Friday, November 18, 2016

Hold nothing back! ...

Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully
and with wholehearted devotion
and have done what is good in your eyes. - Isaiah 38:3

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“We cultivate a very small field for Christ,
but we love it, knowing that God
does not require great achievements,
but a heart that holds back nothing for self. ...
He who has Jesus has everything."

St Rose Philippine Duchesne
nee France ~ 1769-1852
"Missionary of the American Frontier"
Foundress: American Society of the Sacred Heart
FEAST DAY – November 18

St Rose spent hours in adoration of our Eucharistic Lord.  Sometimes her prayer would go long into the nighttime, spending 6 to 8 hours before the Blessed Sacrament.   Her long hours of contemplation impelled the Potawatomi Indians whom she served to name her, Quah-kah-ka-num-ad, "Woman-Who-Prays-Always".  It is said  that the Native American children sneaked behind her as she knelt and sprinkled little pebbles (or acorns or leaves) on her long habit robe, and came back hours later (or even the following morning) to find them undisturbed.

She wrote:  "Once baptized, they never revert to drunkenness or stealing. Whatever is found is placed at the door of the church to be claimed by the owner. Not a single house has locks on the doors, yet nothing is ever missing. The Indians gather in groups (men and women separate) for morning prayers, Mass, and catechism. In the evening they assemble again for prayers." 

"You may dazzle the mind with a thousand brilliant discoveries of natural science; you may open new worlds of knowledge which were never dreamed of before; yet, if you have not developed in the soul of the pupil strong habits of virtue which will sustain her in the struggle of life, you have not educated her, but only put in her hand a powerful instrument of self-destruction." ~ Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne

St Rose Philippine Duchesne, pray for us!

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