April 18 – Blessed Marie of the Incarnation: Patron Saint against Poverty, Hepatitis

Blessed Marie of the Incarnation, Patron Saint of those with Hepatitis (Feast Date: April 18)

Extract from Marie Guyart de l’Incarnation: “At age seven, she saw the Lord Jesus in what she later described as a mystical dream. ‘Do you want to be mine?’ he asked. ‘Yes,she replied. Marie’s affirmation was to be a lifelong commitment. Against her wishes, her parents arranged her marriage at seventeen to a man in whom she had no interest. Two years later, she was a widowed young mother. She discouraged all further suitors, lived with her father, and earned a living as an embroiderer. Although Marie’s desire to become a nun remained unabated her worldly affairs kept her from withdrawing into a cloister. She was urged to remarry to re-establish her financial situation, but she chose instead the reading of works of piety and conversing with God. In her diary, Marie tells of a unique spiritual experience on the morning of March 25, 1620, when an irresistible force descended upon her. In a moment, the eyes of her spirit were opened and all her faults and imperfections were revealed to her with ‘a clearness more certain than any certitude.’ She saw herself immersed in Christ’s blood. After confession, she was completely changed, and committed to prayer. She studied the Gospels, meditated on the life of Christ, and practised the sacraments at her local parish church. . . . She passed away in 1672 after a bout with hepatitis. Bishop Laval, with whom she had sparred for so long, eulogized her. ‘We consider as a special blessing the acquaintance which it pleased God to give us with her.… She was dead to herself to such a degree, and Jesus Christ possessed her so completely, that one may assuredly say of her, as of the Apostle, that it was not she who lived, but Jesus Christ in her, and that she lived and acted only through Jesus Christ.’ Marie de l’Incarnation is considered to be one of the greatest of Catholic mystics.” See PICTURE of Blessed Marie of the Incarnation. See also: Marie of the Incarnation (Multilingual), Blessed Marie of the Incarnation Guyart (EN), BEATA MARÍA DE LA ENCARNACIÓN († 1618) (SP), Beata MARIA DELL’INCARNAZIONE SPOSA, MAMMA E RELIGIOSA 18 (IT), Qui est Marie de l’Incarnation? (FR), bł. MARIA (GUYART-MARTIN) od WCIELENIA (1599, Tours    – 1672, Quebec). (PO).VIDEO: Beata María de la Encarnación Guyart, madre de la Iglesia Católica en Canadá.

Blessed Marie of the Incarnation, Patron Saint against Poverty (Feast Date: April 18)

Extract from BLESSED MARY of the INCARNATION, Carmelite: “Blessed Mary of the Incarnation was born in Paris in February 1565; both of her parents were members of the most ancient families of that great city. Before she was born, several other children had seen the light of day, but all died in their infancy. During the time her mother awaited this child, she vowed her to the Blessed Virgin and Saint Claude, promising to clothe her in white until the age of seven and to offer her in a church of the Blessed Virgin. .. . Blessed Mary was so sage in her almsgiving that during a famine the wealthy persons who desired to help the poor caused their alms to pass through her hands, and this holy woman was universally honored. She entered into the spirit of the current reforms of the religious orders and the foundation of new congregations which were reviving the spirit of piety in France. Through her efforts she merited the title of Foundress of the Carmelites in France.” See PICTURE of Blessed Marie of the Incarnation. See also: MARY OF THE INCARNATION (Barbara Avrillot Acarie, 1566-1618) (EN)Marie of the Incarnation (EN), Marie of the Incarnation (Multilingual)Beata María de la Encarnación-Madre de familia (SP), Beata Maria dell’Incarnazione (Barbara Avrillot) Carmelitana (IT), Sainte Marie de l’Incarnation (FR), Błogosławiona Maria od Wcielenia, zakonnica (PO).

We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of Bl. Marie of the Incarnation on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Hepatitis in Indonesia (July, 2011) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 1 – August 14, 2011.

Earthquake in Serbia (November 3, 2010) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions Nov. 22-Dec. 5, 2010.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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