Tuesday, March 04, 2008

[MaryVitamin] Stations of the Cross with Mary VII

Mary Vitamin for March 4th

Topic: The Seventh Station-The Second Fall of Jesus

"Cosmas of Jerusalem used to say, 'While I keep my hope in thee unconquerable, O Mother of God, I shall be safe. I will fight and overcome my enemies with no other buckler than thy protection and thy all-powerful aid.'"
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary (Tan Books: 1978), 122.

St. Maximilian Kolbe
"Cooperation with grace is very important, for in response to grace comes further new grace. The more faithful we will be to grace, the more we will have reason to hope that we will receive more graces. One thing is sufficient; now, this moment, cooperate with its grace. …There is but one ultimate cause of spiritual breakdown, namely, the lessening of the flow of grace through personal ignoring of it. Then the soul weakens. This flows from infidelity to grace. How can we assure ourselves against such an eventuality? St. Alphonsus Liguori tells us to turn to the Blessed Mother and place all our trust and hope in her. Experience proves this to be true."
Will to Love (Marytown Press: 1998), 72-3.

Today, I will ask over and over that my Heavenly Mother keep me responsive to the life of grace.

Marian Vow:
Ven Mary of Agreda
"O Great Chieftainess of the martyrs, Queen of the courageous, Mistress of all the imitators of thy Son, if I am thy daughter and disciple, as Thou condescendest to call me, and as my Lord wishes to merit, do not reject my longing desire to follow thy footsteps on the way of the cross. If in my weakness I have fallen, do Thou, my Lady and Mother, obtain for me the courage of a contrite heart, justly humiliated on account of its vile ingratitude. Gain for me through thy prayers the love of the eternal Father, which is so precious, that only thy powerful intercession can obtain it and only my Lord and Redeemer can merit it for me."
Mystical City of God, Volume III  (Tan Books: 2006), 579-580.

I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.