Marie du jour 2020: 23 May

She always had great trust and tender devotion for the Blessed Virgin. From a very young age, she considered her to be her Mother. But her devotion increased when, at the age of 10, she was suddenly cured by the Blessed Virgin of an illness that the doctors considered to be incurable. The statue before which she regained her health was always dear to her. During her final illness, this statue was taken to the infirmary where it was placed in front of her bed.

The Servant of God constantly commended to Mary all her intentions and all her zealous endeavors. When she wanted to encourage her novices to practice virtues, she wrote them short letters in the name of the Blessed Virgin. The Servant of God was already very ill when she said to me: “I still have something to do before I die: I’ve always wanted to express in a song to the Blessed Virgin all that I think about her.” And she composed her canticle “Why I love you, O Mary.”

Sister Geneviève of Saint Thérèse, O.C.D.

Céline Martin’s testimony (excerpt) in response to the twenty-first question during the diocesan process of the cause of beatification of Thérèse of the Child Jesus
Session 31, 21 September 1910

“When she wanted to encourage her novices to practice virtues, she wrote them short letters in the name of the Blessed Virgin.” #SaintTherese #prayforus

Translation from the French text is the blogger’s own work product and may not be reproduced without permission.

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