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'Little Rose' suffered patiently 

Voices Jan. 3, 2018

Marie Rose Ferron (also known as Little Rose) experienced various types of stigmata on her body.   

Marie Rose Ferron (1902-1936), who I first wrote about Dec. 19, was a victim soul who offered her sickness and suffering for the salvation of souls. To those who asked her about suffering, Rose gave the following spiritual recipe: "Grind up all your sufferings in the mill of patience and silence; mix them with the balsam of the Passion of the Savior; make them into a small pill, and the fire of charity will digest it."

Rose suffered physically: she was paralyzed and was in great pain. She also suffered spiritually, experiencing the dark night of the soul and many humiliations. Rose treated those who spoke ill of her with kindness. One time Rose said to her sister, "Jesus was dragged through the streets and the mud, and I wouldn't want to be treated better than my master."

Someone once said to Rose, "It was a wonder her Jesus allowed her to suffer so much seeing she loved him so deeply." Rose answered, "The caresses of heaven are not like those of earth." Rose dedicated herself to make reparation for sinners and she was deeply devoted to the Holy Eucharist and to the Passion of Christ.   

One time a wealthy man came to visit Rose. On seeing her lying in bed he was moved to tears and said, "Oh, you poor little girl; you're so sick!" Though Rose had never met the man before, she said, "Don't cry for me ... You're sicker than I am. You've been away from Jesus for 35 years." When the man heard these words he cried even more. He was converted and became a daily communicant who made the Stations of the Cross every day.

Rose's mother had 15 children and she dedicated them to the 15 mysteries of the Rosary. One day, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Rose and showed her a scroll. On this scroll the 15 mysteries of the Rosary appeared with the names of each of the Ferron children beside one of the mysteries. Rose was the tenth child and she was dedicated to the Crucifixion and death of Jesus.

When Rose was 22, she became extremely ill from eating a piece of fresh bread. From then on, she took no solid food.  She was able to take some liquids and at times a broth that her mother prepared. Although she always felt hunger and thirst, Rose could take very little food.

From the end of 1926 to 1931, different types of stigmata were seen on Rose's body: the wounds of the crown of thorns, the wounds of the scourging, the wound on the shoulder, and the wound of the heart. From 1931 on till her death, only the stigmata of the head were visible.

Rose often went into ecstasy. Sometimes during ecstasy, Rose would sing three songs: one to Jesus, one to Our Lady, and another to St. Joseph. Many times while in ecstasy, Rose begged Our Lord to spare others and pile upon her their miseries and pains. If she were in ecstasy and a priest brought Holy Communion, she always revived to receive Jesus. Rose went into ecstasies on Fridays and experienced the Passion of Christ.

In the last week of her life, Rose's suffering was very intense and all she could say over and over again was, "My Jesus, My Jesus." Rose died on May 11, 1936. After the death of Rose, nearly 15,000 people viewed her remains and signed the register. Over 4,000 people attended the funeral Mass.  

Her act of immolation found on her person read in part: "I offer myself as a victim, a holocaust that I may live in constant charity, begging Thee, O my Jesus, to consume me without ceasing, that I may become a martyr of Thy love."

                                                           羅撒耐心地受苦  

瑪利亞.羅撒.費龍(1902-1936)是犧牲的靈魂,她願意把自己的病苦奉獻,為別人靈魂的得救。當人向她問及有關痛苦時,她答道:「用忍耐和靜心去磨碎你的痛苦,混入救主苦難的聖油,製成小丸;你的愛火自會消化它。」 

羅撒肉身上的痛苦,是極大苦痛中的癱瘓;而靈性上的苦痛,是經歷靈魂內的黑暗與屈辱。她常善待那些惡言中傷她的人。羅撒對自己的姊妹說:「耶穌在街上和泥濘上被人拖行,我不想我有比祂良好的待遇。」

有人嘗對羅撒說:「你那麼愛耶穌,祂竟容許你受那麼多苦?」羅撒答說:「天堂的擁抱別於世間的擁抱。」她把自己奉獻為賠補罪人的罪孽,也特別恭敬聖體及基督的苦難。

有一次,一位從未謀面的富人來訪,因看到病榻上苦痛的羅撒而流淚,不禁嘆道:「可憐的小女孩,你病得真厲害!」羅撒對他說:「不要為我哭泣,因為你比我病得更嚴重 ── 你離開耶穌三十五年了!」富人聽罷,大哭,終於悔改,每天領聖體和拜苦路。

羅撒母親都把十五個子女,分別奉獻給十五端的玫瑰經奧蹟。一天,聖母顯現給羅撒,給她看自己手上的捲軸,上面排列了費龍家庭子女名字的十五端玫瑰經奧蹟。羅撒排行第十,便奉獻給在聖架上犧牲的耶穌。

羅撒二十二歲時,在吃了一片新鮮麵包後,發起了嚴重的病;自始,她不能進食固體食物,只能喝流質食品,偶爾喝母親給她預備的清湯;因此,她常在饑渴中渡日。

1926至1931年,基督苦難不同的傷痛,陸續出現在羅撒的身上:釘孔的五傷、茨冠的受傷、鞭笞的傷痕、肩膊及心腔的傷口等。1931年到她死亡的一刻,只頭上茨冠的傷痕可見。

羅撒常神魂超拔,有時神魂超拔期間,會不期然唱出聖詠:一首是對耶穌,一首是對聖母,一首是對大聖若瑟。逢星期五的神魂超拔,羅撒會經歷基督的苦難。或又在神魂超拔期間,羅撒唸出她的祈求:祈求天主原諒罪人,並把必要傷痛的補贖,加諸她自己一個人的身上。每當神父給她送聖體時,羅撒又會從神魂超拔中醒過來,恭領聖體。

生命的最後一星期,羅撒受著異常的痛楚,她只能口中重複唸著:「我的耶穌!我的耶穌!」。1936年5月11日羅撒溘然長逝,約有15,000人簽冊弔唁瞻仰她的遺體,超過4,000人出席她的殯葬彌撒。

羅撒那儼如全燔的奉獻,就像她寫道:「我願奉獻作為犧牲,好讓我活在恆常的愛中。噢我的耶穌,我懇求祢,不停地消耗我,使我成為祢愛情的殉道者。」