Her Own

hail-holy-queen-st-alphonsus-liguoriExcerpt from:  Hail Holy Queen!, by St. Alphonsus Liguori, pgs. 44-45:

Mary is the Mother of sinners who wish to repent, and as a mother she cannot do otherwise than compassionate them; nay more, she seems to feel the miseries of her poor children as if they were her own.  When the Canaanitish woman begged Our Lord to deliver her daughter from the devil who possessed her, she said, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Thou Son of David, my daughter is grievously troubled by a devil.”  But since the daughter, and not the mother, was tormented, she should rather have said, “Lord, take compassion on my daughter:” and not, Have mercy on me; but no, she said, “Have mercy on me,” and she was right; for the sufferings of children are felt by their mother as if they were their own.  And it is precisely thus, says Richard of St. Laurence, that Mary prays to God when she recommends a sinner to Him who has had recourse to her; she cries out for the sinful soul, “Have mercy on me!”  “My Lord,” she seems to say, “this poor soul that is in sin is my daughter, and therefore, pity not so much her as me, who am her mother.”

Would that all sinners had recourse to this sweet Mother!  for then certainly all would be pardoned by God.  “O Mary,” exclaims St. Bonaventure, in rapturous astonishment, “thou embracest with maternal affections a sinner despised by the whole world, nor dost thou leave him until thou hast reconciled the poor creature with his Judge;” meaning that the sinner, whilst in the state of sin, is hated and loathed by all, even by inanimate creatures; fire, air, and earth would chastise him, and avenge the honor of their outraged Lord.  But if this unhappy creature flies to Mary, will Mary reject him?  Oh, no:  provided he goes to her for help, and in order to amend, she will embrace him with the affection of a mother, and will not let him go, until, by her powerful intercession, she has reconciled him with God, and reinstated him in grace. 

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5 Responses

  1. A genuine solace.

  2. Wonderful! A true Marian messemger.

  3. It’s a wonderful book; the kind you can pick up and read any chapter or just a few paragraphs and learn so much, and his devotion is so pure and real that it just seems to soak into your own heart immediately.

  4. I’ve been praying you could get to Mass on your lunch break today (Feb. 11), but I hope something marvelous happened, whatever They chose for you.

  5. Oh, sad to say I didn’t make it, and not even here to do a post for Our Lady of Lourdes. It’s been so busy the last couple of weeks at work, and new people, etc. Very challenging to keep up on all fronts! But one marvelous thing, yes, is that Mary is giving me a sense of calm, and a sort of methodical way of going through the day; I can sense a big difference – she is slowing me down and teaching me how to take the hurriedness out of my days now.

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