LENT WITH OUR LADY


SATURDAY IN LENT III

PONDER

1. Mary mortified herself; she was detached from all creatures; therefore the love of God could reign completely in her heart. 

2. Because Mary had so great a love toward God, she surely desires nothing so much from her clients, as that they also love God as much as they are able.

PRAY

“Ah, Mary, thou Queen of love, of all creatures the most amiable, the most beloved, and the most loving, as St. Francis de Sales addressed thee—my own sweet Mother, thou was always and in all things inflamed with love toward God; deign, then, to bestow at least a spark of it on me. Thou didst pray thy Son for the spouses whose wine failed: ‘They have no wine.’ Wilt thou not pray for us, in whom the love of God, Whom we are under such obligations to love, is wanting? Say also, ‘They have no love,’ and obtain for us this love. This is the only grace for which we ask. O Mother, by the love thou bearest to Jesus, graciously hear and pray for us. Amen” (St. Alphonsus).

Let us pray that through our Blessed Mother we may receive the love of God.

PRACTICE

Recommend to the heart of Mary some one of
your friends, whom you know to be living in the habit of mortal sin, or in the neglect of the positive duties of religion.

Let those be silent in thy praise, O Sacred Refuge of Sinners, who have not experienced thy mercy! – St. Bernard

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