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Who's Maria?

He is one of the most evolved and important spirits of the Christian era, having had the mission of bringing Jesus to the world and the way he always conducted himself, with love, faith and wisdom, even on Calvary. Maria, daughter of Joaquim and Ana, born between 18 or 20 BC in Jerusalem or Sepphoris, Galilee, being her name Maria (or Miriam) of Hebrew origin, meaning Lady of Light. During her childhood, she lived in Nazareth, possibly having married at age 14 with the carpenter Joseph of the tribe of David.

Speaking to us about Mary, Emmanuel informs us that the Supreme Power of the Universe, looking for someone in the world to exercise the indispensable guardianship over the precious life of her son Jesus, the Divine Ambassador, did not hesitate to resort to the self-sacrificing woman, hidden in an unlit home. simple. It was humble, but it concealed the experience of the wise, it was as fragile as the lily, but it bore within it the resilience of the diamond, poor among the poor, bore the incorruptible treasures of the heart, and, though destitute among men, was great and prestigious before of God. [1]

Mary, having received a visit from the angel who told her about the coming of Jesus, utters one of the most beautiful songs of praise and thanksgiving to God:

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, because he has seen the humility of his servant; For, behold, from now on all generations shall call me blessed. For the mighty has done me great things; and Holy is his name. And his mercy is from generation to generation upon them that fear him. With his arm he acted valiantly, dispelled the proud in the thought of his heart, deposed the mighty from the thrones, and raised the lowly; He filled the hungry with good things, dismissed the rich empty, and helped his servant Israel by remembering his mercy (as he spoke to our fathers) to Abraham and his posterity forever. [2]

In the spiritist literature, we find several records about Mary. Exciting moments in Mary's life are told in detail in Humberto de Campo's Boa Nova [3] in the last chapter of the book entitled Maria. During the crucifixion, for example, the author describes Mary's deep and silent pain, deeply moving us and leading us to a great reflection on the great elevation of this Spirit.

The author says that at the cross, Mary's agonized figure made a painful and indelible impression. The mother of Jesus had the anxious and tortured thought, her eyes were fixed on the wood of human perfidy, her mother's tenderness regressed to the past in bitter memories, for here was her beloved son, in the extreme hour. At that moment, Mary was followed by the memories, the happy circumstances of the announcement of the birth of Jesus, the friendship of Izabel, the old Simeon and his prophecies, all in recognition of the protection of God, which was undeniable in the small details of her. life.

In that supreme moment, Mother Mary remembered the manger, in its wild beauty, feeling as if Nature wanted to say again in her ears the song of glory of that unforgettable moment. Through the thick veil of tears, she replayed the scenes of her son's childhood, recognizing, in the smallest things, the intervention of heavenly Providence, though at that time of suffering her thoughts also wandered through the sea of ​​the most distressing interrogations.

Did Mary wonder what profound designs led her beloved son to the cross of torture? He heard a friendly voice speak to his mind about God's unfathomable and righteous determinations, which needed to be accepted for the divine redemption of creatures. Though his heart was in storms of irrepressible tears, in the depths of his conscience his sincere humility repeated: Let the will of the Lord be done in slavery!

Some time after the Master's crucifixion, the spiritual author tells us that John, remembering the words and directions of Jesus, goes to Mary and tells her about his new life, preaching and transmitting the teachings of Jesus. Mary goes with the self-sacrificing apostle to Ephesus, and there she also continues to support and transmit to the hearts of the people the messages of the Good News, while working one day for the next, and even when she was old she felt neither tired nor bitter.

According to Humberto de Campos, Maria, close to the disincarnation, receives the visit of her son Jesus when, absorbed in her meditations, she saw the figure of a beggar approaching her who called her “My Mother”, saying that she would come with her and receive her. your blessing. As usual, Maria invited him in, impressed by the voice that inspired him with such sympathy. The pilgrim, until then not being recognized by his mother, spoke from heaven, comforted Mary gently, commented on the divine beatitudes that await all devoted and sincere children of God.

Do you remember that Maria was thrilled by strong surprise, wondering who this beggar would be that soothed the secret pains of her longing soul, with such sweet balms? For until that moment no other had come to give, was always to ask for any. his eyes moistened with happiness, unable to explain the reason for his lovely emotionality. It was then that the guest reached out his generous hands and spoke to Mary with deep love: "My mother, come into my arms!" In that sublime instant, she looks at her noble hands and in deep emotion, saw in them two wounds like those of her son on the cross, instinctively directing her anxious gaze to the feet of the pilgrim friend, when she saw the ulcers there too. by the nails of the torment.

