Dear Apostles of the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
Your generous donation and spirit of sacrifice reaches out to the missions, radiating the depth of the Love of Christ! Their suffering hearts rejoice and they are filled with gratitude and hope! May your family be blessed and your soul be filled with celestial peace!
In order for a husband and wife to obtain firmness of character, strength to fulfill their arduous duties and endurance during a life time of self-sacrifice, they will need a true religious spirit and genuine piety. Saint Joseph and Mary Immaculate are their models. Look to Nazareth! Devout and God-fearing spouses preach without words and with a gentle force that draws all those who are around them to God. True piety gives them strength to face all opposition, the power of endurance which shrinks from no difficulties, a sweetness which makes bitter things pleasant and causes their hearts to become fountains of gladness. Marriage is a most difficult vocation. The spouses must have an abundance of virtues: Docility to their spouse, allowing them to supply for the other’s deficiencies and helping them without assumption or dictatorial authority. Patience is a precious virtue in the married state. They will avoid quarreling, seek peace and harmony, and take care not to do things which irritate their spouse. With patient wisdom and wise patience, all things will work unto good. If the spouse is lazy, selfish and irresponsible, they will never weary praying for their conversion.
Where God sets up an altar in the hearts of a man and wife, the whole house becomes a temple dedicated to His service. It naturally falls to the parents to train their children. He has adorned their hearts with Parental Love. The love of parents must be like the sun, to warm the hearts of their children causing them to open their minds and drink in all that is good, true and beautiful. A child’s education is nearly complete in the first five years spent at the parents’ knees. Prayer, cleanliness and order should prevail in the home and God will have His rightful place as King, and Mary as Queen and Mother.
THE INCOMPREHENSIBLE POWER OF THE MOTHER OF GOD
“God trusted Her with His Own Son,
The Most Holy Virgin Mary is an ocean which we have no imagination to measure and no possible words to describe; She is a universe where the sun and galaxies roll and shine in the depths of space, far out of reach to mortal powers of sight or search. If love and worship of God is the end and perfect work for which our hearts are divinely fashioned, then affectionate nearness to Mary is the most precious of graces that can be given to us. Mary is a spiritual universe: a great world of dominion, of gifts and of perfections, which sends up to the Heart of Jesus an endless song of praise and adoration. She is a world of transforming power, influencing mind and will, imagination and desire. Mary has the gift to draw men from the fog of error to the serenity of Faith. She can lift men up above this world that they may live for God alone! Mary can pierce with a celestial spear the very life of self-love setting man’s spirit free to belong to God and to Him alone. Her pure hands shower on weak men and women the mystical graces gathered at the foot of the Cross, which turn pain into heroic love; and it is Mary’s example, Her divinely made stainless Heart from which we learn the loving worship of the Most Blessed Trinity. If, hitherto, your prayers to Mary have been few and cold, let them during this month of May be made frequently and with great fervor.
The glorious title of Immaculate Conception brings singular joy to the Children of Mary. In the midst of universal ruin, one creature stands alone and this privileged creature is the Blessed Virgin, who rises as a lily without spot in the midst of thorns. Hers is an unchangeable glory. All in Her is holy and perfect; She was resplendent in sanctity at Her birth, during Her life, at Her death and She will ever be without sin or fault. Incomprehensible Glory! Mary conceived without sin! Through this invocation, souls have triumphed over temptation: afflicted souls have been consoled, troubled hearts have found peace, weak hearts ready to give up have found strength, the inhabitants of towns under siege have been preserved, houses on fire and persons near death have been saved. The Miraculous Medal has filled the world with wonders! Do we need more proof that the Mystery of the Immaculate Conception is a Treasure of Grace in which we should have total trust! Children of Mary invoke confidently and often Mary Immaculate. In times of weakness and depression, and in affliction and danger, raise your eyes to this Sweet Queen and say to Her, with faith and love, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us!” Joy, peace, strength and hope will at once be revived in your hearts!
