Sunday, May 01, 2016

May: The Month of Mary

Brothers and sisters, have you consecrated yourself to Our Blessed Mother? "Do not put it off day after day" [Sir 5:7] because "now is the day of salvation" [2 Cor 2:6].
O Immaculate, Queen of Heaven and Earth, refuge of sinners and our most loving Mother, to whom there has been confided by God the whole order of Mercy: I prostrate myself before Thee, poor sinner that I am, and I supplicate Thee humbly to accept my entire being as your property and possession, and to do with me and with all the faculties of my soul and body, with my entire life, my death and my eternity, whatsoever may please Thee. Do with me as Thou would, so as to realize what is written of Thee: “She shall crush your head;” and again: “Through Thee alone have all the heresies of the world been vanquished.” May I be in Thy immaculate and most merciful hands a docile instrument to make Thee known and loved by so many tepid and mislead souls, and thus advance in the greatest manner possible the most holy Kingdom of Jesus Christ. For in truth, where Thou hast gained entrance, Thou dost obtain the grace of the conversion and sanctification of souls, since all the graces, passing through Thy hands, gush upon all of us from the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.1
Our Lady of Pochaev2, St. Joseph the Worker, Sts. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Louis de Montfort, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

1 http://catholicgo.org/act-of-unlimited-consecration-to-the-immaculate-by-st-maximilian-maria-kolbe-o-f-m-conv/
2 More information to follow on this title of Our Lady, based on Hieronymus Strzelecki, O.S.B.M., Epitome historico de Origine, Antiquitate, de praesertim de celebratissimo Opere coronationis Thaumaturgae in Poczajoviensi Monte (1775) <https://books.google.com/books?id=VqhhAAAAcAAJ>. Pope Clement XIV of Rome (1769-1774) crowned the holy icon in recognition of its miracles in 1773 and the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg celebrates this crowning on May 1 <https://web.archive.org/web/20131205193558/http://www.archeparchy.ca/liturgy/calendar.htm>.

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