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Scripture meditation: God's firm foundation stands unshaken, bearing this seal: "The Lord knows who belongs to him." 2 Timothy 2:19

Reflection: If we are true servants of Mary and obtain her protection, we will most certainly be enrolled in the Book of Life. Whoever bears the mark of devotion to Mary, God recognizes as His own.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, let me never waver in my true devotion to you. May it impart spiritual happiness during my life an ensure eternal happiness at my death.

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Scripture meditation: For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Reflection: Mary imparts to her children both their crosses and the grace to carry them patiently and even cheerfully. Thus it is that the crosses she lays upon those who belong to her are steeped in sweetness rather then filled with bitterness.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, I am often overwhelmed by the crosses God sends me. Help me to bear them patiently and without complaining.

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Scripture meditation: Anything that you ask for … I will grant, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13

Reflection: O most dear Mary, blessed is the person who loves you! If I love Mary, I am certain of perseverance, and I will obtain from God what ever I want.

St. John Berchmans (1599-1621AD)
Mini-Bio: Belgian; Jesuit priest, philosopher, theologian

Prayer: O Mary, you have great power with God. Obtain my legitimate requests from your Divine Son and ensure my perseverance in grace until my death.

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Scripture meditation: The spirit is what gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words that I have spoken … are spirit and life. John 6:63

Reflection: The Mother and Mistress of Wisdom speaks few words, but each is filled with great depth of meaning. We read that the Mother of Christ spoke seven times, seven words filled with wisdom!

St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, Franciscan vicar general, preacher, reformer

Prayer: O Mary, your words like those of Jesus are spirit and Life. Help me to meditate on them every day, for -- even though they are few -- they are filled with meaning for me.

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Scripture meditation: Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovable, whatever is admirable … think about these things. Philippians 4:8

Reflection: God has deposited in Mary the fullness of all that is good. So if we have any hope, any grace, any salvation, we should realize that it all comes to us through Mary.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, all spiritual goods come to us from God through you. Teach me to ask only for those things that help my spiritual growth.

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Scripture meditation: Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn … to keep your just decrees. Psalms 119:105-106

Reflection: To believe means to abandon oneself to the truth of the word of the living God. Mary, who by the eternal will of the most High stands at the very center of the "inscrutable ways" and "unsearchable judgments" of God, conforms herself to them in the dim light of faith, accepting fully everything that is decreed in the Divine plan.

Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1978 - 2005) Polish; The most traveled pope in history. During his papacy he has issued many letters clarifying and safeguarding the Churches teachings in moral areas. Has consecrated his papacy to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prayer: O Mary, you heeded God's Word above all others. Help me to listen to that Word

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Scripture meditation: You … know me, you see me, you have tested my heart. Jeremiah 12:3

Reflection: O Mary, you are the Virgin who captivates our hearts. Introduce into heavenly joy the souls who venerate your Heart.

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Queen of Hearts. Take me under your care and help me to venerate you Heart temporally on earth and eternally in heaven.

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Scripture meditation: They will praise me in the land of their exile as they invoke my name. Baruch 2:32

Reflection: Most holy Virgin Mary, your Name is so sweet and loveable that it cannot be uttered without inspiring love for you and God. Those who love you need only to recall your name to mind, and it is enough to console them and enkindle greater love.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, your Name is our consolation. Help me to have it ever on my lips and in my heart during my time on earth.

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Scripture meditation: From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be demanded; and from the one entrusted with more, more will be required. Luke 12:48

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin once said to me: "You think that I obtained grace and virtues without effort. Know what I received no grace from God without great labor, constant prayer, ardent desires, and many tears and mortifications."

St. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207-1231AD)
Mini-Bio: Hungarian; wife and mother Franciscan tertiary, health care worker

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Model of Cooperation with Grace. Help me to cooperate fully with the graces you obtain for me.

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Scripture meditation: Wealth and wages make life sweet, but better than either is finding a treasure. Sirach 40:18

Reflection: Most holy Heart of Mary, the sole good I possess is the treasure you yourself have given me: the Sacred Heart of Jesus! I offer Him to you now. Since He is infinite in value, I could do no more and you deserve no less.

St. Gertrude the Great (1256-1302AD)
Mini-Bio: German; Benedictine nun, visionary, spiritual writer

Prayer: O Mary, let me appreciate the treasure we have in Jesus. Keep me close to Him all my life.

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Scripture meditation: In times past, God spoke in partial and diverse ways to our fathers through the Prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through his Son. Hebrews 1:1-2

Reflection: Mary is the Divine Page on which the Father wrote the Word of God, His Son.

St. Albert the Great (1206-1280AD)
Mini-Bio: German; scientist, philosopher, theologian and Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you reveal the Son of God to us. Let me contemplate you each day, so that I may get to know you and Jesus better.

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Scripture meditation: Come, blessed of my Father, possess the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Matthew 25:34

Reflection: Mary, the Mother of our Lord, accompanied by the choirs of Angels, will come to meet you. What a day of joy that will be for you!

St. Jerome (342-420AD)
Mini-Bio: Dalmatian; priest, hermit, abbot, biblical scholar and translator, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, watch over me at every moment and keep me free from sin. Then upon my death, come to meet me and lead me to my eternal home in heaven.

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Scripture meditation: Blessed is the man who meditates on wisdom, … who reflects on her ways in his heart, and ponders her secrets. Sirach 14:20-21

Reflection: Mary has a most tender love for all of us. If she were to be praised all over the world, and if all human beings laid down their lives for her, it would be little compared with the honor we owe her.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, we own you a debt of thanks and praise. Help me to show my gratitude by thanking you every day and by singing your praises to everyone I meet.

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Scripture meditation: I give you a wise and understanding heart so that there will never have been anyone like you up to now, and after you there will never be one to equal you. 1 Kings 3:12
Reflection: Mary remains in the Church an is present in her in a maternal way. She continues to reserve in her Heart all that the Church, the Mystical Body of her Son, lives and all that -- in the Church -- the human family lives as well as every person redeemed by Christ

Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1978 - 2005) Polish; The most traveled pope in history. During his papacy he has issued many letters clarifying and safeguarding the Churches teachings in moral areas. Has consecrated his papacy to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of the Church. Reserve in your Heart the lives of all the faithful and watch over each one of us.

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Scripture meditation: But he commanded the clouds above and the doors of heaven he opened … and gave them bread from heaven. Psalms 78:23-24

Reflection: We cannot enter a house without first speaking to the porter. Similarly, we cannot enter heaven without calling upon the aid of the Blessed Virgin Mary who is the Portress of Heaven.

St. John Vianney (1786-1859AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, spiritual director, Patron saint of parish priests

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Portress of Heaven. Let me live every day in union with you, so that after my death you may open the doors of heaven to me for all eternity.

 

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Scripture meditation: No one who dwells there will say, "I am feeble." The people who dwell there shall have their sins forgiven. Isaiah 33:24

Reflection: The Church calls Mary the "Queen of Mercy" because we believe she opens the abyss of God's mercy to whomever she wills, when she wills, and as she wills. No sinner -- no matter how great -- who has Mary as protector is ever lost.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, obtain the conversion and pardon of hardened sinners. And grant me true sorrow for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment.

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Scripture meditation: His thought was holy and devout. Therefore, he had this expiatory sacrifice offered for the dead so that they might be delivered from their sin. 2 Maccabees 12:45-46

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin Mary has the power of delivering souls from purgatory by her prayers and by applying her merits for them. This is especially true for souls that were devoted to her on earth.

St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, Franciscan vicar general, preacher, reformer

Prayer: O Mary, you are Our Lady of DeliveranceHoly Quotes from the Popes of the Church

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Scripture meditation: Father Abraham, have mercy on me. Send Lazarus to dip his finger in water and refresh my tongue, for I am tormented in these flames. Luke 16:24

Reflection: Our Blessed Mother once said to me: "I am the Mother of the Poor Souls. For my prayers serve to mitigate their sufferings every single hour that they remain in purgatory."

St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373AD)
Mini-Bio: Swedish; wife and mother, mystical writer, visionary, reformer, founder of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity (Brigettines)

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of the Poor Souls in purgatory. Lessen their sufferings and grant them a speedy entrance into heavenly bliss.

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Scripture meditation: Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads. Revelation 7:3

Reflection: Those who possess great marks of predestination love, delight in, and recite the "Hail Mary." And the more they belong to God, the more they love this prayer.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, all the Saints possessed the mark of devotion to the "Hail Mary." Grant that my devotion to you may increase and become for me a true pledge of my salvation.

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Scripture meditation: Hold fast to [her], never let her go; guard her, for she is your life. Proverbs 4:13

Reflection: Has anyone ever come away from Mary troubled or saddened or ignorant of the heavenly Mysteries? Who has not returned to everyday life gladdened and joyful because a request has been granted by the Mother of God?

St. Amadeus of Lausanne (1110-1159AD)
Mini-Bio: French; bishop and Cistercian abbot

Prayer: O Mary, you are my life. Let me remain united to you all my days. Keep me from the path of sin and out of the clutches of the devil.

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Scripture meditation: How beautiful you are, how comely, my love, with your delights. Song of Solomon 7:7

Reflection: Great was the love that Mary possessed. So great indeed that it gave rise to that perfect beauty by which she captivated the Heart of her God!

St. Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; archbishop, Augustinian provincial, university professor, reformer, chaplain to the emperor

Prayer: O Mary, you were filled with love for God and human beings. Help me to strive to share that love on earth so that I may share your glory in heaven

 
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Scripture meditation: The fruit of the Spirit is charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, modesty, and self-control. Galatians 5:22

Reflection: When the Holy Spirit finds Mary in a soul, He flies to it. He enters therein and communicates Himself to that soul in abundance.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you draw upon souls the Holy Spirit with all His fruits. Grant that by being devoted to you I may receive these fruits without measure.

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Scripture meditation: He who provides for his father atones for sins; and he who respects his mother stores up riches. Sirach 3:3-4

Reflection: As the Mother of Christ, Mary is the Mother of our wisdom and justice, of our holiness and redemption. She is more our Mother than the mother of our flesh.

St. Aelred (1109-1166AD)
Mini-Bio: English; Cistercian monk and abbot of Rievaulx, homilist and historian

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Spiritual Mother of all Christians. Help me to be your devoted child by remaining true to the Church and to Her Teachings, which come from your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: Know the God of your father and serve him with wholehearted devotion and a willing soul, for the Lord searches every heart. 1 Chronicles 28:9

Reflection: Imitate Mary, O faithful soul. Enter into the deep recesses of your heart, so that you may be purified spiritually and cleansed from your sins. God places more value on goodwill in all we do than on the works themselves.

St. Lawrence Justinian (1381-1456AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; monk, priest, prior, superior general and first Patriarch of Venice

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Model of purity of heart. Give me a right intention in all things, so that all my words and works may be pleasing to your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: Jesus went down with Mary and Joseph and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them; and his mother treasured all these things carefully in her heart. Luke 2:51

Reflection: In imitation of Jesus, Christians should love Mary and think the best of her. They should take her as their Mother and love, serve, wait upon her, and like Jesus be completely obedient to her.

St. Anthony Mary Claret (1807-1870AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; priest, founder of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Claretians)

Prayer: O Mary, increase my love and regard for you as my Mother. Help me to serve you in all things, for in doing so I will be serving and obeying your Divine Son.

 

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Scripture meditation: Peace I bequeath to you; my peace I grant to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heats be fearful. John 14:27

Reflection: Queen of Peace, it is through your Immaculate Heart that the God of peace has been given to the world. Let this sweet peace reign in the Church and in our souls.

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Queen of Peace. Bring peace to my heart, so that I may work for peace in my family, in my Church, in my country, and in the world.

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Scripture meditation: For she herself goes about seeking those who are worthy of her, and she graciously appears to them as they tread life's paths, meeting them with all benevolence. Wisdom 6:16

Reflection: The compassion and the love of this good Mother are great. Indeed, they are so great that she does not even wait for our prayers but anticipates them.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you know my needs and my weaknesses. Come

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Scripture meditation: At that time, you were without Christ, excluded from the community of Israel, and strangers to the covenant, with no hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:12

Reflection: O Mary, I have not doubt that whenever we run to you, we shall obtain all that we desire. Let those then who have no hope, hope in you.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Hope of the hopeless. Take pity on sinners and give them hope of conversion, so that you can then bring them back to your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: Blessed is the man who follows not the advice of the wicked … but rejoices in the Law of the Lord and day and night meditates on his Law. Psalms 1:1-2

Reflection: Among the prayers that we profitably address to the Virgin Mother of God, the Rosary occupies a special place. It is sometimes called the "Psalter of the Blessed Virgin" or the "Breviary of the Gospel and of the Christian life."

Pope Pius XI (1857-1939AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1922-1939) Italian; Supervised the signing of the Lateran Treaties with Mussolini's Fascist government. Established the feast of Christ the King. Called for greater participation by the laity, a movement he called Catholic Action.

Prayer: O Mary, your Rosary in its full form has fifteen decades and 150 Hail Marys, like the 150 Psalms. Grant me the same reverence for the Rosary that I have for the Psalms.

 

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Scripture meditation: What does the Lord, your God, require of you but … that you love him, and serve the Lord, your God, with all your heart and all your soul? Deuteronomy 10:12

Reflection: Cast yourself in spirit into the Heart of Mary. Then love the Sovereign Good by means of this Heart that is so pure!

St. Paul of the Cross (1694-1775AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; monk, preacher, visionary, founder and first superior general of the Barefoot Clerks of the Holy Cross and Passion (Passionists)

Prayer: O Mary, your Immaculate Heart holds the secret of loving God. Teach me to love God with all my heart and to do His will in all things.

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Scripture meditation: The manifestation of the Spirit is given to all for some benefit. … All these things are produced by the same Spirit who distributes to every one as he wills. 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
Reflection: The Holy Spirit distributes His gifts, His virtues, and His grace through Mary. He distributes them to whomever He wills, as many as He wills, and the way He wills.

St. Ignatius of Antioch (50-107AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; ecclesiastical writer, bishop, martyr

Prayer: O Mary, it is through you that the Spirit pours forth His graces. Help me to cooperate fully with the particular gifts of the Spirit that are bestowed on me.

 

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Scripture meditation: There were certain Greeks among those who had gone up to worship on the feast. … They came to Philip … and asked him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." John 12:20-21

Reflection: The Rosary is a devotion that, through the Blessed Mother, leads us to Jesus. It is He who is the goal of this long and repeated invocation to Mary.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1963-1978) Italian; Reconvened Vatican II, and implemented many of its reforms. Became the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy. He enlarged the college of cardinals. Reaffirmed the church's ban on contraception.

Prayer: O Mary, the Rosary is our ticket to Jesus. We speak to you and we come to Jesus. Help me to recite my Rosary with attention and devotion.

 

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Scripture meditation: One who sows in the spirit will reap everlasting life from the spirit. Let us not grow weary in doing good. Galatians 6:8

Reflection: The Rosary is all-powerful to touch the Heart of Our Lady. It is the most excellent and fruitful type of prayer for obtaining above all eternal life.

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1878-1903) Italian; pope, Jesuit. The United States at all times attracted the attention and admiration. Under Leo the religious orders developed wonderfully; new orders were founded, older ones increased.

Prayer: O Mary, help me to recite my Rosary faithfully. Grant that it may keep me close to you on earth and gain for me eternal life and union with you in heaven.

 
 
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Scripture meditation: Now hope that is seen is not really hope. … But if we hope for what we do not yet see, we wait with patience. Romans 8:24-25

Reflection: The Rosary enlivens the hope for things above that endure forever. As we meditate on the glory of Jesus and His Mother, we see heaven opened and are heartened in our striving to gain the eternal home.

Pope Pius XI (1857-1939AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1922-1939) Italian; Supervised the signing of the Lateran Treaties with Mussolini's Fascist government. Established the feast of Christ the King. Called for greater participation by the laity, a movement he called Catholic Action.

Prayer: O Mary, as I recite my Rosary, foster the virtue of hope in me. Teach me to wait with patience for the fulfillment of God's promises.

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Scripture meditation: The life that I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me. Galatians 2:20

Reflection: How could love not be made more fervent by the Rosary? We meditate on the Suffering and Death of our Redeemer and the Sorrows of His afflicted Mother. Will we not make a return for the love received?

Pope Pius XI (1857-1939AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1922-1939) Italian; Supervised the signing of the Lateran Treaties with Mussolini's Fascist government. Established the feast of Christ the King. Called for greater participation by the laity, a movement he called Catholic Action.

Prayer: O Mary, what return can I make to your Divine Son and to you for all that you have done for me? I offer you all that I am and all that I have -- wrapped up in my daily Rosary.

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Scripture meditation: No other woman from one end of the earth to the other is her equal in beauty and in wisdom of speech! Judith 11:21

Reflection: Look closely at the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is nothing of virtue, nothing of beauty, nothing of splendor or glory that does not shine in her.

St. Jerome (342-420AD)
Mini-Bio: Dalmatian; priest, hermit, abbot, biblical scholar and translator, Doctor of the Church.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Fountain of Beauty and Model of Virtue. Help me to imitate your humility, which crowns all your other virtues.

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Scripture meditation: Instruct me in the way of your precepts, and I will meditate on your marvelous works. Psalms 119:27

Reflection: The Rosary calls for a quiet rhythm and a lingering pace, helping the individual to meditate on the Mysteries of the Lord's life as seen through the eyes of Mary. Thus, the unfathomable riches of these Mysteries are unfolded.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1963-1978) Italian; Reconvened Vatican II, and implemented many of its reforms. Became the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy. He enlarged the college of cardinals. Reaffirmed the church's ban on contraception.

Prayer: O Mary, when I say the Rosary, I meditate on Christ's Mysteries in union with you. Help me to imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise.

