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An Lenten exegesis on death and acceptance of suffering by Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque February 25, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, catachesis, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, history, Interior Life, religious, Saints, sanctity, Tradition, Virtue.

The following excerpt from the Life of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque comes from a memoir she left shortly before her death.  The Saint knew her death was near.  She who had been the recipient of such incredible, almost unthinkable gifts from God in the form of repeated apparition, close conversation and spiritual guidance from God, especially Our Lord’s emphasis on devotion His Sacred Heart, was still very cognizant of her (very slight) sins and failings and the fact of facing a dread Judge.  I thought this exegesis very timely not only for Lent, but also to refute both protestant heresies and the mma2predominant error in the Church today, the idea that God is just a big ‘ol ball of fluff and that essentially all men are saved.  Saint Margaret Mary is having none of that, and I would ask readers that if a soul, a Saint, given such incalculable graces by God, should fear her judgment, with what trepidation should not we?  Of course, that very fear and the Saint’s deep understanding of the reality of God assured that the outcome of her judgment would be a most happy one.  May we be blessed to do the same:

On the first day of my retreat my chief care was to think whence could come to me this great longing for death, since it is not usual for criminals, such as I am before God, to be so easy about appearing before their judge, and a judge the sanctity of whose justice penetrates even to the marrow of the bones. How, then, my soul, canst thou feel so great joy at its approach?  Thou thinkest only of ending thy exile, and thou art enraptured at the idea of soon going forth from thy prison.  But, alas! take care that temporal joy, which perhaps proceeds only from the blindness of ignorance, plunge thee not into eternal sadness, and that from this mortal and perishable prison thou hqdefaultfallest not into those eternal dungeons where there will be no more room to hope.  [This mentality, once commonly held at least by deeply devout Catholics, is utterly foreign to almost all souls today, even those in the Church.  I suspect the vast majority of people today would, if they could, choose to remain in this life forever if such were possible.  They have no real desire to be with God.]

Let us, then, O my soul, leave this joy and these desires to die to holy and fervent souls for whom great rewards are prepared. [Think on just who is saying this.  What humility!] For us whose works leave us nothing but chastisements to hope for, if God is not St.-Mary-Alacoquemore good in our regard than just, let us think what will be our fate.  Canst thou, my soul, endure for all eternity the absence of Him whose presence fills thee with desires so ardent, and whose absence causes thee pains so cruel?

My God, how difficult it is for me to render this account! I feel it impossible to nerve myself up to it, and, in my impotence, I know not to whom to address myself unless to my Adorable Master.  I have remitted to Him all the points on which I shall be judged, namely, my rules, constitutions, and directory. [Of the Order of the Visitation]  It is on them I shall be justified or condemned.  After confiding to Him all my interests, I felt admirable peace under His feet, where He held me for a long time abyssed, as it were, in my own nothingness, and there expecting that He would judge me, a miserable criminal.

……..Put me in prison. I consent, provided it be in Thy Sacred Heart.  There keep me fast captive, bound by the chains of Thy love, until I shall have paid Thee all that I owe Thee; and as I shall never be able to do that, I shall never come forth from that prison.

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Ours is truly a glorious Faith, filled with souls of indescribable piety and sanctity.



1. deaconmike51907 - February 26, 2015

Reblogged this on News With a Catholic View.

2. skeinster - February 26, 2015

” I suspect the vast majority of people today would, if they could, choose to remain in this life forever if such were possible. They have no real desire to be with God.”

Very good point. Otoh, among believers, some of this diminishes with age. The vanitas of life gets clearer, the longer it lasts. And we must work on detachment- a hugely difficult process in our materialistic culture.

3. TG - February 26, 2015

I’m reading Preparation for Death right now. If you want a reality check, read that book. It’s a great book.

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