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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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MARY, QUEEN OF HOPE

“Mary is the Queen of Hope! O what a consoling thought for the pious soul, who places all his confidence in this good Mother! Is it not Hope which sustains the traveller in the midst of the obstacles which beset his path? –

Is it not Hope which sustains the sick man on his bed of pain? –

Is it not again, and always, Hope which is the strength and the support of man here below? –

O Mary, you are our hope.

Poor travellers in this world of trials and dangers, you guide our tottering steps. When sick, we have recourse to you, and you dress our wounds. Finally, when, bruised and wearied, we are on the point of falling under the blows of the enemy, you shield us in your virginal mantle.

O Queen of holy Hope, you are the life and hope of our souls.”
– Laverty&Sons, Leeds, 1905

 
 

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