The name of Mary is powerful indeed! Each time the serpent tries to spread over the whole world the poison of error, the Church has invoked the all-powerful name of Mary Immaculate, and all Heresies have been destroyed. The name of Mary will be our shield in battle against temptations, our protection in perils, our light in doubts, our support in life and our hope at the hour of our death! MARY! MARY! Mary is the name of the Mother of Jesus Christ and of our own Mother. Remember, dear Children of Mary, your names are written in the folds of Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
To all the praises bestowed upon Mary, She had but one response: “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy word.” May the example of Our Mother convince us that humility is the source of all graces and the best disposition for receiving the Holy Eucharist! God withdraws from the proud, but He gives Himself to the humble. Glory be to God, love to Mary and peace to earth! The moment the Virgin gave Her decisive consent at the Incarnation, She already carried us in Her heart. We must think often of the immense love Mary has for us and determine to avoid all that could displease Her. Love is repaid only by love. It was on Calvary, the boundless love of Mary received into Her heart the whole human race. “Woman, behold thy son.” Mary has both the power to help us and the will to do so. Let us have great confidence in Mary, Our Mother! She is the universal advocate who rejects no one and She receives all who come to Her. The more desperate and hopeless our cause, the more interest and care She will give to it and we will be saved.
The Heart of Mary is not only the most perfect heart, but it is also the most tender, compassionate and merciful of hearts that ever came from the Hands of the Creator. Mary had the faith of the Patriarchs, the zeal of the Apostles, the constancy of the Martyrs and the purity of the Virgins; the most ardent charity, profound humility, courageous patience and perfect resignation. The most pleasing homage we can offer the Blessed Virgin is to imitate Her virtues. We do not go beyond the practice of common virtues while we should be aiming at perfection. We weary of placing one foot on the bottom of Jacob’s ladder and we do not seek to ascend. To apply ourselves unceasingly to the attainment of perfection is our duty. Mary saw Jesus born in a stable, poor, suffering and abandoned; nevertheless, She believed He was the Creator of the world. She saw Him exiled into Egypt, fleeing from the wrath of Herod and She believed Him to be the King of kings. She saw Him labor as a poor artisan in the carpenter’s shop and still She believed Him to be the Master of the Universe. She saw Him die on the ignominious cross between two thieves and, even when the Apostles abandoned Him, Mary believed Him to be Immortal God and that He would rise again. O MARY! How great is thy faith! Children of Mary, remember that faith is the foundation of all religion and the groundwork of all virtues. Mary was resigned to all perils, calm in weariness and strong in sorrow because She had firm Hope in God. “Although He should kill me, I will trust Him.” (Job xiii 15) After the Ascension of Christ, Mary animated the faith of the disciples, fortified the courage of the martyrs, and supported the Infant Church in Its struggles and combats. And, for this reason, She is called, Our Life, Our Sweetness and Our Hope! “We are saved by hope,” says St. Paul, “without it our hearts could not live.” Be comforted, the Heart of Mary is always open to you. She is the Harbor of the Shipwrecked, the Refuge of Sinners, the Salvation of the Agonizing and the Shelter of the Repentant. Do you not know that hope never dies in the heart of a mother! Banish, then, all discouragement and despair. Whatsoever may be the state of your soul, confidently throw yourselves into the arms of Mary!
The entire life of Mary was an act of love of God. She shared His labors, His sufferings and His humiliations. Children of Mary, does your love for God resemble Mary’s? Is it tender, ardent and supreme? If we wish to prove our right to the title of Children of Mary and to merit Her love, we must animate ourselves with Her feelings of love for our neighbor. Let us love all in Jesus Christ. Let us above all love the weak, the little ones, the afflicted, the infirm, the sick, the poor and those who love us not!