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Scripture meditation: But thanks be to God who always leads us in victory in Christ Jesus and manifests through us the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Corinthians 2:14

Reflection: The Rosary represents a symbol of Mary's graces. Christians invoke her as "Queen of the Most Holy Rosary," which conjures up the brilliant conquests of faith over evil and over religious ignorance.

Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1939-1958) Italian; He supported several reforms in the Papal States, which included central Italy, and several outlying areas, such as Assisi. Gained a reputation for being a patriotic, and reforming Pope.

Prayer: O Mary, you are Our Lady of tof the Rosary. Enable me to share in the spiritual victories over evil that you accomplish with Jesus' help through the Rosary

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Scripture meditation: Those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be formed in the likeness of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn of many bothers. Romans 8:29

Reflection: The Rosary in particular is a sign of predestination. Our fidelity in reciting it is a sure sign of salvation.

Blessed Alan de la Roche (1428-1475AD)
Mini-Bio: French; Breton Dominican priest, preacher, theologian, re-established the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary.

Prayer: O Mary, your Rosary is a sign of salvation

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Scripture meditation: Filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth cried out … "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." Luke 1:41-42

Reflection: Jesus, Son of Mary, has no likeness among men, nor has Mary any likeness among women. He is the most beautiful of the living. She is a splendid dawn rising.

St. Bruno (970-1123AD)
Mini-Bio: one of three St. Brunos: Persian, Italian or German: martyr, Bishop of Segni, or writer/confessor/founder of the Carthusian Order.

Prayer: O Mary, you are blessed among women. May all women take you as a Model of Womanhood and thus obtain greater blessings for the world from your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: Reflect on what I am telling you, for the Lord will give you understanding in all things. 2 Timothy 2:7

Reflection: Happy are those who recite the Holy Rosary with understanding. They will learn all that is of faith, light, hope and love in it.

St. Clement Hofbauer (1751-1820AD)
Mini-Bio: Austrian; "Apostle of Vienna" Redemptorist, hermit, chaplain, preacher, establish the Redemptorist Congregation in northern Europe.

Prayer: O Mary, your Rosary is a School of the Faith. Let me recite it with understanding, so that I may grow in faith, light, hope, and love.

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Scripture meditation: I will make known your name, for you have been my protector and my support. You have rescued me from destruction. Sirach 51:1-2

Reflection: When we speak the Name of Mary, heaven becomes more beautiful and earth rejoices. The demons are terrified and vanish like dust in the wind..

St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; preacher, mystic, stigmatist, founder of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans)

Prayer: O Mary, your holy Name is a never-failing treasure. May it be always on my lips and in my heart -- in times of distress and in times of happiness.

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Scripture meditation: Esteem her, and she will honor you; she will bring you glory if you embrace her …; a noble crown will she present to you. Proverbs 4:8-9

Reflection: Experience has shown that to inculcate love for the Mother of God deeply in souls there is nothing more efficacious than the practice of the Rosary. We exhort all the faithful to practice this devotion.

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1878-1903) Italian; pope, Jesuit. The United States at all times attracted the attention and admiration. Under Leo the religious orders developed wonderfully; new orders were founded, older ones increased.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Queen of the Holy Rosary. Let me say my Rosary faithfully and so grow in love for you and Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: The Ancient of Days took his seat. … Thousands upon thousands attended to him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. Daniel 7:9-10
Reflection: This very honorable Virgin is an abyss of virtues. She precedes the Seraphim and is over the Cherubim!

St. John Damascene (of Damascus) (675-749AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; priest, monk, theologian, poet, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Queen of Angels. Grant me the grace to be truly devoted to the Angels, especially my Guardian Angel, and to follow all the inspirations they bring me from your Divine Son Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: Hear the sound of my prayer, when I cry to you, lifting up my hands toward your holy sanctuary. Psalms 28:2

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin never shall fail to protect me when I call upon her. When I am troubled, I quickly turn to her. And like the most tender of mothers she looks after me.

St. Theresa of Lisieux (1873-1897AD)
Mini-Bio: French; Carmelite mystic, Doctor of the Church.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Protector of your people. In times of affliction, let me always turn to you with the confident assurance that you will come to my aid.

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Scripture meditation: Come out from them and stay apart, says the Lord, … and I will be a father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters. 2 Corinthians 6:17-18

Reflection: If Jesus is the Father, Mary is the Mother of our souls. She gave us Jesus and supernatural life. She offered her Son on Calvary for our redemption and gave us birth in the life of grace.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mother of my soul, take care of it. Help me to keep it continually united with _________________________________________________________________

Scripture meditation: Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever welcomes anyone I send welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes him who sent me. John 13:20

Reflection: To go to Jesus through Mary is truly to honor Jesus Christ. It indicates that we do not esteem ourselves worthy of approaching His infinite holiness directly, that we need Mary to be our Mediatrix with Him, our Mediator.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you are our Mediatrix with Jesus and with the Father. Plead for us now, as once you shared with us the pains, fears, and sorrows of life on earth.

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Scripture meditation: Make disciples of every nation … teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you all days, even to the end of the world. Matthew 28:19-20

Reflection: Those who belong to Mary should do all they can to win the hearts of others to her. And Mary will enlighten those hearts, enkindle them with the love of her Maternal Heart, and inflame them with the fire of charity that burns in the Divine Heart of Jesus.

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Queen of the Missions

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Scripture meditation: Love is patient and kind. … It bears with all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Reflection: Do not be surprised that Mary is said to be a martyr in spirit. According to Paul, one of the greatest crimes of the Gentiles was lack of love. This was far from the Heart of Mary. Let it be far from her servants as well.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of Fair Love. Fill my heart with Divine love, so that I may never lack for love and may learn to offer my life as a gift of love to Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: For so the Lord has commanded …, "I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you may be a means of salvation to all the world." Acts of the Apostles 13:47

Reflection: We find ourselves on earth as in a tempestuous sea, a desert, and a vale of tears. But Mary is the Star of the Sea, the Solace of our desert, and the Light that guides us to heaven.

St. John Bosco (1815-1888AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, educator, founder of the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians) and Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians

Prayer: O Mary, you are our unfailing Guide to heaven. Make me desire holiness, and lead me along the right paths, so that at journey's end I may deserve to be with you and Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: Then the king asked, "What is it, Queen Ester? What is your request? Even up to half my kingdom, it will be given you." Esther 5:3

Reflection: Imagine that all the stars were tongues and all the grains of sand were words. They would still fall short of recounting all the glories bestowed by God on Mary's soul.

St. Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; archbishop, Augustinian provincial, university professor, reformer, chaplain to the emperor

Prayer: O Mary, you have received untold blessings from God. Help me to speak of your glories to others and bear witness to your intercessory power with your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: God sent the spirit of the Son into our hearts, crying out, "Abba Father!" So you are no longer a servant but a son and if a son then also an heir, through God. Galatians 4:6-7

Reflection: Mary has conceived the Divine Word. She has thus become the heaven that enclosed the Divinity in her womb for the purpose of exalting mortals to the great dignity of kinship with God.

St. Ephrem of Syria (306-373AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; deacon, hymnist, poet

Prayer: O Mary, you were the Associate of Jesus in His work of making us children of God. Help me to prize this Divine adoption above all things and ever seek to live as a true child of God.

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Scripture meditation: This is the gate of the Lord, the just shall enter by it. I will give thanks to you, for you have heard my plea and have become my Savior. Psalms 118:20-21

Reflection: How can Mary be otherwise than full of grace? She has been made the Ladder to Paradise, the Gate of Heaven, and the most true Mediatrix between God and human beings.

St. Lawrence Justinian (1381-1456AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; monk, priest, prior, superior general and first Patriarch of Venice.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Gate of Heaven. Help me to live as a true child of yours, so that upon my death I may deserve to enter heaven through you.

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Scripture meditation: She opens her mouth to wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of mercy. … Her children rise up and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:26-28

Reflection: When we who are devoted to Mary and call her Mother, we are not using empty words or just speaking at random. She is our Mother -- not by the flesh, of course but spiritually; the Mother of our souls, of our salvation.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, I thank you for consenting to become the Mother of our souls. Grant me the grace to love you and your Divine Son as you deserve.

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Scripture meditation: The Father … will give you another Advocate to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth. … He will dwell with you and be in you. John 14:16-17

Reflection: In the Church our souls are espoused to the Holy Spirit. It is Mary whose prayer wins strength, joy, and consolation for us. And it is Mary who gives joy to the Divine Bridegroom by inspiring our wills with love for Him.

Venerable Francis Libermann (1802-1852AD)
Mini-Bio: French; convert from Judaism and priest, founded society of priests who would work for the education of newly liberated slaves in the French colonies

Prayer: O Mary, help me to be united with the Holy Spirit. Teach me to follow the holy inspirations and loving guidance of this Divine Guest of my soul.

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Scripture meditation: Of the Son [he says]: "Your throne, O God, will stand forever and ever; and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom." Hebrews 1:8

Reflection: I salute you, O Mother Mary! You are the throne of God as well as the honor, the glory, and the strength of our Church!

St. John Chrysostom (347-407AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; archbishop, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you were like a throne for your Divine Son. Teach me to enthrone Jesus in my heart and to render constant homage to Him by my words and my actionsOn this day when Catholics around the world celebrate the Triumph of the Cross, the Church invites us to look again at the meaning of Christian discipleship. She invites us to understand the sacrifices it involves and place all our hope in our Crucified and Risen Savior.

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Scripture meditation: I brought up children and honored them, but they have disowned me! An ox knows its master, and an ass, its owner's manger; but … my people have not understood. Isaiah 1:2-3

Reflection: Women who seek involvement in community affairs should look to Mary. Taken into dialogue with God, Mary gives her active and responsible consent. … to the event of world importance known as the Incarnation of the Word.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1963-1978) Italian; Reconvened Vatican II, and implemented many of its reforms. Became the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy. He enlarged the college of cardinals. Reaffirmed the church's ban on contraception.

Prayer: O Mary, your decision affected the world's salvation. Teach me how to take part in decisions that affect world, Church and community as well as my own salvation.

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Scripture meditation: As the body is one though it has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is also with Christ. For in the same Spirit we were all baptized into one body. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

Reflection: All favors, graces, and heavenly inspirations come from Christ as from the Head. All then descend to the body through Mary, since -- just as in the human body -- it is by the neck that the Head gives life to the limbs.

St. Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-archbishop, Jesuit provincial, theologian, university professor, scholar, apologist, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of the Mystical Body. Enable me to act as a true member of that Body -- ever ready to render loving assistance to all other members.

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Scripture meditation: O Lord, you searched me and you know me; you know when I sit and when I stand. You discern my thoughts from afar. Psalms 139:1-2

Reflection: What joy it is for us to dwell on the fact that Mary is our Mother! Why should we fear? She loves us and knows our weakness!

St. Theresa of Lisieux (1873-1897AD)
Mini-Bio: French; Carmelite mystic, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you love us and watch over us. Let me never forget that you are a true Mother to me -- always ready to lead me to your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: He gave some as apostles … for strengthening the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to perfect manhood. Ephesians 4:11-13

Reflection: Mary meditated on all she had come to know through reading, listening and observing. She grew in faith, increased in merits, and was more consumed by the fire of charity.

St. Lawrence Justinian (1381-1456AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; monk, priest, prior, superior general and first Patriarch of Venice

Prayer: O Mary, you grew spiritually through meditation. Help me to set aside some time -- no matter how little -- for meditation each day, so that I may grow to the full stature of Christ.

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Scripture meditation: My heart overflows with a noble theme; as I recite my poem to the king, my tongue is the pen of a swift scribe. Psalms 45:2

Reflection: The glorious Virgin was raised to the dignity of Mother of the King of kings. Accordingly, the Church honors her with the radiant title of Queen and asks us to do the same.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Queen of the Universe. Grant that I may praise you as you deserve and reap the spiritual benefits of life-long dedication to your service.

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Scripture meditation: Blessed is the soul that fears the Lord. … The eyes of the Lord watch over those who love him; he is their mighty shield and strong support. Sirach 34:15-16

Reflection: O Mary, Mother of Love, love your Jesus and mine for me. And make me share the love that you bear for Him!

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Mary, your love for your Divine Son was greater than the combined love of all other humans. Increase my love for Jesus and let it be expressed in actions.

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Scripture meditation: I go to prepare a place for you. … And I will come back and take you to be with me, so that where I am, there you will be. John 14:2-3

Reflection: O Mary, you who are the Mother of Life had to remain always with Life. For you, death could never be anything more than sleep and the Assumption anything more the an act of waking up.

St. Germanus (469-576AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, bishop of Paris

Prayer: O Mary, your glory of the Assumption is a pledge of our glory. Help me to live in such a way that when Jesus returns for me He will find me worthy to join you in heaven.

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Scripture meditation: Those who sow in tears shall reap rejoicing. They go forth weeping, carrying the seed to be sown. They come back rejoicing, carrying their sheaves. Psalms 126:5-6

Reflection: Mary sowed much in tears while on earth, and now she is reaping much in heavenly joy. The same will be true for us. The more spiritual victories we obtain while on earth, the more we will receive in heaven.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, grant me the grace to obtain daily spiritual victories over myself, the world, and the devil. Let me imitate your faithfulness and so share your glory.

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Scripture meditation: So the people stood far off and said to Moses, "You speak to us, and we will hear. But do not let God speak to us, or we shall die." Exodus 20:18-19

Reflection: If you want to grow in perfection, you cannot advance by yourselves -- you need a guide. Hence, when you go to God, go through Mary and with Mary!

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr

Prayer: O Mary, you are our Mediatrix with the God of all. Help me to grow in grace and holiness, so that I may one day reach your Divine Son in the bliss of heaven

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Scripture meditation: Let the faithful rejoice in glory, let them sing for joy in their beds. Let the praises of God be in their mouths. Psalms 149:5-6

Reflection: O Mary, may all nations glorify your Immaculate Heart! May the whole earth invoke and bless your Immaculate Heart!

St. John Vianney (1786-1859AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, spiritual director, Patron saint of parish priests

Prayer: O Mary, our human speech is too feeble to honor you as we ought. Grant that I may never cease praising you and invoking your Immaculate Heart.

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Scripture meditation: From ivory palaces the music of stringed instruments brings you joy …; the queen stands at your right hand in gold of Ophir. Psalms 45:9-10

Reflection: The heavenly host came forth rejoicing in festal array, to meet the Mother of God. Surrounded with effulgent light, Mary was led amid praise and canticles to the throne prepared for her from the world's beginning.

St. Jerome (342-420AD)
Mini-Bio: Dalmatian; priest, hermit, abbot, biblical scholar and translator, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, at the Assumption you were solemnly taken into the glory of heaven. Fix my eyes on that glory, so that I may put up with the adversities of this world.

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Scripture meditation: Forgive the sins of this people according to your great mercy, as you have been merciful to them … until now. Numbers 14:19

Reflection: When we pray to the Mother of God, we are heard more quickly then when we call directly on Jesus -- for He is not only our Lord but also our Judge. However, Mary has no other office except to show compassion.

St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; archbishop, abbot, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, help me to imitate you and your Divine Son by showing kindness to others when they hurt me.

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Scripture meditation: It is I who girded you … so that from the rising of the sun to the west where it sets, men may know that there is none besides me. Isaiah 45:5-6

Reflection: O Blessed Virgin, nothing resist your power. God the Father looks upon your glory as if it were His own. And God the Son takes delight in glorifying you and grants your every petition as if He were paying a debt.

St. Gregory of Nicomedia (1170-1240AD)
Mini-Bio: Orthodox; Ascetic

Prayer: O Mary, you have the ear of God. Beg Him to have mercy on us and to send peace to a tormented world.

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Scripture meditation: You come forth to deliver your people. … You make a way in the sea with your horses and amid the churning of many waters. Habakkuk 3:13-15
Reflection: The Heart of Mary is a sun that spreads its rays and its warmth throughout the world. It is constantly working in every possible way for the salvation of souls.

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Immaculate Heart of Mary, be my salvation! I put all my trust in you for time and for eternity.

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Scripture meditation: When Jesus had brought about man's purgation from sins, he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. Hebrews 1:3

Reflection: Mary sits at the right had of Jesus like a Queen. She is the most safe refuge for and the most fruitful helper of all who are in danger, so there is no reason to fear.

Pope St. Pius X (1835-1914AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1903-1914) Italian; pope, reformer. Created a special congregation of cardinals to look at formation of a new code of canon law.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mediatrix of All Grace. Keep me under your guidance, your care, your benevolence, and your protection, so that I will have no reason to despair

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Scripture meditation: Your renown spread forth among the nations for your beauty, which was perfect since I placed my splendor upon you. Ezekiel 16:14

Reflection: Mary consented to be the Mother of the Eternal Word. At that very moment, she merited to be made the Queen of the world and all creatures.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you are our Queen. Reign over all hearts by the queenly power of your love, so that the Kingdom of your Divine Son may come upon earth

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Scripture meditation: The lowly may be pardoned through mercy, but the mighty will be tested with rigor. Wisdom 6:6
Reflection: When the Blessed Virgin conceived the Eternal Word in her womb and gave Him birth, she obtained half the Kingdom of God.

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; Dominican philosopher, theologian, mystic, hymnist, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Queen and Exemplar of Mercy. In imitation of you, let me be humble and merciful toward others, so that I too may receive mercy and pardon.

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Scripture meditation: This saying is true and worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15

Reflection: As the Queen of Mercy, Mary throws open the abyss of God's mercies to anyone she pleases, when she pleases, and as she pleases. Hence, there are no sinners who will be lost when she intercedes for them!

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you dispense the merits of Christ's Redemption to all sinners. Pour down on me the Divine Mercy, so that I may repent for my past sins and strive to avoid sin in the future.

