A favourite quote from this Saintly son of Mary:
“What has our Lord not done for the glory of His Father and for the salvation of souls? Ah, I see Him agonising on the cross, despised, and loaded with sufferings. Then am I, for the same reason, and aided by His grace, firmly resolved to suffer, to toil, to be despised, to be laughed at, calumniated and persecuted, and even to suffer death itself. Thanks be to God I am having my share of these crosses in my life.
I live, but my life is that of Christ’s, and in possessing me, my poor Lord possesses a nothing, and I, in possessing Him, posses everything. I pray to Him like this: O Lord, you are my love. You are my honour, my hope, and my refuge, my glory, and my last end. O my love, my happiness, my conserver, my joy, my reformer and my master! You are my father, the spouse of my life and of my soul!
I do not seek or desire to know anything but your holy will, in order to do it. I love only you, my God, and all other things only for you, in you, and for your sake. You are more than sufficient for me, and I love you, my strength, my refuge, and my consolation. You are my Father, my brother, my spouse, my friend, and my all. Help me to love you as you love me, and as you will that I should love you.
For myself, I say this to you: The man who burns with the fire of divine love is a son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and wherever he goes, he enkindles that flame; he deserves and works with all this strength to inflame all men with the fire of God’s love. Nothing deters him: he rejoices in poverty; he labours strenuously; he welcomes hardships; he laughs off false accusations; he rejoices in anguish. He thinks only of how he might follow Jesus Christ and imitate Him by his prayers, his labours, his sufferings, and by caring always and only for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.”
From the writings of Saint Anthony Mary Claret: feast day 24th October.
This article is a good summary of the biography of St. Anthony Mary Claret.
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