CAN we love someone we do not even know? Can we love deeply someone we know only vaguely? Why is Jesus, the adorable, eternal and incarnate Wisdom loved so little if not because he is either too little known or not known at all? - St. Louis Marie de Montfort
APRIL, the first full month of the joyful season of spring, is devoted to the honor of Jesus present in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Strengthen in our minds, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the mysteries of the true faith; that we who confess Him who was conceived of a Virgin to be true God and man, may deserve by the power of His saving resurrection to attain to eternal happiness.
"Signum magnum appáruit in cœlo... A great sign appeared in Heaven..."
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, and that preacheth peace...
After describing true devotion to Jesus through Mary as interior and tender, he writes that the third characteristic of the devotion is that it is holy:
"Wisdom was born of the tenderest, the gentlest, and the most beautiful of all mothers... because He is Eternal Wisdom, tenderness, and beauty Itself."
"Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt..."
I am all thine, and all that I have is thine, O most loving Jesus,
through Thy Immaculate Mother and mine!
A few words of wisdom from our Spiritual Father:
"You must expect then to be shaped, cut and chiseled under the hammer of the Cross,
otherwise you would remain unpolished stone, of no value at all, to be disregarded and cast aside.
Do not cause the hammer to recoil when it strikes you. Yield to the chisel that is
carving you and the hand that is shaping you."
"The greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue,
will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin,
looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate
and as a powerful helper to assist them."
~ St. Louis Marie de Montfort