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Mary Embellishes Our Prayers And Good Works, And Adorns Them With Her Own Merit, So As To Be Pleasing To God. 

Mary Embellishes Our Prayers And Good Works, And Adorns Them With Her Own Merit, So As To Be Pleasing To God. 


Mary Embellishes our prayers And Good Works, And Adorns Them With Her Own Merit, So As To Be Pleasing To God. 

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St. Louis Maria De Montfort said, “when we present everything to Jesus by ourselves, and replying on our own efforts and dispositions, Jesus examines the offering, and often rejects it because of the stains it has contracted through self love, just as He rejected the sacrifices of the Jews when they were full of their own will.” (Ish. 64).

Meanwhile, Jesus instructed us, “If you are going to offer your gift to God and remember that you have something against your brother, keep your gift, go and reconcile with your brother first, before you offer your gift to God.” Now, what does this mean?

It means that our offering must be pure and spotless (Rom. 12:1).

St. Montfort clears the air by saying; “we must remark that in as much as our good works pass through the hands of Mary, they receive an argumentation of Purity and consequently of merit and satisfactory value. On this account they become more capable of solacing the souls in Purgatory and of converting sinners than if they did not pass through the virginal and liberal hands of Mary.

It may be little (Just One Hail Mary) we give to our Lady, but if that little is given with charity, self will, and purity of intention, that little becomes very mighty to turn away God’s wrath and draw down His Mercy.”

Why We Should Never Abuse Our Lady’s Advocacy. 

Why We Should Never Abuse Our Lady’s Advocacy. 

Day 35: Rosary Reflection.

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WHY WE SHOULD NEVER ABUSE OUR LADY’S ADVOCACY.

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There were two young noblemen in Madrid, of whom one encouraged the other in leading a wicked life, and in committing all sorts of crimes. One night in a dream, one of them saw his friend being taken by certain dark men, and carried to a tempestuous sea. They were going to take him in a similar manner, but he had recourse to Mary, and made a vow that he would embrace the religious state on which he was delivered from those men.

He then saw Jesus on a throne, as if in anger, and the Blessed Virgin imploring mercy for him. After this his friend came to pay him a visit, and he then related what he had seen; but his companion only turned it into ridicule, and shortly afterwards, he was stabbed to death.

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When the young man saw this his vision was verified, he went to confession, and renewed his resolution to enter a religious Order, and for this purpose he sold all that he had; but instead of giving it to the poor, as he had intended, he spent it in all sorts of debauchery.

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He then fell ill, and had another vision. He thought he saw hell open, and the divine Judge, who had already condemned him.

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Again he had recourse to Mary, and She once more delivered him. He recovered his health and went on worse than ever. He afterwards went to Lima in South America, where he relapsed into his former illness; and in the hospital of that place he was once more touched by the grace of God, confessed his sins to the Jesuit Father, Francis Perlino, and promised him that he would change his life; but again he fell into his former crimes.

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At last the same Father, going into another hospital in a distant place, saw the miserable wretch extended on the ground, and heard him cry out: “Ah, abandoned wretch that I am! For my greater torment this Father has come to witness my chastisement. From Lima I came here, where my vices have brought me to this end; and now I go to hell.” With these words he expired, without even leaving the Father time to help him and his soul going to hell for eternity.

– (From The Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus Liguori).

Why We Should Never Abuse Our Lady’s Advocacy. 

Why We Should Never Abuse Our Lady’s Advocacy. 

Day 35: Rosary Reflection.

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WHY WE SHOULD NEVER ABUSE OUR LADY’S ADVOCACY.

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There were two young noblemen in Madrid, of whom one encouraged the other in leading a wicked life, and in committing all sorts of crimes. One night in a dream, one of them saw his friend being taken by certain dark men, and carried to a tempestuous sea. They were going to take him in a similar manner, but he had recourse to Mary, and made a vow that he would embrace the religious state on which he was delivered from those men.

He then saw Jesus on a throne, as if in anger, and the Blessed Virgin imploring mercy for him. After this his friend came to pay him a visit, and he then related what he had seen; but his companion only turned it into ridicule, and shortly afterwards, he was stabbed to death.

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When the young man saw this his vision was verified, he went to confession, and renewed his resolution to enter a religious Order, and for this purpose he sold all that he had; but instead of giving it to the poor, as he had intended, he spent it in all sorts of debauchery.

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He then fell ill, and had another vision. He thought he saw hell open, and the divine Judge, who had already condemned him.

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Again he had recourse to Mary, and She once more delivered him. He recovered his health and went on worse than ever. He afterwards went to Lima in South America, where he relapsed into his former illness; and in the hospital of that place he was once more touched by the grace of God, confessed his sins to the Jesuit Father, Francis Perlino, and promised him that he would change his life; but again he fell into his former crimes.

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At last the same Father, going into another hospital in a distant place, saw the miserable wretch extended on the ground, and heard him cry out: “Ah, abandoned wretch that I am! For my greater torment this Father has come to witness my chastisement. From Lima I came here, where my vices have brought me to this end; and now I go to hell.” With these words he expired, without even leaving the Father time to help him and his soul going to hell for eternity.

– (From The Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus Liguori).

Blessed Herman Joseph And The Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Blessed Herman Joseph And The Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Day 34: Rosary Reflection

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Blessed Herman Joseph of Steinfeld and The Blessed Virgin Mary

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Blessed Herman Joseph was born and went to school in Cologne, Germany of Steinfeld. He attended school and very early he was known for devotion to the Blessed Virgin. At every available moment he could be found at the church of St. Mary on the Capitol where he sought out the altar of the Holy Virgin to recite the Rosary and to converse with Mary, and with childish simplicity, he would tell Her all of his wishes.

Living in Germany, it was frequently cold, and Herman’s family were very poor and could not even buy him a pair of shoes so he would walk barefoot to the Church to pray before the statue of Virgin Mary. On one such occasion, Our Blessed Mother spoke to Hermann through Her statue:

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Blessed Hermann’s family was quite poor in material goods, but rich in devotion and spirit. They taught their son to confide in Jesus and Mary.

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“Hermann,” said Our Lady, “why do you go barefoot when it is so cold?”

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“Because, my Mother, I have no shoes, for my parents are poor,” he replied.

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“Go to that stone,” said Our Lady “and you will find all the money you need for shoes.” Hermann went to where She directed him and found the price of his shoes as Our Lady had told him, and returned to thank her. “Whenever you are in need of anything,” Our Lady told him, “All you have to do is to go to that stone. But you must always go with full confidence.” Hermann returned to the stone, only in extreme need, and it never failed him.

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The next day Herman stopped at Church to thank Our Lady for his new shoes, and of course, he wanted to show them to Our Blessed Mother and the Child Jesus. He also wished to light a candle in gratitude, or bring flowers, but being too poor, had neither to give. Instead, he offered Our Blessed Mother the red apple his mother had given him for lunch.

Upon reaching the statue, he realized that it was too high for him to reach, given that he was still a child. Standing on his tip-toes, he reached up towards the image of Mary, and said “Here, Blessed Mother.” Miraculously, the statue’s arm and hand reached down to receive the gift, and thanked him. Those who later visited the Church saw the statue reaching down and holding an apple. To this day, the devout leave fresh apples at the foot of this statue in remembrance of this event.

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