Our Morning Offering – 23 May
MARY, I BEG YOU
By St Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)
Mary, I beg you,
by that grace through which
the Lord is with you
and you will to be with him,
let your mercy be with me.
Let love for you always be with me,
and the care for me be always with you.
Let the cry of my need,
as long as it persists,
be with you,
and the care of your goodness,
as long as I need it,
be with me.
Let joy in your blessedness
be always with me,
and compassion for my wretchedness,
where I need it,
be with you.
Our Morning Offering – 22 May
Mother of Mercy
By St Bonaventure (1217-74)
Virgin full of goodness,
Mother of Mercy,
I entrust to you my body and soul,
my thoughts, my actions,
my life and my death.
O my Queen, help me,
and deliver me from all
the snares of the devil.
Obtain for me the grace
of loving my Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, with a true and perfect love,
and after Him, O Mary,
to love you with all my heart
and above all things.
Quote of the Day – 19 May
“All our perfection consists in being conformed,
united and consecrated to Jesus Christ;
and therefore the most perfect of all devotions is,
without any doubt, that which the most perfectly
conforms, unites and consecrates us to Jesus Christ.
Now Mary being the most conformed of all creatures to Jesus Christ,
it follows that, of all devotions that which most consecrates
and conforms the soul to Our Lord is devotion to His holy Mother
and the more a soul is consecrated to Mary,
the more it is consecrated to Jesus.
Hence it comes to pass that the most perfect consecration
to Jesus Christ is nothing else than a perfect and entire
consecration of ourselves to the Blessed Virgin.”
St Louis de Montfort
One Minute Reflection – 19 May
Those who love me I also love and those who seek me find me…….Proverbs 8:17
REFLECTION – “Blessed are those who abandon themselves into Our Lady’s hands. Their names are written in the Book of Life.”………………St Bonaventure (1217-74) Doctor seraphicus (Seraphic Doctor)
PRAYER – Heavenly Father, make a devoted client of Your beloved Daughter, Mary. Let me entrust myself always into her hands so that she may protect me as she took cate of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in His infancy, childhood and throughout His life. Make me unto her, Lord my God! Mary, my beloved Mother, give me your spirit and pray for us all amen!
Our Morning Offering – 19 May
Grant me your Spirit, my Beloved Mother
By ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT (1673-1716)
My powerful Queen,
you are all mine through your mercy,
and I am all yours.
Take away from me all that may displease God
and cultivate in me all that is pleasing to Him.
May the light of your faith
dispel the darkness of my mind,
your deep humility
take the place of my pride,
your continual sight of God
fill my memory with His presence.
May the first of the love of your heart
inflame the lukewarmness of my own heart.
May your virtues take the place of my sins.
May your merits be my enrichment
and make up for all
that is wanting in me before God.
My beloved Mother,
grant that I may have no other spirit but your spirit,
to know Jesus Christ and His Divine will
and to praise and glorify the Lord,
that I may love God with burning love like yours.
Quote of the Day – 18 May
“Let us offer ourselves without delay
and without reserve to Mary
and beg her to offer us, herself, to God.”
St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)
Doctor zelantissimus (Most Zealous Doctor)
One Minute Reflection – 18 May
“You are the glory of Jerusalem!
You are the great pride of Israel!
You are the great boast of our nation!……Judith 15:9
REFLECTION – “Those who want to prevent their heart from being pervaded by the evils of earth, should entrust it to the Blessed Virgin, our Lady and our Mother. They will then regain it in heaven, freed from all evils.”……………St Francis de Sales
PRAYER – Lord Jesus, move me to entrust my heart and my affections to Your Holy Mother. Grant that her prayers may keep me from all evil and firmly attached to You forever. Holy Mary, Holy Mother, pray for us, amen.