Mary, the last word on our lips, Mary: Day 313

Mary, the last word on our lips St. Alphonsus recalls the words and experiences of several holy men who witnessed to the power of Mary’s name when invoked at death.“The invocation of the sacred names of Jesus and Mary,” says Thomas à Kempis, “is a short prayer, which is as sweet to the mind, and as powerful to protect those who use it against the enemies of their salvation, as it is easy to remember.”“Blessed is the one who loves your name, Mary!” exclaims St. Bonaventure. “Yes, truly bl … [Read more...]

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Mary doesn’t abandon her devotees at death, Mary: Day 312

Mary doesn’t abandon her devotees at death We can learn an important lesson, St. Alphonsus tells us, from the story of how St. John of God spent his last moments.How quickly do the rebellious spirits fly from the presence of    this queen! If at the hour of death we have only the protection of Mary, what do we need to fear from all our hellish enemies? O God, what a consolation it will be at that last moment of our lives, when our eternal destiny is so soon to be decided, to see the Queen of … [Read more...]

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Prayer for a happy death, Mary: Day 311

Prayer for a happy death St. Alphonsus asks Our Lady to remember that when she left this world, she promised not to forget us. He asks for a happy death so that he can be united with her and her Son in heaven.Most sweet Lady and our mother, you’ve already left the earth andreached your kingdom. There, as queen, you’re enthroned above all the choirs of angels, as the Church sings in her liturgy: “She is exalted above the choirs of angels in the celestial kingdom.”We well know that we … [Read more...]

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Mary defends the soul at death, Mary: Day 310

Mary defends the soul at death St. Alphonsus reports that demon tempters sometimes assail Christians in their dying moments. But Mary is faithful to dispatch angels for their defense.How quickly do the rebellious spirits fly from the presence of   this queen! If at the hour of death we have only the protection of Mary, what need we fear from the whole of our infernal enemies? When Fr. Emmanuel Padial, of the Society of Jesus, was at the point of death, Mary appeared to him. To console him, s … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: RISEN on DVD

Today, Carmel Communications in partnership with Sony Home Entertainment sponsors the CBB giveaway. Three lucky winners will receive one copy of RISEN (you can read my here review here) I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts NOW and will end 12AM EST Friday 06/03 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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A tender mother in the hour of death, Mary: Day 309

A tender mother in the hour of death St. Alphonsus recalls the story of a woman to whom Mary herself attended on her death bed.How great is the tenderness of this good mother, Mary, toward her children at death!The parish priest of a country place was assisting a certain rich man who was dying, in a magnificent house, and attended by servants, relatives, and friends. But the good priest saw also demons, in the shape of dogs, waiting to carry off his soul, as they in fact did. For he … [Read more...]

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