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Grace Under Fire:  Blessed Lucy of Narnia

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Lucy of Narnia is not simply a girl from the imagination of C.S. Lewis, but was a flesh and blood woman who gave her life to God and the Church as a Third Order Dominican.  She was married for a time, but the poor were her family.  She distributed to them her fine clothing and reserved the most shabby for herself.  Her husband treated her cruelly at first, but was softened by her extraordinary patience and eventually allowed her to become a Third Order (lay) Dominican.  Under the rule of the Third Order, she engaged in the work of educating young girls.

After receiving the greatest consolations from God, she was plunged into a dark night and suffered spiritual desolation and persecutions from others.  The gifts of grace God granted her caused her to be accused of hypocrisy and witchcraft.  She had been prioress of her Third Order community but was deposed from office.  She was continually insulted, suffered many illnesses and neglected by the infirmarian.  Such was her sufferings for thirty-eight years with nothing to console her.  Yet, she was never overcome or discouraged.

She died in 1544 crying out in a strong, joyous voice, “Come to Heaven, come to Heaven!”  Two centuries after her death, the stigmata with which God had favored her were still visible.

Prayer: Blessed Lucy, take from my heart the hideous wounds of sin and imprint there the beautiful wounds of Jesus.

Practice: Examine if you bear your domestic trials with a spirit of penance, with serenity and with confidence in God.

Blessed Lucy, pray for us.

Adapted from “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).

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