Quote, in context:
As there is an earthly year with its seasons, an earthly nature with its creatures, its fruits and its peculiar properties; so also does there exist an economy of a higher order for the restoration of our fallen race. It has innumerable graces and means of salvation all linked together in the course of the spiritual year which, too, has its different seasons. Each year, each day, each hour ripens these fruits for our eternal salvation. The children of the Catholic Church that piously celebrate the spiritual year with the feasts and ceremonies, that regulate their life according to its prescriptions, that recite the holy Canonical Hours, alone are faithful laborers in the vineyard, they alone will reap abundant benedictions. It is sad to behold in our times so few that understand this economy of divine grace and conform their life thereto. but a day will come on which, conscience-stricken, they will at last comprehend what the ecclesiastical year is, with its feasts and seasons and days consecrated to God, its public and private devotions, its Canonical Hours, its breviary recited by priests and religious. It is the Divine Savior Himself who abides with us in this order of things, who gives Himself to us at all times as food and victim, that we may become one with Him.
Wow! This comes from Volume 1 of The Life of Anne Catherine Emmerich by Carl E. Schmoger, C.SS.R., pp. 399-400. I am reading this book for Lent, and came across this passage a few weeks ago. It is certainly encouraging to me, as a mother, who wants her children to grow up experiencing the spiritual year given us by Holy Mother Church.
Sometimes, I feel like I don’t have the energy to do something special for my kids on a memorial. Sometimes praying the Liturgy of the Hours with my kids is draining. Quotes like this keep me going. Thank You, Lord!
Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, pray for us!