Thursday, March 06, 2008

[MaryVitamin] Stations of the Cross with Mary IX

Mary Vitamin for March 6th
Topic:  Ninth Station - The Third Fall of Christ
Fr. Faber
"So completely was she clothed in holiness from head to foot, that it never so much as occurred to her to think that the load might be lightened, or the pangs mitigated, or the circumstances be more tolerably disposed. When we have comitted ourselves to God, we have committed ourselves to more than we know."
Father Faber,  At the Foot of the Cross, (Tan Books: 1978), 223.
St. Maximilian Kolbe
"When a soul attributes to itself what comes from God as his gift, can we expect that God will shower it with graces? If he were to do so, he would only confirm the soul in a false and arrogant opinion. When, from his Mercy, God does not give the new and bountiful outpouring of his grace and …even permits the soul to fall so that it would finally realize what it is in itself, and that it might no longer depend upon itself, but with greatest confidence dedicate itself to Jesus. Whence falls were, for the saints, steps on toward perfection. Woe to the soul that will not even accept this final medicine, but in pride continues to repeat: 'I can't improve myself.' God, too, is just, and for every grace that he has conferred he will demand a strict accounting."
Will to Love (Marytown Press: 1998), 73.
St. Therese
"I beg you, my Divine Jesus, to send me a humiliation whenever I try to set myself above others. … But, you know my weakness, Lord. Every morning I make a resolution to practice humility and in the evening I recognize that I have committed again many faults of pride. At this I am tempted to become discouraged but I know that discouragement is also pride. Therefore O my God, I want to base my hope in You alone."
The Prayers of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, (ICS Publications: 1997)
Marian Vow:
Our Lady to Sister Agnes Sasagawa,
visionary of Akita, Japan
Order of the Handmaids of the Eucharist
August 3, 1973
"Is what you think in your heart true? Are you truly decided to become the rejected stone? My novice, you who wish to belong without reserve to the Lord, to become the spouse worthy of the Spouse, make your vows knowing that you must be fastened to the Cross with three nails. These three nails are poverty, chastity, and obedience. Of the three, obedience is the foundation. In total abandon, let yourself be led by your superior. He will know how to understand you and to direct you."
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.