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Scripture meditation: Let your heart receive my words. Keep my commands, and you shall live! Get wisdom, get prudence. Proverbs 4:4-5

Reflection: Praise be to Mary! Let all hearts give themselves to Mary so that she may fill them with her Heart and the Heart of Jesus!

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Queen of Hearts! Mold my heart after your own, so that it may possess the sentiments of true Christian living and reflect the Heart of your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life and we have come to believe and to know that you are the Christ, the Son of God." John 6:68-69

Reflection: O Mary, to whom else shall we go? You have the words of eternal life! These are the prayers by which you intervene on our behalf before God. Indeed, you never cease to work wonders for us.

St. Germanus (469-576AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, bishop of Paris

Prayer: O Mary, like the words of Jesus, your prayerful words on our behalf bring salvation. Never cease to pray for me "till in heaven eternally your love and bliss I share."

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Scripture meditation: The Lord has bared his holy arm in the sight of the Gentles; all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Isaiah 52:10

Reflection: Through this Virgin, the whole earth is filled with the Glory of God. Through this Virgin, all have known the great God. All have seen the salvation of God.

St. Ildephonsus (607-667AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; monk, Abbot of Agli, Archbishop of Toledo, founded and endowed a monastery of nuns

Prayer: O Mary, through you, salvation came to the world. May those peoples who are still without the knowledge of your Divine Son come to know, love, and serve Him.

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Scripture meditation: Do not labor for the food that perishes but for that which endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. John 6:27

Reflection: Ask the Virgin Mary constantly to come to you with her glorious Son. Be bold. Ask her to give you her Son, Who in the Blessed Sacrament is truly the Food of your soul. She will give Him to you readily.

St. Cajetan (1480-1547AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, founder of the Oratory of Divine Love, assisted in the establishment of his Congregation of Clerks Regular

Prayer: O Mary, you are ever ready to give us the Food of our souls. Help me prepare through prayer and good works for the visit of the great King, Who is Christ your Son.

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Scripture meditation: As the soldiers listened to what she had say, they gazed upon her face and marveled at her beauty. Judith 10:14

Reflection: The thought and the countenance of Mary inspire the purity of life that is the first dignity of human beings. They also constitute the salvation of those who struggle against evil and those who are called to greater perfection of life.

Pope Pius XI (1857-1939AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1922-1939) Italian; Supervised the signing of the Lateran Treaties with Mussolini's Fascist government. Established the feast of Christ the King. Called for greater participation by the laity, a movement he called Catholic Action.

Prayer: O Mary, the thought of you leads to salvation. Let me meditate on your spiritual beauty, so that I too may be saved.

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Scripture meditation: Even if I am made the libation for the sacrificial service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. Philippians 2:17

Reflection: The Immaculate Conception also entails sacrifice on the part of Mary. Therefore, we cannot consider ourselves favored children of the Lord and His Mother if our lives know nothing of sacrifice.

Blessed Pope John XXIII (1881-1963AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1958-1963) Italian; He advanced cooperation with other faiths and traditions including Protestant and Greek Orthodox. Doubled the number of cardinals, making the college the largest in history and convened Vatican II, on 11 October 1962.

Prayer: O Mary, you shared the sacrifice of Jesus from the privations at His Birth, to the renunciations of the Hidden Life, to the martyrdom on Calvary. Join my little daily sacrifices to His.

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Scripture meditation: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by renewing your mind that you may discern what is the good and pleasing and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

Reflection: Do you know the surest way to learn the will of God? It is the way of prayer to our good Mother Mary!

St. John Vianney (1786-1859AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, spiritual director, Patron saint of parish priests

Prayer: O Mary, you are the revealer of God's will to us. Help me to know what God's will is for me in every situation and to carry out that will with diligence and love.

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Scripture meditation: She is unique, my dove, my perfect one, her mother's chosen, the favorite of her parent. … The daughters saw her and … declared her most blessed. Song of Solomon 6:9

Reflection: The look of Mary, the smile of Mary, the sweetness of Mary, the majesty of Mary, Queen of heaven and earth! Mary's beauty stands out among all other beauties, which pale next to hers. Mary is the most beautiful of God's creatures.

Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1939-1958) Italian; He supported several reforms in the Papal States, which included central Italy, and several outlying areas, such as Assisi. Gained a reputation for being a patriotic, and reforming Pope.

Prayer: O Mary, you are all-beautiful and worthy of praise. Help me to render you the honor you deserve by following your inspirations and imitating your shining example

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Scripture meditation: What is man, that you magnify him, or pay him any attention? You examine him each day. Job 7:17

Reflection: Heap together all the love of mothers for their children, all the love of husbands for their wives, and all the love of the Angels and Saints for their clients. The total could never equal Mary's love for even a single soul!

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you have great love for souls. Let me return your love for me by loving others in you and your Divine Son -- even those whom I find displeasing.

 
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Scripture meditation: The Gospel … is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe. … For in it is revealed the righteousness of God, from faith unto faith, as it is written, "The one who is just lives by faith." Romans 1:16-17

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin will give you a share of her faith, a faith that will remove all concern with sensible and extraordinary things. This faith will be living and animated by love so that you will act entirely out of love.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, your great faith on earth has now become great vision in heaven. Make my faith strong so that I may live as a true follower of your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: You who have no money, hurry, buy and eat. … Heed me, and eat what is good; your soul shall delight in rich fare. Isaiah 55:1-2

Reflection: O sinners, be not discouraged but have recourse to Mary in all your necessities. Call her to your assistance, for you will always find her ready to help. It is God's will that she should help in every need.

St. Basil the Great (329-379AD)
Mini-Bio: Cappadocian; bishop, theologian, monk

Prayer: O Mary, you are the last hope of sinners. If I should have the misfortune to fall into serious sin, grant me the grace of true repentance.

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Scripture meditation: All [the disciples] with one mind were united in constant prayer, together with the women, and Mary the Mother of Jesus, and his brethren. Acts of the Apostles 1:14

Reflection: Mary was the perfect disciple of Christ, mirror of every virtue and embodiment of the evangelical beatitudes proclaimed by Jesus. In her the whole Church attains the most authentic form of the perfect imitation of Christ.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1963-1978) Italian; Reconvened Vatican II, and implemented many of its reforms. Became the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy. He enlarged the college of cardinals. Reaffirmed the church's ban on contraception.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the perfect follower of Jesus. Obtain for me the grace to follow you, so that I may be "another Christ" both in this world and in the next.

 
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Scripture meditation: Christ love the Church and delivered himself up for her to sanctify her, cleansing her in the bath of water by means of the word, so that he might present to himself the Church in all her majesty. Ephesians 5:25-27

Reflection: The Mother of God is a Model of the Church in the matter of faith, charity, and perfect union with God. Through the gift and role of the Divine Motherhood, Mary is united with her Son and with the Church.

Vatican II: Lumen Gentium/The Church, 63 (1962-1965AD)
Mini-Bio: 21st Ecumenical council: Convened by John XXIII 1958-1963; Closed by Paul VI 1963-1978: Descisions: Issued pastoral documents on the renewal and reform of the Church, intending to make the Church more effective in dealing with the contemporary world.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of the Church. Help me to be a loyal child of that Church, sharing in the Redemption of your Divine Son, Jesus.

 
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Scripture meditation: Then the Creator of all things gave me his command; he who created me decreed where I should dwell, saying, "Make your dwelling in Jacob, and in Israel receive your inheritance." Sirach 24:8

Reflection: Christ remained in Mary's womb for nine months. He will dwell in the tabernacle of the faith of the Church until the end of the world. And He will remain in the knowledge and love of the faithful for all eternity.

St. Isaac of Stella (1100-1169AD)
Mini-Bio: English; Cistercian monk, philosopher, and theologian, His principal work: Letter to Alcher on the Soul

Prayer: O Mary, you were graced with God's presence both physically and spiritually. Obtain for me the grace to have Jesus dwelling in me forever.

 
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Scripture meditation: Remember the days of your lowly estate. … Invoke the Lord and speak to the king on our behalf; save us from death. Esther 4:8

Reflection: We are lost on a raging sea, far from God, and buffeted at every moment by storms. We lie at the very jaws of spiritual death, and so we cry out: "Hail Mary. ..."

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231AD)
Mini-Bio: Portuguese; Franciscan preacher and reformer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our beacon amid the dangers of this life. Enlighten my mind, open my heart, and curb my will, so that I may steer a safe course until I reach the eternal harbor.

 
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Scripture meditation: Surely God is my savior; I will trust and be unafraid. My strength and my praise is the Lord, and he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2

Reflection: Eve believed the devil -- and the world perished! Mary put her faith in the Angel of God -- and the world was saved!

St. Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619AD)
Mini-Bio: Neapolitan; priest, vicar general of the Capuchins, missionary, army chaplain, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our refuge against evil. Teach me to put my faith in God when temptations assail me.

 
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Scripture meditation: I rejoice greatly in the Lord, and my soul is joyful in my God. For he has clothed me with a garment of salvation, and covered me with a robe of justice. Isaiah 61:10

Reflection: Mary is living the perfect joy promised to the Church. Her children on earth turn to her who is the Mother of Hope and Mother of Grace. They invoke her as the cause of our joy.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1963-1978) Italian; Reconvened Vatican II, and implemented many of its reforms. Became the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy. He enlarged the college of cardinals. Reaffirmed the church's ban on contraception.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the "Cause of Our Joy." Keep my eyes fixed on the eternal joys promised by your Divine Son, so that I will be filled with Christian joy all the days of my life.

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Scripture meditation: I will give you what you have not asked for. … And you walk in my ways by obeying my statues and commandments … you will have a long life. 1 Kings 3:13-14

Reflection: Mary has a great desire to be invoked by us so that she may dispense her favors to us in greater abundance. So true is this that she is offended not only by those who speak ill of her but also by those who neglect to ask for her graces.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church.
 
Prayer: O Mary, you are ready to pour down grace on us if we but ask for it. Help me to come to you in every need, so that I may receive your aid.
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Scripture meditation: Remember the days of your lowly estate. … Invoke the Lord and speak to the king on our behalf; save us from death. Esther 4:8

Reflection: We are lost on a raging sea, far from God, and buffeted at every moment by storms. We lie at the very jaws of spiritual death, and so we cry out: "Hail Mary. ..."

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231AD)
Mini-Bio: Portuguese; Franciscan preacher and reformer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our beacon amid the dangers of this life. Enlighten my mind, open my heart, and curb my will, so that I may steer a safe course until I reach the eternal harbor.

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Scripture meditation: Surely God is my savior; I will trust and be unafraid. My strength and my praise is the Lord, and he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2

Reflection: Eve believed the devil -- and the world perished! Mary put her faith in the Angel of God -- and the world was saved!

St. Lawrence of Brindisi (1559-1619AD)
Mini-Bio: Neapolitan; priest, vicar general of the Capuchins, missionary, army chaplain, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our refuge against evil. Teach me to put my faith in God when temptations assail me.

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Scripture meditation: I rejoice greatly in the Lord, and my soul is joyful in my God. For he has clothed me with a garment of salvation, and covered me with a robe of justice. Isaiah 61:10

Reflection:
Mary is living the perfect joy promised to the Church. Her children on earth turn to her who is the Mother of Hope and Mother of Grace. They invoke her as the cause of our joy.
 
Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1963-1978) Italian; Reconvened Vatican II, and implemented many of its reforms. Became the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy. He enlarged the college of cardinals. Reaffirmed the church's ban on contraception.
 
Prayer: O Mary, you are the "Cause of Our Joy." Keep my eyes fixed on the eternal joys promised by your Divine Son, so that I will be filled with Christian joy all the days of my life.

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Scripture meditation: Be imitators of me and observe those who conduct themselves after the pattern you have seen in us. Philippians 3:17

Reflection: Mary is a Model of all virtues who is more within our reach. When we contemplate her, we do not feel overwhelmed by the splendor of the Divinity. On the contrary, we are attracted by the kinship of a common nature and strive more confidently to imitate her.

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1878-1903) Italian; pope, Jesuit. The United States at all times attracted the attention and admiration. Under Leo the religious orders developed wonderfully; new orders were founded, older ones increased.

Prayer: O Mary, you are our Model in Christian Living. Help me to follow you at least to some degree in your great virtue and holiness, so that I may also follow you into heaven.

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Scripture meditation: Some time ago, Go chose … that through my mouth the Gentles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe. Acts of the Apostles 15:7

Reflection: By becoming the Mother of God, Mary was the means of the salvation of sinners. In the same way, sinners are saved by proclaiming the praises of Mary.

St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; archbishop, abbot, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are worthy of all praise. Let me praise you, speak to others about your merits, power, and mercy, and lead them to true devotion to you

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Scripture meditation: Then he will pour forth words of wisdom … and give thanks to the Lord in prayer. The Lord will direct his counsel and his knowledge as he meditates upon the mysteries of God. Sirach 39:6

Reflection: The Hail Mary said well is the force that puts the devil to flight. It is the sanctification of the soul, the joy of Angels, the melody of the Elect, the canticle of the New Testament, the delight of Mary, and the glory of the Holy Trinity.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

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Scripture meditation: The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way. … The pillar of cloud never failed to be before the people. Exodus 13:21-22

Reflection: Mary is our "pillar of cloud." She protects us against the burning rays of the Divine wrath and the fire of temptations.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our unceasing protector day and night. Be my aid in all temptations and help me remain truly faithful to my calling, the Church, and to God.

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Scripture meditation: Reflect on the decrees of the Lord, and constantly meditate on his commandments. He will enlighten your mind, and the wisdom you desire will be granted to you. Sirach 6:37

Reflection: Beneath the light and heat of the sun, plants flourish on earth and bring forth fruit. Beneath the radiant inspirations of the sun that is Mary, good thoughts flourish in souls.

Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1939-1958) Italian; He supported several reforms in the Papal States, which included central Italy, and several outlying areas, such as Assisi. Gained a reputation for being a patriotic, and reforming Pope.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the inspirer of good thoughts in us. Let me dwell on you and on your Divine Son, so that I may always do the things that are pleasing to Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: Like a vessel of beaten gold, embellished with every kind of precious stone; like an olive tree laden with fruit, like a cypress reaching to the clouds. … Sirach 50:9-10

Reflection: The Virgin Mary is like a "vessel" because of her humility. She is made of "gold" because of her poverty and "embellished with every kind of precious stone" because of her virginity.

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231AD)
Mini-Bio: Portuguese; Franciscan preacher and reformer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the model of humility, poverty, and virginity. Let me fashion my life after you, so that I will be truly humble, poor in spirit, and pure of heart.

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Scripture meditation: Amen I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, … whatever you ask for in prayer believing, you will receive. Matthew 21:21-22

Reflection: There are many graces that we will not obtain if we ask them of God. But if we ask them of Mary, we will obtain them, not because she is more powerful but because God wants to honor her in this way.

St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; archbishop, abbot, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, increase my faith in the power that your Divine Son has given you. Grant me the grace to be a true follower of Jesus all the days of my life and sing your glory forever in heaven.

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Scripture meditation: Grace and peace be to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7

Reflection: Mary gave being and life to the Author of all grace. That is why she is called the Mother of Grace.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of Grace, which is the life of God in us. Obtain from your Divine Son the grace I need as well as the grace sorely needed by the Church and the world.

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Scripture meditation: With your goods … you satisfied many peoples; with your great wealth … you endowed the kings of the earth. Ezekiel 27:33

Reflection: All the gifts and graces that we receive from God are dispensed by the hands of Mary. They are given to whom she pleases, when she pleases, and as she pleases.

St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, Franciscan vicar general, preacher, reformer

Prayer: O Mary, you are most generous with the spiritual gifts entrusted to your care. Make me one of your chosen who receive your gifts eagerly and put them to use diligently in their lives.

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Scripture meditation: Whoever entrusts himself to her will possess her, and his descendants will also inherit her. … Then [she will] bring him happiness, and reveal her secrets to him. Sirach 4:16-18

Reflection: See the confidence that the Church places in Mary. In all public calamities she invariably calls upon the faithful to enlist her protection through novenas, through prayers and processions, and through visits to her churches and shrines.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, the whole Church puts her trust in you. Teach me to trust you completely in all the troubles and adversities of life -- whether of body or of soul.

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Scripture meditation: Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. … Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever lays down his life for my sake will find it. Matthew 10:38-39

Reflection: Our Lady desires that we not only work for her but also suffer for her. We must calmly bear the little crosses of each day and even desire that they exist!

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr

Prayer: O Mary, help me to carry my daily crosses in union with you. "Let me share with you His pain; who for all our sins was slain; who for me in torments died."

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Scripture meditation: Forever will I bless your name. Every day I will praise you, and I will extol your name forever and ever. Psalms 145:1-2

Reflection: The Name of Mary contains within itself the brilliance of the virtues, the sweet refulgence of modesty, and the sacrifice that is pleasing to God. It is the sign of hospitality and the center of holiness.

St. Francis Xavier (1506-1552AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; Jesuit priest and missionary

Prayer: O Mary, I want to be wholly devoted to your Holy Name. Grant that I may invoke it in both good times and bad with ardent love and endless praise.

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Scripture meditation: Enter by the narrow gate. … How narrow is the gate and difficult is the road that leads to life. Matthew 7:13-14

Reflection: We cannot enter a house without speaking to the doorkeeper. The Blessed Virgin is the Doorkeeper of Heaven, and we cannot gain entry there without calling upon her help.

St. John Vianney (1786-1859AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, spiritual director, Patron saint of parish priests

Prayer: O Mary, you are the entry for all into heaven. Let me call upon your help frequently on earth, so that when I come you will quickly open heaven's door for me.

