Friday, May 29, 2009

To Suffer, Not to Die

Languishing beneath the fiery darts of divine love, overwhelmed with heavenly graces, the Carmelite mystic and holy virgin Mary Magdalen de Pazzi oft exclaimed "To suffer, not to die!" Her Collect has us pray God we may imitate in purity and charity she whose feast we revere.

(My New Zealand holiday continues: I shall be driving this morning from Queenstown, a beautiful spot nestled between great snowtipped mountains on the shore of Lake Wakatipu - across which I went for a very pleasant cruise on a vintage steamship last night - and will head over the Lindis Pass through the snows to Mount Cook Village, nigh to that great peak, the highest in Australasia.)

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