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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Fair as the moon, bright as the sun, Mary: Day 350

Fair as the moon, bright as the sun St. Bernard compares Mary to the moon, radiantly reflecting the light of Jesus, the Sun of Justice, whom the Old Testament prophet Malachi said would one day “rise with healing in its wings” (Mal 4:2).Of  you, Mary, was the question asked, “Who is this that looks forthlike the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun?” (Sg 6:10). You came into the world, then, Mary, as a resplendent dawn, preceding with the light of your sanctity the coming of the Sun … [Read more...]

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God could not make a creature more holy than Mary, Mary: Day 349

God could not make a creature more holy than Mary St. Leonard of Port Maurice concludes that in making Mary his mother, he gave her the best of everything.God could create an infinity of suns,one more brilliant than the other; an infinity of worlds,one more marvelous than the other; an infinity of angels,one more holy than the other.But a creature more holy, more ravishing,more gracious than his mother he could not make.For in making her his mother, he gave her at … [Read more...]

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In Mary, heaven embraced earth, Mary: Day 348

In Mary, heaven embraced earth The Marian prayers of St. Bernard of Clairvaux abound with lovely and powerful images to be relished and pondered. Here, he speaks of heaven’s embrace of earth when God became Man in Mary’s womb.Mary, our Mother,the whole world reveres youas the holiest shrine of the living God,for in you, the salvation of the world dawned.The Son of God was pleased to take human flesh from you. You have broken down the wall of hatred,the barrier between hea … [Read more...]

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Mary, who can repay you?, Mary: Day 347

Mary, who can repay you? St. Augustine of Hippo begins his prayer to Our Lady with words of grati- tude, trusting that what seems to him like a meager offering of praise will nevertheless be rewarded by her intercession.Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and thanksfor rescuing a fallen world by your generous consent? What songs of praise can our weak human nature offer in your honor, since it was through you that we have found the way to salvation? Accept, then, … [Read more...]

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Mary, guide me in the way of salvation, Mary: Day 346

Mary, guide me in the way of salvation St. Thomas Aquinas is widely known for his carefully reasoned analysis of theological matters. But in this prayer, we hear his heart rise up in sweet devo- tion to Our Lady, passionate in his praise and gratitude.Most blessed and sweet Virgin Mary, Mother of God, filled with all ten-derness, daughter of the most high King, Lady of the angels, mother of all the faithful: On this day and all the days of my life, I entrust to your merciful heart my … [Read more...]

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