06 Jan

“Then St Lutgarde (a medieval mystic) and the other devout sister saw how the Queen of Heaven held a Court, after the fashion of the great on earth. And they understood that the Court was held in praise of God, the Eternal King, and in honour of the Most Holy Trinity.
And at the same time they were shown what manner of men are to be admitted to the Holy Court of the glorious Queen of Heaven.
These men are indeed diverse:
Firstly, those who give themselves up to contemplating, imitating, and tenderly pitying the all-holy life and sufferings and death of our Saviour Christ, and who have a heartfelt and compassionate devotion to the sorrowful Mother of God, Mary of Many Sorrows.
Secondly, those who lead an exemplary and edifying life, detached from all the passions of earth, whose whole desire and longing, will and heart, are fixed upon Eternity alone.
Thirdly, those who are patient in adversity, and place all their trust and confidence and hope in God.
Fourthly, those who are peaceable, loving, humble of heart, despisers of their own selves.
Such as these are qualified to enter the Heavenly Court. These are they who in the world beyond the grave will merrily come to the Heavenly Court and there be crowned by God with a crown of honour.
And on St Lutgarde the task fell (as once on St John the Baptist) to serve her Lord by preparing a path. “It is not enough,” said He to her, “that men should learn through thee the excellence of the reward of Heaven; thou must also point out the road which leads to their eternal possession.”
As, according to the design of God, St Lutgarde might not teach her fellowmen the four great qualifications for entrance to the Heavenly Court before she had herself obtained a complete mastery ad understanding of them, it is no hard matter to divine the Ways along which God led her.
Great must have been His care to give her a most exact and thorough knowledge of these four Ways, and this He did partly by direct illumination and partly by means of His holy Saints, whom over and over He sent down to St Lutgarde’s poor cell.
Thus said Our Lord to her: “A man is on his way to Me and coming to Me when he speaks thus: ‘I have nothing good in me; I can do nothing good without God; I am not deserving of any grace.’ When these are a man’s convictions, they bear him along so far on his way to Me, that with all haste I go forth to meet him.'”


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