Monday, January 30, 2012


Leo XIII in 1880

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Mary Vitamin for January 30th

Topic: Mother of Mercy

Pope Leo XIII
"When we have recourse to Mary in prayer, we are having recourse to the Mother of mercy, who is so well disposed toward us that, whatever the necessity that presses upon us especially in attaining eternal life, she is instantly at our side of her own accord, even though she has not been invoked."

Pope Leo XIII goes on to say,
"She dispenses grace with a generous hand from that treasure with which from the beginning she was divinely endowed in fullest abundance that she might be worthy to be the Mother of God. By the fullness of grace which confers on her the most illustrious of her many titles, the Blessed Virgin is infinitely superior to all the hierarchies of men and angels, the one creature who is closest of all to Christ."

Finally, in this paragraph, the Holy Father quotes from St. Thomas Aquinas, "It is a great thing in any saint to have grace sufficient for the salvation of many souls; but to have enough to suffice for the salvation of everybody in the world. is the
Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin

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 greatest of all; and this is found in Christ and in the Blessed Virgin."

Today, I will call upon Our Lady under the title Mother of Mercy, and I will think of her as "instantly at my side."

Marian Vow:
Father Manelli writes of the example of St. Alphonsus Rodriguez who "broke out into ardent exclamations when he was praying to Our Lady: How much you mean to me, O Queen of the Angels and Mother of my God!... How great is the love  I bear you!...It is greater than the love you have for me!...Our Lady then appeared to him in great beauty and sweetness and affectionately answered, 'No, Alphonsus; that is not so. You are deceiving yourself: much greater is the love I have for you, beyond comparison.'"
Devotion to Our Lady, (Academy of the Immaculate: 2001), 34.

I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Thanks be to God for graces received.


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