Did God really make me with the same material that compelled Joan to believe she could just hop on a horse and save France? Or when Mother Theresa left one order to found another, how did she have the guts?!
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.