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]

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]

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Truly unfortunate are we poor children of Eve; for, guilty before God of her fault, and condemned to the same penalty, we have to wander about in this valley of tears as exiles from our country, and to weep over our many afflictions of body and soul.  But blessed is he who, in the midst of these sorrows, often turns to the comfortress of the world, to the refuge of the unfortunate, to the great Mother of God, and devoutly calls upon her and invokes her!

mary-2The above passage is taken from St. Alphonsus Liguori’s, “Hail Holy Queen”, from Chapter IV, entitled, “Mary, Our Help”. St. Alphonsus Liguori speaks of Mary’s compassion as our Mother of Mercy, and how we need never lack confidence in asking for anything we need: “Nor should the multitude of our sins diminish our confidence that Mary will grant our petitions when we cast ourselves at her feet. She is the Mother of mercy…”  He explains why our prayers to Mary are often heard and answered more quickly than our prayers to Jesus. St. Alphonsus quotes St. Anselm on this point: “…when we have recourse to this divine Mother, not only we may be sure of her protection, but that often we shall be heard more quickly, and be thus preserved, if we have recourse to Mary and call on her holy name, than we should be if we called on the name of Jesus our Saviour…”  What is the reasoning behind this statement of St. Anselm, upheld by St. Alphonsus Liguori? St. Anselm’s explanation continues: “…that to Jesus, as a judge, it belongs also to punish; but mercy alone belongs to the Blessed Virgin as a patroness” and “We often obtain more promptly what we ask by calling on the name of Mary than by invoking that of Jesus. Her Son is lord and judge of all, and discerns the merits of each one; and therefore if He does not immediately grant the prayers of all, He is just. When, however, the Mother’s name is invoked, though the merits of the suppliant are not such as to deserve that his prayer should be granted, those of the Mother supply that he may receive.”

In this chapter we are also reminded of the experiences/revelations of several saints on this matter. “Many things,” says Nicephorus, “are asked from God, and are not granted: they are asked from Mary, and are obtained…because God has thus decreed to honor His Mother.” Also, from St. Bridget’s revelations, we have the words that Jesus said to His Mother: “Thou shalt present Me with no petition that shall be refused. My Mother, ask what thou wilt, for never will I refuse thee anything…” Lastly, “The same thing was revealed to St. Gertrude, when she heard our divine Redeemer assure His Mother that in His omnipotence He granted her power to show mercy to sinners who invoke her in whatever manner she might please.”

Father Bob Williston (Redemptorist) singing, “Mother of Perpetual Help”

A Consecration Prayer

For those of you who are making your Consecration to Mary tomorrow, on the Feast of the Annunciation, or renewing your consecration of one year ago or more, I wish you a blessed and peaceful day in the company of our Mother.  I offer up a prayer now that all the external circumstances will come to pass that you are desiring/imagining/preparing the details of in your mind for a beautiful consecration or consecration renewal day.  But we all know the pace of life, the unforeseen events, the “best laid plans of mice and men”.  So be at peace, wherever you may find yourself, with whatever circumstances may arise to change the ideal situation you have been planning.  In our humanity, we receive comfort from our external surroundings, and joy from a beautiful, calm, peaceful environment for special occasions such as this.  But Mary receives comfort from the interior workings of our hearts, joy in our interior environment.  She desires all that is beautiful for us, but understands that “perfect” settings are not always possible.  Be at peace, knowing that we can be in the company of Mary anywhere, all day, every day, forever.

Prayer of Offering to Mary (by St. Francis de Sales)

Most Holy Mary,
Virgin Mother of God,
I am unworthy to be your servant.
Yet moved by your motherly care for me
and longing to serve you,
I choose you this day
to be my Queen, my Advocate, and my Mother.
I firmly resolve ever to be devoted to you
and to do what I can
to encourage others to be devoted to you.

My loving Mother,
through the Precious Blood of your Son shed for me,
I beg you to receive me as your servant forever.
Aid me in my actions
and beg for me the grace
never by thought, word, or deed,
to be displeasing in your sight
and that of your most holy Son.
Remember me, dearest Mother,
and do not abandon me at the hour of death.

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. 

Mary, Mother of Sacred Healing

Radiant Mother of sacred healing, O Mary, you poured salve on the lamentable wounds that Eve caused to torment our souls. For your salve is your Son, and you destroyed death forever, giving rise to life. Pray for us to your Child, O Mary, Star of the Sea.

You are the source of life, sign of gladness, and sweetness of all unfailingly flowing delights. Pray for us to your Child, O Mary, Star of the Sea.

Glorify the Father, the Spirit, and the Son. Pray for us to your Child, O Mary, Star of the Sea. 

[Saint Hildegard of Bingen] 

Our Lady of Sorrows

Mary, Our Model in Suffering

O Mary, you became my Mother at the height of suffering and trials. Hence, I must have a great and complete trust in you. Whenever I am subjected to trials at the hands of creatures and am exposed to temptation and desolation of soul, let me take refuge in your Heart, my Good Mother, and call upon you for help.

Do not let me perish but give me the grace to be submissive and confident in trials after your example. Let me suffer with love. Let me stand, like you, at the foot of the Cross, if that is the Will of your dear Son.

Never will a child perish who is devoted to Mary. O good Mother, have mercy on me. I give myself entirely to you so that you may give me to your dear Son, Whom I desire to love with all my heart. Bestow on me, good Mother, a heart burning with love for Jesus.  [Saint Bernadette]

I’m sure most people have watched scenes from the Passion many times, but I wanted to share this beautiful song with you, brought to my attention by a good friend.

But Mother Mary would never say, “He’s not just anyone”, would she. Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady by any of her magnificent names, Our Mother, would go through this for anyone, for each one of us, and does.