Saturday, October 16, 2010
[MaryVitamin] St. Margaret Mary
Topic: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
Feast day October 16
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
"The Blessed Virgin has always taken great care of me. I had recourse to her in all my necessities, and she has preserved me from great dangers. I did not dare address myself to her divine Son, but only to her, and I often presented her with the little crown of the rosary, which I said on my bare knees, or genuflecting and kissing the ground at every Ave Maria."
Autobiography of St. Margaret Mary(Tan Books: 1986), 20.
St. Alphonsus di Liguori explains
Mediatrix of All Graces
"The glorious Saint Cajetan used to say, that we may seek for graces, but shall never find them without the intercession of Mary. This is confirmed by Saint Antoninus, who thus beautifully expresses himself: 'Whoever asks and expects to obtain graces without the intercession of Mary, endeavors to fly without wings;' for, as Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'the land of Egypt is in thy hands,' and addressed all who came to him for food to Joseph, 'Go to Joseph,' so does God send us to Mary when we seek for grace: 'Go to Mary; for 'He has decreed,' says Saint Bernard, 'that He will grant no graces otherwise than by the hands of Mary.'"
The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books: 1978), 144
If one examines the life of St. Margaret Mary and what her devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary led to, one would have to say that not only did St. Margaret Mary's devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary not offend the Lord, but it greatly pleased Him. After all, St. Margaret Mary became the one to whom the Lord revealed the intimate secrets of devotion to His Sacred Heart. In the simplicity of St. Margaret Mary's devotion she understands the mystery of Our Lady, the Mediatrix of All Graces.
"Go to Mary"
I will say my prayers, all of them, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, remembering the example of St. Margaret Mary Alocoque.
"St. Margaret Mary Alacoque gave special attention to imitating Our Lady during the more important moments of holy Mass. At the offertory she would resolve to imitate Mary's obedience as was manifested in the mystery of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. At the consecration she endeavored to imitate Our Lady's sacrifice at the foot of the Cross on Calvary. At Communion time she sought to emulate the love that Our Lady had when the Word become flesh within her virginal body."
Devotion to Our Lady (Academy of the Immaculate: 2001), 127-8.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.