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HOLINESS THROUGH MARY
Through supernatural charity, the Child of Mary tries to raise the spiritual level of the whole community. His method is that of direct and persevering contact with souls – quiet, unobtrusive, delicate work. He does not indulge in extremely fervent renunciation of the major abuses and gross evils: rather he tries to develop slowly but steadily an intense Catholic life and outlook, Catholic principles and Catholic feeling, thus cultivating a spiritual atmosphere in which evil finds it impossible to thrive.
The cultivation of a spiritual atmosphere in which evil finds it impossible to thrive
It is the duty of every Child of Mary to promote always the spirit of charity. Mary’s entire army must be saturated with love. The whole idea and spirit of Her Army is one of intense charity and sympathy, which before radiating its warmth outside, must first of all burn brightly and strongly in the domestic hearth itself. He must try always to regard the shortcomings, real or apparent, of others with kindliness, not because he is attracted to a particular person, but because he is anxious to love and serve Jesus through Mary. Real or imagined slights, lack of appreciation of himself or his work, disagreements, rebukes: all these he takes in his stride as steppingstones to selfless service. The basis of all work, in common, must be renunciation of self. Those who are otherwise excellent threaten unity unless they are prepared to moderate their own individuality and adapt themselves completely and harmoniously to the system.
– 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).