St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, have mercy on us.
It’d be great to see whose out there for myself and others in a similar position! There’s at least got to be one…
Peace in Christ, C. Martin.
I’m living with the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in Perth in 12 days’ time, to discern with them! =D (just need to survive my final exams first)
By the way, have I asked whether you (catholicsplash) are going to the Australian Catholic Students Assn Conference in Melbourne from July 6-8? 8)
Today being a Wednesday, I will have the indescribable grace of visiting our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament at Brisbane’s Perpetual Adoration chapel during my weekly slot this evening =)
In the meantime, God has granted me the grace of being able to comprehend most of my taxation law notes! (my final exams begin this Saturday and end next Wednesday — incidentally, my commercial & tax law lecturers turned out to be Catholics, which was nice in my extremely secular university =P)
Finally, through you He has bestowed upon me the grace of being able to take a break from my taxing legal readings and consider what marvellous gifts He has given me today!
Thank you for your question =)
pax et bonum! =D
My Dearest Plorn,
I write this note today because your going away is very much upon my mind, and because I want you to have a few parting words from me, to think of now and then at quiet times. I need not tell you that I love you dearly, and am very, very sorry in my heart to part with you. But this life is half made up of partings and these pains must be borne. It is my comfort and sincere conviction that you are going to try the life for which you are best suited. I think its freedom and wildness more suited to you than any experiment in a study or office would have been…
Never take a mean advantage of anyone in any transaction, and never be hard upon people who are in your power. Try to do to others as you would them do to you, and do not be discouraged if they fail sometimes. It is much better for you that they should fail in obeying the greatest rule laid down by Our Saviour than that you should. I put a New Testament among your books for the very same reason and with the very same hopes that made me write an easy account of it for you when you were a child; because … it teaches you the best lessons by which any human creature, who tries to be truthful and faithful to duty, can possibly be guided. As your brothers have gone away, one by one, I have written to each such words as I am now writing to you and I have entreated them all the guide themselves by this Book, putting aside the interpretations and inventions of man … I now most solemnly impress upon you the truth and the beauty of the Christian religion as it came from Christ himself, and the impossibility of your going far wrong if you humbly but heartily respect it. Only one more thing on this head. The more we are in earnest as to feeling it, the less we are disposed to hold forth about it. Never abandon the wholesome practice of saying your own private prayers. I have never abandoned it myself and I know the comfort of it. I hope you will always be able to say in after life that you had a kind father.
Also see: The Night Dickens Had a Marian Vision
Thank you for your lovely message, Vanessa! Glad to be of service. God bless you too =)