“For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness. For she is more beautiful than the sun, and excels every constellation of the stars.” (Wisdom 7: 26, 29)
Today is the day that the Church celebrates the Nativity or Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary of Agreda, a Seventeenth Century Spanish nun, wrote that the birth of Mary was, “a day most fortunate for the world. This birth happened on the eighth day of September, fully nine months having elapsed since the Conception of the soul of our most holy Queen and Lady. She was born pure and stainless, beautiful and full of grace, thereby demonstrating, that She was free from the law and the tribute of sin. So then Saint Anne received in her arms Her, who was her Daughter, but at the same time the most exquisite Treasure of all the universe, inferior only to God and superior to all other creatures.” (City of God, The Conception, p. 263, 264)
Happy Birthday, Holy Mother Mary! We love you!
Therese had the privilege of making her Solemn Profession as a Carmelite nun on Mary’s Birthday, 122 years ago today, on September 8, 1890. Therese wrote in her Autobiography about the day of her Profession. “The beautiful day of my wedding finally arrived. In the morning of September 8, I felt as though I were flooded with a river of peace, and it was in this peace “which surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) that I pronounced my Holy Vows. My union with Jesus was effected not in the midst of thunder and lightning, that is, in extraordinary graces, but in the bosom of a light breeze similar to the one our Father St. Elijah heard on the mount. What graces I begged for on that day! I offered myself to Jesus in order to accomplish His will perfectly in me without creatures ever being able to place any obstacle in the way. Mary’s nativity! What a beautiful feast on which to become the spouse of Jesus!” (Story of A Soul, p. 166, 167)
A Letter Sister Therese Carried on Her Heart on the Day of Her Profession
Composed by Therese
“O Jesus, my Divine Spouse! May I never lose the second robe of my baptism! Take me before I can commit the slightest voluntary fault. May I never seek nor find anything but Yourself alone. May creatures be nothing for me and may I be nothing for them, but may You, Jesus, be everything! May the things of earth never be able to trouble my soul, and may nothing disturb my peace. Jesus, I ask You for nothing but peace, and also love, infinite love without any limits other than Yourself; love which is no longer I but You, my Jesus. Jesus, may I die a martyr for you. Give me martyrdom of heart or of body, or rather give me both. Give me the grace to fulfill my Vows in all their perfection, and make me understand what a real spouse of Yours should be. Never let me be a burden to the community, let nobody be occupied with me, let me be looked upon as one to be trampled underfoot, forgotten like Your little grain of sand, Jesus. May your will be done in me perfectly, and may I arrive at the place You have prepared for me.
Jesus, allow me to save very many souls; let no soul be lost today; let all the souls in purgatory be saved. Jesus, pardon me if I say anything I should not say. I want only to give You joy and to console You.”