Thursday morning, 6:00 a.m. [23 March 1899]
Devotion to Mary
93. There are three principal devotions to Mary: the scapular, pictures, the rosary.
- A) The scapular is the livery of Mary. A soul who wears it and who, of course, makes every effort to work out his own salvation cannot be cast into hell, it is impossible. Never take off your scapular.
- B) Pictures. We love to have pictures of our loved ones in our homes, a portrait of those whom we love. Why not have one everywhere of our heavenly Mother?
- C) The rosary. It is the chain that unites us to Mary. Through the practice of this pious recitation, we accumulate a number of graces and Mary takes us by the hand, Mary directs our frail skiff on the fury of the waves and, with her as our guide, we are sure of our eternal salvation; she cannot let us perish, that is impossible!…
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
From her journal, 93
Note: Biographer Fr. Conrad de Meester, O.C.D. notes that on 23 March 1899 in every parish in St. Elizabeth’s hometown of Dijon, France, there was a great celebration in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary as part of a city-wide preached retreat. St. Elizabeth was a fervent participant in the retreat exercises.
Elizabeth of the Trinity, S, de Meester, C, Lonchampt, J, 1980, Oeuvres Complètes, Les Editions du Cerf, Paris.
de Meester, C 2017, Rien moins que Dieu: sainte Elisabeth de la Trinité, Presses de la Renaissance, Paris.
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Featured image: A Discalced Carmelite nun prays the rosary as she walks through the cloister. Image credit: Discalced Carmelites