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Words of Life, by Edel Quinn
and other Legionaries)


Three Causes Report for Sunday, April 3, 2022

Words of Life, on the Eucharist, by Edel Quinn

Resolve to be in chapel at least 10 – 15 minutes before Mass.

Keep Our Lord company in the Blessed Sacrament.

How pale is our love of Christ, how little we are ready to do and sacrifice for Him even in little things, when it costs an effort. Try and overcome this by the practice of little sacrifices. How few hearts give Him full entry! He would pour Himself into souls but they will not receive. Even His priests have so many other interests; how few are wholly His! Can we not aim at emptying our hearts of everything, so that He may fill them completely, pour His love, His “merciful” love into them. Let us be in the mind of Christ, taught by Mary, working for the Father, led by the Spirit of Love. Cut out all else. To cut out all, how difficult! But can we give Him less, for really how little it is as reparation and gratitude?

I am almost afraid of this enjoyment and sweetness in Our Lord these days. Ask to be equally faithful when all is black. Now rejoice, the Bridegroom is there.


Three Causes Report for Sunday, March 13, 2022

Words of Life, on the Eucharist, by Edel Quinn

We can find Him, at every free moment, on the Altar. Be with Him there. Better than all books!

Thank the Trinity over and over again for this Gift.

Rest in His presence, and my Guardian Angel will adore Him for me. Silence.

We want to be united with Him, to give ourselves to Him utterly. Our faith tells us He is in the Eucharist; let us seek Him there. If we knew we could find Him anywhere on earth we would do our utmost to go there.

The disciples ask Him: ‘Master, where dwellest Thou? And they abode with Him.’ My privilege is the same.

In dryness be satisfied just to be with Him; Mary will love and adore. ‘It is good for us to be here,’ even if attention wanders. Like a child with his Mother: our very presence tells Jesus that we love Him, even if we are too stupid and too earthly-minded to appreciate and behave properly in His presence.


Three Causes Report for Sunday, February 6, 2022

Words of Life, on the Eucharist, by Edel Quinn

I could assist at Mass the whole day long.

Mary loves Jesus in me, caresses and compassionates Him for all His wounds. But, above all, she speaks her gratitude for the Eucharist, and gives thanks to the Eternal Father for that Gift. Without the Eucharist, what a desolation life would be!

At Mass I united myself to the victim Christ, through Mary’s hands, for the glory of the Trinity, in Thanksgiving for everything, and on behalf of souls. At Mass always to have special intention of offering and hearing it on behalf of those souls who cannot hear it themselves by reason of sickness, distance, work, or war. Place this intention in Mary’s hands.

The weakness which He leaves in us must not hold us back from our desires. It is our share in His sufferings. What a grace to be let bear a little for Him! Each morning at Holy Mass, the Bread of Life will help the body as well as the soul, if we have faith. If we but touch the hem of His garment… and how much more we have than that!


Three Causes Report for Sunday, January 9, 2022

Words of Life, on Apostolate, by Edel Quinn

Our duty to work when we would sometimes rather be with Him. His Will alone counts. If at times work is our duty, then rejoice in His Will while doing it. Obedience to God’s will for me. Things to be eventually given up: the privacy of one’s soul, one’s power over one’s actions, freedom to decide. Rejoice that God demands this through His representatives. Nothing of our own.

Work for the day. The saints never lost time. Live for the day. Life is made up of days. Why lose a moment on the way during a brief journey? Our eternity is built on time. Never waste time. If one has given all to Jesus and Mary, one has no right to waste time.

It is the will, the will, the will that matters.

Ask to be equally faithful when all is black.

What is impossible for us is possible for Him; take Him at His word.


Three Causes Report for Sunday, December 5, 2021

Words of Life, on Apostolate, by Edel Quinn

For graces for others, how confidently we may pray, especially for the grace of conversion. I asked Mary today to pour down graces on the Legion, to obtain graces of repentance for those who have gone away, to sanctify and enlighten all officers.

One’s duty is not only to work, but to pray and sanctify oneself for those worked for. May Mary this day give fresh fervor to those who are growing slack. May she sanctify those who have been good to me for her sake. May she turn to good all my errors and failures.

The harder the fight, the more one appreciates and values the victory.

One must be prepared for the difficulties which arise on the way. Even for the average person, to keep a good disposition under the daily preoccupations requires a constant battle. It is, of course, natural that a soul which is specially gifted will encounter trials and difficulties which are unknown to mediocre souls. The greatest saints were always subjected to the greatest trials.


Three Causes Report for Sunday, November 7, 2021
Words of Life, on Apostolate, by Edel Quinn

I keep rubbing it in that the Legion is for everyone and that by starting with the upper classes, one might cut out the ordinary run of people.

