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Monday, June 10, 2024

Thought for the Day on Conquering Heroes!

Who is she who comes forth as the morning
rising...terrible as an army set in battle array?

When you think of conquerors who comes to mind? Alexander the Great? George Washington? Julius Caesar? Constantine? Napoleon? Genghis Kahn? Charlemagne? The Conquistadores? Attila the Hun? 

We think of some of these warriors with respect and others with horror. What does it mean to be a conqueror and what is the greatest victory over defeat? 

The answer came to me this morning in The Imitation of Mary:

Of what value are all the heroes the word admires, as compared with the great men religion produces through the practice of virtue? 

It is a more spendid thing to conquer one's own passions than to conquer nations.

It is much less difficult to conquer others than to conquer oneself. 

The true Christian is not the kind of hero who owes his heroism to circumstances; he is not the accidental hero of a passing hour but a hero throughout a lifetime.

His glory is that he overcomes the obstacles in his path; his goal is to possess God and find rest in Him. Can there be a greater honor than to serve God and belong to Him? "To serve God is to rule."

Who is the greatest human conqueror in history? Our Lady. Let us walk in her footsteps which lead straight to Jesus!

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recoourse to thee. 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks MA, I needed to read this today. I’m struggling with my own battle and was ready to give up, you made me see the light and turn things around.
    O, Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee