MARY, I BEG YOU By St Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109) Magnificent Doctor Marian Doctor
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.
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.
O Mary, your name has been on my lips
and in my heart from my early infancy.
When I was a child I learned to love you as a Mother,
turn to you in danger and trust your intercession.
You see in my heart the desire to know the truth,
to practice virtue, to be prudent and just, strong and patient, a brother to all.
O Mary, help me to keep to my purpose of living as a faithful disciple of Jesus,
for the building up of the Christian society and the joy of the holy Catholic Church.
I greet you, Mother, morning and evening;
I pray to you as I go on my way;
from you I hope for the inspiration and encouragement
that will enable me to fulfill the sacred promises of my earthly vocation,
give glory to God, and win eternal salvation.
O Mary! Like you in Bethlehem and on Golgotha,
I too wish to stay always close to Jesus.
He is the eternal King of all ages and all peoples.
And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favoured one! The Lord is with you.”………..Luke 1:28
REFLECTION -“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many — on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”……..St Bernardine of Siena
PRAYER – Lord God, You sent your angel to Mary and Your divine Son became man when she gave her consent to the angel’s announcement. Help me to give a perpetual consent to all that You will for me and a perpetual refusal to all that only I, in my pride, wish. Help me to see and understand and pray unceasingly to discern Your will. Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, help us all. St Bernardine of Siena, please pray for us, amen.
I Call Upon You, Mother of God By St Bonaventure (1217-1274) – Seraphic Doctor
I shall call upon you, Mother of God
and you will hear me;
your praises will gladden my heart.
I have called to you in trouble
and you have heard me at your throne in heaven.
Take up my cause, Mother,
for I have departed from my innocence;
but because I have hoped in you,
I shall not lose my soul.
To you, Mother, have I pleaded,
after having wandered from God
and I was saved by the power of your intercession.
In you, Mother, I place all my hope
because of your most loving compassion.
Into your hands I entrust my soul and body,
my whole life and the hour of my death.
Intercede for us, Mother of God and Mediatrix,
who have brought salvation to mankind. Amen
The Saint Who Influenced Pope St. John Paul II’s Profound Devotion to Mary
Pope St. John Paul II was well known for having a deep and abiding love for the Blessed Virgin Mary. His devotion to her was evident in all that he did: his teaching, his prayer life, even his papal motto and coat of arms were dedicated to the Blessed Mother.
When he was nearly fatally shot during his papacy he credited the intercession of the Virgin Mary, specifically Our Lady of Fatima, with the miraculous save of his life.
But how did he develop this life-long devotion to Mary?
In his book, Gift and Mystery, Blessed Pope John Paul II credits his home parish and the nearby Carmelites for their early influence on him. He also had a very devout father who regularly took him on pilgrimages to local Marian shrines.
However, as he matured in his faith as a young adult, he singles out one overwhelming influence which changed his life. He gleaned his profound devotion to Mary largely through the writings of one man: St. Louis de Montfort.
“At one point I began to question my devotion to Mary, believing that, if it became too great, it might end up compromising the supremacy of the worship owed to Christ. At that time, I was greatly helped by a book by Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort…
There I found the answers to my questions, Yes, Mary does bring us closer to Christ; she does lead us to him, provided that we live her mystery in Christ… The author was an outstanding theologian. His Mariological thought is rooted in the mystery of the Trinity and in the truth of the Incarnation of the Word of God”.
Pope John Paul II thought so highly of the writing of St. Louis De Montfort that he spoke about the saint on many occasions. In addition, on December 8, 2003, he wrote a special letter on the occasion of the 160th Anniversary of De Montfort’s publication. In this letter he wrote: “I myself, in the years of my youth, found reading this book a great help.”
True Devotion to Mary had such a lasting influence on him that when he was elected Supreme Pontiff in 1978, he chose his papal motto, Totus Tuus, from words written by St. Louis De Montfort, as he describes below:
“As is well known, (in) my episcopal coat of arms … the motto Totus tuus is inspired by the teaching of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort. These two words express total belonging to Jesus through Mary: “Tuus totus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt.” (“I am all Yours, and all that I have is Yours.”) . . . “This Saint’s teaching has had a profound influence on the Marian devotion of many of the faithful and on my own life.”
There is no better way to advance quickly in holiness, no better way to please God, and no better way to guarantee one’s present sanctity and eternal salvation than with a true devotion to Mary. Pope John Paul II learned this and demonstrated this truth in his life, proven now that he has been raised to the altars and numbered with the saints in heaven.
“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.”