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Scripture meditation: If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will and it shall be given you. John 15:7

Reflection: Living in Mary means to love Mary with all our heart. It means to love Mary so much that we are able to live as if we truly inhabited her Immaculate Heart.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, those who live in you live also in your Divine Son Jesus. Help me to live every moment in you so that I may live forever with Jesus and you in heaven.

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Scripture meditation: Of his fullness we have all received, one grace after another. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:16-17
Reflection: Our Lord Jesus Christ has obtained for us a magnificent treasure of graces. But in the Divine Plan, not one particle comes to us without the mediation of Mary.

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1878-1903) Italian; pope, Jesuit. The United States at all times attracted the attention and admiration. Under Leo the religious orders developed wonderfully; new orders were founded, older ones increased.

Prayer: O Mary, no one receives any favor except through you. Help me to ask you each day for the graces I need to remain faithful in my state of life.

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Scripture meditation: Whoever feeds on me will hunger for more; whoever drinks of me will thirst for more. Those who obey me will never be put to shame; those who follow my instruction will never sin. Sirach 24:20-21

Reflection: I am sure you do not want to experience any refusal on God's part toward you. Then do not offer Him anything -- neither good works nor prayers -- without entrusting them into the hands of Mary.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our unfailing intercessor with God. I offer all my good works this day through your hands to your Divine Son Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: My faithfulness and my mercy shall be with him, and in my name shall his horn be exalted. Psalms 89:25

Reflection: The Name of Mary refreshes her devoted clients. It is music to their ears, honey in their mouths, and joy for their hearts.

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231AD)
Mini-Bio: Portuguese; Franciscan preacher and reformer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, your holy name is great and brings us salvation. Let me strive to speak it with true love, boundless joy, and complete confidence.

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Scripture meditation: Teach me judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commands. … I keep your word. Psalms 119:66-67

Reflection: If we look to Mary in all circumstances, we will immediately receive wise inspirations: Be patient, kind, charitable; comport yourself well, suffer voluntarily, and offer your pains to the Lord. Hope and love always, and give your life authentic Christian meaning.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1963-1978) Italian; Reconvened Vatican II, and implemented many of its reforms. Became the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy. He enlarged the college of cardinals. Reaffirmed the church's ban on contraception.

Prayer: O Mary, you are our Mother and our Teacher, instructing us in how to live. Help me to heed your inspirations and follow your Divine Son more closely

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Scripture meditation: Of his fullness we have all received, one grace after another. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:16-17

Reflection: Our Lord Jesus Christ has obtained for us a magnificent treasure of graces. But in the Divine Plan, not one particle comes to us without the mediation of Mary.

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1878-1903) Italian; pope, Jesuit. The United States at all times attracted the attention and admiration. Under Leo the religious orders developed wonderfully; new orders were founded, older ones increased.

Prayer: O Mary, no one receives any favor except through you. Help me to ask you each day for the graces I need to remain faithful in my state of life.

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Scripture meditation: If you abide in me and my words abide in you, ask whatever you will and it shall be given you. John 15:7

Reflection: Living in Mary means to love Mary with all our heart. It means to love Mary so much that we are able to live as if we truly inhabited her Immaculate Heart.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, those who live in you live also in your Divine Son Jesus. Help me to live every moment in you so that I may live forever with Jesus and you in heaven.

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Scripture meditation: Do not urge me to leave you and depart from you. For where you go I will go, where you dwell I will dwell. Ruth 1:16

Reflection: Ruth, whose name mean "seeing and hastening," was a figure of Mary. For Mary, seeing our miseries, mercifully hastens to help us!

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, like Ruth you remain firmly attached to your people, those redeemed by your Divine Son. See my miseries and make haste to help me.

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Scripture meditation: But to those who did receive [the Revelation] he gave power to become children of God to those who believe in his name. John 1:12

Reflection: Since the Redeemer preexisted, there had to be someone to be saved so that He would not come in vain. As a consequence, we find Mary, the obedient Virgin, saying, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (125-203AD)
Mini-Bio: Asia Minor; bishop, missionary, theologian, defender of orthodoxy

Prayer: O Mary, you are the First among the Redeemed and you cooperated in the Redemption. Help me to cooperate in bringing the fruits of Jesus' Redemption to all people.

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Scripture meditation: Will God really dwell with men on earth? If the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you, how much less this temple that I have built! 1 Kings 8:27

Reflection: The Mother of God contained the infinite God under her Heart, the God Whom no space can contain. Through her, the Trinity is adored, demons are vanquished, Satan is cast out of heaven, and our fallen nature is assumed into heaven.

St. Cyril of Alexandria (376-444AD)
Mini-Bio: Egyptian; bishop, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, I honor you, who contained within you the God Whom no space can contain. Help me to be ever conscious of God's presence in me through the grace of Jesus

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Scripture meditation: If you search her out and follow her trial, she will make herself known; and once you have found her, do not let her go. Sirach 6:27

Reflection: Breathing is not only the sign but even the very cause of life. In like manner, the Name of Mary, continually on the lips of her clients, not only proves the presence of supernatural life but also causes and preserves it and gives them strength for everything.

St. Germanus (469-576AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, bishop of Paris

Prayer: O Mary, grant that your holy Name may be always on my lips and in my heart. May it keep me from sin and preserve the Divine life that comes to me from Jesus through you.

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Scripture meditation: Let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face beautiful. Song of Solomon 2:14

Reflection: Come, let us throw ourselves at the feet of this good Mother. Let us cling to them and not leave them, until she blesses us and takes us for her children.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the best of Mothers. I desire to be your child. Help me to remain ever close to you by following the teachings of your Divine Son, Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: And I heard the voices of many angels around the throne. … They numbered thousands upon thousands, and they sang out loudly. Revelation 5:11

Reflection: The nine choirs of Angels offer Mary millions of times each day the Angelic Salutation: Hail Mary! In doing so, they ask her to honor them with one of her commands.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Queen of Angels. Let me say the "Hail Mary" every day and help me to carry out your commands received through my Guardian Angel.

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Scripture meditation: Let us draw near with a sincere heart and in fullness of trust, with our hearts cleansed from an evil conscience … and our bodies cleansed in pure water. Hebrews 10:22

Reflection: We must have frequent recourse to the Mother of God for she is the Mother of the supernatural life and the Mother of grace. The Lord desires that we receive all graces through her, and this depends on our approaching her.

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of Divine Grace. Help me to approach you daily with a clean heart to obtain the graces God wishes to give me through you each day.

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Scripture meditation: I exhort you, therefore, … by the mercy of God, to offer your bodies as a sacrifice, living, holy, and delightful, to God, your spiritual service. Romans 12:1

Reflection: O holy Mary into your safe keeping I entrust my soul and body, this day, every day, and on the day of my death.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1568-1591AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; Jesuit teacher, health care worker

Prayer: O Mary, in accord with the example of St. Aloysius, I offer you this day all my hopes and consolations, all my trials and miseries, my life and the end of my life!

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Scripture meditation: Philip said to him, "Master, show us the Father, and that is enough for us." Jesus said to him, "… Whoever sees me sees also the Father." John 14:8-9

Reflection: It is the nature of Jesus Christ to lead us surely to the Father. In the same way, it is the nature of the Blessed Virgin to lead us surely to Jesus.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you are our sure guide to Jesus. Let me learn to see you in Jesus and Jesus in you. For you are united with your Divine Son by the closest natural and supernatural bond.

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Scripture meditation: They cried out to you, and from heaven you heard them and rescued them according to your compassion time after time. Nehemiah 9:28

Reflection: Mary is not only 'called' the Mother of Mercy. She is the Mother of Mercy. And she proved that she is by the loving tenderness with which she helps us all.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of Mercy. Plead my cause day and night before your Divine Son. In your mercy, do not let me be lost forever

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Scripture meditation: Being rooted and grounded in love, may you come to comprehend … what is the breadth, length, height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses all understanding. Ephesians 3:17-19

Reflection: Do you wish to know the most intimate perfections of Jesus and the most hidden attractions of His love? Then seek them in the Heart of Mary!

St. Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868AD)
Mini-Bio: French; Marist priest and provincial; founder of Priests of the Blessed Sacrament and Servants of the Blessed Sacrament

Prayer: O Mary, keep ever before me the tried and trusted Christian motto: "To Jesus through Mary." And let me learn to seek your Divine Son in your Motherly Heart.

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Scripture meditation: Who do you think is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his household to give them food? … Blessed is that servant whom his master finds doing so when he arrives home. Luke 12:42-43

Reflection: We have only one thing that we must do -- that is, pray to the Blessed Virgin. Ask her for the grace to love our Lord as she loves Him and to remain faithful to Him in life and in death.

St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879AD)
Mini-Bio: French; visionary of Marian apparitions at Lourdes

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Virgin Most Faithful. Grant me the grace to love God and remain faithful to Him in all things.

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Scripture meditation: May the Lord guide your hearts to the love of God and to the perseverance of Christ. 2 Thessalonians 3:5

Reflection: The love of Christ so wounded and transfixed Mary's Heart that no part of it remained untouched. Thus, she fulfilled the First Commandment in all its extension and without the slightest imperfection.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, your love for God is greater than the love of all human beings together. Teach me to love God with all my heart, all my mind, and all my soul.

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Scripture meditation: Wisdom is sweet for your soul. If you find it, you will have hope, and your hope will not perish. Proverbs 24:14

Reflection: Mary is both the Mother of the Shepherd and the Mother of the Lamb. That is why she is all our confidence and all our hope!

 

St. Germanus (469-576AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, bishop of Paris

Prayer: O Mary, you are the world's best hope because you are the Mother of the Redeemer. I place all my hope in you -- for today, for tomorrow, and for ever.

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Scripture meditation: But now that you are free from sin and slaves to God, the fruit that you have leads to holiness and results in eternal life. Romans 6:22

Reflection: Blessed are those who cherish your Name, O Mary. Your favor will sustain them in the midst of trial, and they will bring forth fruits of salvation.

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231AD)
Mini-Bio: Portuguese; Franciscan preacher and reformer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, may your holy Name be ever on my lips and in my heart. Let it be the key to a holy life on earth and the password to a blessed eternity in heaven.

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Scripture meditation: Observe … the commandment … : love the Lord, your God; walk in all his ways; keep all his commandments; cling to him; and serve him with all your heart and soul. Joshua 22:5

Reflection: Love the Immaculata! Confide in her and consecrate yourself to her without reservation. Strive to do everything as she herself would do it in your place, especially by loving God as she loves Him.

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr

Prayer: O Mary, I give myself completely to you. Help me to love you, to follow your example in all things, and to love God as you did all your life__________________________________________________________________________

Scripture meditation: The eyes of all hope in you …; you open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing. Psalms 145:15-16

Reflection: The Motherly Heart of Mary has a great desire to give us grace. This desire is even greater than our desire to receive grace!

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you are forever looking for ways to give us grace. Grant me the grace I need for this day, and let me remember to ask for the same thing each day.

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Reflection: Jesus has given us the Heart of His Blessed Mother. Therefore, you can and you must make use of that Heart to love God. For Mary's Heart is truly yours, and you must love God with all your heart!

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Immaculate Heart of Mary, I entrust myself to you. Help me to follow your inspirations and make my heart like yours, which is in turn like the Heart of Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: Do not be anxious and say, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" … All these things shall be given you besides. Matthew 6:31-33

Reflection: Place yourself in Mary's hands; she will think of everything and provide for the needs of soul and body. Therefore, be at peace, be at complete peace, with unlimited confidence in her!

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr

Prayer: O Mary, Mother of Hope, I entrust my life into your hands. Fill me with Christian optimism, so that I will be able to confront any situation with equanimity.

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Scripture meditation: Mercy and truth shall meet; justice and peace shall kiss. Truth shall sprout from the earth, and justice shall look down from heavens. Psalms 85:11-12

Reflection: Mary is the Virgin most truthful, the soil from which, in the words of the Psalmist, Truth shall spring. May she grant us the grace to be truthful in heart, word, and deed in all things.

St. Joan of Valois (1464-1505AD)
Mini-Bio: French; foundress of the Order of the Annunciation. Although many thought she was ugly, she replied: The value of a person comes not from the beauty of the body, but from the beauty of the soul.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of Truth Himself. Make me know the Truth, so that I may always love the truth, speak the truth, and live the truth.

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Scripture meditation: I became established in Zion. Thus, in the beloved city he gave me a resting place; in Jerusalem I exerted my power. Sirach 24:10-11

Reflection: The word "Jerusalem" in this text signifies the Church Triumphant in heaven as well as the Church Militant on earth. Indeed, the Mother of the Creator has power both in heaven and on earth.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the "Virgin Most Powerful." Make me a better person and make the world a safer place to live in from both a natural and a supernatural point of view.

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Scripture meditation: You shall watch for me, and you shall find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, and I will bring you back. Jeremiah 29:13-14

Reflection: We must pray to Mary and call upon her. She is admirable for herself and lovable for us. As in the Gospel, Mary now intervenes with her Son and obtains from Him miracles that the ordinary course of things would not allow.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1963-1978) Italian; Reconvened Vatican II, and implemented many of its reforms. Became the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy. He enlarged the college of cardinals. Reaffirmed the church's ban on contraception.

Prayer: O Mary, you know our human needs and sorrows. Grant that I may have recourse to you in all my anxieties and always obtain God's gracious help.

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Scripture meditation: Store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes, nor robbers break in and steal! For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. Matthew 6:20-21

Reflection: Mary is my great treasure. She is my All after Jesus. She is my honor, my tenderness, and the storehouse of my virtues! I do everything in and through her.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you are our greatest treasure after Jesus. Help me to prize you above everything, remain united with you, and reach your Son Jesus through you.

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Scripture meditation: Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her own home. Luke 1:56

Reflection: The heart of our good Mother Mary is all love and mercy. She desires nothing else but our happiness. We need only have recourse to her and we will be heard.

St. John Vianney (1786-1859AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, spiritual director, Patron saint of parish priests

Prayer: O Mary, you visited Elizabeth on a mission of mercy even while bearing Jesus. Teach me to be concerned for others and bring Jesus to them by my visits.

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Scripture meditation: Hear now, all you who fear God, and I will tell you the great things he has done for me. I cried to him for help, and praised him with my tongue. Psalms 66:16-17

Reflection: Every day at Evening Prayer, the Church sings the "Magnificant," Mary's hymn of praise. This habitual remembrance of the Lord's Incarnation enkindles the hearts of the faithful, and the frequent meditation of Mary's examples confirms them in virtue.

St. Bede the Venerable (673-735AD)
Mini-Bio: English; priest, monk, scholar, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, teach me to unite myself with the Church in the Liturgy of the Hours each day. Let me recite your magnificent hymn of praise often.

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Scripture meditation: Abide in me, and I in you. … Whoever abides in me and I in him will bear much fruit, for without me you can do nothing. John 15:4-5

Reflection: It was the prerogative of Mary to conceive Christ in her womb. But it is the heritage of all the elect to bear Jesus in their hearts.

St. Peter Damian (1001-1072AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Benedictine prior, spiritual writer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you bore Christ in your heart as well as your body. Help me to bear Him always within my heart by doing the things that are pleasing to Him.

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Scripture meditation: For you were slain and have redeemed us for God with your blood, those from every tribe and language, people and nation. Revelation 5:9

Reflection: God is the Father of the world's construction, and Mary is the Mother of its reconstruction. For God generated the One through Whom everything has been made. And Mary gave birth to the One through Whose work all things have been saved.

St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; archbishop, abbot, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Co-Redemptrix with your Divine Son. Help me to unite all my words and actions with your Heart and the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the salvation of the world

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Scripture meditation: But if anyone sins, we have an advocate with God the Father, Jesus Christ the just one. He is propitiation for our sins … and those of all the world. 1 John 2:1-2

Reflection: In heaven Mary remains always in the presence of her Divine Son. There she is continually praying on behalf of sinners.

St. Bede the Venerable (673-735AD)
Mini-Bio: English; priest, monk, scholar, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, in accord with the will of your Divine Son, you are the Refuge of Sinners. Beg Him to forgive my past sins and help me to avoid sin in the future

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Scripture meditation: She has set her table. She has sent out her maids to invite to the tower … :"Let whoever is a little one come to me." Proverbs 9:2-4

Reflection: Nowhere do we find Jesus nearer to us and more adapted to our weakness than in Mary, since it was for that reason that He came and dwelt in her. Everywhere else He is the Bread of the strong, the Bread of the Angels, but in Mary He is the Bread of children..

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you bring Jesus to us in a way we can understand. Let me come to know Jesus more deeply, love Him more dearly, and follow Him more closely.

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Scripture meditation: O Lord, … you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, so that it will always remain. It is you, O Lord, who blessed it, and it will be blessed forever. 1 Chronicles 17:26-27

Reflection: Without the consent of Mary, God would not become Man. The reasons for this were first that we might feel under great obligation to her and second that we might realize that the salvation of all is left to her care.

St. Peter Damian (1001-1072AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Benedictine prior, spiritual writer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are entrusted with our salvation. Keep me safe from the snares of the devil. Help me to say often: "Immaculate Heart of Mary, be my salvation."

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Scripture meditation: She is found by those who search for her. She hastens to make herself known to those who desire her; those who rise early to seek her will not have to toil. Wisdom 6:12-14

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix. These however are to be so understood that they take nothing away from nor add anything to the dignity and efficacy of Christ the one Mediator.

Vatican II: Lumen Gentium/The Church, 62 (1962-1965AD)
Mini-Bio: 21st Ecumenical council: Convened by John XXIII 1958-1963; Closed by Paul VI 1963-1978: Descisions: Issued pastoral documents on the renewal and reform of the Church, intending to make the Church more effective in dealing with the contemporary world.

Prayer: O Mary, you are our Advocate with God. Grant that I may call upon your intercessory power and so be able to bring forth the fruits that your Divine Son expects from me.

