I am excited to tell you about a new theme, a new focus for our prayer and study of The Cantata of Love here at Hope’s Garden. On Monday we began our fall session of Brides of Christ heart-led Scripture studies of The Song of Songs and also created a new space on the website titled “In the School of the Bridegroom”.
Jesus is our Divine Teacher. All that is necessary for us to learn from Him is to sit quietly at His feet with St. Mary and listen.
The analogy of being “In the School of the Bridegroom” comes from the book The Cantata of Love. The following is an excerpt from Father Blaise Arminjon’s explanation of verse 8:2.
“I should lead you, I should take you into my mother’s house, and you would teach me! I should give you spiced wine to drink, juice of my pomegranates.” The Song of Songs 8:2
Reflection from The Cantata of Love
“The only occupation to which Elizabeth of the Trinity wanted to devote herself was quite simply to listen to the Word of God in herself: “O eternal Word, Word of my God, I want to spend my life listening to you. I want to make myself all-teachable, so as to learn everything from you.”
The Bride of the Song does not aspire to anything else. And if she does not stipulate the form and nature of the teaching she wishes to receive from her beloved, it is because it could be only one lesson as she well knows: that of love. “Love is the abbreviated version of all theology”, as Saint Francis de Sales puts it very plainly. It is also the only teaching that Jesus will give to his disciples: “Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples” (Jn 13:34-35).”
Indeed this kind of teaching is not given in schools or in books but in going deeper and deeper into the heart of the Bridegroom, as Origen perceives it so well: “The Bride-Church is taught by the Word of God, her Bridegroom, about all that is contained and hidden in the royal palace and in the room of the King.”
Let us join St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and St. Mary at the feet of Jesus the Bridegroom and ask our Mother Mary to teach us to be all-teachable in the ways of Love.
Mary, Mystical Rose of God, teach me to be all-teachable. Teach me the ways of Love. Make my heart like unto Thine… with every beat singing a song of love and praise to God and saying Yes to my Beloved Jesus. Amen.
I invite you to come and join the conversation in the School of the Bridegroom.
With love and prayers,
P.S. These words Jesus spoke to St. Faustina arrived in my email daily Divine Mercy reflection as I was writing you this letter…
“I Myself want to teach you; In a single moment, I will bring you to know more than others will acquire through many years of toil.” (Diary, 1147).
A video introduction to our Bride’s of Christ heart-led study of The Song of Songs.