May Devotions: Mary and the Divine Will.

The following picture of the heart of St. Francis de Sales seems a reflection of Mary’s heart:

“He loved equally
the bitter and the sweet,
rest and trouble,
life and death,

and he would not have chosen one of these things more than another,
unless the Eternal Majesty made His good pleasure manifest to Him,
which at once determined His choice.

“And He did all this peacefully,
never uttering a word of reply or contradiction,
without a yes or no,
with never a perhaps or a word of surprise.
  “The waters of Siloe flow silently, says Holy Scripture; that is,
so smoothly that you could hardly detect the least undulation or murmur.

So it was with Mary’s conformity to the will of God;
it was so peaceful,
so tranquil,
that the least murmur or effort was never perceptible.”

 Such is thy heart, O Mary, as I represent it to myself:
always calm,
always peaceful,
always happy,
quietly keeping on its way to heaven,
and always obedient to the softest whisper of the Divine Will.

Thou didst peacefully accept all that came to thee, recognizing that all comes from God.
Thou didst accept it with confidence, knowing that all that God sends is good, just, and salutary.
Thou didst accept it with happiness, knowing that thou wert thus giving pleasure to God.

God doubtless had already revealed to thee this strengthening prayer which afterwards came to us from the lips of Jesus: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

O my Mother, give me a love for the will of God. By abandoning myself to an ever-kind Providence shall I not be securing my happiness?


The Memorare.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary! that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother! To thee I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate! despise not my petitions, but, in thy mercy, hear and answer me. Amen.

Offering to our Blessed Mother.

My Queen! my Mother! I give myself entirely to thee; and to show my devotion to thee, I consecrate to thee this day my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being, without reserve. Wherefore, good Mother, as I am thine own, keep me, guard me as thy property and possession.

–          The Little Month of May

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