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Devotion to the Seven Sorrows

First Five Saturdays Devotion

The Holy Rosary

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Prayers of Consecration

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Three Hail Marys Devotion

Other Marian Devotions

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Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Jesus chose to come to us through the Blessed Virgin Mary, and faithful Christians can choose to go to Jesus through Mary. Our Lady, who is unique in all of God's creation, has a perfect love for Jesus. She is an exemplary model for how we should love God, giving us a flawless example. Mary is closer to Christ than any other person and knows best what leads us to Him. As at Cana, where she told the servers "do whatever He tells you", Mary, our Mother, wants to bring souls to God and is eager to help us reach Heaven. Many popes and saints have greatly advocated and praised devotion to the Blessed Virgin - even calling it a sign of 'predestination' (click here).

Immaculate Heart of MaryIt has been shown that Mary leads faithful Catholics closer to God through devotion to her Immaculate Heart. At Fatima, the Blessed Virgin indicated that the Lord wanted to establish a devotion to her Immaculate Heart, which has been so wounded by the sins of man. She confirmed her requests with fulfilled prophecies, cures, solar phenomena (witnessed by tens of thousands of people), and other miracles. It is clear that this powerful devotion can help us become more holy, grow in love for Christ and Mary, and reach Heaven. As Bl. Jacinta of Fatima said, "Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her." And even more important than achieving peace on earth, the Immaculate Heart of Mary can help us obtain eternal peace, in heaven with herself and with her divine Son, Jesus Christ.

Catholics devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary should follow Our Lady of Fatima's "Peace Plan" (click here), including wearing the Scapular, praying the Rosary daily, and performing the first five Saturdays devotion. Catholics should consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (click here), which attests to one's confidence that Mary will help & protect them and that she will lead them directly to Jesus, like a mother who holds her child's hand and helps them stay on the right path. 

We know that Mary, full of grace, is the new "Ark of the Covenant", who was chosen by God as worthy to bear the Word become Flesh. She is a most trustworthy guide to Christ and those devoted to her Immaculate Heart assuredly have a powerful aid to salvation.

"To be devout to you, O holy Virgin, is an arm of salvation which God gives to those whom He wishes to save" (St. John Damascene, Doctor of the Church)

"If you persevere until death in true devotion to Mary, your salvation is certain." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

"While Peter has the keys of heaven, Mary has the key to God's heart; while Peter binds and looses, Mary also binds with the chains of love and looses with the gift of pardon. While Peter is the guardian and the minister of indulgences, Mary is the generous and wise treasurer of God's favors. 'He who desires grace and does not have recourse to Mary, desires to fly without wings.' (Dante)" (Pope Pius XII)

Also See...

Some Reasons to Honor the Blessed Virgin Mary

Some Thoughts on the Blessed Virgin Mary

Praise of Mary (Reflections)

Mary's Virtues (Reflections)

The Blessed Virgin's Intercession (Reflections)

Mary as Mediatrix / Co-Redemptrix (Reflections)

Mary & Grace / Graces (Reflections)

Immaculate Conception / Sinlessness (Reflections)

Annunciation / Incarnation (Reflections)

Mary's Maternity (Reflections)

Jesus & Mary (Reflections)

The Queenship of Mary (Reflections)

Devotion to Mary / Devotion to Mary is Recommended (Reflections)

We Should Imitate Mary / Mary is Our Model (Reflections)

More 'Mary, Our Mother' Reflections

Do Catholics Worship Mary?

Marian Facts

Marian Scriptural References

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Devotion to the Seven Sorrows

Seven SorrowsThe devotion to Mary's Seven Sorrows was handed down by St. Bridget and involves the daily saying of seven Hail Marys in honor of the "Seven Sorrows of Mary". One should recite these prayers and compassionately meditate on each of Seven Sorrows of Mary. It has been said that Mary finds tears shed in compassion for her to be pleasing. The Seven Sorrows of Our Lady for meditation are:

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon (Lk. 2:34-35).

  2. The Flight into Egypt (Mt. 2:13-15).

  3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Lk.2:41-51).

  4. The Meeting of Jesus & Mary on the Way to Calvary.

  5. Jesus Dies on the Cross (Lk. 23:46).

  6. Mary Receives the Dead Body of Jesus in Her Arms.

  7. Jesus is Placed in the Tomb. (Jn. 19:40-42).

Various promises of graces have been associated with this devotion, including: family peace, enlightenment, consolation, accompaniment, defense in spiritual battles, protection, and assistance at the hour of death. Additional graces have been promised to those who propagate this devotion.