By Her virginity, Mary pleased God, by Her humility She conceived Him! The sufferings of Mary were continual and excessive. The sword pierced Her heart without reprieve and the bleeding tragedy of Calvary was continually before Her eyes and present in Her mind. Mary is the Queen of Martyrs. When we have crosses to bear, let us unite them with Hers and tread courageously in Her footsteps. Mary was never known to murmur or yield to discouragement, for She esteemed herself happy to drink with Jesus the chalice of betrayal and suffering. Oh, how little we resemble this perfect model! A single interior trial, affliction or the slightest suffering is sufficient to dishearten us and cause us to murmur and complain. If we thought often on the sufferings of Christ, we would be stronger to bear our own trials. Having known suffering, we will have compassion for the distressed. How often, we confide our sufferings to creatures who cannot help us, when we might have entrusted them to the compassionate Heart of Our Mother! Go, then, all who are afflicted and be comforted by Mary, your Mother. Oh, what love and tenderness is found in the Heart of our beloved Mother! By the intercession of Our Queen, the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, the paralyzed recover the use of their limbs and the dying return to life. The walls of Her sanctuaries are covered with votive offerings, silent witnesses to the gratitude of those She has miraculously cured. Children of Mary, behold yet another motive for confidence in Our Mother. Through Her intercession, weak and lukewarm souls have been changed into courageous and fervent Christians. Let us not be indifferent to God and His Holy Mother. Mary, melt our frozen hearts and renew our souls in the fervor of thy service. We will live henceforth in the spirit of sacrifice and generosity which will be the proof of our love for thee.
How terrible is the moment of death! If we have Mary for our Mother in life, She will stand at the foot of our sick bed, as She stood at the foot of the Cross to soften the agony of Jesus and receive His last sigh. A mother will pass through fire and water to save her child. Mary is truly Our Mother and the sure refuge of sinners. How many unrepentant souls have, at the approach of death, called upon Mary and found mercy! Mary is the Mother of Mercy, the hope of those who have no hope, the help of the abandoned. Behold, the heart of the dying man is softened and changed, and he dies calmly pronouncing the sweet name of Mary. How many thousands of souls lie in the state of mortal sin! Pray for them: they are your brethren in Jesus Christ, perhaps even relatives and friends or benefactors. Pray for them and pray especially for all sinners who are now in their last agony.
“Immaculate Heart of Mary, visit today, we beseech thee, those souls who are in the cold sweat of death and at enmity with God. Bathe them in the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, breathe into them the very life of God. Obtain for them the Grace to make perfect Acts of Faith, Hope and Divine Charity that they may be snatched from the very abyss of Hell to glorify God for all Eternity and add to the luster of thy Triumph!”
SWEET HEART OF MARY, BE MY SALVATION.
(300 days Indulgence)
Where is the mother who would not rush to the rescue of her child if she saw it falling into a fiery furnace and had the power to help him? Will Mary, the most tender of mothers, be indifferent to the torments of Her children plunged into the expiatory flames of Divine Justice? OH, NO! Mary is full of compassion for these souls and is ceaselessly engaged in procuring their relief. Mary herself visits the Holy Souls in Purgatory and She hastens the termination of their sufferings by inspiring the living to help them by their prayers, good works and Holy Masses.
And a Great Sign appeared in the Heavens; a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under Her feet and a crown of twelve stars on Her head; and God Himself, Her God and Creator, subjected Himself to Her!
At the Annunciation, Mary’s FIAT gave Her power over God Himself. With Her words, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy Will,” God became Man. At twelve years of age, when Christ was lost to Joseph and Mary for three days, they searched for Him in suffering and sorrow. They found Him in the temple preaching to the scholars and teachers. Mary lovingly shared the grief He had caused them, “Son why hast Thou done so to us; Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing.” Christ spoke plainly of the plan of the Eternal Father, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Yet, in response to Her words of pain and love, He went down to Nazareth and was subject to them for the next 21 years. By choosing Her for His Mother, He rendered Her almighty in and through prayer. This humble submission of the Divine Child to Mary was an indication of how much Jesus intended ever after to be subject to the bidding of Mary which would be expressed by Her supplication on behalf of Her children. God cannot refuse His pleading Mother a single request as Her will is always in perfect union with His!
WHAT MARY ASKS, SHE ALWAYS RECEIVES!
