Mary Vitamin for Ash Wednesday
Topic: Lenten Fragrance
"No desert doth the Virgin Mary abhor, no sinner doth she despise; but wherever she passes, she spreads the sweet incense of pardon."
"The desert is the heart of the sinner, which is indeed devoid of grace and virtue. The aromatical spice, the sweet incense of the soul is the aspiration of hope for pardon. The Blessed Virgin Mary, therefore, came up from the desert as a pillar of smoke [Song of Songs 3:6], when, by her prayers the heart of the sinner received the smoking incense of pardon. This smoke is generated from the aromatical myrrh of contrition, and of the incense in confession, and from all the powders of the perfumer in manifold satisfactions."
I will begin my Lent at the feet of Our Lady praying for her guidance and offering my Lenten resolutions to her. I will pray that she will produce in me the aromatical myrrh of contrition and the sweet incense of pardon.
St. John Vianney (The Curè of Ars)
"When our hands have touched spices, they give fragrance to all they handle. Let us make our prayers pass through the hands of the Blessed Virgin. She will make them fragrant."
Francis W. Johnston, The Voice of the Saints, (Tan Books) 46.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.