(By St. Alphonsus Liguori.)

Behold, O Mother of my God, 
my only hope, Mary, 
behold at thy feet a miserable sinner, 
who asks thee for mercy. 
Thou art proclaimed and called by the whole Church, 
and by all the faithful, 
the refuge of sinners. 
Thou art consequently my refuge; 
thou hast to save me. 
I will say with William of Paris: 
Thou knowest, most sweet Mother of God, 
how much thy blessed Son desires our salvation.
Thou knowest all that Jesus Christ endured for this end. 
I present thee, O my Mother, the sufferings of Jesus: 
the cold that He endured in the stable, 
His journey into Egypt, 
His toils, His sweat, the Blood that He shed; 
the anguish which caused His death on the Cross,
and of which thou wast thyself a witness. 
Oh, show that thou lovest thy beloved Son, 
and by this love I implore thee to assist me.
Extend thy hand to a poor creature who has fallen 
and asks thy help. 
Were I a Saint I would not need seek thy mercy; 
but because I am a sinner I fly to thee, 
who art the Mother of mercies. 
I know that thy compassionate heart 
finds it a consolation in assisting the miserable, 
when thou canst do so, 
and dost not find them obstinate. 
Console, then, thy compassionate heart, 
and console me this day; 
for now thou hast the opportunity 
of saving a poor creature condemned to Hell; 
and thou canst do so, 
for I will not be obstinate.
I abandon myself into thy hands, 
only tell me what thou wouldst have me do, 
and obtain for me strength to execute it, 
for I am resolved to do all
that depends on me to recover the Divine grace. 
I take refuge under thy mantle. 
Jesus wills that I should have recourse to thee, 
in order not only that His Blood may save me, 
but also that thy prayers may assist me in this great work; 
for thy glory. and for His Own, 
since thou art His Mother. 
He sends me to thee, that thou mayest help me. 
O Mary, see, I have recourse to thee; 
in thee do I confide. 
Thou prayest for so many others, 
pray also for me; say only a word. 
Tell Our Lord that thou willest my salvation, 
and God will certainly save me. 
Say that I am thine, 
and then I have obtained all that I ask, 
all that I desire. 

photo: Madonna and Child artist Barnaba da Modena was a mid-14th-century Italian painter who painted in a style that was still much indebted to the Byzantine model.[1] He is considered the first Lombard painter of note and was active in Lombardy, Piedmont, and Pisa in Tuscany.

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