Saturday, January 5, 2013

O Lord, Restore...

'I earnestly implore the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 
by Our Lady of the Seven Dolors, 
to restore to me, by a gift of the mercy of Jesus Christ:
 the method of prayer I once had,
and which I have lost
by long unfaithfulness.'

St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

Painting:  Pompeo Batoni, Prodigal


  1. Oh Nancy, what an exquisite picture! And the prayer couldn't be more perfect for this season in my life. Thank you! xo

  2. Thank you very much, Meg and Patricia. I find the picture exquisite also, and can hardly stop looking at it. I'd been struck by the quote and wanted to share it, so went looking for a public domain painting of the Prodigal Son. When I saw this one, I think I literally gasped. What a grace to be able to share such things!

  3. Nancy,

    I must copy out these words. I think it is the first time I have seen a quote from this saint. My daughter Sophie Madeleine was named for St Madeleine Sophie. Wasn't she known by her second name? I think so but I don't always remember things correctly!

    God bless!

  4. Sue, the only thing I know about this saint is that she was from Burgundy and founded the Order of the Sacred Heart to educate girls. You obviously know much more!! I love the name, and what a beautiful one for your daughter!