Note: The above refers to the traditional devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. Other 'alternate' forms exist (e.g. with different sorrows), but these may not be associated with the same promises of graces as the traditional form.

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First Five Saturdays Devotion

The first five Saturday's devotion (associated with Fatima), should be performed with the intent of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. To those who participate in this devotion, Mary has promised to provide all graces necessary for salvation at the hour of their death. To participate in this devotion, the following should be done on the first Saturday of any five consecutive months with the intention of making reparation to her:

  • Sacramental Confession (Note: See Sacraments Section for more information)

  • Receive Holy Communion (Note: See Sacraments Section for more information)

  • Recite the Rosary (5 decades)

  • Spend 15 minutes with Our Lady mediating on the 15 mysteries of the Rosary

Note: One may repeat this devotion as often as possible.

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The Holy Rosary

The Holy RosaryIn short, the Rosary is a very powerful prayer tool which contains a total of 59 strung beads, a crucifix and, possibly, a center piece. It is used by Catholics of all ages throughout the world to contemplate the Lord and his Blessed Mother, to help them prayerfully seek spiritual and temporal favors from God for themselves and for others, and to praise and thank God. The Rosary can bring about a deeply moving experience for those who have learned how to pray it well. Many of the great saints prayed the Rosary very often and the Rosary has been associated with countless miracles.

Numerous popes, saints, and others have strongly encouraged all to pray the Rosary. And, the Blessed Virgin herself has urged us to pray the Rosary. Throughout its history, the Rosary has been considered a powerful weapon against the forces of evil. It has also been associated with countless miracles of all types. The Rosary has been attributed to one of the greatest military upsets in all of history as Christians carried rosaries into battle along with their swords and achieved astonishing results. The saints have called the Rosary a "ladder to heaven". At least one saint specifically attributes the salvation of his soul to the Rosary. Many promise great spiritual benefits to those who pray the Rosary and a number of heavenly promises have also been associated with the Rosary. Popes have lavished it with indulgences. Those who pray it can tell you of the invaluable benefits it brings them.

Praying the Rosary also binds you with fellow Catholics throughout the world, as well as providing a link between yourself and your ancestors who have passed on. Furthermore, by praying the Rosary, you honor God, you obey your heavenly Mother, you conform to the wishes of many popes and saints, and you may strengthen your faith, resist sin, grow spiritually, fight evil, gain indulgences, aid the souls in purgatory, and even benefit society at large. Catholics are earnestly encouraged to pray the Rosary daily and non-Catholics are also invited and requested to pray it. You will be glad you did!

"[M]ay the beads of the Rosary be in the hands of all" (Pope Pius XII)

"I have no better way of knowing if a man is for God than if he likes to say the Hail Mary and the Rosary." (St. Louis de Montfort)

 "If you want peace in your heart, in your home, in your country, assemble together every night and say the Rosary." (Pope St. Pius X)

"Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood." (St. Louis de Montfort)

"Of all the prayers, the Rosary is the most beautiful and the richest in graces; of all it is the one most pleasing to Mary, the Virgin Most Holy." (Pope St. Pius X)

"Next to the holy sacrifice of the Mass, there is, indeed, nothing more terrifying to [the devil], nor does he bear a more implacable hatred to anything than to the devotion of the Rosary." (Muller)

"I beg of you to beware of thinking of the Rosary as something of little importance - as do ignorant people and even several great but proud scholars. Far from being insignificant, the rosary is a priceless treasure which is inspired by God." (St. Louis de Montfort)

"The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description." (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

"Number those, if you can, who, through the devotion of the Rosary, have recovered from sickness; how many captives have been set at liberty; how many have been delivered by Mary who were in danger of perishing by fire, in danger of shipwreck, in danger of war and pestilence. Go to the sanctuaries of Our Blessed Lady, and see there the many votive offerings, ornaments of gold and silver and precious stones, in commemoration of miraculous cures or other extraordinary favors obtained though the devotion of the Rosary; for in these sanctuaries of the Blessed Virgin the blind are restored to sight, the lame walk, the demons are expelled from the bodies of men. These are authentic facts, attested not only by persons of note who have heard them from others, but by thousands of eyewitnesses whose sincerity we cannot doubt; facts so numerous that, if they were all written, it would take years to read them. What favor and blessing is there that cannot be obtained by the devotion of the Rosary?" (Muller)

For more information on the Rosary, visit the Holy Rosary Section which contains topics such as: 

What is the Rosary and Why Pray it?

