Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Continuing motives for “True Devotion”:
Other congregations, associations, and confraternities set up in honour of our Lord and our Blessed Lady, which do so much good in the Church, do not require their members to give up absolutely everything. They simply prescribe for them the performance of certain acts and practices in fulfilment of their obligations. They leave them free to dispose of the rest of their actions as well as their time. But this devotion makes us give Jesus and Mary all our thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings and every moment of our lives without exception. Thus, whatever we do, whether we are awake or asleep, whether we eat or drink, whether we do important or unimportant work, it will always be true to say that everything is done for Jesus and Mary. Our offering always holds good, whether we think of it or not, unless we explicitly retract it. How consoling this is!
Moreover, as I have said before, no other act of devotion enables us to rid ourselves so easily of the possessiveness which slips unnoticed even into our best actions. This is a remarkable grace which our dear Lord grants us in return for the heroic and selfless surrender to Him through Mary of the entire value of our good works. If even in this life He gives a hundredfold reward to those who renounce all material, temporal and perishable things out of love for Him, how generously will He reward those who give up even interior and spiritual goods for His sake!
Jesus, our dearest friend, gave Himself to us without reserve, body and soul, grace and merits. As St. Bernard says, “He won me over entirely by giving Himself entirely to me.” Does not simple justice as well as gratitude require that we give Him all we possibly can? He was generous with us first, so let us be generous to Him in return and He will prove still more generous during life, at the hour of death, and throughout eternity. "He will be generous towards the generous."
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your Faithful. Kindle in us the Fire of Your Love to make us generous!