I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, and my soul shall be joyful in my God:
for He hath clothed me with the garment of salvation,
and with the robe of justice He hath covered me,
as a bride adorned with her jewels.
- Introit: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Isaiah 61:10)
From the very beginning, and before time began, the eternal Father chose and prepared for his only-begotten Son a Mother in whom the Son of God would become incarnate and from whom, in the blessed fullness of time, he would be born into this world. Above all creatures did God so loved her that truly in her was the Father well pleased with singular delight. Therefore, far above all the angels and all the saints so wondrously did God endow her with the abundance of all heavenly gifts poured from the treasury of his divinity that this mother, ever absolutely free of all stain of sin, all fair and perfect, would possess that fullness of holy innocence and sanctity than which, under God, one cannot even imagine anything greater, and which, outside of God, no mind can succeed in comprehending fully.
“I am the Mother of all the souls in purgatory,
and I am Mother of Mercy to these my children who are in the greatest need
of my assistance, since in their torments they cannot help themselves.”
- Our Lady to St. Bridget
"May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the prayers of Thy most holy Mother, whose Rosary we celebrate, that the virtue of the mysteries we adore may be shared and the effect of the sacraments we have received may be obtained."
- Communion: Mass of the Most Holy Rosary
Excerpt from Pope Leo XIII Encyclical: Iucunda Semper Expectatione
(on the Holy Rosary)
"The recourse we have to Mary in prayer follows upon the office she continuously fills by the side of the throne of God as Mediatrix of Divine grace; being by worthiness and by merit most acceptable to Him, and, therefore, surpassing in power all the angels and saints in Heaven. Now, this merciful office of hers, perhaps, appears in no other form of prayer so manifestly as it does in the Rosary. For in the Rosary all the part that Mary took as our co-Redemptress comes to us, as it were, set forth, and in such wise as though the facts were even then taking place; and this with much profit to our piety, whether in the contemplation of the succeeding sacred mysteries, or in the prayers which we speak and repeat with the lips ...
“Whenever one of the faithful who is in a state of grace says the Rosary
while meditating on the mysteries of the life and passion of Jesus Christ,
he obtains full and entire remission of all his sins.”
- Our Lady to Venerable Dominic (Carthusian Monk)
Rejoice, O sorrowful Mother; after your great sufferings,
you shine forth as Queen, enthroned beside your Son.
- Benedictus Antiphon
"O all ye that pass by the way, attend,
and see if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow!"
- Lamentations 1:12
"Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order;
it is the special sign of my favor,
which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel.
He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire.
It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger,
and a pledge of special peace and protection."
- Our Lady to St. Simon Stock
Blessed are they who imitate Our Lady,
for in imitating her, they imitate Christ.
"Through her, Jesus came to us; through her we should go to Him.
If we are afraid of going directly to Jesus, who is God, because of his infinite greatness, or our lowliness, or our sins, let us implore without fear
the help and intercession of Mary, our Mother."
True Devotion: 84
"God the Father wishes Mary to be the mother
of His children until the end of time ..."
True Devotion #29
Mother's Day in the convent brings about a thrice-fold thanksgiving in the heart of every Sister.