1/22/2021 – St. Vincent Pallotti
Today’s saint, St Vincent Pallotti taught that “a true devotee of Mary will not only be saved, but through her intercession he will become a great saint and will grow in holiness” St. Vincent wrote three volumes of a “Month of May Devotions” to accompany the daily rosary. He wanted all Christians especially youth, to grow in holiness according to their state of life by their devotion to Mary and taking recourse to her intercession.
“St. Vincent pictured The Mother of Divine Love as Mary holding Jesus, portrayed as a child with his heart in his left hand, with Mary holding her heart in her left hand. These two hearts communicate the love of God and Mary for everyone. St. Vincent believed the intercession of Mary, Mother of Divine Love, would cause the hearts of all who invoke her to overflow with love. He advised people to approach Mary as the “Mother of Divine Love” in moments of tribulation, difficulty, and temptation, and be touched by God’s love. Besides approaching Mary, Mother of Divine Love in all our needs, we must imitate her spirit of thoughtfulness and concern in the way we deal with our brothers and sisters” (The Mysteries of the Rosary: In the Spirit of St Vincent Pallotti)
St John Henry Newman told Cardinal Manning about the influence that St Vincent had on his devotion to Our Lady. Manning in Rome planned to check Fr Vincent out for himself. One evening outside his hotel window he heard beautiful Marian hymns sung by young men. Inquiring who they were, he discovered they were students of Fr Pallotti. Cardinal Manning had his evidence.