that will unlock the gate of Heaven. The
lock on the gate of Heaven was forged
by disobedience, and the only key to
open it, is the key of obedience! If we
live this line, we will never find sadness
or uneasiness of conscience. Obedience
in EVERYTHING, except sin!
III. “Magnificat anima mea
Magnify the Lord! Make Him greatly
known, loved and served! Words are
not enough, we must have works! What
makes us joyful and happy? We are
doubling for the Mother of God and
have the Child Jesus in our hearts.
Cheerful does not mean frivolous,
hilarity or levity. We must never step
out of our role. Do not adopt the ways
of the world, its gestures or jokes. Mary
is the Seat of Wisdom. Do not be stiff,
formal, frigid or coldly distant. Joy is the
ultimate purpose of God’s revelation.
It is a fruit of the Holy Ghost. Holy joy is
the surest sign of a soul’s predestination.
How can we be other than joyful? God
has selected us from among millions
to be a double for His Mother.
IV. Do Not Lose Your God!
When ministering to the Mystical Body
of Christ, drudgery becomes delight,
weariness a comfort and fatigue a
consolation. Work is a wellspring of joy,
when you work as a double for Mary.
True joy is not a pleasant feeling, but
the fruit of genuine, soul-deep faith. To
obtain this, we must fight. The struggle
is great and there is much blood on
the road that leads to the glory of the
Resurrection. This is why, we can hold
on to our joy even amidst the heartbreak
of sorrow. Nothing we do is ever
lost; the eight Beatitudes are eternal;
Christ and we are not two, but one. We
can rejoice because God has done
great things for us. Show this to the
world. It needs this sight; for despite its
mad rush after pleasure, it is sad and
sorrowful. There is only one sorrow and
that is the loss of God. We must be
watchful for little things; watch out for
venial sins. St. Augustine said, “It is not
the MAGNITUDE of the sin, but the
MULTITUDE, that brings disaster.”
Do not be careless about tiny things.
We will lose God if we become tepid!
As in Scripture, Father Faber says, “If
we become lukewarm, God will vomit
us out of His mouth.” A little attachment,
a little voluntary distraction, a
little laziness, a little jealousy, a little
vanity, habitually indulged, means that,
one day, we are going to lose our God!
V. “They have no wine.”
Mary’s heart is filled with genuine
human sympathy; her soul is throbbing
with compassion for the suffering of
others. Charity begins at home. We
must show love for our family, our
community, our juniors and seniors,
and for the rich and the poor. They
have hearts of flesh and souls that can
be wounded. We need to see to it that
they are never wounded by our words,
looks or gestures. Give! Give! Give! Give
kind words, generous smiles, warm
encouragement and be lavish with
praise. Root out all meanness. Pour out
the last drop of sweetness and shed the
full splendor of your soul’s sunshine on
those around you. Then, turn to the Son
of Mary and say, “They have no wine.”