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Mary Ward 2017

A woman called to “something different”

From the Painted Life (No. 21): In London in 1609, when Mary had completed her meditation, it seemed she had not done it with sufficient fervour. To remedy this as she was getting dressed, she determined to help a noble person join a religious Order by providing her with the required dowry. While she was combing her hair in the mirror, she fell into a trance; she lost the use of her senses and could not move. She clearly understood that it was not God’s Will for her to enter an austere Order; rather that she was “called to a much greater excellent state that would grant incomparable Glory to God. For a long time, all she could hear was the word Glory”

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