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TAKING ON BOARD THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS PARALYSES THE POWERS OF ACTION

TAKING ON BOARD THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS PARALYSES THE POWERS OF ACTION

MARY’S ARMY

Previous chapter: THE QUICKEST METHOD OF EMPTYING ONESELF OF “SELF”

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

Human respect, often called common prudence, respect for the opinions of others, and the like, paralyses the powers of action of those who are called to be apostles and reduces works for souls to triviality.

Living in the midst of great communities of pagans or non-Catholics or the lapsed, the faithful make little or no effort to convert them and the graces God offers are returned unused.

Aware of this, the Army of Mary sets itself to a deliberate campaign against the operation of the spirit of human approval in its members. The principal means employed are insistence upon sound and strict discipline and constant indoctrination of the fact that human respect in a Child of Mary is comparable to cowardice in a soldier. Love, loyalty and discipline, if they are genuine, will certainly result in sacrifice and courage. “What a shame to be the delicate member of a Thorn-crowned Head!”  … words of St Bernard which the member must constantly apply to himself.

“If you fought only when you felt ready for the fray, where would be your merit?” asks St Therese of Lisieux.

“What does it matter even if you have no courage, provided you behave as though you were really brave? If you feel too lazy to pick up a bit of thread, and yet do so for the love of Jesus, you gain more merit than for a much nobler action done on an impulse of fervour. Instead of grieving, be glad that, by allowing you to feel your own weakness, Our Lord is furnishing you with an occasion of saving a greater number of souls.”

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part 1)

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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THE QUICKEST METHOD OF EMPTYING ONESELF OF “SELF”

THE QUICKEST METHOD OF EMPTYING ONESELF OF “SELF”

MARY’S ARMY

Previous chapter: WITHOUT HUMILITY, LIKENESS TO MARY IS IMPOSSIBLE

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

As an Army of Mary, we are engaged in the battle for souls. The first battle begins in our own soul, and it is the battle against pride and self. It never ceases, no matter how exhausting it is.

To the end of his earthly life, the Child of Mary strives to conquer the root of evil within himself, ever purifying his intention more and more. Unaided, he is quite unable to succeed in even this first battle. So he leans on Mary with complete trust. He soon learns that the quickest method of emptying himself of self and filling himself with God, is through true devotion to Mary.

Our dependence on God’s grace

United with Mary, we rid ourselves of self-exultation. In Mary, we see the Mirror of Justice endowed with unbounded power in the realms of grace.

The perfect purity of intention exemplified in Mary drives from the soul of the Child of Mary any feelings of smug self I satisfaction and any desire for self-advancement. He works only that God may triumph in souls through Mary. His dependence on grace makes him distrust the prompting of his own inclinations and so rids him of self-will and every other impediment to the maternal influences of Mary. She takes over, developing in him from day to day the supernatural energies and sacrifices She expects from a good soldier of Christ.

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part 1)

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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OUR WARFARE IS NOT OF THIS WORLD

OUR WARFARE IS NOT OF THIS WORLD

MARY’S ARMY

Previous chapter: TOWARDS THE PASTORS OF THE CHURCH, WE SHOW ALWAYS THAT LOYALTY AND OBEDIENCE WHICH SPRING FROM GENUINE CHARITY

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

If personal holiness, the perfection of charity, is the object of the Child of Mary, humility is the root and instrument of his apostolic action. The Children of Mary are an army and speak to their members in terms of battles and warfare; they are dedicated to Her who is terrible as an army set in battle array.

They are stimulated to carry out all their work with the seriousness of trained and faithful soldiers. Nevertheless, the warfare in which they engage is not of this world; it must be waged according to the tactics of Heaven. The whole system of this army is designed to implant in hearts lowly and unworldly qualities, the chief of which is true humility. Rightly understood, it confers a strange nobility and unique strength upon all who join it.

A strange nobility and unique strength

Only from true humility of heart does the Child of Mary derive the gentle, unassuming manners upon which he relies for the effecting and developing of the personal approach to souls that is such an essential factor in his work.

True humility of heart

In humility, he sees a virtue from which all others derive their value. One and all, they depend on grace and grace will not be given to the proud. When virtue is claimed as the result of one’s own efforts unaided by grace, it ceases to be virtue. Just as Mary’s lowliness brought the Saviour into Her womb, so the humility of Her children brings His Spirit and His Graces into their souls. The holier they are, the more they acknowledge their dependence on God; the more they receive, the greater is their debt to the Almighty. Gradually, the apostolate drives home even into the heart that is naturally proudest the hard lesson that only one’s worthlessness is one’s own. Everything else is God’s free gift. He gives it freely; He can increase it or diminish it or withdraw it entirely just as He wishes. The recognition of what one really is before God is the essence of true humility. “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord.” Humble and little-sought tasks are preferred; contempt and rebuffs are readily borne and God’s holy Will is generously accepted, especially when compliance means rigorous suppression of self.

