A Prayer of Edel Quinn
“Dear Jesus, make yourself to me,
A Living bright reality,
More present to faith’s vision seen,
Than any outward object seen,
More near, more intimately nigh,
Than any earthly tie”
I came across the above prayer when I was eighteen, studying for exams and I have prayed it since then, nearly every day. Edel greatly helped in the exams and she has been a life long friend since. I must admit, even at eighteen, I was childishly drawn to her picture because it looked as if she wore lipstick and styled her hair! For me, this piqued my interest! Finally a young saint, that looked young!
So many saints didn’t care much for style I thought, but I found Edel Quinn an example of a modern woman, who held down a job , lived in the world and yet achieved sanctity. A bit of a heroine of her time you could say. Yes, she was born just ten years after St Therese, her spiritual patron died. Both loved extraordinarily well and did little things with immense love.
An Irish girl from Cork, Edel loved Our Lady. She became a world famous member of the Legion of Mary, a lay movement dedicated to Mary. I think her life as a lay woman in the Church was truly prophetic, that yes, she wasn’t under vows, but her life had a massive impact on the missions in Ireland and Africa despite her frail health. Edel’s work in Africa was extensive setting up Legion Circles and as a result of her work, the Legion of Mary is still very vibrant in Africa.
Edel’s love and trust in Mary was indominatable, her favourite response in difficulties was: “Why can’t we trust Our Lady?”
Also, Edel didn’t worry too much about loving Jesus enough, she knew her Mother would take care of it:”Mary in me will love her Son” she used to say.
Edel died young, in Nairobi on May 12, 1944.She was a symbol of the Legion of Mary yes, but also, in the words of a Spanish Cardinal, “an image of the eternal youth of the Church”. That’s what attracted me to her as a Saint I could really look upto.
Just one miracle is needed for Edel to be Beatified, for the moment, Edel is known as Venerable. It is just a matter of time.
Let us join in prayer to this great, modern, Irish saint, this little flower of Mary’s Heart, that she is raised to the honours of the Altar.
Prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Edel Quinn
Eternal Father, I thank you for the grace you gave to your servant, Edel Quinn, of striving to live always in the joy of your presence, for the radiant charity infused into her heart by your Holy Spirit and for the strength she drew from the Bread of Life to labour until death for the glory of Your name in loving dependence on Mary, Mother of the Church.
Confident, O Merciful Father, that her life was pleasing to you, I beg you to grant me, through her intercession, the special favour I now implore ……….., and to make known by miracles the glory she enjoys in Heaven, so that she may be glorified also by your Church on earth, through Christ Our Lord, Amen