Where the 'Hail Mary' Prayer Comes From

How to Pray the Rosary / Mysteries of the Rosary

History of the Rosary

Promises of the Rosary

Rosary Facts

Tips for Praying the Rosary

The Daily Rosary   

The Rosary in Latin

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The Miraculous Medal

Originally called the "Medal of the Immaculate Conception", the Miraculous Medal was struck in the early 1800's after an apparition of our Blessed Mother to St. Catherine Laboure in Rue du Bac, France. This medal was fashioned after St. Catherine's vision, on the instruction of the Blessed Mother herself. The front of the medal contains an image of the Virgin Mary standing on a globe with outstretched hands emitting a dazzling light framed in an oval with the words "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee". On the back of the medal, twelve stars encircle an "M" surmounted by a cross with a crossbar with an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned in thorns and the Immaculate Heart of Mary pierced with a sword appearing underneath. During the apparition, Mary's fingers were covered with precious jewels that gave off dazzling light. She said these were symbols of the graces which would be bestowed on those who asked for them. The jewels without rays represent those graces not given because they are not asked for. She said that Mary promised great graces to those who wear this medal after being blessed, especially if they wear it around their neck. She said that graces will be abundantly bestowed on those who have confidence and that those who repeat the prayer appearing on the medal would be under Mary's special protection.  

Miraculous MedalAs proof of its heavenly origin, many thousands of miracles have been attributed to the medal, thus the medal began to be known as the "Miraculous Medal". The most famous miracle was confirmed by a canonical investigation and involved the dramatic and sudden conversion of a Jewish man named Alphonse Ratisbonne who hated the Church. After wearing the medal for a short time on a dare, he made a dramatic conversion to the Catholic Church and was later ordained as a priest. Within a short time, the medal spread dramatically in popularity, and well into the millions were in existence. A feast day of the Miraculous Medal was later instituted by the Church. Also, the predictions made by Mary during the apparition came true. Despite the popularity of the medal, Sister Catherine resisted fame and kept her involvement unknown (except to her confessor). She was later canonized by the Church and her body was found to be incorrupt.  

Note that the Miraculous Medal is not to be used superstitiously or as a magic charm, but rather it is to be used as a sacramental, or a visible sign of God's grace. Commonly, the medal is associated with the graces of faith, patience, forgiveness, and repentance. The inexpensive Miraculous Medal can be easily obtained (some organizations give them away at no charge). Partake of this treasured devotion today - obtain some medals for yourself and for your family, have them blessed, and wear them. Be sure to repeat the prayer "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee" daily for added graces.

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Prayers of Consecration

Various prayers of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary exist, such as the Acts of Consecration below. Such prayers should be repeated on the important feast days of our Blessed Mother and can be renewed daily (and especially on Saturdays). It is important that those who consecrate themselves always endeavor to live up to the words of their consecration.

Short Act of Consecration

My Queen! My Mother! I give thee all myself, and, to show my devotion to thee, I consecrate to thee my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my entire self. Wherefore, O loving Mother, as I am thine own, keep me, defend me, as thy property and possession.

Source: Raccolta

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Mary, Virgin most powerful and Mother of mercy, Queen of Heaven and Refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart. We consecrate to thee our very being and our whole life; all that we have, all that we love, all that we are. To thee we give our bodies, our hearts and our souls; to thee we give our homes, our families, our country. We desire that all that is in us and around us may belong to thee, and may share in the benefits of thy motherly benediction. And that this act of consecration may be truly efficacious and lasting, we renew this day at thy feet the promises of our Baptism and our first Holy Communion. We pledge ourselves to profess courageously and at all times the truths of our holy Faith, and to live as befits Catholics who are duly submissive to all the directions of the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him. We pledge ourselves to keep the commandments of God and His Church, in particular to keep holy the Lord's Day. We likewise pledge ourselves to make the consoling practices of the Christian religion, and above all, Holy Communion, an integral part of our lives, in so far as we shall be able so to do. Finally, we promise thee, O glorious Mother of God and loving Mother of men, to devote ourselves whole-heartedly to the service of thy blessed cult, in order to hasten and assure, through the sovereignty of thine Immaculate Heart, the coming of the kingdom of the Sacred Heart of thine adorable Son, in our own hearts and in those of all men, in our country and in all the world, as in heaven, so on earth. Amen. 

