Greetings in Jesus and Mary...
Happy March everyone!! We should be on Day 10 of our Preparation for Total Consecration which means on March 4th, we will begin Week 2 and I will begin to post the talk and instructions for that under Formation: Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary and will post a link below.
We are one week from Ash Wednesday already and someone sent to me the below homily from Sensus Fidelium channel on YouTube. It is very excellent and much needed by all. We can get into a ritualistic mode of Lent and forget that we need a motivational love of God to fuel all our prayers and sacrifices.
I like to use the instruction of Our Blessed Mother to Mother Mary Agreda from the City of God for meditation sometimes and I want to print the instructions She gave on February 2....Feast of the Purification. Please read this and in time listen to the below homily to help motivate and reignite our Love for God as we continue this Lent.
Our Lady to Mother Mary of Agreda: "My daughter, one of the misfortunes, which deprive souls of happiness, or at least diminish it, is that they content themselves with performing good works negligently or without fervor, as if they were engaged in things unimportant or merely accidental. On account of this ignorance and meanness of heart few of them arrive at an intimate friendship of God, which they can attain only by fervent love. This is called fervent precisely because of its similarity to boiling water. For just as water is made to boil and foam by the fire, so the soul, by the sweet violence of the divine conflagration of love, is raised above itself and above all created things as well as above its own doings. In loving, it is more and more inflamed, and from this very love springs an unquenchable affection, which makes the soul despise and forget all earthly things while at the same time it becomes dissatisfied with all temporal goodness. And as the human heart, when it does not attain what it dearly loves (if that attainment is possible) is inflamed with ever greater desire of reaching it by other means; therefore, the loving soul, finds ever new things to strive after for the sake of the Beloved and all service will seem to it but little. Thus it will pass from good will to a perfect will, and from this to what will please the Lord still more, until it arrives at the most intimate union with Him and at a perfect conformation with the will of God. ....I sought the fullness of perfection in all my doings and it was precisely this anxiety which created in Me such a desire of excellence in all my works. Labor to imitate Me with all diligence in all that I did; for I assure you, my dear, that it is this exercise of your love, which the Most High is desiring and expecting of you....Aspire continually to the most pure and perfect in the practice of virtues and study and invent new schemes and projects of love so that all the forces of your interior and exterior faculties continue to be zealously occupied in what is most exalted and excellent in the service of the Lord."
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Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!