Rebroadcast of the long running radio program, "The Ave Maria Hour", a presentation of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. www.AtonementFriars.org.
This week’s episode is of a libertine woman with no concern for her reputation or for others, Maria Luisa, who disdains the love of God. Franco, a man who loves her, and his friend, Sister Catherine, try to urge her to change her ways. The townspeople want to punish her for her heresy. They drag her to a swamp, strip her of her finery and dress her in sack cloth, shear off her hair, and banish her forever.
Franco, who fears for the loss of Maria Luisa’s soul, becomes a monk so he can devote his life to praying for her return to the faith and the salvation of her soul. He goes to the swamp to visit Maria Luisa after a year. She has been living on berries. Her sinfulness has driven every other living thing out of the swamp. At first, she is happy to see him. Franco begs her to turn to the Mother of Heaven and ask her to give her compassion. Still faithless, she angrily drives him away.
The miracle of Our Lady’s compassion for even the worst sinner is provided through the power of prayer, as the end of this episode of Ave Maria Hour will illustrate.
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