Source: Raccolta

Act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary

O Eternal and Incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and true man, only Son of the Eternal Father, and of Mary, always virgin! I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom and splendors of Thy Father during eternity; and I adore Thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Thy most worthy Mother, in the time of Thine Incarnation. I give Thee thanks for that Thou hast annihilated Thyself, taking the form of a slave in order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil. I praise and glorify Thee for that Thou hast been pleased to submit Thyself to Mary, Thy holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me Thy faithful slave through her. But, alas! Ungrateful and faithless as I have been, I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to Thee in my Baptism; I have not fulfilled my obligations; I do not deserve to be called Thy child, nor yet Thy slave; and as there is nothing in me which does not merit Thine anger and Thy repulse, I dare not come by myself before Thy most holy and august Majesty. It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother, whom Thou hast given me for a mediatrix with Thee. It is through her that I hope to attain of Thee contrition, the pardon of my sins, and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom. Hail, then, O Immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by angels and by men! Hail, O Queen of Heaven and earth, to whose empire everything is subject which is under God. Hail, O sure refuge of sinners, whose mercy fails no one. Hear the desires which I have of the Divine Wisdom; and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to thee. I, (N.), a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity. Receive, O benignant Virgin, this little offering of my slavery, in honor of, and in union with, that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity, in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner, and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee. I declare that I wish henceforth, as thy true slave, to seek thy honor and to obey thee in all things. O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by thee, by thee He may receive me! O mother of Mercy, grant me the grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God; and for that end receive me among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest, and protectest as thy children and thy slaves. O faithful Virgin, make me in all things so perfect a disciple, imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus Christ thy Son, that I may attain, by thine intercession and by thine example, to the fullness of His age on earth and of His glory in Heaven. Amen.

Source: True Devotion to Mary (St. Louis Marie De Montfort)

Act of Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to you, all the people of our country and all the world. Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as you wish to accomplish your designs in the world. O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully. We come with confidence to you, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumph in every heart and home. Amen.

Pope Pius XII

"Consecration to the Mother of God is a total giving of oneself to her for one's entire life and for eternity; and this gift is not a mere formula of words or sentiment, but effective, that is fulfilled by a Christian and Marian life." (Pope Pius XII)

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Three Hail Marys Devotion

Annunciation

Special graces during life and at the hour of death have been associated those who participate in the Three Hail Marys devotion, including the grace of protection from evil, wisdom, and a happy death. The devotion may be especially helpful for those struggling with impurity. This devotion simply consists of saying three Hail Marys (click here) each and every morning and evening in honor of the privileges bestowed upon the Blessed Virgin by the Holy Trinity. The prayers are in honor of God the Father (who bestowed Mary with the greatest power of all His creation), Jesus (who shared His perfect Wisdom with Mary), and the Holy Spirit (who filled Mary's soul with the sweetness of His mercy, tenderness, and love). After conclusion of the Hail Marys, say "O my Mother, preserve me from sin during this day (night)".

"When I pray 'Hail Mary', the heavens smile, the angels rejoice, the earth is happy" (St. Francis of Assisi)

"I have no better way of knowing if a man is for God than if he likes to say the Hail Mary and the Rosary." (St. Louis de Montfort)

Also See: Where the Hail Mary Comes From (Rosary Section)

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Other Marian Devotions

Immaculate Heart of MaryIn addition to those indicated above, there are numerous other practices of devotion to Our Blessed Mother. Before considering other devotional practices, however, Catholics should at least partake of those "essential" devotions such as the Rosary, Scapular, First Five Saturdays Devotion, Miraculous Medal, and Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Catholics should also be sure to have at least one image of the Blessed Virgin in their home.

Some Additional Marian Devotions Include:

  • Recitation of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin

  • Regular Recitation of the Angelus / Regina Caeli

  • Recitation of the Litany of Loreto

  • Recitation of the Little Crown of Our Lady, as recommended by St. Louis De Montfort

  • Hourly devotions (e.g. saying a Hail Mary each time the clock strikes a new hour)

  • Beginning all actions with a Hail Mary

  • Frequently invoking the Holy Name of Mary (e.g. "Mary!", "Hail Mary", etc.)