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Scripture meditation: A shoot shall spring up from the stump of Jesse, and out of his roots a flower shall blossom. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him. Isaiah 11:1-2

Reflection: The birth of the Mother of God is the prelude to the union of the Word with flesh. Today the Virgin is born, tended and formed, and prepared for her role as Mother of God, Who is the universal King of the ages.

St. Andrew of Crete (660-740AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; Archbishop, monk, hymnist

Prayer: O Mary, the birth of Jesus from you was the dawn of our salvation. May the celebration of your birthday bring the world closer to lasting peace and redound to my salvation.

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Scripture meditation: When the Lord has brought you into the … land that flows with milk and honey, you shall celebrate this sacred rite in this month. Exodus 13:5

Reflection: Mary is a land that, though it has never been sown, brings forth fruit that gives food to all creatures. She is a land on which rest the blessings of the Lord.

St. Theodore the Studite (759-826AD)
Mini-Bio: Asia Minor; abbot, major monastic reformer and theologian. An important writer, especially against the Iconoclasm heresy.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the "land that flows with milk and honey." Fill me with the blessings that flow from such a Divine land, so that I too may bring forth fruits worthy of salvation.

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Scripture meditation: The Lord does not delay in his promises, but is patient for your sake, not wanting anyone to perish, but all to turn to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Reflection: Mary does not know how to refuse compassion. She has never learned how to let the comfortless go away uncomforted. And so, she will persuade her Son to pardon me.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of Compassion. Help me to show compassion to others, so that I may benefit from your compassion and that of your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: Wait yet a little and I will show you. I still have some things to say in God's behalf. Job 36:2

Reflection: Mary is the echo of God. If we say "Mary," she will answer "God." That is why union with her is always followed by union with God.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Echo of God. Let me imitate you in echoing the teaching of Jesus to others both in my words and in my deeds.

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Scripture meditation: Just as the living Father has sent me and I live because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will live because of me. John 6:57

Reflection: Every grace granted to human beings has three degrees in order: From God it is communicated to Christ; from Christ it passes to the Blessed Virgin; and from the Blessed Virgin it comes to us.

St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, Franciscan vicar general, preacher, reformer

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Channel of Divine Grace for us. Grant that I may be receptive to every grace earmarked for me and may cooperate with it to the full.

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Scripture meditation: Ephraim is my favored son; he is a tender child. … I still remember him. My heart stirs for him, and I will surely show him compassion. Jeremiah 31:20

Reflection: Mary far surpasses all other mothers in glory and holiness as well as in kindness and sweetness. Come before her with a contrite and humbled heart. You will find her more prompt and more tender in loving you than all other mothers.

Pope St. Gregory the Great (540-590AD)
Mini-Bio: Roman; pope, abbot, liturgist, reformer, statesman, Doctor of the Church. He helped the poor while spreading and strengthening the faith. He wrote extensively on moral and theological subjects.

Prayer: "O Mother of the Word Incarnate, to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. Despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me."

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Scripture meditation: The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a person finds it he hides it again; then, filled with joy, he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44

Reflection: Every good, every help, and every grace that human beings have received and will receive from God until the end of time came and will come to them by the intercession and through the hands of Mary. When we find Mary, we find all!

Blessed Raymond Jordano
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Prayer: O Mary, you are the "treasure hidden in a field." Let me be willing to give up all things so that I may never be separated from you and your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: Eye has not seen nor has ear heard, neither has it entered the human heart … what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

Reflection: Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, and the human heart has not felt what God has prepared for those who love Him. Who, then, can dare speak about what God has prepared for His Mother!

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are now enjoying the ineffable reward prepared for you. Let me dwell often on the joys that await me if I remain faithful to God's will for me

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Scripture meditation: My just one is near, my savior has gone forth …; the coastlands look for me and wait patiently for my arm. Isaiah 51:5

Reflection: Because Jesus redeemed us, He is our Lord and our King. In the same way the Blessed Virgin is our Lady and our Queen on account of the unique manner in which she assisted in the Redemption, offering her Son to the Father for the salvation of the world.

Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1939-1958) Italian; He supported several reforms in the Papal States, which included central Italy, and several outlying areas, such as Assisi. Gained a reputation for being a patriotic, and reforming Pope.

Prayer: O Mary, most noble Queen of the world, plead for peace and salvation in our behalf, for you have brought forth Christ the Lord, the Savior of us all.

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Scripture meditation: God made two great lights: a greater one to rule the day, and a lesser one to rule the night. Genesis 1:16

Reflection: The moon, standing between the sun and the earth, transmits to the earth whatever light it receives from the sun. In like manner, Mary stands between God and human beings and pours His grace upon us.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you flood us with Christ's supernatural brightness. Grant me the graces to flee the proximate occasions of sin and remain true to my Christian vocation.

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Scripture meditation: Strenuous labor is the lot of all human beings … from the day when they emerge from their mother's womb until the day when they return to the mother of us all. Sirach 40:1

Reflection: Mary is a Queen because she is a Mother, the Immaculate Mother of God, a completely Divine Mother. She is thus the Queen of heaven and earth, of Angels and human beings.

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of all the living and Queen of all. Watch over me by your motherly care. And intercede with the King of kings on my behalf.

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Scripture meditation: Let us confidently draw near the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

Reflection: The life-giving graces flow from Christ the Head, through the Blessed Virgin, into His Mystical Body. Mary received the great honor from God that no one should obtain any grace except through her hands.

St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, Franciscan vicar general, preacher, reformer

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mediatrix of all graces. Let me ask you each day for the graces I need to lead a truly Christian life, and obtain them for me from your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: A woman from the crowd cried out … "Blessed is the womb that bore you. …." He, [Jesus] replied, "Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it." Luke 11:27-28

Reflection: Mary is blessed most of all because she heard the word of God and carried it out. She preserved the Truth in her mind even more than she preserved the Flesh in her womb.

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430AD)
Mini-Bio: North African; bishop, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the first among the believers in Christ. Increase my faith in your Divine Son. Make it so alive that it will shine out even in the littlest thing I do.

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Scripture meditation: Anything defiled shall not enter into it nor anyone who practices abomination and deceit, but only those who appear in the book of life of the Lamb. Revelation 21:27

Reflection: Those who enjoy the favor of Mary are recognized by the citizens of heaven. And those who bear her stamp, that is, those who have the grace to be her servants, are inscribed in the Book of Life.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Book of Life for your servants. Help me to be so devoted to you that I will remain free from serious sin and deserve to have my name written in that Book

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Scripture meditation: At that time, Mary arose and went into the hill country in haste to a town of Judah. She entered the home of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. Luke 1:39-40

Reflection: In the interior life and in the apostolate, let us always work with Mary. For then everything becomes easier and more certain, quicker and more delightful.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you were forever working for the Christian apostolate. Teach me to work with you so that I may obtain the best fruits from this activity, which Jesus commanded us to do.

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Scripture meditation: Mary kept in mind all these things, pondering them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and lauding God for all they had heard and seen. Luke 2:19-20

Reflection: O faithful soul, imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary. Enter into the temple of your heart in order to be spiritually renewed and obtain forgiveness of your sins. Remember that God looks at the intentions behind our works rather than the works themselves.

St. Lawrence Justinian (1381-1456AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; monk, priest, prior, superior general and first Patriarch of Venice

Prayer: O Mary, you meditated continually on the things God sent into your life. Help me to meditate daily on the events that touch my life and to discern God's hand and will in them.

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Scripture meditation: And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord; and my spirit rejoices in God my savior." Luke 1:46-47

Reflection: May each one of us possess the soul of Mary to proclaim the greatness of the Lord. And may each one of us possess the spirit of Mary to rejoice in God.

St. Ambrose of Milan (340-397AD)
Mini-Bio: German; bishop, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you magnified the Lord by your life as well as your words. Obtain for me the grace to glorify the Lord and rejoice in Him by the purity of my life.

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Scripture meditation: Can a woman forget her infant, be without mercy for the child of her womb? And if she should forget, I shall never forget you. Isaiah 49:15

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin Mary is like a mother who has many children. She is always busy going from one to the other!

St. John Vianney (1786-1859AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, spiritual director, Patron saint of parish priests

Prayer: O Mary, you are more devoted to the salvation of your children than any earthly mother can be. I thank you for your loving concern for me, which will only rest when I am in heaven with you.

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Scripture meditation: I cry to you from the ends of the earth when my heart becomes weary. You will set me high on a rock giving me rest, for you are my refuge. Psalms 61:3-4

Reflection: If you wish to live supernaturally and holily, pray to the Mother of God. When you see yourself becoming lost in activity, make contact with our Immaculate Mother by frequent interior appeals.

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr

Prayer: O Mary, you always listen to our prayers. Help me to remain united with you in prayer despite the many activities that cry for my attention at every moment of the day.

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Scripture meditation: Mary … shall bring forth a son and you shall call his name Jesus, because he shall save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:20-21

Reflection: By becoming the Mother of God, Mary was the means of the salvation of sinners. In the same way, sinners are saved by proclaiming her praises.

St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; archbishop, abbot, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Refuge of Sinners. Help me to receive the Sacrament of Penance worthily, so that my sins will be forgiven and I will sing your praises forever.

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Scripture meditation: Beloved, we are the children of God now; what we shall be has not yet appeared. We do know that when he appears, we shall be like him. 1 John 3:2

Reflection: Mary is the living "mold of God." It was in her that God was made a true man. It is also in her that human beings can be truly fashioned into God, insofar as that is possible for human nature, by the grace of Christ.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you are the mold of Christ. Form us into the image of your Divine Son. Help me to be like Jesus, so that I may be forever a true child of God.

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Scripture meditation: Beloved, we are the children of God now; what we shall be has not yet appeared. We do know that when he appears, we shall be like him. 1 John 3:2

Reflection: Mary is the living "mold of God." It was in her that God was made a true man. It is also in her that human beings can be truly fashioned into God, insofar as that is possible for human nature, by the grace of Christ.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you are the mold of Christ. Form us into the image of your Divine Son. Help me to be like Jesus, so that I may be forever a true child of God.

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Scripture meditation: Who shall ascend the mountain of the Lord? Or who shall stand in his holy place? The one with innocent hands and a pure heart. Psalms 24:3-4

Reflection: To whom shall we look except to you, O Mary? Your most pure glance is on this poor world, enveloping and bathing it in an atmosphere of purity.

Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1939-1958) Italian; He supported several reforms in the Papal States, which included central Italy, and several outlying areas, such as Assisi. Gained a reputation for being a patriotic, and reforming Pope.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Immaculate Conception, "our tainted nature's solitary boast." Help me to have clean hands and a pure heart so that I can ascend to the heavenly mountain of the Lord.

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Scripture meditation: The mother of the sons of Zebedee came to [Jesus] … and worshipping him, asked for a favor. He said to her, "What is your wish?" Matthew 20:20-21

Reflection: When Mary asks for graces from God, she does not ask but, so to speak, commands. For her Son honors her by refusing her nothing.

St. Peter Damian (1001-1072AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Benedictine prior, spiritual writer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O most powerful Advocate, "help the helpless, strengthen the fearful, comfort the sorrowful, pray for the people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God, and assist all those devoted to you."

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Scripture meditation: All my words are just, in them is no evil or wickedness. They are right to those who understand. Proverbs 8:8-9

Reflection: What a wondrous book is the Heart of Mary! Blessed are those who read with intelligence what is written therein, for they will learn the science of salvation.

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Mary, most wise, help me to contemplate the science of salvation found in your Immaculate Heart. Grant that I may imitate you in all things, for you were the perfect follower of Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: And whatever you do, in word or in acts, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17

Reflection: We must accomplish all our actions through Mary, with Mary and in Mary. In that way, we will also accomplish them all through Jesus, with Jesus, and in Jesus.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, through your Immaculate Heart I offer all my prayers, works, and sufferings to Jesus. I offer them for the intentions of His Sacred Heart and the salvation of the world.

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Scripture meditation: Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

Reflection: During her earthly life Mary lived in continual prayer. Therefore, all who are devoted to her must pray -- and pray continually.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you know the secret of prayer. Let me be convinced that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. Whenever I slack off in my prayer life, gently lead me back to it.

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Scripture meditation: A path shall be there called the holy way, the unclean shall not pass over it. … And on it shall walk the delivered. Isaiah 35:8-9

Reflection: May the Blessed Virgin Mary help me to live a holy life and die a holy death. Then at the last instants of my life, may she come to my assistance and lead me to heaven.

St. Dominic Savio (1842-1857AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; child visionary, founder of the Company of the Immaculate Conception

Prayer: O Mary, you led St. Dominic along the "holy way" during his short life on earth. Lead me too along this way of holiness so that I may one day join him and you in the eternal holiness of heaven.

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Scripture meditation: Receive my instruction and not silver, and choose knowledge before gold. For wisdom is better than precious stones, and no object of desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:10-11

Reflection: Read attentively the book of purity that is Mary, written by the finger of God. Read the holiness, the love, the kindness, the humility -- in short, read the vast fullness of all the virtues.

St. Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; archbishop, Augustinian provincial, university professor, reformer, chaplain to the emperor

Prayer: O Mary, help me to learn from you how to lead a Christian life. Let me strive to imitate the virtues you exhibited, for you were the closest follower of your Divine Son Jesus on earth.

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Scripture meditation: God is love, and whoever abides in love lives in God and God in him. In this way, love is brought to perfection among us. 1 John 4:16

Reflection: The Heart of Mary constituted a perfect empire for the Divine Love, which always reigned therein. And it caused to reign therein all the laws of God, all the maxims of heaven, and all the Christian virtues.

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Mary, your Heart was a burning vessel of God's love. Fill my heart with love for God and let me thank Him every day for His great love in sending His only Son to obtain my salvation.

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Scripture meditation: Holocausts and sin offering did not please you. Then I said, "As is written of me in the head of the book, Behold, I come to do your will, O God." Hebrews 10:6-7

Reflection: Mary's sole object in this world was to keep her eyes constantly focused on God so as to discover His will. Then when she had found out what God wanted, she did it.

St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, Franciscan vicar general, preacher, reformer

Prayer: O Mary, you are the obedient Daughter of the Father who cooperated with Him in the salvation worked by Jesus. In every situation make known God's will to me and help me to carry it out willingly.

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Scripture meditation: I was with him forming all things and was delighted every day playing in his presence, playing in the world. Proverbs 8:30

Reflection: So pleasing to God was Mary's humility that He was constrained by His goodness to entrust to her the Word, His only Son. And it was that dearest Mother who gave Him to us.

St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; Dominican tertiary, mystical writer, visionary, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, Mother of humility, teach me the humility that draws your Divine Son to the soul. May I desire to offer whatever I have to Jesus and do everything for His glory.

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Scripture meditation: Before they cry out, I will answer; while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

Reflection: Mary is more prompt than all the Saints in coming to our aid. She has a great desire to comfort us. The moment she is invoked, she welcomes our prayers and grants us her assistance.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you are ready to hear us at every moment. Let me remain united with you all my days and seek your powerful help in time of trial and temptation.

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Scripture meditation: Before they cry out, I will answer; while they are yet speaking, I will hear. Isaiah 65:24

Reflection: Mary is more prompt than all the Saints in coming to our aid. She has a great desire to comfort us. The moment she is invoked, she welcomes our prayers and grants us her assistance.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you are ready to hear us at every moment. Let me remain united with you all my days and seek your powerful help in time of trial and temptation.

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Scripture meditation: Now therefore, children, listen to me. Hear instruction and be wise and do not reject it. Proverbs 8:32-33

Reflection: No one, O most holy Mary, can know God but through you. No one can be saved or redeemed but through you, O Mother of God. No one obtains mercy but through you, O full of grace.

St. Germanus (469-576AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, bishop of Paris

Prayer: O Mary, reveal Jesus to me more and more. In getting to know the Son, may I also get to know the Father -- for Jesus said that this is eternal life.

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Scripture meditation: Be sober and alert. You enemy the devil goes about like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Resist him, and stand firm in the faith. 1 Peter 5:8-9

Reflection: The devil is always looking for someone to devour. In the same way, Mary is always looking for someone she can help in any way.

Pope St. Leo I (the Great) (400-461AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (440-461) Italian; pope, unifier, Doctor of the Church. He guided the destiny of the Church with prudence and wisdom during a time where people were disturbed over dogmatic controversies

Prayer: O Mary, you are especially vigilant in protecting those devoted to you. Defend me from the snares of the devil and keep me ever safe in your loving care.

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Scripture meditation: Abram believed God and it was credited to him as an act of righteousness. Genesis 15:6

Reflection: Mary is the heir and fulfillment of the faith of Abraham. Just as he is regarded as "our father," so Mary must with greater reason be regarded as "our Mother" in faith. Through Mary's faith and obedience, all the families of the earth are blessed, in accord with the promise made to Abraham (see Gen. 12:3)

Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1978 - 2005) Polish; The most traveled pope in history. During his papacy he has issued many letters clarifying and safeguarding the Churches teachings in moral areas. Has consecrated his papacy to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prayer: O Mary, you are my Mother in faith. Let me model my faith after your own. Increase it from day to day, so that upon my death that faith may be changed into vision in heaven.

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Scripture meditation: For who is God but the Lord? What rock is there except our God? God who has girt me with strength and kept my way secure. Psalms 18:32-33

Reflection: We must look upon Mary as an accomplished model of every virtue and perfection that the Holy Spirit has fashioned in any simple creature. We will then be able to imitate her in the way suitable to each of us.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Model of every virtue. Help me to study your life and imitate your virtues in the way God intends for me.