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part 1).

 
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Posted by on March 17, 2017 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF GOOD COUNSEL

Most glorious Virgin, chosen by the Eternal Counsel to be the Mother of the Eternal Word made flesh, treasure of divine grace and advocate of sinners, I, the most unworthy of thy servants, beseech thee to be my guide and counsellor in this vale of tears.

Obtain for me by the most Precious Blood of thy Son the pardon of my sins, the salvation of my soul, and the means necessary to obtain it. Grant that the Holy Catholic Church may triumph over her enemies, and that the Kingdom of Christ may be propagated on earth. Amen.

[100 days. – Leo XIII, Nov. 23rd, 1880]

 

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ROSARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

ROSARY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

BEADS OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Composed by St John Berchmans, S.J. and recited by him daily to obtain, through the intercession of Our Lady, the grace never to commit any sin against the virtue of purity.

Method of saying. – “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.”

First Set of Beads. – “Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The Our Father once, Hail Mary four times. Gloria once.

Second Set. – Same prayers. Third Set. – Same prayers.

 
 

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TOWARDS THE PASTORS OF THE CHURCH, WE SHOW ALWAYS THAT LOYALTY AND OBEDIENCE WHICH SPRING FROM GENUINE CHARITY

TOWARDS THE PASTORS OF THE CHURCH, WE SHOW ALWAYS THAT LOYALTY AND OBEDIENCE WHICH SPRING FROM GENUINE CHARITY

MARY’S ARMY

Previous chapter: THE SUPERNATURAL SPIRIT WILL ALWAYS MANIFEST ITSELF AND ACT AS A PROTECTION

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

Towards the pastors of the Church, one and all, the Child of Mary shows always that unreserved loyalty and exact obedience which spring from genuine charity. In his mission, as a member of Mary’s Army, he aspires to supplement the priestly ministry; as She delighted to be the Handmaid or slave of the Lord, he desires to the honour of being the slave of the ministers of the Lord. By an apostolate of Love, he makes every effort to render fertile all the ground into which the seed of God is cast, that it will bear fruit a hundred-fold; he strives to remove all the thorns and briars by applying his charity to worldly minds; he essays to deepen the soil by strengthening religious convictions and encouraging the weak and despairing; he aims at softening the hard ground by the dew of prayer and self-sacrifice. He becomes a link between the shepherd and the flock, rendering easier the work of the pastors. By exercising his love in its highest form, so to speak, he multiplies the priest; he casts abroad his zeal, personality, and every word, representing him everywhere and to everyone.

The Child of Mary is anxious to build up and strengthen every Society that is really worthy of the name Catholic.

The love of the Child of Mary for the Church shows itself also in his attitude towards other organisations. He desires the good of souls and to any agency for good, he is pledged to render unstinted co-operation and assistance. He is anxious to build up and strengthen every Society that is really worthy of the name Catholic. He knows that not all can be brought into the ranks of his active members; but love for souls compels him to induce all to enlist themselves in something Catholic that they will be caught firmly in the arms of Mother Church and pressed closely to Her life-giving bosom. He yearns to see the day when the apostolate of the laity is really a vital force, a glorious thing, the safeguard of the individual and the mainstay of the Church.

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part 1).

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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POOR UNFORTUNATES, DEPRIVED OF HOPE, WHY DO YOU WEEP?

POOR UNFORTUNATES, DEPRIVED OF HOPE, WHY DO YOU WEEP?

My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. (Luke 1:46b-48)

Poor unfortunates, deprived of hope, why do you weep? Is it true that you can no longer hope, or, at least, is hope for you but a phantom which eludes you at the moment when it seems to smile upon you?

Have you, then, forgotten Mary?

Is she not full of grace, adorned with the choicest gifts of the Holy Ghost? And has she not obtained this grace, in the opinion of one of her most illustrious servants, both for herself and for us? Does she not burn to communicate to our souls these gifts of the consoling Spirit, that they may bring forth in us fruits of joy, peace, and consolation! And, since God wishes that we should obtain all through her, who has given us Jesus, then, through Mary, shall we not first receive Hope – Hope which is the key to all the other treasures promised us by God, in the abundance of His mercy?

Have you, then, forgotten Mary?

Did not Jesus give her that which He had Himself received from His heavenly Father? Has she not by privilege what her Divine Son has by right, namely, unlimited power in heaven and on earth? Since the Lord regarded the humility of His handmaid, have not all generations proclaimed as blessed the Virgin who is all-powerful by intercession, all-powerful, particularly, to lead back to Hope, as to a second life, one who has had the misfortune to lose sight of it.

– Laverty & Sons (eds), 1905

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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