A Visitandine’s Mercy

The Mercy Project in Lare, Kenya is a special inspiration of a Georgetown Visitandine who has founded the organization to help the people of that region.

Its success is encouraging and its needs remain ongoing. Many young lives have been changed in a very positive way forever.

Read about Sister and the Mercy project here:

www.mercyproject.org

Nov Mystic of Holy Souls-Sr Marie Denise de Martignat

The month of November has always been dedicated to prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Visitation Order’s early history reveals a mystic amidst the Annecy community who had a special mission to these Holy Souls. She was Sister Marie Denise de Martignat, of the Visitation, who died in the Convent at Annecy, in 1653. From her experiences we can be reminded of this “state of soul” after our passing and that of those for whom we pray.

As a young woman Miss Martignat left the French court for that of Charles Emmanuel at Turin. There was a lady living in that capital who went by the name of the Mere Antee. She had received a special attraction from the Holy Ghost to devote herself to the service of the souls in purgatory. She had now spent many years in this way, and forming an acquaintance with Miss de Martignat, she had obtained from God by her prayers, that Marie Denise should succeed her in her high office; and in fact her soul was the first which Marie Denise ever saw, coming out of purgatory after a detention of five hours there for not following inspirations she had had about certain good works. The Mere Antee had told her she was ultimately to be a nun, as St. Francis of Sales had also hinted to her at Paris years before, and in due time it was arranged that she should join the convent of the Visitation at Annecy. She was accompanied on her journey by a multitude of the Holy Souls.

At the prayers of the Mere Antee, Marie Denise had received a powerful and mysterious grace while praying before the Holy Winding Sheet at Turin, by which she had immense power over the souls in Purgatory; and all her first years in Annecy were filled with practices on their behalf. They disclosed many things to her; as, for example, when she was infirmarian they told her there was no place where there were so many devils, or where they were so active, as in an infirmary, because it is there that the soul fights its last battle for eternity.


She was continually accompanied by them, and their presence was sensible to her. She told the Superioress that so far from being afraid, she was as much at her ease amid a troop of these souls as when with her sisters in community; and that she found more profit for her soul in conversation with them than with the living. She obtained as many indulgenced medals as she could, and at recreation she was always eloquently preaching this her favorite devotion.

Sr Marie Denise told the superioress that the continuance in the pains of Purgatory, of such a soul as the one who had visited her, would teach her how much longer souls are detained in that suffering than she had supposed before; and this for four reasons; first, because of the inconceivable purity which the soul must have before it can present itself before Him who is essential sanctity and purity, and who receives no one into His glorious city who is not as pure as the city itself Secondly, because of the innumerable multitude of venial faults which we commit in this life, and the little penance which we do for the mortal sins we have confessed. Thirdly, because of the inability of these souls to help themselves; and, fourthly, because of the lukewarmness and negligence of the greater part of Christians in praying and doing good works for these souls, as the dead fade from the memory of the living almost as soon as they have vanished from their eyes; while true charity will follow those it loves, through the flames of Purgatory till the joys of Paradise.

“Ah! my dear mother  I henceforth we must teach all the world to beg of God, our Blessed Lady, and the saints, that final instant of grace and mercy for the hour of death, and also to pave the way for it by good works; because though our Lord may sometimes derogate from His ordinary providence, we must never presume on that privilege in our own case”

We cannot wink our eyes as quickly as God can do His work in the soul where He seeks co-operation; and the moment in which the soul makes its act ot co-operation with grace, is almost as brief as the one in which it receives it; and in this the soul experiences how admirably it has been created in the image and likeness of God.”

Source:

All for Jesus or the easy Way of divine Love

By Frederick William Faber

http://books.google.com/books?id=e_sCAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA396&lpg=PA396&dq=sister+marie+denise+martignat&source=bl&ots=tpbA5bCwDN&sig=hzHbiUZfGj3YffO8vxHxOvcg9Zk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=GuJQVKiZCoLisATaooD4Bg&ved=0CCQQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=sister%20marie%20denise%20martignat&f=false

Reference:

http://books.google.com/books?id=0MIGAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA149&lpg=PA149&dq=soeur+marie+denise+martignat&source=bl&ots=-emjwdi6p3&sig=I3j3pdUAQULxqfso6TO1vzCR29g&hl=en&sa=X&ei=uShRVKq_GcW1sQSttoGoBA&ved=0CCEQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=soeur%20marie%20denise%20martignat&f=false

November Reflections: Purity of Intention

In these days when we pray especially for our dear departed,  here is the advice of the Foundress of the Guard of Honor:

Purity of intention

A thing  is pure when it is free of any mixture or of any foreign body in its own essence , that is to say, it is in perfect integrity. It is the same when our actions are exempted from seeking self-esteem and made ​​in the will to please God, to do His will and to prove our love. Then they are worthy of eternal rewards.

Alas, our frailty and the impetuosity of the torrent of our lives leave us little time to think about the multiple losses that fill our days are . Yet we know we are on our way to eternity, a kingdom is waiting for us … it is important not to lose any opportunity to hoard treasure  for Heaven! But often, alas, we live too attached to the earth invaded by material concerns. Our days are consumed quickly and we arrive at the threshold of our lives almost empty-handed. We must seriously consider the immortal crown awaits us up there.
For this, we must supernaturalize our smallest acts, convert them into lasting wealth by purity of intention. This purity of intention is the philosopher’s stone that changes everything into gold. Each of our actions become messages that we send to heaven. Each of them represents a value which we will take into account.

Instead of acting in a sterile routine, why not act with great purity of intention in all our actions, even the most ordinary? “Whether you eat, whatever you drink, or something else you do, do all to the glory of God. “Said St. Paul. To help us, do not hesitate to take a look to God from time to time in our days saying “My God, everything to please you all for your love! “And do not forget” everything that is not for eternity is vanity! (Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart Bernaud – 1884)