An outstanding trait among the French Catholic Diaspora is that of self-abandonment to Divine Providence. This trait is a spiritual gift of grace that comes to us through the royal line of St. Mary Magdalene, foundress of Le Royaume and she to whom Jesus Christ committed and entrusted all of Catholic France by leading her and her companions to the shores of what later would become the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Catholic France.
Just as blessed Mary Magdalene retired from preaching the gospel on the southern shores of modern day France to her cave at La Sainte-Baume for the last thirty years of her life, we to whom Our Lord and Our Lady have bequeathed the inheritance of this lineage and who are the diaspora for the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Kingdom of Catholic France, obtain through St. Mary Magdalene’s intercession the grace of self-abandonment. Though we are not necessarily, nor even likely to be, called to a life of physical, material hermitage in a cave, we nevertheless carry this most precious ointment of grace in our souls. This ointment of self-abandonment is a sweet odor to God the Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit, as it is the total giving of ourself in love to God through the merits of St. Mary Magdalene and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Mother of God.
Our abandonment to the Father through the Son in the love and confidence of the Holy Spirit excites our soul with a holy fire. As the benefactors of the overflow of St. Mary Magdalene’s abundance of graces received during her thirty years of solitude, we find ourselves walking gracefully with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed through a breathtaking mountain pass leading to the mystical Kingdom of Catholic France. This edification is none other than the realization that our mother and the Mother of God, Mary most Holy, watches over us the way she cared for the couple at the wedding feast in Cana. Without even needing to ask, the couple found themselves under the empathetic and loving watch of Our Lady, who anticipated their needs and even brought Our Lord to yield His time (for it was not yet His time) to help them.
How blessed we are to receive this life giving grace of abandonment to Our Lord through the Immaculate Heart of Mary which is metaphorically the narrow, beautiful mountain pass leading us to freedom along the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan and St. Thérèse to the mystical Kingdom of Catholic France.