Mary Vitamin for April 10th
Topic: Easter Joy
"My heart is ready, O God
I will sing, sing your praise.
Awake my soul;
Awake, lyre and harp
I will awake the dawn."
St. Claude de La Colombiere explains spiritual joy:
"By God's infinite mercy I feel a liberty of spirit which fills me with great joy. It seems as though nothing could now make my unhappy. The thought that I am serving God fills me with this joy, and I feel that it is of far greater value than all the favor of kings would be. The occupations of the worldly seem very despicable in comparison with work done for God."
The Spiritual Direction of Saint Claude de la Colombiere, (Ignatius Press), 70.
Liberty of spirit brings joy. Liberty to do God's Will not our own. This is the secret of Our Lady's joy and the joy of the saints. It is the message of St. Paul: "God's Will is good, pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:2)
Today, when I pass my image of Our Lady, I will repeat the words of St. Paul ("God's Will is good, pleasing and perfect") and remember that Our Lady lived St. Paul's words exactly and experienced perfect joy.
St. Maximilian Kolbe
"If Mary is the Mediatrix of All Graces, then only in proportion to our nearness to her are we able to become channels of grace, mediators of grace that comes from the Father through the Son who merited them and the Immaculata who dispenses them so that as they come upon us they will through us flow into the lives of other souls.
Will To Love, (Marytown Press) 48
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.