For voices, acoustic and electroacoustic instruments
A meditation inspired by Marie Guyart - Mary of the Incarnation (1599 – 1672)
Texts: Marie Guyart: From Mother to Son: The Selected Letters of Marie de l’Incarnacion to Claude Martin
"I saw our Lord Jesus Christ in human form come forth and move through the air to me. As Jesus in his wondrous majesty was approaching me, I felt my heart enveloped by his love and I began to extend my arms to embrace him. Then he put his arms about me, kissed me lovingly, and said, 'Do you wish to belong to me?' I answered, 'Yes!'
She became a wife, a mother, an Ursuline nun of the French order, a spiritual adviser, a mystic, a businesswoman, a colonialist, the first female missionary outside Europe. Joining the monastery required her to leave her only 11-year-old son who expressed much difficulty with the separation. He tried to storm the monastery with a group of his school friends, and could repeatedly be found crying at the gates, trying to enter. In the midst of the uproar Marie could pick out the voice of her son
who was crying aloud: "Give me back my mother, give me back my mother."
Her most significant writings are the approximately 13.000 letters she wrote to various acquaintances, the majority of which went to her son Claude. They establish a unique relationship through an extensive correspondence. Later he became a priest himself. From her death in 1672 she was venerated as a saint and the objects that she had used were sought after as relics. Marie was declared venerable in 1874 and canonized in 2014.
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