“I loved especially the processions in honor of the Blessed Sacrament. What a joy it was for me to throw flowers beneath the feet of God! Before allowing them to fall to the ground, I threw them as high as I could, and I was never so happy as when I saw my roses touch the sacred monstrance.
How shall I show my love is proved by deeds Well – the little child will strew flowers…she will embalm the Divine Throne with their fragrance, will sing with a silvery voice the canticle of love.
Yes, my Beloved, it is thus that my life’s brief day shall be spent before Thee. No other means have I of proving my love than to strew flowers; that is, to let no little sacrifice escape me, not a look, not a word, to avail of the very least actions and do them for Love. I wish to suffer for Love’s sake and for Love’s sake even to rejoice; thus shall I strew flowers. Not one shall I find without shedding its petals for Thee…and then I will sing, I will always sing, even if I must gather my roses in the very midst of thorns and the longer and sharper the thorns the sweeter shall be my song.” + St. Therese of Lisieux
When night comes, and you look back over the day and see how fragmentary everything has been, and how much you planned that has gone undone, and all the reasons you have to be embarrassed and ashamed: just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him. Then you will be able to rest in Him... really rest... and start the next day as a new life.
A PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN AFTER COMMUNION
O MARY, you desire so much to see Jesus loved; if you love me, this is the favour which I ask of you, to obtain for me a great personal love of Jesus Christ. You obtain from your Son whatever you please; pray then for me that I may never lose the grace of God and that I may increase in holiness and perfection from day to day. By that grief which you suffered on Calvary, when you beheld Jesus expire on the cross, obtain for me a happy death, that by loving Jesus, and you, my Mother, on earth I may receive the reward of loving and blessing you eternally in heaven.
This Prayer to the Blessed Virgin after Communion, taken from an old prayer book, brings to mind the great help Mary can give us with Jesus as we strive for Eternal Life. It also touches on as the immense sorrow as well that she experienced at Calvary on our behalf.
Theologians and Saints alike have affirmed the power of Mary’s intercession for us with her Divine Son. We see, for example, at the wedding feast at Cana, in which our Lord turns water into wine following her wishes (John 2:3-10), that Mary’s requests to Jesus for us are quite important to Him. Such is the immense love between the two of them!
Keep in mind that in our prayers to Mary we honour, rather than worshipping per. And that's fine with her! As we read in scripture, Mary tells the angel Gabriel, upon hearing the news that she has been chosen to be the mother of our Savior, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). As she says further, in the prayer we call the Magnificat, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47). Her joy comes from loving and serving her Son. And, as such, she is happy to intercede with Him on our behalf and to give us graces we need to do His will.
Don’t think you are somehow “sneaking past Jesus” in praying to Mary or putting her ahead of Him when asking for her assistance on your journey to heaven. The graces Mary gives us come from God, a fact gladly acknowledged by numerous saints.