Posts tagged ‘MotherMary’

“However great a sinner may have been, if he shows himself devout to Mary he will never perish.”

“However great a sinner may have been, if he shows himself devout to Mary he will never perish.” ~ St. Hilary of Poitiers


“If anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his Mother, he will not have Christ for his Brother.”

“If anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his Mother, he will not have Christ for his Brother.” ~ Saint Maximilian Kolbe

“Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge. Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner.”

“Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge. Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner.” ~ Saint Anthony of Padua

Salve Regina



Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae:
Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules, filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
In hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, Advocata nostra,
Illos tuos misericordes oculos
Ad nos converte.
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis, post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens! O pia!
O dulcis Virgo Maria!


Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy,
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then, O most gracious Advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy towards us.
And after this, our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

O clement! O loving!
O sweet Virgin Mary!


Immaculate Mary



Immaculate Mary, thy praises we sing;
Who reignest in splendor with Jesus our King.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!

In heaven, the blessed thy glory proclaim;
On earth we, thy children, invoke thy fair name.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!

We pray for God’s glory; may His kingdom come;
We pray for His vicar, our father, and Rome.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!

We pray for our Mother, the Church upon earth,
And bless, dearest Lady, the land of our birth.
Ave, ave, ave, Maria! Ave, ave, Maria!


Standing Under the Cross

Standing erect, holding our heads high, is the attitude of spiritually mature people in face of the calamities of our world.   The facts of everyday life are a rich source for doomsday thinking and feeling.   But it is possible for us to resist this temptation and to stand with self-confidence in this world, never losing our spiritual ground, always aware that “sky and earth will pass away” but the words of Jesus will never pass away (see Luke 21:33).

When Mary stood on Calvary with Saint John and the other holy women, specifically Saint Mary Magdalen, at the foot of Her Son’s rugged Cross, and waited with Him through three long hours of bitterest agony, while He slowly died of a broken heart over the many souls who would reject Him, and reject salvation was the cruellest thing that ever happened to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. His physical agony was very real. His death was very real, but the pain both He and His Mother bore was was a very spiritual pain as well, for both knew that they must never waver in their absolute obedience to God’s Will.

Jesus gave us His Mother while He hung in bitterest agony on the Cross. He knew that we, weak and fallible, need a Mother’s tender care to help us through the terrible sufferings of our exile here on earth. Mary is ever ready to help us to bear our crosses for love of Her Divine Son. She is our intercessor before Christ Who cannot refuse His Own Mother. That is why she is affectionately known as the “Catholic Shortcut.” While she is the Intercessor, Christ is the Mediator between man and the Almighty Father.

With John, Mary stands at the foot of the Cross. “A sword shall pierce thy soul,” Simeon told her. Truly her heart is pierced with sorrow. Her beloved Son is dying and she shares in His suffering. She does not ask God to take away this agony. She is His Mother, so close to Him that His pain is hers, too. And now He speaks from the Cross: “Woman, behold thy son.” Jesus give His Mother to John, and to us. For all eternity she is our Mother.

As the Mother of God stood weeping at the foot of Her Son’s Cross, and watched as He breathed forth His last agonizing breath, and gave up His soul to His Almighty Father. She watched as the soldier thrust a lance through His side, piercing His Most Sacred and Merciful Heart. She winced in physical pain for Her Son could no longer feel pain. He was dead. Thus the full physical pain mystically transferred to her who bore the brunt for the sake of souls around her and those to come in all future generations. She watched as the nails were pulled and yanked from His gnarled hands and brittle wrists, now smaller than her own, and His bloody, blackened and mud-caked feet. It must have seemed like an eternity as the lifeless body was lowered to the ground where Mary sat, waiting to cradle the dead body of her Divine Son. Can we possibly imagine the pain? Can we possibly imagine how she felt at that moment? Michelangelo Buonorotti captured it best in his stunning, world-renowned inspired sculpture of The Pieta residing today behind glass to the right of the entrance into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Even more, can we understand that throughout everything Mary bore all her sufferings bravely, many times in silence or alone, never wavering in her total obedience and fiat she had promised God at the Annunciation.

Let us be like Mary, the mother of Jesus, who stood under the cross, trusting in God’s faithfulness notwithstanding the death of his beloved Child.


Jesus on cross

Mother Mary under the cross

#ShortNews: The Virgin Mary reminds us that ‘everything is mercy,’ Pope tells faithful

Addressing the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the recitation of the Angelus, Pope Francis said on December 8 that “the Immaculate Conception means that Mary is the first saved by the Father’s infinite mercy, as the first fruit of the salvation that God wills to give, in Christ, to every man and woman.”

Calling upon the faithful to contemplate and imitate the Virgin Mary as the jubilee of mercy begins, the Pope said that “in the Immaculate Conception of Mary we are invited to recognize the dawn of the new world, transformed by the saving work of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the dawn of the new creation wrought by divine mercy.”

“Therefore, the Virgin Mary, never contaminated by sin and always full of God, is Mother of a new humanity,” he continued. “She is mother of a recreated world. To celebrate this feast implies two things: to receive God fully and His merciful grace in our life; to become in turn architects of mercy through a genuine Gospel journey.”

“Today’s feast of the Immaculate Conception has a specific message to communicate to us: it reminds us that in our life everything is gift, everything is mercy,” he added. “May the Holy Virgin, first fruit of the saved, model of the Church, holy and immaculate Bride loved by the Lord, help us always more to rediscover divine mercy as the distinguishing mark of a Christian.”

Following the recitation of the Angelus, Pope Francis asked the crowd to greet Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and to seek the Blessed Virgin’s “guidance and intercession” during the jubilee year.