Fifth Day of Novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel
“Meditating day and night on the law of the Lord” – Attend to my law. Our Beloved, in His “merciful love” (our dear “Little Therese”) towards us, saved us the just wrath of God – the most embarrassing and excruciating ignominy of the Cross – demanded by the most callous ingratitude of rejecting Him to His Face in His judgments. How He loved us more than He loved those angels who had also fallen from His grace! “If thou, Lord, art willing to suffer all this for me…. wither Thou goest, I must go; through whatever Thou passest, I must pass… [to] save [you, my Beloved] SOME of [the afflictions and pains You have to bear with still]… Stumble and fall with your [Beloved], but do not draw back from your cross or give it up. Think often of the weariness of His journey and of how much harder His [sufferings] were than those which you have to suffer. However hard you may imagine yours to be, and however much affliction they may cause you, they will be a source of comfort to you, for you will see that they are matters for scorn compared with the [Passion] endured by the Lord” (St. Teresa of Jesus, “Way of Perfection,” Ch. XXVI).
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