Unable to hold back, understanding God's loving visit to the heart, he spoke in infinite joy: “My son! My son! The ulcers that made you! ” And, moved by a feeling of love, in an impetus, made a movement to kneel, because she wanted to hug the feet of his Jesus and kiss them tenderly. He, however, lifted her up and, surrounded by a halo of heavenly light, knelt at her feet and kissed her hands, saying, “Yes, my mother, it is me! I come to get you, for my Father wants you to be in my kingdom the Queen of Angels. ”

In freeing herself from the physical vessel, She first desired to review Galilee, and then visited the dark jails of Rome, filled with disciples of the Master who were awaiting certain death, when infused with them the power of Christian joy, conveying suggestion to a imprisoned young woman, suggesting that she sing, be of good cheer, turning the pains of the earth into joys for heaven, and then lead the blessed caravan among the women to the Master's kingdom, that from this day we may harshest torments, the disciples of Jesus sing on earth, expressing their good cheer and their joy, keeping the soft inheritance of the Blessed Mother.

We bring beautiful poetry, titled Portrait of Mother, [4] in which the Spirit Maria Dolores relates the sweet and maternal support provided by the Spirit of Mary to Judas, who had been in the threshold region long ago, blind and alone. In the final part of the dialogue with Judas, the suicidal disciple, in much suffering and remorse, Mary argues with her deep love:

I love you, my son, I love you and I want

 See you again, life

 Beautifully tiled

 Of peace and light, of faith and elevation…

 You will come with me to earth,

 Little by little you will lose the violent spirit,

 You will have the heart

 In the waters of blessed forgetfulness,

 In a new existence of hope,

 I will take you with me

 The sheltered shelter,

 I will give you another mother! Think and rest!…

And Judas, right now,

 As if forgetting the giant pain itself

 or as one who goes wild

 Of nightmare atrocious,

 He asked, "Who are you?"

 What do you say to me, knowing me a traitor?

 You are divine woman, radiating love

 Or a heavenly angel whose light I sense?

However, she staring at him, face to face,

 He simply answered:

 - My son, I am Mary, I am the mother of Jesus.

Mary is synonymous with love and brotherly dedication, arousing great sympathy and admiration among devotees of all religions. Thousands of believers ask for his intercession, believing that Jesus would not deny a request from him, including selfless spirits working on his behalf, receiving their prayers and helping those who suffer.

In the book Memoirs of a Suicide [5] there are records of her in spirituality, being the leader of the institution Legion of Servants of Mary, specializing in the rescue of suicides from the lower zones. The spiritual author of the work, Camilo Cândido Botelho, informs that the mission of caring for and supporting suicidal spirits could not be carried out by any heart other than Mary, as a reference of love and brotherly dedication.

At some point in the work, it is clarified that, generally, the warnings and orders come from Higher, from where hovers the magnanimous assistance of the pious Mother of Humanity, the Governor of Legion, Mary. It states that if the entities do not belong to their direct guardian of Guardian, their favor may be sought in favor of the misguided, their loving tender, since there is fraternal solidarity between the various associations of the Sidereal universe, infinitely more perfect than those existing on Earth. .

About the portrait of Maria, well known in the Spiritist environment, there is information in the Spiritist Yearbook of 1986 to have been a psychographed portrait, in which the Spirit Emmanuel, through Chico Xavier, dictated the spoken portrait of Maria de Nazaré to the photographer Vicente Avela [6], from São Paulo. According to the photographer, Chico would have made it clear that Mary's face, as portrayed, reveals exactly how she is known when she visits the spiritual spheres closest to the earth's crust, such as the Legion of Servants of Mary. , that, in reality, there was no painting but a basically photographic work, the result of continuous touches made in an initial spoken portrait, all happening under the mediumistic guidance of Chico Xavier. Upon completion of the task by the photographer, with the artwork in a small black-and-white photo, it was enlarged and colored with oil paint, giving rise to the canvas that was released.

It is observed, therefore, to continue Mary to this day caring with great love and affection for the earthly, incarnate and disembodied humanity.

[1] XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Religião dos Espíritos. Pelo Espírito Emmanuel. [s.l.]: Luz Espírita, 2016. p. 115.

[3] XAVIER, Chico. Boa Nova. Pelo Espírito Humberto de Campos. 20 ed. Rio de Janeiro: FEB, [2013?]. p. 196.

[4] XAVIER, Francisco Cândido. Espíritos Diversos – Momentos de Ouro. 1 ed. [s.l.]: GEEM, 1977. p. 38.

[5] PEREIRA, Yvonne do Amaral. Memórias de um Suicida. Pelo Espírito Camilo Cândido Botelho. [s.l.]: Luz Espírita, 2008. p. 19.

[6] Jardim Espírita. Post. 37: Retrato Psicografo de Maria. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 10 jun. 2018.

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