"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.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Novena for the Immaculate Conception begins today ...*

Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, 
fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary,you alone have destroyed all heresies in the whole world. - Little Office
Thou art all fair O Mary
and the original stain is not in thee,
O Mary!
O Mary, by thy holy and Immaculate Conception
make my body pure and my spirit holy.

Our Lady "is the sure means, the direct and immaculate way to Jesus, and the perfect guide to him, it is through her that souls who are to shine forth in sanctity must find him.  He who finds Mary finds life, that is, Jesus Christ." - St. Louis De Montfort

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In the Blessed Virgin there is no stain of sin, no impurity - pray to her to free you and make you worthy of the promises of Christ.  Our Lady is refuge of sinners.  By her Holy and Immaculate Conception she can make us pure and chaste, enclosing our souls within her Immaculate Heart as in a safe citadel.  She is our Maternal Refuge; Mother of divine grace, Mother most pure, Mother most chaste, Mother inviolate, Mother undefiled.  She is the original Garden Enclosed, a Tower of Ivory - defense against the assaults of the world, the flesh, and the Devil.  The Blessed Virgin is the Gate of Heaven.

O Mary, conceived without sin - pray for us who have recourse to thee!  O Mary!  Most holy and immaculate virginity!  Pray for us who have recourse to thee, and for those who do not - especially the enemies of the Church, and those recommended to thee.

Cause of our joy!

*Novena prayers available here.

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