“Hence, from the first moment of her existence, she began to love God with all her strength and gave herself wholly to him. But her most holy soul awaited with earnest desire the time when she could, in reality, consecrate herself entirely, and with a public solemnity, to God. Let us consider, then, with how great a fervor the loving Virgin, seeing herself actually inclosed in that holy place, first prostrated herself to kiss that ground as the house of the Lord, then adored his infinite majesty, and thanked him for the favor she had received of being brought so early to inhabit his house. Then she offered herself entirely to God; entirely, without reserving anything.” (St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori, C.Ss.R., Bishop and Doctor of the Church; The Glories of Mary)
The Memorial of St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Liguori, C.Ss.R., Bishop and Doctor of the Church (1696 – 1787) is August 1.
The Memorial of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is November 21.
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