O God, you so lovingly offered us eternal life through Mary’s maternal virginity; grant us to feel the power of her intercession, for it was through her we received the author of life, Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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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)
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]
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.
TOWARDS THE PASTORS OF THE CHURCH, WE SHOW ALWAYS THAT LOYALTY AND OBEDIENCE WHICH SPRING FROM GENUINE CHARITY
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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).
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
THE PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, FEAST: NOVEMBER 21
Joachim was united in marriage with Anna, a most excellent and praiseworthy woman. Like that first Anna, who was barren but who through prayer and a vow bore Samuel, this Anna, through her supplications and a promise received from God – the very Mother of God – that in this she might not be inferior in any way to those other illustrious matrons. Thus grace (for the name Anna means grace) brings forth the Lady (for the name Mary means Lady). Truly she becomes the lady among all created beings, since she was the Mother of the Creator. Mary first saw the light of day in the house of Joachim near the Probatica, and was brought to the temple. Like a flower planted in the house of God, nurtured by the Holy Spirit, like a fruitful olive tree, she became the abode of all virtues. She dispelled from her mind every desire of this life or of the flesh. She preserved virginity in soul and body as became her who was to receive God into her bosom.
– From the book of St John Damascene on the orthodox faith, from: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964