Incarnational Spirituality

By virtue of the Incarnation God in Christ has immersed himself in the universe. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the centre in whom all things find their consistence. Everything in the universe is stamped with a sacramental character; all things in the world are manifestations of God, all lead to the Omega point. He is found in all aspects of daily living.

‘So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.’
1 Cor 10, 31

As Christians we need to see more, to see differently, to look at the world from a different perspective in order to attain a larger vision, a new consciousness, a fuller life. To ‘see all things’, especially to see things in God through the eyes of faith. If we cannot feel bodily comfort, feel pain – mental, emotional and physical – to empathise with others in their moments of darkness and suffering, delight in the beauty of nature and, above all, experience love toward all humanity, then we cannot, even remotely, absorb the fullness of God.

Mary, at the Annunciation, is our model of this spirituality which is deeply Trinitarian. It is in our hearts where Mary and we, as individual Christians, must first receive the Word of God.

Mary, in her deep contemplative prayer, long before she received the Word as enfleshed in her womb, had received him in her consciousness and in the deepest recesses of her unconscious. She was able to be God’s Mother because she had allowed, in utter active receptivity, that God’s Word would completely envelop every facet of her being. Mary, in her virginal faith and complete surrender to the Holy Spirit working within her from the first moment of her existence, is the prototype of what every Christian must become.

Extract from the Vow formula

‘In union with Mary I resolve to live the call to the fullness of life and love
as outlined in the statutes of the community.
However, I know my weakness and I ask you, O my beloved Christ, to “clothe me with yourself”,
that my life may be but a radiance of your life.
O consuming fire, Spirit of love, “come upon me”,
and create in my soul a kind of incarnation of the Word;
that I may be another humanity for him in which he can renew his whole mystery.
And you, O Father, bend lovingly over your poor little creature;
“cover her with your shadow”, seeing in her only the “beloved in whom you are well pleased”.
O my Three, my All, my Beatitude I surrender myself to you.
May my whole life become one Eucharist, a song of praise and thanksgiving to your glory’.

From the COLW Vow Formula and adapted from the Prayer to the Trinity of Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity OCD.