Mary Vitamin for July 16th
Topic: Looking towards Heaven with Our Lady
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"From her throne in Heaven where she reigns as Queen, our Blessed Lady is ever looking down at us with boundless and tender affection and prayerful anxiety. Like a most loving mother, she awaits all of us to admit us to Heaven."
St. Alphonus di Ligouri
"Often say to Him: 'As long, O Lord, as I live on this earth, I always run the risk of wandering away from You and of losing Your love. When will the day come on which I shall depart from this life where I always offend You? When shall I begin to love You with all my soul and be united to You without fear of losing You any more? Such was the continual desire of St. Teresa of Avila, to whom the sound of the clock gave fresh joy at the thought that another hour had been struck off her life and the danger of losing God. So intense was her longing for death, which would enable her to see God, that she died from her desire of dying. Therefore, she composed her hymn of love:I die, because I do not die.
Is this my attitude? Do I think of Our Lady waiting anxiously for me to enter heaven? Is heaven my goal and the continual desire of my heart? Today, I will pray to be able to see my day in the context of eternity.
"Our Lady had 'smiled' upon [St. Therese of Lisieux] in her youth and returned to 'smile' upon her when the shadow of death hovered over her."
Father Gabriel Allegra, O.F.M., Mary's Immaculate Heart, (Franciscan Herald Press: 1985), 77.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.