"At first, it seemed to me that I should distance myself a bit from the Marian devotion of my childhood in order to focus more on Christ. Thanks to St. Louis de Montfort, I came to understand that true devotion to the Mother of God is actually Chritocentric; indeed, it is very profoundly rooted in the mystery of the Blessed Trinity, and the mysteries of the Incarnation and Redemption."~Bl. Pope John Paul II

Monday, February 27, 2012

Jesus and Mary!

"The more the Holy Ghost finds Mary, His dear and inseparable spouse, in any soul, the more active and mighty He becomes in producing Jesus Christ in that soul, and that soul in Jesus Christ."~St. Louis De Montfort

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The power of Mary!

"But the power of Mary over all the devils will especially shine forth in the latter times, when Satan will lay snares against her heel: that is to say, her humble slaves and her poor children, whom she will raise up to make war against him. They shall be little and poor in the world's esteem, and abased before all like the heel, trodden underfoot and persecuted as the heel is by the other members of the body. But, in return for this they shall be rich in the grace of God, which Mary shall distribute to them abundantly. They shall be great and exalted before God in sanctity, superior to all other creatures by their lively zeal, and so well sustained with God's assistance that, with the humility of their heel, in union with Mary, they shall crush the head of the devil and cause Jesus Christ to triumph."~St. Louis De Montfort, True Devotion to Mary

Friday, February 24, 2012

We go to Jesus through Mary

The more we honor the Blessed Virgin, the more we honor Jesus Christ, because we honor Mary only that we may the more perfectly honor Jesus, since we go to her only as the way by which we to find the end we are seeking, which is Jesus.~St. Louis De Montfort

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Our Mediatrix!

Calling Mary a mediatrix might sound exotic and even daunting. But mediatrix simply means, according to the dictionary, a woman who is a mediator!

Throughout Christianity, Mary has placed herself between her son and humanity, advocating or mediating for her children's wants, needs, and sufferings.

Mary puts herself in the middle, and in that way acts as a mediatrix. And she does this not as an outsider, but as Mother. She knows that in her mothering she not only can point out the needs of humanity to her son, but in essence she has the right to do so!

from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Mary of Nazareth by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda (Alpha Penguin)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

"She was full of grace."

"How much we can learn from our Lady! She was so humble because she was all for God. She was full of grace. She made use of the almighty power that was in her: the grace of God." ~Bl. Teresa of Calcutta

Monday, February 20, 2012

Anniversary of Jacinta Marto's entrance into heaven!

Little Jacinta Marto, a Fatima visionary died on February 20, 1920, four days after Our Lady visited her for the last time here on earth. She told Jacinta that she would come to get her and bring her to Heaven soon where she would have no more pain.

Both Francesco, her brother and Jacinta were beatified at a solemn Mass in the shrine of the Cova da Iria by Pope John Paul I on May 13, 2000. Sister Lucia, their cousin (the third visionary) was present for the blessed event. She was a Carmelite nun in Coimbra, Portugal.

Let us invoke the intercession of the three visionaries and ask them to help us draw closer to Mother Mary.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

"You can never love her enough."

"Do not be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her enough. And Jesus will be very happy, because the Blessed Virgin is His Mother."~St. Therese of Lisieux

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Saturday in honor of Mary: We all need a mother's love.

"Even Jesus could not come, even Jesus could not be born, even Jesus could not grow without a mother's love. Who is our mother? When Jesus was dying, His last words were, 'Behold your Mother' and from that time Mary has appeared so many times, in so many places. Why do people go to Lourdes  and Fatima and Velankanni? Because we all need a mother's love."~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

[Velankanni is a shrine to Our Lady of Good Health located on the Bay of Bengal]

Friday, February 17, 2012

Mary dispenses all the graces we need

"After Jesus, who is the only Mediator, Mary is the mediatrix: as Jesus continually intercedes with the Father in heaven on our behalf, so Mary intercedes with Jesus for us; she obtains and dispenses to us all the graces we need."~Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. (A Beligian Carmelite priest, teacher, and spiritual director now deceased)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

From Mary's hands to us.

Leo XIII says, "It may be affirmed that, according to God's will, nothing comes to us without going through Mary's hands. Just as no one can approach the Almighty Father except through the Son, so no one can approach Christ except through his Mother" (Encyclical Octobri Mense).

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Mediatrix of all graces

The Church teaches us to invoke Mary as Mediatrix of all graces.

"By the communion of sorrows and of will between Christ and Mary," says St. Pius X, "she merited to become the dispenser of all the benefits which Jesus acquired for us by shedding his Blood" (Encyclical: Ad Diem Illum).

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Our life, our sweetness and our hope!
To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to you do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious Advocate,
your eyes of mercy towards us, and after this, our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
that we may be worthy of the
promises of Christ.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A prayer from the Angel of Peace

In his book, Fatima for Today, Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C. F. R. said, "The Body and Blood with which Jesus feeds us in the Most Blessed Sacrament is the same flesh and blood given by his mother at the moment of his Incarnation." He continued, "As Archbishop Fulton Sheen often said, next to Jesus, no one had more right than our Lady to say about the Eucharist that this is my Body and this is my Blood. We must ask our Lady to teach us how to love Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament."

In 1916 at Fatima, Portugal, the Angel of Peace visited the children: Lucia, Jacinta, and Francesco. On the third visit, he was holding a chalice, and over it was a Eucharistic Host. Jesus' Precious Blood was falling from the Host into the chalice. The Angel left the chalice suspended in the air and then knelt down with the children bowing profoundly (with their foreheads on the ground) before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The Angel taught them this prayer:

"Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly, and I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He Himself is offended. And through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners."

The Angel instructed the children to say this prayer three times.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

First post: Lean your head on Mary's heart

Just recently, a couple of days before the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, I told a friend who was traveling that if she was worried or couldn't sleep that she should just lean on Mary's heart. She told me later on that she followed my advice and found that by prayerfully doing so, she experienced amazing peace.

This blog is dedicated to our Mother Mary. Feel welcome to visit and bring your prayer requests (leave them in the comment box). My prayer is that Mother Mary will help.

I'll try to post some simple or profound snippets about Mother Mary each day.

O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!