Above all, be very faithful to your daily prayer, the Catena. Every Legionary, whether priest, religious, active, or auxiliary member, says this prayer every day. The word Catena means chain, and every Legionary is a link in that chain, which can now be said to encircle the world. Do not be the one to break this union of prayer by neglecting that daily duty.

Act as Jesus and Mary would act towards other people. Remember that these others are the temples of God, and we cannot know the motives of their acts. Try and act a Mary would. Adopt the point of view of Mary, her patience, her understanding love which accepts our least effort, however imperfect it may be. Let me remember my own failings.

When inclined to criticize others for lack of interest in the Legion or understanding of it, consider what efforts I have made or could make to help or change them. I must not take their attitude for granted. Ask Mary to do all the good she can to them through me, to rectify my mistakes.

Three Causes Report for October

St Thérèse of Lisieux and Edel Quinn, Ireland’s Little Flower

One of the striking aspects of Edel Quinn is her similarity to St Thérèse of Lisieux, the famous Carmelite nun.

St Thérèse is called the Little Flower and Edel was named Edelweiss after the above little flower.

Edel was born just ten years after St Thérèse died. She wanted to become an enclosed nun like St Thérèse, except that she applied to the Poor Clare Order. Edel was turned down due to ill health caused by the same Tuberculosis disease which had killed St Thérèse. St Thérèse in her tremendous zeal, wanted to be a Missionary. Edel, in her Legion of Mary zeal, became a tremendous Missionary of the Church in Africa.

There is a French connection too in the person of Pierre Landrin, for if Edel had not become a member of the Legion and then a Legion Envoy to Africa she might have married this French-man, Pierre Landrin, who had fallen in love with her.

Edel had a copy of St Thérèse's autobiography, Story of a Soul, which is kept safe in Concilium Headquarters. Frank Duff had great devotion to St Thérèse and perhaps St Thérèse sent Frank Duff and the Legion a new Little Flower in the person of Edel Quinn.

Perhaps also, if St Thérèse was told she could return to earth as a lay person and was asked what kind of lay person she would like to be, she might say a Legion of Mary envoy like Edel Quinn, so that she could do great Missionary work.

Therese died at the age of 24 (1897) from tuberculosis. Her feast day in the General Roman Calendar was October 3 from 1927 until it was moved in 1969 to October 1.

Edel died at the age of 37 (1944) from tuberculosis. The cause for her beatification was introduced in 1956. She was declared venerable by Pope John Paul II on 15 December 1994, since then the campaign for her beatification has continued.


Three Causes Report for Sunday, September 12, 2021

Words of Life, on Apostolate, by Edel Quinn

Mary calls upon us: what an honour! She offers us her instrument, the Legion. Are we going to refuse her our indispensable co-operation?

Let us start the Legion, the rest will come; Our Lady will make plain to us what she wants.

The Legion will be the answer to all your problems.

I must enlist all my powers in the service of the Legion.

My vocation is a legionary one. Envoy and Praetorian – consecrated to work for the Father by the Holy Spirit of Jesus and by Mary.

Try to live as Envoy and Praetorian to the fullest. Leave the rest to others.

Ask Mary to secure these graces for us. Expect great things, a burning love. It is the Holy Spirit Who breathes these desires into us.

I promised to be there, and I explained that on no account does a Legionary miss a meeting.


Three Causes Report for Sunday, June 13, 2021

Words of Life, on Mary, by Edel Quinn

With Mary, I must be a channel of grace to every soul – or rather, Mary through me.

Let us renounce our own human views to take on Mary’s, and so be led by her Spirit in all things. Let us adopt her outlook, her thoughts in everything. Let us not allow our natural inclinations to creep in.

When I make mistakes, ask Mary to settle matters. She knows how stupid I am, how little I can do right by myself; but she is my Mother. She knows how to make all things work together in balanced harmony. I have the sense of her help and her possessive care.

Why could we not trust Our Lady?

We give our acts to Mary, then she takes such of them as have spiritual value and uses them to build up Christ in us.

Let us give ourselves completely to her, to be made all His, to be consumed unceasingly.

Be hers, in order to be all the more His.

I could never refuse anything to Our Lady that I thought she wanted.

In regard to Mary, I must preserve the attitude of a child to its mother. Total Confidence!

Since God gave us His Son through her, let us go to Him through her.

As Jesus and with Him, to love Mary – Mary in me will love her Son.

Often remember Christ’s words: “Son, behold thy Mother.” Like St. John, I must take her to my own. Pray that the full efficacy which Christ put in that word “Mother” be developed by my acceptance of it.

Realize that Mary loves us because we are Christ’s legacy to her.

Let Our Lady do the work.

The Blessed Virgin wishes to continue giving Jesus to the world. We are not Christians if we do not go to our brother and give him Jesus also.

With Mary, I must be a channel of grace to every soul -- or rather, Mary through me.

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