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Scripture meditation: And suddenly the Lord whom you seek, and the Messenger of his covenant whom you desire, shall come to his temple, says the Lord of hosts. Malachi 3:1

Reflection: The Presentation in the Temple … is the celebration of the Mystery of Salvation accomplished by Christ. The Blessed Virgin was intimately associated in this Mystery as the Mother of the Suffering Servant of Yahweh, as the one who performs a mission belonging to ancient Israel, and as the model of the new People of God.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1963-1978) Italian; Reconvened Vatican II, and implemented many of its reforms. Became the first pope in over 150 years to leave Italy. He enlarged the college of cardinals. Reaffirmed the church's ban on contraception.

Prayer: O Mary, you felt joy and sorrow during the Presentation. Teach me to accept both joy and sorrow with equanimity, since God works everything out for our good.

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Scripture meditation: O All you who pass by the way, look and see whether there is any sorrow like my sorrow. Lamentations 1:12

Reflection: Human beings will never comprehend sufficiently the anguish and immensity of Mary's sorrows. Very few Christians partake of those sufferings and even fewer offer any consolation to her.

St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373AD)
Mini-Bio: Swedish; wife and mother, mystical writer, visionary, reformer, founder of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity (Brigettines)

Prayer: O Mary, let me dwell constantly on your part in the Redemption, which entailed great sorrow for you. Teach me to compassionate with you in your sufferings and unite myself to them.

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Scripture meditation: My son, forget not my teaching, and let your heart keep my commands; for they will bring you length of days and years of peace. Proverbs 3:1-2

Reflection: When Mary became the Mother of Jesus, true God and true Man, she also became our Mother. In His great mercy, Jesus wished to call us His brothers and sisters, and by this name He constituted us adopted children of Mary.

St. John Bosco (1815-1888AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, educator, founder of the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians) and Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians

Prayer: O Mary, let me be devoted to you as my Mother and to Jesus as my Brother. Help me to follow your teaching, which is that of your Divine Son

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Scripture meditation: I love those who love me, and those who watch for me find me. Proverbs 8:17

Reflection: Blessed are those who abandon themselves into our Lady's hands. Their names are written in the Book of Life.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, I entrust myself into your hands. I give you my body and my soul, my thoughts and my actions, my life and my death. Help me to love Jesus above all things

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Scripture meditation: You have wounded my heart. … You have wounded with one glance of your eyes, with one link of your necklace. Song of Solomon 4:9

Reflection: In danger, anguish, or doubt, think of Mary and call upon her! Following her, you will never lose your way. Praying to her, you will never sink into despair. Contemplating her, you will never go wrong.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, let my mind and heart be ever focused on you. Watch over me as you lovingly watched over Jesus in His childhood during the Hidden Years at Nazareth.

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Scripture meditation: Thus do I look up to you … that I may behold your power and your glory. For your kindness is better than life; my lips shall proclaim your praises. Psalms 63:3-4

Reflection: In Mary's name, I say this to each one of you: She loves you, each and every one of you. She loves you very much. She loves you at every moment and without any exceptions.

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr

Prayer: O Mary, I offer you deep thanks for your great love for all those redeemed by your Divine Son. Help me to respond to that love by loving my neighbor for the love of you and Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: Who is she that come forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, majestic as an army in battle array? Song of Solomon 6:10

Reflection: Mary is more exalted than the Patriarchs, greater than the Martyrs, more glorious than the Confessors, and purer than the Virgins. Therefore, she alone and without them, can do what they can accomplish only in union with her.

St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; archbishop, abbot, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, your Divine Son has placed His own mighty power into your hands. By that power, help me to flee all sin and practice my faith conscientiously day after day.

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Scripture meditation: All these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you if you hear [God's] precepts. … And blessed shall you be coming in and going out. Deuteronomy 28:2-6

Reflection: Entrust to Mary any offering you wish to make to God. In this way, grace will return to its source the same way it came to us. Certainly, God could give us grace without going through Mary. But He chose not to do so.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, grant me the graces God intends for me this day. Then offer your Divine Son all the good works that I do as a result of these graces.

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Scripture meditation: I put bracelets on your hands, a chain about your neck, … earrings in your ears, and a shining crown upon your head. Ezekiel 16:11-12

Reflection: How beautiful you are in the soul and resplendent in the body, Mary, my Mother. In this world, the Blessed Virgin was poor and unknown, but in heaven she is glorious and beautiful, the Queen of Angels.

St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231AD)
Mini-Bio: Portuguese; Franciscan preacher and reformer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are all beautiful in both soul and body. I praise you as the Queen of heaven and earth. Let me appreciate your beauty and spiritual might ever more each day.

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Scripture meditation: She is the reflection of eternal light, the spotless mirror of the active power of God, and the image of his goodness. Wisdom 7:26

Reflection: Before her birth, the Prophets proclaimed the glory of Mary. They compared her to the sun. Indeed, the appearances of the Blessed Virgin can be compared to a beautiful ray of sunshine on a cloudy afternoon.

St. John Vianney (1786-1859AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, spiritual director, Patron saint of parish priests

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Sunshine of our lives. Let your rays of grace shine into my heart and cast out the darkness of sin and despair. Let me hope always in you

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Scripture meditation: You have remitted the gift of your people; you have forgiven all their sins. You have held back all your wrath; you have not lashed out with anger. Psalms 85:3-4

Reflection: Mary, every Virgin, is a true Mother of Mercy, who disposes Jesus to clemency. As a consoler of the human race, she never ceases to pour out before Him her prayer for the salvation of the faithful crushed by the weight of their sins.

Pope St. Pius V (1504-1572AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1566-1572) Alexandrian; reformed the clergy with his friend St. Charles Borromeo. Made at least two meditations a day on bended knees in presence of the Blessed Sacrament. He instituted for the first Sunday of October the feast of the Rosary.

Prayer: O Mary, you continually plead for us before the throne of your Divine Son. Help me to show my gratitude for His mercy toward me by striving to avoid all sin in the future.

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Scripture meditation: But you are a God of mercy, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and full of love. Therefore, you did not forsake them. Nehemiah 9:17

Reflection: Have recourse to that dear Mary who is Mother of Mercy. She will take you into her Son's presence and use her Motherly intercession with Him on your behalf, so that He will be merciful toward you.

St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; Dominican tertiary, mystical writer, visionary, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, Mother of Mercy, never cease to intercede for me with your merciful Son. Let me remember that all human beings are fallible and I need God's mercy to reach my eternal goal.

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Scripture meditation: You are the glory of Jerusalem, the surpassing pride of Israel, the great honor of our people. You have done all this with your own hand. Judith 15:9-10

Reflection: Together with Jesus and through Jesus, she was the eternal enemy of the poisonous serpent, overcame him, and crushed his head with her virginal foot.

Blessed Pope Pius IX (1792-1878AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1846-1878) Italian; He proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin as a dogma of the Church. His is the longest pontificate in the history of the papacy and was the last pope to hold temporal power.

Prayer: O Mary, in union with your Divine Son you have overcome the powers of evil. Come to my aid when evil threatens to overwhelm me, and deliver me from all danger.

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Scripture meditation: Shout and sing for joy, O City of Zion, for great is he in your midst, the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 12:6

Reflection: When we say that Mary is the Mother of God, we speak of a dignity that is above every other dignity that can be named, or thought of, after that of God. Nothing equals Mary, for all is either above her, and this is God, or beneath her, and this is all that is not God.

St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; archbishop, abbot, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Virgin Most Venerable, for God alone can know your real greatness. Grant that I may venerate you as you deserve.

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Scripture meditation: I try to please everyone in all things, not seeking my own good but the good of the many, that they may be saved. Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ. 1 Corinthians 10:13 - 11:1

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin Mary was the nearest possible to Christ, for it was from her that He received His human nature. Therefore, she must have obtained a greater plenitude of grace from Him than all others.

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; Dominican philosopher, theologian, mystic, hymnist, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the most like Christ out of all human beings. Help me to imitate you in every way for in so doing I will also imitate your Divine Son as closely as possible.

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Scripture meditation: Great is the Lord and worthy of all praise in the city of our God. His holy mountain, most beautiful of all, is the joy of the whole earth. Psalms 48:2

Reflection: Our Lord had preserved the soul together with the body of the Blessed Virgin in that purity which became her who was to receive a God into her womb.

St. John Damascene (of Damascus) (675-749AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; priest, monk, theologian, poet, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you were given the grace of the highest holiness so as to be able to have God reposing in you. Help me to strive after the greatest holiness possible since your Divine Son dwells in me, too, by grace.

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Scripture meditation: All flesh was destroyed that moved upon the earth … from man even to beast. … Only Noah and those with him in the ark remained. Genesis 7:21-23

Reflection: Noah's ark was a type of Mary. As, by its means, human beings were preserved from the Flood, so are we all saved by Mary from the shipwreck of sin. There is this difference, however. In the ark few were saved, but through Mary the whole human race was rescued from death.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Ark of Salvation for all mankind. I entrust to you myself and my family as well as the whole world. Keep us all from eternal death.

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Scripture meditation: Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit life everlasting. Matthew 19:29

Reflection: To other human beings, grace has been given with measure. But to Mary, it has been poured out beyond measure!

St. Sophronius (634-639AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; patriarch of Jerusalem, monk, poet, ecclesiastical writer and central theologian for orthodox teaching

Prayer: O Mary, you are full of grace, possessing more than all the Angels and Saints combined. I bow down in awe at the breadth of your holiness, and I ask you to pray to the all-holy God for me.

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Scripture meditation: When they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier opened his side with a lance, and immediately blood and water poured out. John 19:33-34

Reflection: It is your Heart, O Mary, that is pierced with the steel of the lance. Much more so than the Heart of your Son, Who has already breathed His last.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, let me grieve with you over the saving death of your beloved Son. "Holy Mother, pierce me through; in my heart each wound renew; of my Savior crucified."

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Scripture meditation: Through his torment, my servant shall justify many, and he shall bear their iniquities. … For he has borne the sins of many. Isaiah 53:11-12

Reflection: When Jesus said the words "Behold your Mother," he meant this: "My wounds are sources of graces that flow only through Mary."

St. Andrew of Crete (660-740AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; Archbishop, monk, hymnist

Prayer: O Mary, you are the channel of the graces that Jesus won for us by His suffering. Help me to show my gratitude to Jesus, and grant me the graces I need for my state in life.

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Scripture meditation: Length of days is her right hand, and in her left are riches and glory. Her ways are wonderful ways, and all her paths are peaceful. Proverbs 3:16-17

Reflection: Live in Mary's heart, love what she loves, and desire what she desires. Then you are sure to have peace, joy, and holiness.

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Mary, you desire complete union with your children. Help me to consecrate to you my very being and my whole life; all that I have, all that I love, and all that I am.

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Scripture meditation: Before you I cry in the day and weep in the night. Let my prayer ascend to you; hear my cry of sorrow. Psalms 88:2-3

Reflection: Nothing assures our perseverance in faith except assiduous prayer to Mary. But can we pray all the time? I say yes, if we love Mary very much.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you are the ensurer of final perseverance. Teach me to pray to you with persistence. Let no day go by that I fail to pray for my earthly well-being and eternal bliss.

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Scripture meditation: Let your eyes look straight forward and your gaze be directly ahead. Make level the path for your feet and let your ways be secure. Proverbs 4:25-26

Reflection: God has established Mary as a bridge that leads to salvation. By making use of this bridge, we pass safely over the stormy sea of this world and reach the happy harbor of heaven.

St. James of Nisibis (338-340AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; monk, bishop of Nisibis, founded the theological school of Nisibis, Doctor of the Syrian Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our Bridge of Salvation. Let me look only to you to lead me unerringly to your Divine Son. Grant that I may never deviate from your saving guidance.

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Scripture meditation: The Lord loves his foundation on the holy mountains. … Glorious things are said of you, O City of God! Psalms 87:2-3

Reflection: Mary was foretold by the Prophets and foreshadowed in types and figures by the Patriarchs. She was described by the Evangelists and saluted most courteously by the Angels.

St. Sophronius (634-639AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; patriarch of Jerusalem, monk, poet, ecclesiastical writer and central theologian for orthodox teaching

Prayer: O Mary, the Scriptures speak volumes about you in types and figures, such as "Judith" and the "City of God." Teach me to learn more about you by searching the Scriptures with a Marian outlook.

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Scripture meditation: But flee the desires of youth and seek justice, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

Reflection: The purer are your words and your glances, the more pleasing you will be to the Blessed Virgin. And the greater will be the graces that she will obtain for you from her Divine Son.

St. John Bosco (1815-1888AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, educator, founder of the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians) and Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Virgin Most Pure. Obtain for me the grace to preserve purity of mind and heart. Let me avoid the proximate occasions of sin and call upon your help in any difficulty

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Scripture meditation: But flee the desires of youth and seek justice, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

Reflection: The purer are your words and your glances, the more pleasing you will be to the Blessed Virgin. And the greater will be the graces that she will obtain for you from her Divine Son.

St. John Bosco (1815-1888AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, educator, founder of the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians) and Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Virgin Most Pure. Obtain for me the grace to preserve purity of mind and heart. Let me avoid the proximate occasions of sin and call upon your help in any difficulty

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Scripture meditation: Amen, amen, I say to you …, I am the living bread that has come down from heaven; if anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. John 6:47-51

Reflection: It is through Mary that we are able to eat the Bread of Heaven every day. Through her intercession, God inspires us to receive this Bread and confers on us the grace to receive it worthily.

St. Peter Damian (1001-1072AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Benedictine prior, spiritual writer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our Lady of the Eucharist. Help me to participate fully in the Mass as often as possible and receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your Son Jesus, in Holy Communion.

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Scripture meditation: Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

Reflection: I am sure that Mary's actual life must have been a very simple one. Instead of thinking of her as unapproachable, we must realize how truly imitable she was, how outstanding were her virtues, and how she lived by faith as we do.

St. Theresa of Lisieux (1873-1897AD)
Mini-Bio: French; Carmelite mystic, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, your life and virtues are a beacon for us in the stormy night of this world. Help me to try to imitate one virtue of yours each day, starting with your blessed simplicity.

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Scripture meditation: Learn wisdom, my son, and make me joyful, and I will be able to answer him who taunts me. The prudent see evil and hide. Proverbs 27:11-12

Reflection: Those who fail to do the works of their Mother renounce their lineage. Mary is humble, but they are proud. Mary is pure, but they are wicked. Mary is full of love, but they are full of hate for others.

St. Peter Chrysologus (406-450AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you gave us an example of good works. Help me to follow your good example, not my evil inclinations. Let me root out all that is not Mary-like in me.

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Scripture meditation: No one hates his own body but rather nourishes and protects it, ever as Christ does the Church, for we are members of his body. Ephesians 5:29-30

Reflection: All who are united to Christ have issued from the womb of Mary, and she is the Mother of us all. Who can doubt that she will work most diligently to procure that Christ may transfer His gifts to us, His members, above all the gifts of knowing Him and living through Him.

Pope St. Pius X (1835-1914AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1903-1914) Italian; pope, reformer. Created a special congregation of cardinals to look at formation of a new code of canon law.

Prayer: O Mary, you are continually working to lead us more perfectly to your Divine Son. Grant me the grace to know Jesus better and the re_solution to live through Him.

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Scripture meditation: I bear with everything for the sake of the chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory. 2 Timothy 2:10

Reflection: What an exchange! Mary receives John in place of Jesus, the servant in place of the Lord, the disciple in place of the Master. She receives the son of Zebedee in place of the Son of God, a mere man in place of the true God!

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you bore even the great loss of Jesus in order to obtain salvation for use. Help me to appreciate what a great thing eternal salvation is and work for it at all times.

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Scripture meditation: Because of the Lord's mercy, we are not consumed, for his compassion never fails. It is renewed each morning. Great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

Reflection: Hence, we can truly say that she cooperated in the salvation of the human race along with Christ.

Pope Benedict XV (1854-1922AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1914-1922) Italian; pope. He maintained the Vatican as politically neutral throughout the war. Supported widows, orphans, the wounded, prisoners, and refugees. Promulgated the new Code of Canon Law, Condemned modern secular philosophies.

Prayer: O Mary, in sorrow you still cooperated with the Lord, for you knew that God will never be outdone in generosity. Help me to show my gratitude in action for all that God has done for me.

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Scripture meditation: Everyone who has left houses, or brothers, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit life everlasting. Matthew 19:29

Reflection: To other human beings, grace has been given with measure. But to Mary, it has been poured out beyond measure!

St. Sophronius (634-639AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; patriarch of Jerusalem, monk, poet, ecclesiastical writer and central theologian for orthodox teaching

Prayer: O Mary, you are full of grace, possessing more than all the Angels and Saints combined. I bow down in awe at the breadth of your holiness, and I ask you to pray to the all-holy God for me.

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Scripture meditation: When they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs, but one soldier opened his side with a lance, and immediately blood and water poured out. John 19:33-34

Reflection: It is your Heart, O Mary, that is pierced with the steel of the lance. Much more so than the Heart of your Son, Who has already breathed His last.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, let me grieve with you over the saving death of your beloved Son. "Holy Mother, pierce me through; in my heart each wound renew; of my Savior crucified."

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Scripture meditation: Through his torment, my servant shall justify many, and he shall bear their iniquities. … For he has borne the sins of many. Isaiah 53:11-12

Reflection: When Jesus said the words "Behold your Mother," he meant this: "My wounds are sources of graces that flow only through Mary."

St. Andrew of Crete (660-740AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; Archbishop, monk, hymnist

Prayer: O Mary, you are the channel of the graces that Jesus won for us by His suffering. Help me to show my gratitude to Jesus, and grant me the graces I need for my state in life.

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Scripture meditation: Length of days is her right hand, and in her left are riches and glory. Her ways are wonderful ways, and all her paths are peaceful. Proverbs 3:16-17

Reflection: Live in Mary's heart, love what she loves, and desire what she desires. Then you are sure to have peace, joy, and holiness.

