Wednesday, October 20, 2010

[MaryVitamin] St. Paul of the Cross


Mary Vitamin 

 Compassion, Patience and St. Paul of the Cross
(October 19th)
St. Alphonsus di Liguori
"Compassion alone for the Redeemer's sufferings sufficed to make [the Blessed Virgin Mary] a martyr of patience."
The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 496.
St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775) founded the Passionist order after receiving a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She instructed him to found an order devoted to preaching the Passion of Christ. In the vision Our Lady wore the habit she wished St. Paul to use: a black habit with the name of Jesus and a cross in white on the chest. St. Paul was an extremely successful preacher who was particularly concerned about the conversion of sinners.
Here are a few words from St. Paul of the Cross:
"Therefore, be constant in practicing every virtue, and especially in imitating the patience of our dear Jesus, for this is the summit of pure love. Live in such a way that all may know that you bear outwardly as well as inwardly the image of Christ crucified, the model of all gentleness and mercy. For if a man is united inwardly with the Son of the living God, he also bears his likeness outwardly by his continual practice of heroic goodness, and especially through a patience reinforced by courage, which does not complain either secretly or in public. Conceal yourselves in Jesus crucified, and hope for nothing except that all men be thoroughly converted to his will."
From Patron Saints Index 
To help me practice patience today and to imitate Our Lady's compassion, I will pray,
"Jesus meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine,"
especially when I see one of my religious images.
Marian Vow:
A prayer of St. Alphonsus di Liguori
"My Mother, I now ask thee this favor—not indeed, to be delivered from crosses but to bear them with patience for the love of God."
The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 498.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.


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