Recourse To Mary

In these turbulent times – when the world’s economy, outbreaks of violence, natural disasters and the daily challenges in all of our lives threaten to overwhelm our peace of mind and leave us floundering, immobile or heading towards despair – let us take to heart the words of St. Bernard of Clairvaux:

In danger, anguish, or doubt,
think of Mary and call upon her.
Let the name of Mary
never be far from your lips or heart.
And to obtain the fruit of her prayers,
do not forget the example of her life.
Following Mary,
you will never lose your way.
Praying to her,
you will never sink into despair.
Contemplating Mary,
you will never go wrong.
With Mary’s support,
you will never fall.
Beneath her protection,
you will never fear.
Under her guidance,
you will never tire.
And with her help,
you will reach your heavenly goal.

I will be offline until the first week of September [comments will be closed until then]. Be safe. Be strong. Stay under Her mantle, dear ones.

[St. Bernard’s words were excerpted from: Favorite Prayers to Our Lady, Anthony M. Buono]

The Visitation

From:  Mary My Hope [Father Lawrence G. Lovasik, S.V.D.] pages 56-57

How humble you were! Though you were the Mother of the Most High, you wanted to become the nurse of Elizabeth and the infant John. Though declared blessed among women, you considered yourself the servant of two of God’s beloved children.

Help me to strive to imitate your wonderful charity by aiding those who are in need, by sympathizing with those who are afflicted, by opening my heart and applying my hands to relieve every form of distress. Give me love like yours, which recognized in every human being a brother or sister in Jesus Christ, to be treated with respect and tenderness and to be aided according to the measure of my power. Teach me that the test of my following of your Divine Son is practical charity. Help me, above all, so that by my good example I may enrich and ennoble every human being whose life I touch.

Easter Sunday

Regina Caeli

Rejoice, O Queen of Heaven, Alleluia!
For He Whom thou didst merit to bear, Alleluia!
Has risen as He said, Alleluia!
Pray for us to God, Alleluia!

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia!
R. For the Lord has risen indeed, Alleluia!

Let us pray: O God, who hast given joy to the whole world
through the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ;
grant that through the prayers of His Virgin Mother Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ, our Lord

(The Regina Caeli is said instead of the Angelus during the Easter Season)

A Rosary Teaching

Sr. Rebecca Shinas, OP gives a beautiful little teaching on The Rosary (and how to say a scriptural rosary) for all who would like to learn, and also to inspire or re-inspire others.

I have also posted Sr. Rebecca’s video on contemplative prayer today over at Contemplative Haven. All of Sister’s videos can be found at the YouTube Channel of the MSJ Dominicans.

Thank you, Sister Rebecca!  I love your videos, as well as your gift for song-writing and singing. 

Novena for the Assumption of Mary

Mary gathers hearts… and she sees and loves all the dear ones who, over the past couple of weeks, have clicked on the prayer for the novena for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary that I posted two years ago.  She knows you and she loves you!  And so we begin… may your every intention be granted…through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to which the whole month of August is dedicated.

The Annunciation of the Lord

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
(Hail Mary…)

Behold the handmaid of the Lord
Be it done unto me according to Thy Word.
(Hail Mary…)

And the Word was made flesh
And dwelt among us.
(Hail Mary…)

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.

Pour forth we beseech Thee O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ, Our Lord, Amen.

Your Consecration Day

For those of you who are making your consecration to Mary today on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, or renewing your consecration of one year ago or more, I wish you a blessed and peaceful day in the company of our Mother.


Prayer of Self-Commendation to Mary

O holy Mary, my Lady, into your blessed trust and safe keeping and into the depths of your mercy I commend my soul and body this day, every day of my life, and at the hour of my death. To you I entrust all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life. By your most holy intercession and by your merits, may all my actions be directed and disposed according to your will and the Will of your Divine Son.

[Saint Aloysius Gonzaga]