MAY DEVOTIONS IN THE MONTH OF OUR MOST BLESSED LADY, MARY

When the Church declares that Mary was without sin, she also declares that she would have been under sin if Christ had not saved her from it. And she emphatically proclaims that her case was most singular (“all generations shall call me blessed”) and that all besides her are born beneath its dire infliction, and that all stand in need of regeneration, and of a regeneration so unmistakable as to the time and mode and authority of its application. MARY, arising into the creation in unclouded purity, is the one bright star which makes more visible the darkness of the universal night of human conceptions. And the appearance of that blessed one, illuminating by her immaculate light the unclean gulf of original sin, is greeted with clamours and cries from the sects of Protestantism. It is as if they had been struck by a terrible blow! Pride is offended that one so lowly (Our Lady) should be so great, and that humility should be so supremely exalted! Nature, poor fallen thing, is indignant and disgusted in its self-sufficiency at such a revelation of grace, and the spectacle of anger and bewilderment at Mary's sinless state is as painful as it is instructive to contemplate. May GOD give to erring humanity the light to see those sacred truths of which this beautiful mystery of Mary's immaculate grace is the last expression. Now Mary is the highest example of human perfection and of created happiness. I every earthly sense she is weak, as she is lowly, poor and humble; and yet she is perfect as no one else ever was perfect. And her perfection is the work of a sublime grace which puts her human nature in order, and so sets her higher powers free in GOD. The Immaculate Conception is the mystery of God's strength in weakness, of His height in humility, of His glory in purity. The condition of perfection is thus shown, in MARY, to be humility, and the source of perfection to be the grace of Christ. And that grace must come to us as Christ prescribes – and not as we choose. {Most Reverend Archbishop William Ullathorne}

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Let us pray: Almighty and merciful God, Who for the defence of the Christian people didst in the most Blessed Virgin Mary wondrously establish a perpetual help: graciously grant that we, being strengthened by her sure protection, as we strive in life, may after death have strength to win the victory over the malicious enemy. Through Christ Jesus, our Holy Redeemer. Amen.

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And a Passing Thought

Do you wish to know the most intimate perfections of Jesus, and the most hidden attractions of His love? Then seek them in the heart of Mary! [Saint Peter Eymard]

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MARY, OUR QUEEN AND MISTRESS: KEEP US SAFE IN THY PROTECTION!

IMMACULATE MARY, OUR MOTHER: PRAY FOR US ALWAYS!

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: BE OUR SALVATION!

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Jesus gave Mary to all of us as he was dying on the Cross. When He said to the beloved Disciple: “Behold thy Mother”, He was, in truth, giving Mary to us all. We must ponder this every day. And it is in this light that we should pray with Christian joy:

Lord Jesus, let us have constant recourse to Thy holy Mother Mary. Grant that we may be devoted to her who loves us and takes care of us like a true Mother. For Thy dear Name's sake. Amen.

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Hear ye now, O house of David: is it a small thing for you to weary men; but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good. [The Prophet Isaiah. Chapter 7]

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VOUCHSAFE, O SACRED VIRGIN MARY: THAT WE MIGHT EVER PRAISE THEE!

 

 

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