March 14, 2017

St. Louise de Marillac — Her Wisdom in 12 Quotations

St. Louise de Marillac

Saint Louise de Marillac served God in numerous ways as a wife, mother, nurse, teacher, mystic, social worker, mentor and foundress. Her veneration of the Eucharist led to profound insights into the Incarnation as found in the Blessed Sacrament that bestows grace and perdures still among us. The following twelve quotes from St. Louise de Marillac speak of God’s goodness, mercy and justice.

God never showed greater love for his creatures than when he resolved to become man.
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Be diligent in serving the poor. Love the poor, honor them as you would Christ himself.
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We only hope that God will show us his mercy and restore to us what was taken away by his justice.
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With all my heart, I wish you the joy and interior consolation of a soul that is lovingly submissive to the most holy will of God.
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Our good God has his time and moments for everything. Do not believe that things will always be as they are now.
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O eternal light, lift up my blindness! O perfect unity, create in me simplicity of being. Humble my heart to receive your graces.
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Let us pray to the divine goodness for one another that His mercy may pour out on us His blessings of grace and light so that we may glorify Him eternally.
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Blessed may you be forever, O my God, for the choice you made of the Holy Virgin… You used the blood of the Blessed Virgin to form the body of your dear Son.
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As soon as human nature had sinned, the Creator, who wanted to repair this fault by a great act of love, ordered, in the Council of His Divinity, that one of the three Persons should become man.  By so doing, He gave proof of deep, true humility.
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Souls that are truly poor and desirous of serving God should place their trust in the coming of the Holy Spirit within them believing that, finding no resistance in them, He will give them the disposition necessary to accomplish the holy will of God which should be their only preoccupation.
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The Son of God was not satisfied with taking a human body and dwelling in the midst of humankind.  He desired an inseparable union of divine nature with human nature. He accomplished this after the Incarnation by the admirable institution of the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in which the fullness of the divinity dwells continually in the Second Person of the most Blessed Trinity.
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I must have great trust in God and believe that His grace will be sufficient to enable me to fulfill His holy will, however difficult it may appear to be, provided the Holy Spirit is truly calling me. I shall know this by listening to the advice which He will permit me to receive.
St. Louise de Marillac, help us serve God and the poor with humility as you did.

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