A conversation with you, Mary
    A. It is good to talk with You, Mary
    B. How did you live the Christian Life?

    Chapter 2: Mary, Jesus tells us to look to you
    Chapter 3: Mary, like the apostles, we unit with you in prayer
    Chapter 4: Mary, you tell us your name—I am the Immaculate Conception
    Chapter 5: Mary, your Yes lets the Word of God become human and live among us
    Chapter 6: Mary, you give thanks to God
    Chapter 7: Mary, you are totally centered on Jesus

    Part 2: Through Faith, Hope, and Love   

    Chapter 8: Mary, your life is a life of faith, hope, and love
    Chapter 9: Mary, you are the woman of faith
    Chapter 10: Mary, you are the woman of hope
    Chapter 11: Mary, you are the woman of compassion
          
    Part 3: Preparing to Live the Life of Jesus
          
    Chapter 12: Mary, your heart prepares you to live the life of Jesus
    Chapter 13: Mary, you are the silent one
    Chapter 14: Mary, you are an excellent listener
    Chapter 15: Mary, you speak meaningfully from thoughtful silence
    Chapter 16: Mary, you use all your gifts to become like Jesus
    Chapter 17: Mary, you suffer the human condition
    Chapter 18: Mary, you are docile to the Spirit
          
    Part 4: Purified of the Obstacles to Living the Life of Jesus
          
    Chapter 19: Mary, obstacles serve to purify your virtues
    Chapter 20: Mary, your confidence rests firmly on God
    Chapter 21: Mary, your trust is in Jesus
    Chapter 22: Mary, you seek advice when hesitant
    Chapter 23: Mary, you keep patience when obstacles arise
    Chapter 24: Mary, you are faithful to your commitment
    Chapter 25: Mary, you crush the head of Satan
          
    Part 5: Living the Life of Jesus
          
    Chapter 26: Mary, you are the living icon of Jesus' virtues
    Chapter 27: Mary, you are humble like Jesus
    Chapter 28: Mary, your heart is modest and grateful like Jesus
    Chapter 29: Mary, you are selfless; like Jesus you embrace the Cross
    Chapter 30: Mary, you refuse to create your own empire
    Chapter 31: Mary, you desire that we live out our consecration
          
    Appendix

         The Life of Mary
         The Joys of Mary
         The Sorrows of Mary
         The Glories of Mary

    A Final Word
    Notes