  • Meditating on the Joys of Mary (click here)

  • Engaging in appropriate charitable acts, works, mortifications, fasts, etc. in honor of Mary [especially during days/months devoted to the Blessed Virgin (e.g. Saturdays/May)].

  • Other Marian chaplets, prayers, etc.

  • Other exercises of devotion in honor of the Immaculate Virgin Mary

  • Offer up Communions, novenas, etc in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Veneration of an image

  • Join appropriate Marian confraternities

  • Participate in worthy Marian pilgrimages

  • Engaging in appropriate spiritual reading

  • Make special offerings of charity or other good acts on Marian Feast days 

  • Etc.

It is important to note that those devoted to Mary must be careful to avoid sin (especially mortal sin) and not become presumptuous concerning their salvation. True Marian devotion is essentially internal, and must not consist of merely external practices. As St. Alphonsus Liguori has stated, "The devotion most dear and pleasing to Mary is to endeavor to imitate her virtues." Faithful devotees are also called to have frequent recourse to Mary: "Of all devotions, there is none so pleasing to our Mother as that of having frequent recourse to her intercession, seeking her help in all our wants" (St. Alphonsus Liguori). And finally, it is of the utmost importance to continue in one's devotion to Mary. As St. Alphonsus points out, "Oh, how many are there now in hell who would have been saved had they only persevered in the devotions which they once practiced in honor of Mary!" No matter what, never give up your true devotion to Mary, your loving Mother, who is so solicitous of your salvation and who will lead you safely to God. If for some reason you do set aside your devotion, don't hesitate to resume it again and ask your loving Mother for the grace of perseverance.

"[Mary] is by nature so good and so merciful that inclined to aid spontaneously those who suffer, she is absolutely incapable of refusing her help to those who invoke her." (Pope Benedict XV)

"[T]he Virgin is more powerful than all others as a means for uniting mankind with Christ." (Pope St. Pius X, "Ad Diem Illum Laetissimum", 1904)

"Many souls are in heaven through the prayers of Mary who otherwise would not be there." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"Our advocate, placed between God and the sinner, takes it upon herself to invoke clemency of the Judge so as to temper his justice, touch the heart of the sinner and overcome his obstinacy." (Pope Pius XII)

"Although she was never subject to the frailty and perversity of our nature, Mary well knows its condition and is the best and most solicitous of mothers. How willingly will she hasten to our aid when we need her; with what love will she refresh us, and with what strength sustain us." (Pope Leo XIII, "Magnae Dei Matris", 1892)

"Then, O sinner, whoever thou mayest be, imbedded in crime, grown old in sin, despair not; thank the Lord, who that He might show thee mercy, has not only given His Son for thy advocate, but, to encourage thee to greater confidence, has provided thee with a mediatress who by her prayers obtains whatever she wills. Go then, have recourse to Mary, and thou wilt be saved." (St. Bernard, Doctor of the Church)

"Should the sight of our sins ever discourage us, let us address the Mother of mercy in the words of William of Paris: 'O Lady, do not set up my sins against me, for I oppose thy compassion to them. Let it never be said that my sins could contend in judgment against thy mercy, which is far more powerful to obtain me pardon than my sins are to obtain my condemnation.'" (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

"Who can ever comprehend the solicitude with which Mary constantly stands before God in our behalf? 'She is never weary of defending us,' says St. Germanus; and the remark is beautiful meaning that so great is the compassion excited in Mary by our misery, and such is the love that she bears us, that she prays constantly, and relaxes not her efforts in our behalf: that by her prayers she may effectually defend us from evil, and obtain for us sufficient graces." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

"As a fond mother who sees her child weeping or suffering from a wound, so the tender Mother Mary never desists from her supplications to her Son in favor of the sinner, until the wounds made in his soul by sin are bound up and healed. Who ever invoked Mary without being heard? Who ever craved her patronage and received a refusal? It appears to be an established law of Providence that mercy shall be shown to all those for whom Mary intercedes." (Muller)

"There is no question here of confusing our Lady and our Lord; we venerate our Mother, we worship our Lord. We ask of Jesus those things which only God can give: mercy, grace, forgiveness. We ask that Mary should intercede for us with Him, and especially at the hour of our death. Because of her nearness to Jesus which her vocation involves, we know our Lord listens especially to her appeal. To no other saint can we ask as a child to its mother: no other virgin, or martyr, or mother, or confessor has ever suffered as much for us as she has; no one has ever established better claim to our love and patronage than she." (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

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