In his encyclical on the rosary, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Pope St. John Paul II lauded St. Louis’ explanation and endorsement of Marian consecration and its appropriateness for our ultimate goal of heaven, emphasizing its importance in his own life experience.
I see so clearly here that Jesus is pleased with her serving, is blessed by her cooking, and is loved intensely by her. She was in the background doing the work that allowed Jesus to work. He was so pleased.
Patronized by figures like Sanger, the social movement toward contraception promised a certain freedom and human flourishing, but the Church anticipated otherwise and produced a different kind of patron saint.
I was nineteen the first time I walked into his office for spiritual direction. Nervous and completely unaware of where I was going in my life, I began to share my story with a priest who would become my mentor, guide, and friend.