The Power of Praise: A Sublime Revelation Given to St. Mechtilde

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A Sublime Revelation to St. Mechtilde

On a certain day, while the Benedicite* was being sung in choir, Our Lord addressed these words to St. Mectilde:

“Whenever anyone sings that hymn, or a similar one [e.g. Psalms 148 – 150] in which all creatures are summoned to praise God, those creatures all come spiritually into My presence and praise Me for that person and for all men in general for all the benefits I have given them.” (Pt. 3, Ch. 7)

[*i.e. The Benedicite. This is a text based on Chapter 3 of the book of Daniel, the first verse of which is: ‘BENEDICITE omnia opera Domini, Domino: All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord.’]

A Biblical Foundation
If this seems far-fetched, listen to St. Paul:

For all things are yours,
whether it be Paul, or Apollo, or Cephas,
or the world,
or life,
or death,
or things present,
or things to come;
for all are yours;
and you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.’
1 Cor. 3:22-23

And yet again:

‘He that spared not even His own Son,
but delivered Him up for us all,
how hath he not also, with Him, given us all things?’
– Rom. 8:32

This ought to be the source of all our confidence! The treasury of Christ’s riches are ours! We access these riches by faith. This explains Our Lord’s words to St. Mechtilde: “CONFIDENCE BY ITSELF CAN EASILY OBTAIN ALL THINGS.”

A Model of Confidence
There are many: St. Therese, Bl. Columba Marmion, St. Gertrude, Sr. Benigna Consolata, St. Gemma Galgani, etc. But let’s take another example: Mechtilde of Magdeburg (another holy Mechtilde). “She took all Christendom,” writes Bl. Columba Marmion, “in the arms of her soul to present it to the Eternal Father that it might be saved.
‘Let be,’ said Our Lord to her, ‘it is too heavy for thee.’
‘No, Lord,’ replied the Saint, ‘I will lift it up and bear it to Thee with Thine own Arms, that so Thou mayest bear it Thyself upon the Cross.’

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“This Divine Life that Jesus possesses personally and in its plenitude, He wills to communicate and lavish upon us:
I am come that they may have life,
and may have it more abundantly.”

– Bl. Columba Marmion

 

2 thoughts on “The Power of Praise: A Sublime Revelation Given to St. Mechtilde

  1. Thank you for the triple novena, Suzie! I will be sure to pray much for Paul and the family. I will pray to St. Paul, St. Mechtilde, and Abbess Cecile Bruyere.

    There is an abundant supply of beautiful resources out there. So much material, so little time!

    Have a blessed Feast of St. Bruno!

    In J.M.J.

    Ben

  2. “Confidence by itself can easily obtain all things. ”

    Thank you for another beautiful reflection. As a little soul, I am simply dazzled by the love and mercy of Our Lord especially as revealed to the saints for our consolation and encouragement. Thank you so much for being a little pencil in His hand!

    My father in law Paul is very I’ll with cancer and has been away from the Church for decades. Please pray for his return to Jesus our Love in the sacraments and for peace and patience for the family.

    You and all readers here and all little souls are included in a triple novena that has passed through the Holy Cross and St Padre Pio’s hands on its little way to St Therese’s feast this week at suzieandres.com/blog

    With a heart full of gratitude and in union of prayer,
    Suzie

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