MARY MOST HOLY ~ VIRGIN MOTHER OF GOD ~ QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND EARTH
No matter what title you give Her, Mary is a symbol of Beauty, Purity, and Holiness. She is our Mother. When Jesus saw His Mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His Mother, "Woman, behold Your son." Then He said to the disciple, "Behold, your Mother." And from that hour the disciple took Her into his house. John 19:26-27. Jesus at that moment gave Mary His precious Mother not only to St. John but to the World! St. John accepted Mary into his home and we should accept Mary into our Hearts! Jesus loves His Mother and He wants us to love Her also. How blessed we are that God would grant us both a heavenly Mother and an earthly one to watch over us!
"We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek - Jesus, her Son." ~Saint Louis Marie de Montfort
PORTRAIT OF THE HOLY VIRGIN
By Saint Ambrose
Mary was pure in body and mind, humble hearted, thoughtful in speech, prudent in counsel, industrious at her work, reserved in her conversations, and fond of pious reading. She never offended her parents, despised the humble, mocked the feeble, or ignored the poor. Her principles were to seek God alone, to live in solitude, to hurt no-one, to do good to all, to honour the aged, to look without envy on her companions, to fly from vanity, to love virtue, and to follow in all things the straight path.
PRAYER TO THE HEART OF MARY
O Heart of Mary, Mother of God, and our Mother, most amiable Heart, object of the complacency of the most adorable Trinity, and worthy of all the veneration and affection of Angels and men; Heart most conformable to that of Jesus, of which Thou art the most perfect likeness; Heart full of goodness and compassion for our miseries, vouchsafe to melt our frozen hearts, and grant that they may be entirely turned towards the Heart of our Divine Savior. Infuse into them the love of thy virtues; inflame them with that sacred fire with which thou continually burnest. Take under, thy protection the Holy Catholic Church; defend it, and be always its consolation, its asylum and its invincible fortress against every assault of its enemies. Be thou our way to come to Jesus, and the channel through which we receive all graces necessary for our salvation. Be thou help in our wants, our relief under afflictions, our comfort in temptations, our refuge in persecutions, and our support in all dangers; but especially in our last conflict at the time of death, when all the powers of hell will use their utmost endeavors to seize our souls in that awful moment, in that terrible crisis, on which depends our eternal lot. Do thou, at that time, O most pious Virgin, make us experience the sweetness of thy maternal Heart, and the efficacy of thine influence with Jesus, thine all-powerful Son, by opening unto us, a secure refuge in the source itself of mercy, a secure refuge, that we may enjoy the happiness of blessing Him in heaven for all eternity. Amen.
May the Divine Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, be known, praised, blessed, loved, served, and glorified for ever, by all creation! Amen.
MOTHER OF SWEETNESS, PRAY FOR US!
"Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour." ~Saint Padre Pio
"In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for your guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal." ~Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
"May the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, always smile on your spirit, obtaining for it, from her Most Holy Son, every heavenly blessing." ~Saint Padre Pio
Most Pure Virgin Mary, the most astonishing miracle ever existed on earth, masterpiece of almighty paradise, inexhaustible source of grace, the mediator between God and men, I unite myself to all those who love you and honor you, to offer you the homage of a heart dedicated to you. Amen.
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