Wednesday, May 27, 2009

[MaryVitamin] fervently and constantly

St. Bonaventure reveals to an astonished Aquinas the true secret of Christian wisdom.

Mary Vitamin for May 27th
Topic: Turning to Our Lady fervently and constantly
St. Bonaventure
"She seeks for those who approach her devoutly and with reverence, for such she loves, nourishes and adopts as her own."
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 131.
St. Claude de la Colombiere, S.J., the spiritual director to St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, explains the many ways in which we can be tempted away from God and what is the best method for staying close to God.
"It is strange how many enemies we have to encounter the moment we take the resolution of becoming a saint. Everything it seems is unloosed against us; the demon with his temptations, nature by the  resistance which she sets up against our good desires; the praises of  the good; the scoffing of the wicked, the feast of the Apostle, entreaties of the tepid. If God visits you, there is vanity to fear.  If He withdraws, timidity and despair may follow close upon the greatest fervor. Our
friends are a source of temptation because of  the desire we habitually have to please them; mere acquaintances, by  our fear of displeasing them. Indiscretion is to be feared if we are moderate, and self-love always. What, then, is to be done?"
"God  must do all. All the better for us. We must not fear that He will fail in
anything. All we have to do is to recognize our impotence,  and to be fervent and constant in asking for help through the  intercession of Mary, to whom He refuses nothing."
"Remember O most gracious advocate, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your assistance, or sought your intercession was left unaided."
St. Claude says that we can only be fervent and constant in asking for Mary's help through the grace of God.  Today, I will ask for this grace in the Memorare.
Marian Vow:
Marian Seraphic Pathways
"Care should be taken not to deprive oneself of or neglect those aids which the knowledge and experience of the saints present as useful and even indispensable for a rapid journey to the heights of seraphic perfection. It is a genuine grace of the Immaculate to find those aids, and it is necessary to pray that they be conceded to all and esteemed by all without hesitation or reservations. At issue here, in fact, is our sanctification, on which depends the salvation of many."
Directory, #70
 I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.


Deacon John

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