"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.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Joy of all who sorrow.


How can I draw closer to you, O Blessed and Immaculate Virgin?

How can I take refuge in your Immaculate Heart?
Your Heart, the way that leads me to God?
In Holy Communion of course - the devout reception of Your Son ...
I find communion with God in the arms of my Lady, Holy Mary of Carmel.

Yet failing that ... always unworthy and often unable to receive Holy Communion,
for whatever reason ...

I reach out to cover myself in your Scapular of Mt. Carmel,
or rather, I beg you O Blessed Virgin - cover me as Rebekah covered Jacob.

Your holy Scapular symbolizes your embrace, O Blessed Virgin,
it signals your protection, your companionship, your maternal patronage.

Clothed in the holy scapular of the Blessed Virgin Mary ...
how can I repay my Lady for her goodness to me?

The rosary of salvation I will raise,
In the house of my Mother,
    I will call upon the Lord's name.


Holy Mary,

Mother of God,

Pray for us sinners,

now,

and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

2 comments:

  1. Our Lady, Joy of All Who Sorrow, is perhaps my favorite title for the Mother of God. I love her icon, before which I always pray my breviary; but I'm too dumb to know how to paste it here. Perhaps you could. The Russian versions are all beautiful.

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