FEBUARY DEVOTIONS IN THE MONTH OF OUR LADY OF VICTORIES

MARY is the Immaculate, as she is the Virgin and the Mother of God. As the two latter designations mark her position in the scheme of Redemption, so the former denotes her position in the scheme of grace. And the whole of God's plan for raising human sanctification to its highest term, in a crowning example and a masterpiece of redeeming power, comes out to view. The ascending scale of sanctities is completed. That mystical ladder ascends from the earth in Jacob's vision, and the angels ascend and descend upon it, and God Himself is leaning on it; and on its topmost degree, above the ascent of every other created sanctity, is placed the Immaculate Mother of God. The interval between the thrones of the saints and the throne of Jesus is filled up. The psalm sings of Christ in His glorious kingdom, that “The Queen stood at His right hand in a garment of gold” (Psalm 44:10) She occupies the first of the many mansions which her Son went up to heaven to prepare. Most truly she is but a creature, and Jesus is her Creator. But what a creature – founded in original grace and the Mother of her Creator! All the saints were sinners once, but Mary was always the dear child of God. By her formation in grace above the saints, by her maternity above the angels, her position in the universe is clearly defined, its causes understood, her influence explained. If the first of her glories, in point of time, is the last pronounced (The Immaculate Conception), it is because it was not so essential as those of her virginity and maternity for explaining the fundamental dogma of the Incarnation. Mary Immaculate beams upon us rays reflected from the infinite holiness of Jesus. The Immaculate Conception reveals the wonderful care with which the way was kept pure, and prepared for His coming into the world. Again, it shows how God abhors that culpable contamination in which the human race derives its origin. The Holy Spirit would not work the mystery of the Incarnation in one who had been infected by its venom! Nor would the Son of God take flesh, or maternal guidance in His youth, from one who had known that hideous defilement. Mary is “the bridge from God to man” across the unclean gulf. Jesus would call no one His Mother who had emerged from that gulf, or who bore upon her the remembrance of dishonour.

{Archbishop Ullathorne of Birmingham}

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Let us pray:

We beseech Thee, Lord God, that the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Mary, ever Virgin, our Lady of Victories, may protect all Christian people, and bring us to Eternal Life. Through our Lord and Redeemer Jesus Christ, Thy Son. Amen.

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And a Passing Thought

Cultivate the friendship of others. It is the consolation of this life to find someone who is a confidant in the mysteries of our soul. The source of Christian friendship is none other than God. {St. Augustine}

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IMMACULATE MARY, OUR LADY OF VICTORIES: BE OUR SALVATION!

OUR LADY OF VICTORIES, SCOURGE OF HERETICS: DEFEND US ALWAYS!

OUR LADY OF VICTORIES, MISTRESS OF THE WORLD: PRAY FOR US!

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JESUS, TRUE GOD AND TRUE MAN: HAVE MERCY UPON US, HOLY SAVIOUR!

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PRAY WITHOUT CEASING

It is through prayer that Jesus leads us to His Father. It is in prayer that the Holy Spirit transforms our lives. It is in prayer that we come to know God: to detect His presence in our souls, to hear His voice speaking through our consciences, and to treasure His gift to us of personal responsibility for our lives and for our world. It is through prayer that we can clearly focus our attention on the Person of Jesus Christ, and see the total relevance of His teaching for our lives. Jesus becomes the model for our actions, for our lives. We begin to see things His way.

{Pope John Paul II}

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Hail Mary, Glorious Mother of Christ, holy dwelling place of the Word, Our Lady of Victories: teach us to perceive the voice of the Spirit in the depths of our humanity. +Amen+

 

 

 

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