"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Our Lady of Mercy, Our Lady of Ransom

B. Mariæ V. de Mercede
Merciful Father and God of all consolation,
you have shown yourself
to be wonderful in the glorious Virgin Mary,
Mother of Christ, and have given her to us
as the Mother of Mercy.
May all of us who venerate her with devotion,
always experience her powerful intercession,
and enjoy Your immense mercy.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Nothing is more natural, nothing more desirable than to seek a refuge in the protection and in the loyalty of her to whom we may confess our designs and our actions, our innocence and our repentance, our torments and our joys, our prayers and our desires-all our fears. All men, moreover, are filled with the hope and confidence that petitions which might be received with less favor from the lips of unworthy men, God will accept when they are recommended by the most Holy Mother, and will grant  all favors.

This storm of evils, in the midst of which the Church struggles so strenuously, reveals to all her pious children the holy duty whereto they are bound to pray to God with insistence, and the manner in which they may give to their prayers the greater power. Faithful to the religious example of our fathers, let us have recourse to Mary, our holy Sovereign. Let us entreat, let us beseech, with one heart, Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, our Mother. "Show thyself to be a mother; cause our prayers to be accepted by Him Who, born for us, consented to be thy Son." - Leo XIII

Since I received my first Missal, I was always attracted to Our Lady under this title.  I suppose the feast has even deeper meaning, and greater urgency for me now.


  1. You know what I find beautiful, consoling, and assuring? That in the midst of the storm of good, bad, foolish, Papa Francis commentary, there he is, simple, small, holy, humble, prayerful and in need of his precious Mama's protection. He knows it and embraces it with all of his heart.

    That thought, that truth, makes me smile with joy, with gratitude, because with Papa Francis at the helm of the Barque, that is our beloved Church, under the mantle of the holy Virgin, he cannot steer her in the wrong direction.

    May all of us be blessed to remember that! Amen!

  2. Thanks Yaya - please pray for me today - the news is sad. Thanks.

  3. Yes, I will pray for you, Terry. Some of the posts you have shared are sad and I will pray for those as well. Thanks for sharing them though.

    God bless!


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