OCTOBER DEVOTIONS CENTRED ON OUR BLESSED LADY MARY

There are so many things in the Church itself which tend to breathe the conviction into the hearts of the faithful that the Mother of Christ, that Mother whom Christ gave to us as a mother, is a sinless creature, and one whom grace created immaculate. They celebrate the Immaculate Conception as a mystery of grace, and they know it must be holy; they hear its praises from pulpits, and read them in books written by holy pastors; they gaze on pictures and statues in which the mystery is symbolised. We join in Confraternities or other devotions to Our Blessed Lady, and we know that the popes have encouraged such devotion, and granted indulgences. Let us turn to the infinite purity of God Himself, how He turns from all alliance with sin, and so we judge what a Mother of the most pure God would surely be. We know of the miracles wrought by invocation of the Immaculate Mary, and we know what an exception Mary was to most of the common conditions of our nature. We know how Jesus loved her, and how she loved Jesus. We have never heard of Mary in the Church except as the ever Blessed Virgin, full of grace, and we know how the Church has always shrunk from ascribing sin to her. Aided by the Holy Ghost and with the truest instinct of grace and love, we repel all thought of sin from association with the Mother of the world's Redeemer; indeed we cannot associate sin with her, and with our unerring logic of holy and humble affections, we cry: “Mary, conceived without sin: pray for us!” And what has produced this intimate and universal conviction but the analogies of faith? What but a sense of its truth, its beauty, its fittingness, of that honour which it reflects on Jesus, and of that glory to God which results from it? What has wrought the pious conviction but that religious sense, so far above the force of nature, which tells us that grace alone could have fixed our minds with such unwavering firmness of belief upon a mystery so heavenly and pure, so free from the corruption of our nature, and so far removed from the bitterness of many of our earthly experiences? What has wrought this universal conviction but that a sense of it was always living in the hearts of the faithful, those hearts in which the most pure image of Mary dwelt? The faith of it moved through the living frame of Holy Church before it was spoken clearly with the Church's lips. The Church meditated on the mystery of the Immaculate Conception, and its light shone on the Church, long before it was proclaimed in solemn sentences and imprinted with the seal of the Church's infallible authority. When Adam, the first father of the human race, was created of virgin earth, was he made in the condition of freedom or servitude? If in a condition of servitude, how then was he the image of God? If in a condition of freedom, why then was not Christ also of free condition from the Virgin Mary? For He was made man of a better earth, of animated and immaculate earth, by the operation of the Holy Spirit. As Saint Paul says: “The first man was made of the earth, earthly; the second {Our Lord} was of the heaven, heavenly.” [Corinthians 1]

(Archbishop Ullathorne of Birmingham – adapted)

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Let us pray: O God, Who through the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin didst prepare an habitation meet for Thy Son: we beseech Thee that as Thou didst foresee the death of the same Thy Son, and preserve Mary from all stain, so, by her intercession, Thou wouldst suffer us also to attain, at last, in purity to Thee. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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And a Passing Thought

Love for Christ pierced Mary's heart in such a way that no part of it was left unkindled. Mary thus fulfilled the first commandment of love in all its fullness and without the slightest imperfection.

{Saint Bernard}

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OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY: PROTECT US DAY BY DAY!

OUR LADY OF VICTORIES: BRING THE WHOLE WORLD TO THE FEET OF JESUS!

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: BE OUR SALVATION!

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At that time: The Angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the Virgin's name was MARY. And the Angel came in unto her, and said: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. {Saint Luke. Chapter 1}

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SAINT LUKE, HOLY EVANGELIST: INTERCEDE FOR US!

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