A Blessed Who Gives Hope
Mother Clelia Merloni (1861–1930), foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, will be beatified today, November 3rd, at 11:00 in the morning, in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran.
Mother Clelia’s life was a study in failure, desolation, rejection, and solitude, but confidence in the Sacred Heart of Jesus sustained, even in the darkest hours; confidence gave her hope and, in the end, hope triumphed.
Mother Clelia’s special grace is to show that the workings of God are not always linear and tidy. So many souls suffer anxiety and bewilderment because they are led through life along twisting and dark paths with apparent dead–ends, apparent failures, and exhausting attempts at beginning afresh. Mother Clelia gives hope to such souls. She will shine in the Church as the icon of those who are judged to be failures, who do not measure up to the norms set in place by the professionals of religion, who find themselves outside the criteria put in place by those who see, not as God sees, but as men see. “Not where man’s glance falls, falls the Lord’s choice;