Faces of Mary

“If you see your child overwhelmed by misfortune, O gracious Virgin Mary, let me find rest in your motherly embrace” (Pope Leo XIII).

Virgin faithful, pray for us.  Teach us to believe as you believed.  Make our faith in God, in Christ, in the Church, always to be serene, courageous, strong, and generous (St. John Paul II).

The heart of this good Mother is all love and mercy.  She desires only to see us happy.  We have only to turn to her to be heard (St. John Vianney).

“When we feel our cross weighing upon us let us have recourse to Mary, whom the Church calls the ‘consoler of the afflicted’” (St. Alphonsus Liguori).

We ask you, Our Lady, Mother of God, exalted above the choirs of angels, that you fill the vessel of our hearts with grace; that you make it shine with the gold of wisdom; that you make it resolute with the power of your virtue; that you adorn it with the precious stones of virtue (St. Anthony of Padua).

In Mary Immaculate we contemplate the reflection of the beauty that saves the world: the beauty of God that shines on the face of Christ.  In Mary this beauty is totally pure, humble, free of all pride and presumption (Pope Benedict XVI).

“Mary’s task as Mother of God and mother of humans has always been to lead her human children to her divine son” (Catherine de Hueck Doherty).

[The Blessed Mother] shows us how to live our life of faith.  Let us run to her when the oil of our lamp runs low.  Let us ask her to make our faith flame up so brightly so it outshines all the other flickering lights (St. Katharine Drexel, 1858-1955).

If you are in danger, if your hearts are confused, turn to Mary.  She is our comfort, our help.  Turn toward her, and you will be saved (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini).

“Always stay close to this heavenly mother because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of eternal splendor” (St. Pio of Pietrelcina).

When we have handled something fragrant, our hands perfume whatever they touch.  Let our prayers pass through the Blessed Virgin’s hands, and she will give them fragrance (St. John Vianney).

O name of Mary!  Joy in the heart, honey in the mouth, melody in the ear of those devoted to her! (St. Anthony of Padua).

“My children, if you desire perseverance, be devout to our Blessed Lady” (St. Philip Neri).



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O Mother, help my children!

This is the petition of my heart, O Mary!

May your blessing accompany them, guard them, defend and encourage them, and carry them everywhere and in all situations.  When they place themselves before the Lord, offering him their prayers and praises, when they present him their needs or implore his mercy,
O Mother, help my children!

When they go to work or to study, when they go from one activity to another, at every movement they make, at every step they take, at every new endeavor, O Mother, help my children!

When they are tested in their virtues and the chalice of suffering is placed before them, when the Divine Mercy wants to purify them through suffering, O Mother, help my children!

When evil powers rage against them and try to seduce them with pleasures, violence, temptations, and bad examples, O Mother, help my children and preserve them from all evil!

When at night they go to rest in order to continue with new strength the next day on their way to the Eternal Land, O Mother, help my children!

May your blessing, Mother mine, descend upon them day and night, in consolation and sadness, at work and at rest, in health and in sickness, in life and in death.  Amen.

May 19, 2014

“The Blessed Virgin is like a good mother who, not content with looking after all her children in general, watches over each one separately” (St. John Vianney).

September 19, 2014

SJC3313-12“In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).

November 8, 2014

“Mary stands in the presence of her son and never ceases to intercede for sinners” (St. Bede the Venerable).

January 24, 2015

“Let us run to Mary and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence” (St. Francis de Sales).

March 7, 2015

“Most certainly God will not condemn those sinners who have recourse to Mary and for whom she prays, since he himself commended them to her as her children” (St. Alphonsus Liguori).

May 31, 2015

How people like to be reminded of their relationship with distinguished figures in literature, in politics, in the army, in the Church….  Sing to the Immaculate Virgin, reminding her: Hail Mary, daughter of God the Father: Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son: Hail Mary, Spouse of God the Holy Spirit….  Greater than you, none but God! (St. Josemaría Escrivá).

June 13, 2015

StM121309-63“If you put all the love of all the mothers into one heart it still would not equal the love of the heart of Mary for her children” (St. Louis de Montfort).

November 7, 2015

“There is no sinner in the world, however much at enmity with God, who cannot recover God’s grace by recourse to Mary and asking her assistance” (St. Bridget of Sweden).

October 18, 2017

Who is Mary?  Let us say it as simply as it can possibly be said: she is the woman for whom Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our Redeemer, became the main purpose of life.  This fact is as simple and at the same time as far beyond all human understanding as is the mystery of our Lord’s Incarnation (Romano Guardini in The Rosary of Our Lady).


Oblate Madonna Residence – San Antonio, TX


Notre Dame Church – Kerrville, TX

Pdf files…  MMM novena prayers (English/Spanish; printable) from CAMM

Links of interest…  Cordero de Dios & Pescador de hombres (mariachis; YouTube)…  Mary: beloved of the Trinity / celebrating May / corner / devotion / gate of heaven / litany / meditations / mother (of the church) / page / picturingprayers (miracles / more / novena / queen of angels) / untier of knots  Our Lady of Guadalupe: abbey / about / & Advent / arch of triumphfeast (Dec 12) / mother of the Americas / patroness of the Americas / prayers / queen’s guild / shrine / story / videos…  the Word among us

WP posts…  Angels keeping watch…  Faith and prayer…  Familiar yet new…  Guadalupe Church…  Lady of Sorrows…  Lourdes novenas…  Marian devotions…  Mary’s miraculous medal…  Mary’s seven joys…  May flowers…  My Franciscan Crown…  Our Lady…  Repeated prayers

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