Son of God, help me to praise your mother!, Mary: Day 356

Son of God, help me to praise your mother! If we feel inadequate to praise our Blessed Mother, says St. John of Damas- cus, then we should ask her Son to help us.Our Lady is the Mother of God, who alone is good and infinite in his condescension, who preferred to many splendid gifts the two copper coins of the widow in the temple. She will indeed receive us, who are paying off our debt through praise, and make us a return out of all proportion to what we offer.What shall we say, O Queen? … [Read more...]

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Mary will accept our meager praise, Mary: Day 355

Mary will accept our meager praise St. John of Damascus recalls a story to illustrate that we should tell Mary our gratitude, even if we can’t adequately express it.Neither  human  tongue  nor  angelic  mind  can  worthily  praise her through whom it is given to us to look clearly upon the Lord’s glory. What then? Shall we be silent through fear of our insufficiency? Certainly not. Mingling fear with desire, and weaving them into one crown with reverent hand and longing soul, let’s show fort … [Read more...]

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Mary, my greatest consolation, Mary: Day 354

Mary, my greatest consolation St. Germanus recites the difficulties that may afflict us in this life, and turns to the Blessed Virgin as the remedy for each one.Most Holy Virgin!You are the greatest consolation that I receive from God.You are the heavenly dew that soothes all my pains.You are the light of my soulwhen it is surrounded by darkness. You are my guide in unfamiliar paths, the support of my weakness,my treasure in poverty, my remedy in sickness, my consolation … [Read more...]

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Mary, be warmth to the world, Mary: Day 353

Mary, be warmth to the world Caryll Houselander was an English Catholic spiritual writer, poet, and art- ist. In the concluding verses of a poem about Mary, whom she calls “The Reed” into which God breathed to make “infinite music,” she asks Our Lady to soothe our troubled world with her lullaby.Mary, Mother of God, we are the poor soil and the dry dust;we are hard with a cold frost.Be warmth to the world; be the thaw,warm on the cold frost; be the thaw that melts,that the te … [Read more...]

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Could my sin be greater than Mary’s mercy?, Mary: Day 352

Could my sin be greater than Mary’s mercy? My sins may be great, St. William of Paris admits, but could they possibly greater than Mary’s mercy? Never let it be said!O Mother of God, I turn to you, and I call upon you not to reject me. For the whole congregation of the faithful calls you and proclaims you the Mother of Mercy.You are the one who is so dear to God that you are always graciously heard by him. Your mercy was never lacking to anyone. Your most kind graciousness never des … [Read more...]

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Blessed are you, Mary, Mary: Day 351

Blessed are you, Mary The ancient poet Jacob of Sarug, known as “the flute of the Holy Spirit,” focuses on the intimacy of mother and Son, and the fruits of that intimacy in our lives.Blessed are you, Mary, and blessed is your holy soul,for your blessedness is beyond that of all the blessed.Blessed are you who have borne, held in your arms, and kissed as an Infantthe One who upholds the ages in secret with his word.Blessed are you, from whom the Savior has appeared on this ea … [Read more...]

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