25th May


The obscure maiden, hidden away from the world in a mountain village, and hardly known to her own relatives, heard coming from all the ages the harmonious voice of people celebrating her glories and calling her blessed. This word blessed signifies all that is most propitious, most joyful, all that imports the greatest good to a creature. Blessedness is at once the effect and the reward of consummate sanctity. It conveys a praise that befits nothing but evangelical virtue; for it is only the charity of Christ that deserves blessedness.

Ibid. No. 11


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