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.
"Holy Saturday is liturgically a day of deepest mourning, a day which the Church spends at our Lord's sepulcher, meditating on His Sacred Passion and Death." - 1962 Roman Missal
With the eyes of faith, one sees that nothing is coincidence; everything of God is done with exact purpose, meaning, and love. One sees this reality in God's choosing of a date to become Incarnate. As March 25th often falls during the holy season of Lent, and sometimes even during Holy Week, God provides us with a point of contemplation. The Solemnity of the Annunciation amidst the season of Lent reminds us of the purpose of Our Lord's birth. As we are all born into this world to live, Christ was born to die - to die so that we might have eternal life.
The apparitions of Our Blessed Mother retain a special place of honor within our Marian community, as we strive to practice all she requested.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten, to our help
and deliver us from the deceits of Satan.
Intercede for us with Jesus that we may always accept God’s graces
and be found faithful to Him in our particular states of life.
- taken from the prayer to Our Lady of Prompt Succor -