Our Savior wanted to honor Mary by working His first public miracle at Her request. All the circumstances of this miracle were to set the stage for Her impact in the Heart of the Church. Mary was invited to the wedding feast at Cana, Christ attended as a guest. Mary noticed that the bride and groom had run out of wine. Christ must have noticed this too, but He wanted to be solicited by Mary to work the miracle in order to expose Her resistless power over Him on behalf of Her children. Christ stated that He was not ready to work His first public miracle. The mission given Him by His Father did not call for it until a later hour. Christ throws the divine spotlight on Mary so all of mankind is forced to notice and admire, and be ravished by Her. “Woman, what is it to Me and to thee? My hour has not yet come.“ We cannot but marvel at the unexpected magnitude of Mary’s power. A mere hint from Her is sufficient to prevail upon Jesus and, through Him, His Heavenly Father to anticipate His Hour and to advance the schedule of the manifestation of His divinity to the world. What a Mother She is! Mary instructs the waiters, “Whatsoever He shall tell you, do ye.” (Jn. 2-5) It was God’s Will to set the stage for this exhibition of Mary’s power over Jesus.
This leads us to the LAST HOUR. Elevated on the pulpit of the Cross, Christ gave His most profound sermon. After having given us Himself, He could give us nothing more precious and profitable than the possession and patronage of His own dear Mother. He had taught us by His own example how we should reverence, love and honor His Mother. Now, He gives Mary to us, as our very own Mother! Mary’s intercession is real, actual, effective and infallible in its beneficent application. To confer this title on Mary in its marvelous force and blessed extent, Jesus shed the last drop of His Blood.
“Woman, behold thy son!”
“SON, BEHOLD THY MOTHER!”
… Take Her to your home, press Her to your heart; do whatever She tells you! She is My dying gift to you. She will be your Life, your Sweetness and your Hope!
SALUTATION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Hail Mary! Daughter of God the Father.
Hail Mary! Mother of God the Son.
Hail Mary! Spouse of the Holy Ghost.
Hail Mary! Temple of the Divinity.
Hail Mary! Immaculate Lily of the resplendent and ever-peaceful Trinity.
Hail Mary! Radiant Rose of heavenly fragrance.
Hail Mary! Virgin of virgins; Virgin most faithful, of whom the King of Heaven did will to be born.
Hail Mary! Queen of Martyrs, whose Soul was pierced with a sword of sorrow.
Hail Mary! Queen of the Universe, to whom all power has been given in Heaven and on earth.
Hail Mary! Queen of my heart, my Mother, my life, my consolation, and my dearest hope.
Hail Mary! Mother most amiable.
(St. John Eudes recommended this prayer for the conversion of sinners and advised his children to say it at the bedside of the sick. The Blessed Virgin promised him that “all who say it with devotion or at least good will, if they are in the state of grace, receive an increase of divine love in their hearts at each of the twelve salutations or benedictions contained in it; if they are in mortal sin, She will knock at the door of their hearts with Her own sweet virginal hand to urge them to open it to grace.” And, She added that, when persons are found steeped in sin and difficult to convert, it would be well to encourage them to say this salutation or, at least, to consent to having it said for them.)
For centuries, our cherished Catholic faith has been passed from person to person, parent to child, etc. Each of us carries in our heart a special memory of how God first graced us with the knowledge of the faith and how Our Blessed Mother, Saint Philomena, Venerable Pauline Jaricot and other saints changed our lives and brought us closer to Christ.
In our work in the Universal Living Rosary Association, we see first hand how millions of souls are currently living without that knowledge of God and are living outside of His grace. We have been given a beautiful opportunity to carry out Christ’s work and pass on our faith and blessings to others who would otherwise never be introduced to Our Lord, the Savior of all mankind. Just as we pray for the souls in Purgatory who have no one to pray for them, we should also make it a part of our life’s mission to pass on our faith to as many souls as possible who have no one else to pass it on to them, who don’t know Our Lord and His promise of salvation.
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