23 February 2017

"A Simple Yet Demanding Way of Holiness for All the Faithful": the Importance of Blessed Columba Marmion

Homiletic & Pastoral Review has a nice post on Blessed Columba Marmion, his spirituality and importance. They describe him as "St. Thomas Aquinas meets St. Therese, who meets St. Benedict". I would add that he is profoundly Salesian as well.  In fact, all four of these saints are patrons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and I think of Marmion as the first paleo-Canon of the Institute. Any soul who has benefited from the spiritual care of the Institute will recognize the charism in the writings of Blessed Columba Marmion.

If you are still deciding on spiritual reading for Lent, might I suggest Marmion's Christ, the Life of the Soul? Though the book is long, it is easy and pleasant to read, much like de Sales. If that seems too much, there is great short book of letters of spiritual direction called Union with God

Blessed Columba Marmion, pray for us!

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