In this chapter St. John Eudes lists twelve mysteries of Mary’s childhood.
The first mystery of Mary’s Childhood is her eternal predestination.
The second contains the promises which Divine Mercy has made to us concerning her, together with the oracles of Holy Scripture which have announced her coming.
The third comprises the types and figures which the Holy Ghost has placed before us in the Old Law.
The fourth is her Immaculate Conception.
The fifth, her sojourn and holy occupations within the blessed womb of her mother, St. Ann.
The sixth, her marvelous birth.
The seventh, her glorious name of Mary, brought from heaven, and the great and incomparable wonders it implied.
The eighth, her dwelling for three years in the house of her parents.
The ninth, her leaving her parents’ home.
The tenth is her Presentation in the Temple.
The eleventh is her dwelling in the Holy of Holies, the most sacred spot in the Temple.
The twelfth is her occupations and exercises in the Temple.
Let us consider these tw