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HOLINESS THROUGH MARY
A life of intense practical faith is necessarily one of hope and trust, which sustain the Child of Mary amidst all the obstacles he encounters in sanctifying himself and working for souls. He knows that he has at his disposal nothing less than the infinite might of God and so he strives to co-operate with grace as steadfastly as God permits him.
Frequent instruction and meditation on the power of trust unite him with God more closely by convincing him of the worthlessness of worldly things: his prayers are rendered efficacious; they engender within him holy desires and increase his energies, labours and sacrifices for souls.
If success graces his efforts, he is thankful to God; if he seems to fail, he merely increases his trust and regards his failure as postponed success. The mark of the Cross is for him always a sign of hope. The work of the Lord will always bear the Lord’s own mark.
It is never done under ideal circumstances nor as one would have chosen or imagined. In fact, when he sees his work threatened by obstacles that seem destined to prevent the achievement of success, so long as the obstacles are not due to neglect on his part, he knows that they are, in reality, the requisites for success, the fuel which feeds his efforts and helps them to attain their purpose. It is ever God’s way to perfect his greatest projects with inadequate instruments.
– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part I).