By St. Louis Marie de Monfort
From: Mary † Virgin † Mother
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22. This does not mean that one who has discovered Mary through a genuine devotion is exempt from crosses and sufferings. Far from it! One is tried even more than others are, because Mary, as Mother of the living, gives to all her children splinters of the tree of life, which is the Cross of Jesus. But while meting out crosses to them she gives the grace to bear them with patience, and even with joy. In this way, the crosses she sends to those who trust themselves to her are rather like sweetmeats, i.e. “sweetened” crosses rather than “bitter” ones. If from time to time they do taste the bitterness of the chalice from which we must drink to become proven friends of God, the consolation and joy which their Mother sends in the wake of their sorrows creates in them a strong desire to carry even heavier and still more bitter crosses.
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...there am I in the midst of them."
Many times I need prayers for myself, my family, my animals or others in trouble and have no one close to me to ask to pray for our needs. I'm sure many people might be in the same situation for one reason or another. Ordinarily I will ask Our Lady and my favourite saints, Saint Martin de Porres and St Anthony (along with St Joseph and St Jude), to please pray for my animals, my family or myself. I have found something else, however, that I believe is quite a blessing, and that is the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary.
"The Rosary Confraternity is a spiritual association (of the Catholic Church), the members of which strive to pray the entire Rosary during the course of each week. They form a union of countless hundreds of thousands of the faithful throughout the world who, along with their own intentions, include the intentions and needs of all its members, while they in turn pray for them." [Source]
The Rosary to me is one of my most solid comforts. Our Lady never abandons me, judges me, criticises me or withholds her love. Even my animals sense her love and kindness. Many times when praying the Rosary, I will touch each of my pets with part of the Rosary beads I am using, and they wait for it much like a benediction. It is the sweetest thing.
By enrolling in the Confraternity, which takes just a minute, you join together with thousands of people the world over, and your prayers all support one another's needs.
If you think you might like to do this, please begin here on the Rosary Center's page
to read and follow the simple instructions. It couldn't be easier.
This little anecdote is from the blog Infallible Catholic
Padre Pio used to tell a story: "One day Our Lord, making the rounds of Paradise, saw some strange faces. He asked Peter: 'Who let these people in?'
Peter: 'There is nothing I can do.'
The Lord: 'But you have the key.'
Peter: 'There is nothing I can do, and you can't do anything either.'
The Lord: 'What do you mean?'
'It's your mother. She has another key. She lets them in.'"--Image from: The Graces of the Rosary
"I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me." --Acts 27:25
I went to America some years ago with the captain of a steamer, who was a very devoted Christian. When off the coast of Newfoundland he said to me, "The last time I crossed here, five weeks ago, something happened which revolutionized the whole of my Christian life. We had George Mueller of Bristol on board. I had been on the bridge twenty-four hours and never left it. George Mueller came to me, and said,
"Captain I have come to tell you that I must be in Quebec Saturday afternoon." "It is impossible," I said. "Very well, if your ship cannot take me, God will find some other way. I have never broken an engagement for fifty-seven years. Let us go down into the chart-room and pray."
I looked at that man of God, and thought to myself, what lunatic asylum can that man have come from? I never heard of such a thing as this. "Mr. Mueller," I said, "do you know how dense this fog is?" "No," he replied, "my eye is not on the density of the fog, but on the living God, who controls every circumstance of my life."
He knelt down and prayed one of the most simple prayers, and when he had finished I was going to pray; but he put his hand on my shoulder, and told me not to pray. "First, you do not believe He will answer; and second I BELIEVE HE HAS, and there is no need whatever for you to pray about it."
I looked at him, and he said, "Captain, I have known my Lord for fifty-seven years, and there has never been a single day that I have failed to get audience with the King. Get up, Captain and open the door, and you will find the fog gone." I got up, and the fog was indeed gone. On Saturday afternoon, George Mueller was in Quebec for his engagement.--Selected"If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine,
In the sweetness of our Lord." • Reading from STREAMS IN THE DESERT by Mrs Charles E Cowman
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When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law, tested him by asking,
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him,
“You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart,
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. —ROM. 10:13.
Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.—Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.—What will ye that I shall do unto you? They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened. So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. If ye . . . being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?—I will put my Spirit within you. Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired of. This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: and if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.John 6:37. -Luke 23:42,43. -Matt. 20:32-34.Luke 11:13. -Eze. 6:27,37, 37. I John 5:1415. • Reading from Daily Light on the Daily Path - Samuel Bagster (downloadable)
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"Giving thanks always for all things unto God." --Eph. 5:20
No matter what the source of the evil, if you are in God and surrounded by Him as by an atmosphere, all evil has to pass through Him before it comes to you. Therefore you can thank God for everything that comes, not for the sin of it, but for what God will bring out of it and through it. May God make our lives thanksgiving and perpetual praise, then He will make everything a blessing.
We once saw a man draw some black dots. We looked and could make nothing of them but an irregular assemblage of black dots. Then he drew a few lines, put in a few rests, then a clef at the beginning, and we saw these black dots were musical notes. On sounding them we were singing,"Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him all creatures here below."
There are many black dots and black spots in our lives, and we cannot understand why they are there or why God permitted them to come. But if we let God come into our lives, and adjust the dots in the proper way, and draw the lines He wants, and separate this from that, and put in the rests at the proper places; out of the black dots and spots in our lives He will make a glorious harmony. Let us not hinder Him in this glorious work! --C. H. P."Would we know that the major chords were sweet,
If there were no minor key?
Would the painter's work be fair to our eyes,
Without shade on land or sea?
"Would we know the meaning of happiness,
Would we feel that the day was bright,
If we'd never known what it was to grieve,
Nor gazed on the dark of night?"
Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties. --C. H. Spurgeon
When the musician presses the black keys on the great organ, the music is as sweet as when he touches the white ones, but to get the capacity of the instrument he must touch them all. --Selected • Reading from STREAMS IN THE DESERT by Mrs Charles E Cowman
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