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Mary, you desire complete union with your children. Help me to consecrate to you my very being and my whole life; all that I have, all that I love, and all that I am.

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Scripture meditation: Before you I cry in the day and weep in the night. Let my prayer ascend to you; hear my cry of sorrow. Psalms 88:2-3

Reflection: Nothing assures our perseverance in faith except assiduous prayer to Mary. But can we pray all the time? I say yes, if we love Mary very much.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you are the ensurer of final perseverance. Teach me to pray to you with persistence. Let no day go by that I fail to pray for my earthly well-being and eternal bliss.

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Scripture meditation: Let your eyes look straight forward and your gaze be directly ahead. Make level the path for your feet and let your ways be secure. Proverbs 4:25-26

Reflection: God has established Mary as a bridge that leads to salvation. By making use of this bridge, we pass safely over the stormy sea of this world and reach the happy harbor of heaven.

St. James of Nisibis (338-340AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; monk, bishop of Nisibis, founded the theological school of Nisibis, Doctor of the Syrian Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our Bridge of Salvation. Let me look only to you to lead me unerringly to your Divine Son. Grant that I may never deviate from your saving guidance.

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Scripture meditation: The Lord loves his foundation on the holy mountains. … Glorious things are said of you, O City of God! Psalms 87:2-3

Reflection: Mary was foretold by the Prophets and foreshadowed in types and figures by the Patriarchs. She was described by the Evangelists and saluted most courteously by the Angels.

St. Sophronius (634-639AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; patriarch of Jerusalem, monk, poet, ecclesiastical writer and central theologian for orthodox teaching

Prayer: O Mary, the Scriptures speak volumes about you in types and figures, such as "Judith" and the "City of God." Teach me to learn more about you by searching the Scriptures with a Marian outlook.

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Scripture meditation: But flee the desires of youth and seek justice, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

Reflection: The purer are your words and your glances, the more pleasing you will be to the Blessed Virgin. And the greater will be the graces that she will obtain for you from her Divine Son.

St. John Bosco (1815-1888AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, educator, founder of the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians) and Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Virgin Most Pure. Obtain for me the grace to preserve purity of mind and heart. Let me avoid the proximate occasions of sin and call upon your help in any difficulty

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Scripture meditation: But flee the desires of youth and seek justice, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

Reflection: The purer are your words and your glances, the more pleasing you will be to the Blessed Virgin. And the greater will be the graces that she will obtain for you from her Divine Son.

St. John Bosco (1815-1888AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, educator, founder of the Society of St. Francis de Sales (Salesians) and Daughters of Our Lady, Help of Christians

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Virgin Most Pure. Obtain for me the grace to preserve purity of mind and heart. Let me avoid the proximate occasions of sin and call upon your help in any difficulty

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Scripture meditation: Amen, amen, I say to you …, I am the living bread that has come down from heaven; if anyone eats this bread, he will live forever. John 6:47-51

Reflection: It is through Mary that we are able to eat the Bread of Heaven every day. Through her intercession, God inspires us to receive this Bread and confers on us the grace to receive it worthily.

St. Peter Damian (1001-1072AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Benedictine prior, spiritual writer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our Lady of the Eucharist. Help me to participate fully in the Mass as often as possible and receive the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your Son Jesus, in Holy Communion.

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Scripture meditation: Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11:29

Reflection: I am sure that Mary's actual life must have been a very simple one. Instead of thinking of her as unapproachable, we must realize how truly imitable she was, how outstanding were her virtues, and how she lived by faith as we do.

St. Theresa of Lisieux (1873-1897AD)
Mini-Bio: French; Carmelite mystic, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, your life and virtues are a beacon for us in the stormy night of this world. Help me to try to imitate one virtue of yours each day, starting with your blessed simplicity.

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Scripture meditation: Learn wisdom, my son, and make me joyful, and I will be able to answer him who taunts me. The prudent see evil and hide. Proverbs 27:11-12

Reflection: Those who fail to do the works of their Mother renounce their lineage. Mary is humble, but they are proud. Mary is pure, but they are wicked. Mary is full of love, but they are full of hate for others.

St. Peter Chrysologus (406-450AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you gave us an example of good works. Help me to follow your good example, not my evil inclinations. Let me root out all that is not Mary-like in me.

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Scripture meditation: No one hates his own body but rather nourishes and protects it, ever as Christ does the Church, for we are members of his body. Ephesians 5:29-30

Reflection: All who are united to Christ have issued from the womb of Mary, and she is the Mother of us all. Who can doubt that she will work most diligently to procure that Christ may transfer His gifts to us, His members, above all the gifts of knowing Him and living through Him.

Pope St. Pius X (1835-1914AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1903-1914) Italian; pope, reformer. Created a special congregation of cardinals to look at formation of a new code of canon law.

Prayer: O Mary, you are continually working to lead us more perfectly to your Divine Son. Grant me the grace to know Jesus better and the re_solution to live through Him.

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Scripture meditation: I bear with everything for the sake of the chosen, so that they also may obtain

the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory. 2 Timothy 2:10

Reflection: What an exchange! Mary receives John in place of Jesus, the servant in place of the Lord, the disciple in place of the Master. She receives the son of Zebedee in place of the Son of God, a mere man in place of the true God!

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you bore even the great loss of Jesus in order to obtain salvation for use. Help me to appreciate what a great thing eternal salvation is and work for it at all times.

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Scripture meditation: Because of the Lord's mercy, we are not consumed, for his compassion never fails. It is renewed each morning. Great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

Reflection: Hence, we can truly say that she cooperated in the salvation of the human race along with Christ.

Pope Benedict XV (1854-1922AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1914-1922) Italian; pope. He maintained the Vatican as politically neutral throughout the war. Supported widows, orphans, the wounded, prisoners, and refugees. Promulgated the new Code of Canon Law, Condemned modern secular philosophies.

Prayer: O Mary, in sorrow you still cooperated with the Lord, for you knew that God will never be outdone in generosity. Help me to show my gratitude in action for all that God has done for me.

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Scripture meditation: Because he clung to me, I will deliver him; I will defend him because he has known my name. Psalms 91:14

Reflection: Have devotion to the holy Name of Mary; ask God for it! Think of this blessed Name and invoke it often with all the respect and veneration it deserves.

St. John Baptist de la Salle (1651-1719AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, educator, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools

Prayer: O Mary, grant me a loving devotion to your holy Name. Let me repeat often each day an invocation to it like: "May every age be mindful of your holy Name."

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Scripture meditation: I am wearied with groaning; night after night I flood my bed with weeping. I water my couch with tears; sorrow dims my eyes. Psalms 6:7-8
Reflection: The Blessed Virgin Mary never departed -- not even slightly -- from the precepts and examples of her Divine Son.

Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1939-1958) Italian; He supported several reforms in the Papal States, which included central Italy, and several outlying areas, such as Assisi. Gained a reputation for being a patriotic, and reforming Pope.

Prayer: O Mary, you remained united with God in spite of heartbreak and sorrow. Help me to follow your example and make use of sorrow to remain united to you and your Divine Son Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: Observe the upright and consider the just, for posterity awaits the man of peace. Psalms 37:37

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin Mary comforts and refreshes those who are in their last agony. Then she also receives their souls at death.

St. Vicent Ferrer (1350-1419AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; Dominican priest, missionary

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of a Happy Death. Take care of me in my last moments of life. Defend me from the wiles of the devil and receive me into paradise.

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 Scripture meditation: Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in the dark, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

Reflection: The name "Mary" means light or star of the sea. For it was Mary who brought forth the Eternal Light, Jesus Christ!

St. Isidore of Seville (560-636AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; bishop, scholar, educator, liturgist, philosopher, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our shining star pointing the way to your Divine Son. Amid the darkness and evil running rampant in today's world, let me always keep my eyes on Jesus!

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Scripture meditation: You shall also forget misery … and brightness like the noonday shall come to you at evening. And you shall have confidence and rest secure. Job 11:16-18

Reflection: On every occasion and in every way, Mary comes to the aid of our misery, calms our fears, and perks up our faith. She sustains our hope, dispels our misgivings, and remedies our laxity.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our consolation and our help. Come to my aid especially in time of trial when I am vulnerable. Make me remember all that Jesus did for me and keep me faithful to Him.

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Scripture meditation: Her riches I do not conceal. For she is an inexhaustible treasure for all; those who acquire her achieve friendship with God, commended to him by the gifts that derive from her instruction. Wisdom 7:13-14

Reflection: Mary adorns her clients with her merits, assists them with her power, enlightens them with her light, and kindles them with her love. She imparts her virtues to them and becomes their security, their intercessor, and their all with Jesus.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you are a treasure to your clients. Keep my relationship with you strong and vital. Let me never weary of practicing my devotion to you and help me spread it to others..

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Scripture meditation: You have turned my mourning into dancing in place of sackcloth you have robed me in joy, that my soul may praise you forever. Psalms 30:12-13

Reflection: Mary is the arsenal of graces, and she rushes to the aid of her children. She sustains, strengthens, and renews them by means of the heavenly favors she heaps on them.

St. Paulinus of Nola (354-431AD)
Mini-Bio: Gallic; husband and father, bishop, poet

Prayer: O Mary, you are very generous with the graces entrusted to you. Grant that I may not take the graces I receive for granted but instead ever seek to cooperate with them.

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Scripture meditation: When he established the heavens I was there, when he enclosed the depths within their bounds. Proverbs 8:27

Reflection: O Mary, you possess the authority of a Mother toward God. Therefore, it is impossible for you not to be heard, for God always treats you like His true and immaculate Mother.

St. Germanus (469-576AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, bishop of Paris

Prayer: O Mary, you have the ear of God because you are the Mother of God. Place before Him the needs of the whole world and keep me close to you at every moment.

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Scripture meditation: I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, my mercy is upon you. And I will build you up again. Jeremiah 31:3-4

Reflection: O Mother of Love, I am not surprised that the excess of your love for your poor children is so admirable. Indeed, such love forever sends into ecstasy the inhabitants of heaven.

St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Mary, your love for us knows no bounds and is beyond human comprehension. Help me always to reciprocate that love and come to you with childlike confidence and gratitude.

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Scripture meditation: My dearest children … in Christ Jesus, through the Gospel, I am your father. Therefore, imitate me as I imitate Christ. 1 Corinthians 4:14-16

Reflection: Jesus entrusted me to His Mother and charged me to love her. O Mary, you are my heavenly Mother. You will act toward me like any Mother toward her children!

St. Gemma Galgani (1878-1903AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; visionary, stigmatist

Prayer: O Mary, you are my spiritual Mother and the Mother of my salvation. Let me glory in your care and be obedient to your loving promptings during each day.

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Scripture meditation: Wealth and honor are from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might; to give honor and strength to all. 1 Chronicles 29:12

Reflection: To be the Mother of God is the greatest grace that can be conferred on a creature. God could make a greater world and a greater heaven, but He cannot exalt a creature more than by making her His Mother.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are God's masterpiece and the jewel of the human race. Let me render to you the honor you deserve and render to God thanks for the great grace bestowed on us in you.

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Scripture meditation: In the beginning, God created heaven and earth. … God said, "Let there be ['Fiat'] light," and there was light. … Genesis 1:1-3

Reflection: Scarcely had Mary uttered her Fiat ["Let it be done"] when the Son of God became also the Son of Mary. O Fiat to be venerated above every other Fiat! For with a 'Fiat' God created light, heaven and earth; but with Mary's 'Fiat' God became man, like us!

St. Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; archbishop, Augustinian provincial, university professor, reformer, chaplain to the emperor

Prayer: O Mary, you cooperated fully in God's plan of salvation. Let me realize that God has given each of us something unique to do. Help me to say each day "Let it be done" to whatever God wants of me.

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Scripture meditation: Mary, you have found grace with God. Behold you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. Luke 1:31

Reflection: O Mary, when Jesus was conceived in you, He found you a Virgin. After being born of you, He left you a Virgin. He gives you fertility, but He does not violate your integrity.

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430AD)
Mini-Bio: North African; bishop, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you were a Virgin in conceiving, in bearing your Child, and in dying. Teach me that with God nothing is impossible, and let me face life confidently with the aid of His grace.

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Scripture meditation: The father of a just man greatly rejoices. … Let your father and mother be joyful; let her who bore you rejoice. Proverbs 23:24-25

Reflection: There is no doubt whatever that all the praises we address to the Mother are also addressed to the Son and vice versa.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are forever connected with Jesus as His Mother and as His closest disciple. Let me never hesitate to honor you for in doing so I am honoring your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother." And from that moment the disciple took her into his home. John 19:27

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin directs to us all the acts that every mother lavishes on her children. She loves us, watches over us, protects us, and intercedes for us.

Blessed Pope John XXIII (1881-1963AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1958-1963) Italian; He advanced cooperation with other faiths and traditions including Protestant and Greek Orthodox. Doubled the number of cardinals, making the college the largest in history and convened Vatican II, on 11 October 1962.

Prayer: O Mary, you love me and take care of me like a true Mother. Let me have constant recourse to you in all my problems and benefit from your maternal assistance.

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 Scripture meditation: Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother." And from that moment the disciple took her into his home. John 19:27

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin directs to us all the acts that every mother lavishes on her children. She loves us, watches over us, protects us, and intercedes for us.

Blessed Pope John XXIII (1881-1963AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1958-1963) Italian; He advanced cooperation with other faiths and traditions including Protestant and Greek Orthodox. Doubled the number of cardinals, making the college the largest in history and convened Vatican II, on 11 October 1962.

Prayer: O Mary, you love me and take care of me like a true Mother. Let me have constant recourse to you in all my problems and benefit from your maternal assistance.

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Scripture meditation: Christ … suffered for you, leaving you an example that you may follow in his steps. "He committed no sin, and no deceit was uttered by his mouth." 1 Peter 2:21-22

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin never committed any actual sin -- not even a venial one. Otherwise, she would not have been a Mother, worthy of Jesus. The Son would have shared the ignominy of the Mother, for He would have had a sinner for His Mother.

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; Dominican philosopher, theologian, mystic, hymnist, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, through the grace of Jesus you remained forever free from all sin. Obtain forgiveness of my past sins from your Divine Son and help me to avoid sin in the future.

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Scripture meditation: You will sing as on a night when a festival is celebrated, and have joy of heart, as when people go with flutes to the mountain of God. Isaiah 30:29

Reflection: Rejoice and be glad, for you have the Blessed Virgin for your Mother. Serve her with great joy, for she is very deserving of it. Have recourse to her in all difficulties, and you will always be helped.

St. Joachima Vedruna de Mas (1783-1854AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; mother of eight children, widow, founded the Institute of the Carmelites of Charity

Prayer: O Mary, I thank God for giving you to us as our Mother and I rejoice in your saving help. May I stay close to you in good times and in bad, for you are keenly interested in all that concerns me.

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Scripture meditation: Her I loved and from my youth sought her out. … She manifests here noble birth by union of life with God, for the Lord of all has loved her. Wisdom 8:2-3

Reflection: My hope for you is that with every passing day and every passing moment you will get closer to Mary Immaculate. May you come to know her ever better and love her ever more.

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Immaculate Mother of God. Let me come to know you better and love you more each day. And let me cooperate with all the graces you dispense to me at every moment.

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Scripture meditation: Joseph … did as the angel .. had commanded him and took Mary as his wife. He did not know her until she brought forth a son, and he called him Jesus. Matthew 1:24-25

Reflection: The Church is indebted to Mary because it is Mary who gave the Church her King, Jesus Christ. After the Blessed Virgin, it is to St. Joseph that the Church owes the most gratitude and veneration.

St. Bernardine of Siena (1380-1444AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, Franciscan vicar general, preacher, reformer

Prayer: O Mary, you loved Joseph and depended on him as the head of the Holy Family at Nazareth. Help me to have a great devotion to him and to call upon him in times of doubt and fear.

footnote: "Until she bore a son": the evangelist is concerned to emphasize that Joseph was not responsible for the conception of Jesus. The Greek word translated "until" does not imply normal marital conduct after Jesus' birth, nor does it exclude it

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Scripture meditation: A woman has sorrow when about to give birth. … ; but when the child has been brought forth … , she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child is born into the world. John 16:21

Reflection: Mary paid the debt of gratitude that was due from womankind because of Eve. Not of man, but immaculately of her own self, she conceived of the Holy Spirit by the power of God.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem (315-386AD)
Mini-Bio: Palestinian; bishop, scholar, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, by your conception of Jesus you furthered the Divine Plan of Salvation and laid the basis for a theology of woman. Let me learn from you how sublime is the role of women in the world.

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Scripture meditation: Whoever hears you hears me. Whoever rejects you, rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me. Luke 10:16

Reflection: Do not be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her enough. And Jesus will be very happy, because the Blessed Virgin is His Mother.

St. Theresa of Lisieux (1873-1897AD)
Mini-Bio: French; Carmelite mystic, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, when Christians show love and honor to you, they show love and honor to your Son. Let my love for you grow every day and redound to the glory of Jesus and to my salvation.

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Scripture meditation: I consider all as loss … so as to know him and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings, becoming like him in death, and hoping somehow to attain the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:8-11

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith and loyally persevered in her union with her Son unto the Cross. … There she united herself with a maternal heart to His sufferings.

Vatican II: Lumen Gentium/The Church, 59 (1962-1965AD)
Mini-Bio: 21st Ecumenical council: Convened by John XXIII 1958-1963; Closed by Paul VI 1963-1978: Descisions: Issued pastoral documents on the renewal and reform of the Church, intending to make the Church more effective in dealing with the contemporary world.

Prayer: O Mary, you suffered with Jesus as you stood beneath the Cross and you offered your suffering with His. Help me to accept my daily crosses without complaint and offer them for the good of the world.

