I haven't much time because it turns out that Marcel's feast in Vietnam started more than 14 hours ago, and in France, more than 9 hours ago, and in England, more than 8 hours ago.
This means that we here in the Americas are quite behind, as we've been this whole novena. But in the tradition of Americans doing things big - I like to think we're a sort of international Costco, doing everything too big but with great prices - let's not worry about being late to the party!
And while we're at it, in the tradition of Marcel's own Conversations, let's not worry about anything, any more, ever!
Slow learner that I am, I've been worrying just a titch lately about how I would write this post. My time has not been my own, so I wondered if I could steal some from sleep. Lo and behold, my angel thought that was a great idea, and here I am! It isn't too early elsewhere, but here it is nice and quiet and I have a few moments to kick off our celebration of our name-day feast. Hooray, and thank you dear angels!
Along with worrying about when I would write today, I was also slightly concerned about what I would write today. Silly me! I should have remembered (but being Miss Marcel, I naturally forgot) that all I need ever do is open up our brother's book and I will find more than enough material for a thousand blog posts! And so, with a prayer to our angels and Padre Pio's, let's see what Marcel and Jesus have for us on this glorious day.
Oh, but first let's finish our novena by saying the prayer Les Amis de Van and Jack Keogan shared with us. Not only is it a beautiful prayer, but it was dictated to Marcel by Jesus Himself! Feel free to add your own country to our request for graces for France, and let's borrow our sister Therese's confidence that Jesus will answer beyond our wildest dreams:
Lord Jesus, have compassion on France.
Graciously hold it tightly in Your love
and show it much tenderness.
So ordain things that, full of love for You,
it contributes to make You loved in all the nations on earth.
O Love of Jesus, we now promise to remain always faithful to You
and to work with a heart on fire
to spread Your reign throughout the universe.
We ask all this through the intercession of our little brother Marcel Van, and in Your holy name, dear Jesus. Amen.
And now, Lord, send Your Holy Spirit to guide us to the passage You want to use to rejoice our hearts on this day of Marcel's entry into Your Heart!
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Oh that Jesus! He understands us completely, and even when He tries to hide, He lets Himself be found! And so, having flipped among the beloved pages of our brother's book, here is what I find our Spouse has to say to us on this marvelous anniversary:
From Conversations (237), the words of Jesus to our souls right now:
You seem to be very tired. That's enough, go and rest; I do not wish you to tire yourself by writing [or reading]. You please me just as much by taking a rest . . . I love you very much. I do not cease giving you kisses and embracing you in my arms. I look at you all the time and I smile on you and I am always pleased with you. So, therefore, because of the single fact that you always recognize your weakness, you receive from me perpetual support. That is enough. You are very tired, very tired. I am giving you a kiss and I hold my lips close to your cheek for all eternity.
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Taking our adorable Lord at His word, I am going to rest now. But I will take my rest with great joy and peace, which I wish to you in abundance too, today and forever! And a little prayer before we go to celebrate, each in our own way (and mine with a pillow!) -
Draw me, we will run!
p.s. Since Marcel is the second St. Therese, the shower of roses is a big part of his mission from Heaven too! I'm asking him now to shower his and our sisters' roses upon you and your loved ones in honor of all the graces Jesus has showered upon them both in their lifetimes in exile and in their glorification. Our sweet brother, so inclined to us already, won't be able to resist such a clever prayer, so expect special graces (in the form of roses, but no doubt in many other forms as well!) which are on their way!
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