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Scripture meditation: Whom do I have in heaven but you? And when I am in your presence, the earth delights me not. … God is my heart's strength and my heritage for ever. Psalms 73:25-26

Reflection: Divine love so penetrated and filled the soul of Mary that no part of her was left untouched. She loved with her whole heart, with her whole soul, with her whole strength, and was full of grace.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you chose God as the one thing necessary. Teach me to set my heart on God and help me to carry out His saving plan for me on earth.

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Scripture meditation: Teach me to do your will, since you are my God. Your Spirit is good; may it lead me on level ground. Psalms 143:10

Reflection: This faithful handmaid never, in either thought or word or deed, contradicted the Most High. Entirely despoiled of her own will, Mary loved always and in all things obedient to the will of God.

St. Thomas of Villanova (1488-1555AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; archbishop, Augustinian provincial, university professor, reformer, chaplain to the emperor

Prayer: O Mary, you obeyed God in all things. Help me to obey the Divine will for me down to the least detail, no matter how difficult it may seem. For in doing God's will is my good.

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Scripture meditation: The Lord our God is one! You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, with your whole soul, with your whole mind, and with all your strength. Mark 12:29-30

Reflection: Divine love so inflamed Mary that nothing earthly could enter her affections. She was always enkindled with God's heavenly ardor and, so to speak, inebriated with it.

St. Sophronius (634-639AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; patriarch of Jerusalem, monk, poet, ecclesiastical writer and central theologian for orthodox teaching

Prayer: O Mary, the eyes of your soul were constantly on God with love. Help me to love God with an undivided heart and with the full force of all my being.

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Scripture meditation: In a robe of striking colors she is led to the king; behind her the virgin companions are brought to you. They are borne in with gladness and rejoicing; they enter the palace of the king. Psalms 45:15-16

Reflection: With reason is Mary called "the Virgin of virgins": for she, without the counsel or example of others, was the first who offered her virginity to God. Thus did she bring all virgins who imitate her to God, as David foretold (in Psalm 45).

St. Albert the Great (1206-1280AD)
Mini-Bio: German; scientist, philosopher, theologian and Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Virgin of virgins. Let me be true to my state in life. May I prize purity as the best means of remaining united with God.

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Scripture meditation: It is good for me to be close to God, to trust always in the Lord God, I will proclaim all your deeds. Psalms 78:28

Reflection: Hope takes its rise in faith. God enlightens us by faith to know His goodness and the promises He has made and so rise by hope to the desire of possessing Him.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of Hope. Help me never to despair. In every difficulty, lead me to rely on God's promises and place my hope in Him completely.

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Scripture meditation: Give and it shall be given to you; a good measure … shall they pour into your lap. For with the same measure that you use, it shall be measured out for you.. Luke 6:38

Reflection: Blessed are they, says the Divine Mother, who pay attention to my charity and, in imitation of me, practice it toward others. Our charity toward our neighbor will be the measure of that which God and Mary will show us.

St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, you always showed true charity toward others. Enable me to overcome my human prejudices and be charitable to all people, for they are my brothers and sisters in Christ.

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Scripture meditation: Remember us, O Lord. Reveal yourself in this time of our tribulation, and give me courage, O King of gods and Master of every dominion. Est C: 23 (14:12)

Reflection: Great was the mercy of Mary toward the afflicted when she was still on earth. But it is far greater now that she is in heaven. For she better sees the miseries suffered by human beings.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you continually come to the aid of the afflicted in this world. Pray for me during my earthly exile and bring me safely to heaven's blissful shore.

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Scripture meditation: The angel answered and said to [Mary], "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you." Luke 1:35

Reflection: The Holy Spirit heated, inflamed, and melted Mary with love, as fire does to iron. Thus, the flame of this Holy Spirit was seen, and nothing was felt but the fire of the love of God.

St. Ildephonsus (607-667AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; monk, Abbot of Agli, Archbishop of Toledo, founded and endowed a monastery of nuns

Prayer: O Mary, you were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and with overwhelming love for God. Obtain for me a greater love for God that will overflow in more frequent prayer and a more dedicated Christian life.

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Scripture meditation: Do not remain in the company of drunkards nor with those who gorge themselves at meals. For they soon come to ruin and are clothed in rags. Proverbs 23:20-21

Reflection: Mary would never have found such grace had she not been moderate in her food. For grace and gluttony cannot exist together.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you were a model of self-control with your food. Help me to avoid any kind of gluttony so that I may always be ready to cooperate with the grace of Jesus in me.

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Scripture meditation: Who singles you out? What do you have that you have not received? And if you have received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? 1 Corinthians 4:7

Reflection: How dear are humble souls to Mary! She recognizes and loves those who love her and is near to all who call upon her. This is especially true of those who she sees are like her in chastity and humility.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you love humility because you know how little we are when set against God's greatness. Help me to be ever grateful to the Lord for His overwhelming goodness to me.

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Scripture meditation: You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not overcome it. Matthew 16:18

Reflection: Peter was entrusted with the Church, the Mother of human beings, but John was entrusted with Mary, the Mother of God. John loved her like his own mother and was loved by her as her own son.

St. Peter Damian (1001-1072AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Benedictine prior, spiritual writer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Mother of the Church as well as Mother of God. Keep me close to you so that I may be a true child of God and a faithful member of His holy Church.

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Scripture meditation: Do not be deceived. … Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration. James 1:16-17

Reflection: Devotion to the Blessed Virgin in no way detracts from the glory of God. Rather it leads us directly back to that Author of all good Who has willed her to be so great and so pure.

Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1939-1958) Italian; He supported several reforms in the Papal States, which included central Italy, and several outlying areas, such as Assisi. Gained a reputation for being a patriotic, and reforming Pope.

Prayer: O Mary, honor paid to you always leads to the praise of God. Grant me a true devotion to you, so that I may be more deeply devoted to your Divine Son, Jesus, Who is our Redeemer.

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Scripture meditation: Blessed are you who have believed because the things promised you by the Lord shall be fulfilled. Luke 1:45

Reflection: Mary was blessed by conceiving the flesh of Christ. But she was even more blessed by receiving the faith of Christ!
St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430AD)
Mini-Bio: North African; bishop, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are forever identified as "the Virgin who believed." Grant me some measure of the faith you exhibited. Help me to believe in God's Word more and more every day.

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Scripture meditation: Even though I should walk in the valley of death I will fear no evil, for you are with me. Your rod and your staff comfort me. Psalms 23:4

Reflection: Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd and our Mother, is renowned for obtaining all kinds of good things for her children. May she always be our trust and our hope!

St. Germanus (469-576AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, bishop of Paris

Prayer: O Mary, you continually watch over the flock of your Divine Son. Be ever at my side with your unfailing aid, so that I may follow the Good Shepherd closely and dwell in the house of the Lord forever

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ripture meditation: I count life of no importance to me, if only I may finish my course and the ministry given to me … to bear witness to the Gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24

Reflection: O my Mother, let it be done to me! Let life be done to me! Let suffering be done to me! Let even death be done to me, O Mother, as long as I remain united with your Immaculate Heart!
St. Bernadette Soubirous (1844-1879AD)
Mini-Bio: French; visionary of Marian apparitions at Lourdes

Prayer: O Mary, I offer myself entirely to God through your hands and after your example. I accept whatever He wills for me and ask you to keep me faithful to this resolve.

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Scripture meditation: Say to the daughter of Zion: See, your savior comes! Behold, his reward is with him, his recompense before him. Isaiah 62:11

Reflection: Mary stands out among the poor and humble of the Lord, who confidently hope for and receive salvation from Him. She is also the exalted Daughter of Zion in whom the times are fulfilled and the New Plan of salvation is established.
Vatican II: Lumen Gentium/The Church, 55 (1962-1965AD)
Mini-Bio: 21st Ecumenical council: Convened by John XXIII 1958-1963; Closed by Paul VI 1963-1978: Descisions: Issued pastoral documents on the renewal and reform of the Church, intending to make the Church more effective in dealing with the contemporary world.

Prayer: O Mary, you are the humble yet exalted Daughter of the Lord. Teach me true humility, which is so prized by your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: Together with her, all good things come to me, and in her hands are countless riches. And I delighted in them all, since … she was their mother. Wisdom 7:11-12

Reflection: Mary is the Mother and Dispensatrix of all grace. Every servant of the great Queen should affirm: "Thanks to my devotion to Mary, all blessings have come to me."
St. Antoninus (1389-1459AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; Dominican, Archbishop of Florence, wrote a general history of the world

Prayer: O Mary, all that is good in me comes from God through you. I offer you my humble gratitude and ask you to thank your Divine Son on my behalf.

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Scripture meditation: When you pray, go to your room, shut the door, and pray to your Father in secret. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will repay you. Matthew 6:6

Reflection: Mary's whole life was one continual colloquy. It was a colloquy with the heavenly Father and with the Holy Spirit, her Divine Spouse.
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622AD)
Mini-Bio: French; bishop, missionary, cofounder of the Order of the Visitation (Visitandines), Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are our exemplar of prayer. Teach me the science of praying. Help me to set aside each day time for prayer -- with the Father, the Holy Spirit, and your Divine Son Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: Let all who fly to you for refuge rejoice and exult forever. Watch over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalms 5:12

Reflection: Place your trust in Mary and go to her in your sorrows. She will strengthen your will, heal the wounds of your soul, and give you new courage
Venerable Francis Libermann (1802-1852AD)
Mini-Bio: French; convert from Judaism and priest, founded society of priests who would work for the education of newly liberated slaves in the French colonies

Prayer: O Mary, I place all my trust in you. Stay with me always, despite my weaknesses and all kinds of difficulties. Renew my flagging courage and never forsake me.

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Scripture meditation: Then in a dream he saw a ladder resting on the ground, with its top reaching to heaven; and God's angels were ascending and descending. Genesis 28:12

Reflection: Mary may be truly called the Stairway of Heaven. By her God descended from heaven to the world so that by her we might ascend from earth to heaven.
St. Fulgentius (468-533AD)
Mini-Bio: African; bishop of Ruspe, principal theologian of the sixth century, if we do not count St. Gregory. Best known work: "De Fide"

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Stairway to Paradise. Teach me to live in such a way that I may climb a step closer to heaven with each passing day and ultimately attain the Beatific Vision forever.

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Scripture meditation: I spread out my branches like a terebinth, and my branches are glorious and so graceful. Like the vine I bud forth delights, and my blossoms become fair and abundant fruit. Sirach 24:16-17

Reflection: The grace of Mary is outstanding indeed, superabundant and overflowing. It gave glory to heaven, begot God on earth, filled the Angels with joy, and brought peace to the world.
St. Lawrence Justinian (1381-1456AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; monk, priest, prior, superior general and first Patriarch of Venice

Prayer: O Mary, in you is all grace and you hold the key to the grace of Christ. Obtain for me all the graces I need in my state in life and help me to cooperate with them faithfully.

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Scripture meditation: I have sanctified this temple that you have built to put my name upon it forever, and my eyes and my heart will always be there. 1 Kings 9:3

Reflection: In no other spot as much as Lourdes do we feel so impelled toward prayer, forgetfulness of self, and charity. The most fervent are attracted to a life more totally offered to God's service. The less fervent become aware of their tepidity and rediscover the way of prayer. Hardened sinners and unbelievers are often touched by grace..
Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1939-1958) Italian; He supported several reforms in the Papal States, which included central Italy, and several outlying areas, such as Assisi. Gained a reputation for being a patriotic, and reforming Pope.

Prayer: O Mary, turn my heart into a miniature Lourdes where I can honor you each day and receive spiritual strength for my earthly journey.

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Scripture meditation: A great sign appeared in heaven, a woman robed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of twelve stars upon her head. Revelation 12:1

Reflection: Mary is the glory of Virgins, the joy of Mothers, the bulwark of the Faithful, and the crown of the Church. She is the model of the true Faith, the seat of Piety, the robe of Virtue, and the dwelling place of the Holy Trinity. St. Proclus (409-485AD)
Mini-Bio: Lycian; philosopher, head of the Platonic school in Athens

Prayer: O Mary, you desire to bring forth true believers in your Divine Son. Help me to be a lifelong follower of Jesus and so deserve to enjoy eternal bliss with you in heaven.

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Scripture meditation: The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before anything was made. From eternity I was brought forth, before the earth was made. Proverbs 8:22-23

Reflection: The Holy Spirit spoke of Mary by the mouth of the Prophets, foretold her by His oracles, and drew her portrait by means of figures. He promised her in the events that preceded her and completed her in the events that followed her.
St. Ildephonsus (607-667AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; monk, Abbot of Agli, Archbishop of Toledo, founded and endowed a monastery of nuns

Prayer: O Mary, both before and after your birth you were looked after by God's wonderful Providence. Make me realize that the same Providence is also guiding every event in this world and in my life.

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Scripture meditation: I am the root and the descendant of David as well as the bright morning star. Revelation 22:16

Reflection: The Blessed Virgin Mary is called the Star of the Sea. Those who sail the ocean seas are guided to the port they seek by carefully observing the stars. In the same way, Christians are guided to heavenly glory by keeping their eyes on Mary.
St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; Dominican philosopher, theologian, mystic, hymnist, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, bright Morning Star for all the earth, let the rays of your Son's grace shine ever upon me. Be my loving guide until at last I arrive safely at the heavenly shore.

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Scripture meditation: Come eat my bread, and drink the wine I have mixed for you! … For by me your days will be many and years will be added to your life. Proverbs 9:5,11

Reflection: You never think of Mary without Mary thinking of God on your behalf. Neither do you ever praise and honor God without Mary praising and honoring God in union with you.
St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, I thank God for giving you to human beings as our intercessor. Help me to collaborate with you in praising God and in saving the souls of those whom Jesus cam to redeem.

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Scripture meditation: Set me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is strong as death, and jealousy as hard as the netherworld; its flames are a blazing fire. Song of Solomon 8:6

Reflection: O Mother of love, you have given me your Heart. Now take firm possession of my heart and offer it completely to the pure love and sole glory of your beloved Son.
St. John Eudes (1601-1680AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, founder of seminaries and of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (Eudists)

Prayer: O Mary, you love all your spiritual children with a never-ending love. Grant me an undying love for you and your Divine Son Jesus both in time and for all eternity.

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Scripture meditation: Everyone who asks, receives, and the one who searches, finds; and to the one who knocks, it shall be opened. Luke 11:10

Reflection: In His eagerness to show you, mercy, God has given His Son as your Advocate. And then to make your confidence even stronger, He has given you another Advocate, who obtains through her prayers whatever she asks. Go to Mary, and you will see salvation.
St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, God has given you to me as a most powerful Advocate. Let me call upon you in any trouble and especially in time of danger to my eternal salvation.

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Scripture meditation: Blessed is the man watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorways. Proverbs 8:34

Reflection: My most pleasant task is saying my Rosary and praying to my heavenly Mother. It is the most pure joy of my heart!
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622AD)
Mini-Bio: French; bishop, missionary, cofounder of the Order of the Visitation (Visitandines), Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, my Mother in heaven, let me pray to you each day and say my Rosary. Help me to regard this as my heart's purest joy and my soul's greatest delight.

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Scripture meditation: The light will be among you only a little longer. Walk while there still is light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark knows not where he is going. John 12:35

Reflection: Go to Mary, then, Praise her, and you will be enlightened. For it is through her that the true Light shines on the sea of this world.
St. Ildephonsus (607-667AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; monk, Abbot of Agli, Archbishop of Toledo, founded and endowed a monastery of nuns

Prayer: O Mary, grant me always to have the Light of the World. Help me to walk in the Light of Christ all my days, so that I may know where I am going and avoid all evil.

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Scripture meditation: Having therefore these promises, beloved, let us purify ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

Reflection: Those who have great devotion to Mary not only will be saved but also will through her intercession, become great Saints. Furthermore, their holiness will grow from day to day.
St. Vincent Palotti (1795-1850AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; priest, missionary, exorist, founder of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate

Prayer: O Mary, grant me such deep devotion to you that it will lead me to thirst after holiness. Make me realize that my first purpose in life is to be holy with the aid of the grace Jesus won for me.

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Scripture meditation: I have taken root in an honored people, in the portion of the Lord, his heritage. Sirach 24:12

Reflection: Many will not let devotion to the Blessed Virgin even take root in their hearts. But blessed is the person who accepts this grace and keeps it. Such a devotion dwells in all who are the Lord's heritage -- in all who will praise Him eternally in heaven.
St. Alphonusus Liguori (1696-1787AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; bishop, Doctor of the Church, founder and first superior of the Redemptorists

Prayer: O Mary, let me foster devotion to you within my heart. May one day not go by without my turning to you in prayer and meditation.

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Scripture meditation: He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear him. Luke 1:49-50

Reflection: While remaining the Mother of our Judge, Mary is a mother to us, full of mercy. She constitutes our protection. She keeps us close to Christ, and she faithfully takes the matter of our salvation into her charge.
St. Peter Canisius (1521-1597AD)
Mini-Bio: Dutch; Jesuit priest, scholar and educator; founder of colleges, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, God filled you will grace and made you a Co-Redeemer with Christ your Son. Let me have constant recourse to you and attain the salvation you helped win for all.

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Scripture meditation: With me are riches and glory, enduring riches and justice. My fruit is better than pure gold, and my blossoms than rare silver. Proverbs 8:18-19

Reflection: Mary is the stem of the beautiful flower on which the Holy Spirit rests with the fullness of His gifts. Hence, those who want to obtain the seven gifts of the Spirit must seek the flower of the Holy Spirit on the stem [Mary].
St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, You are the Spouse of the Holy Spirit. Through Jesus, help me to reach the Spirit and obtain His surpassing gifts, so that I may live forever in the grip of the Spirit.

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Scripture meditation: I dwell in counsel and in learned thoughts. … Counsel and sound judgment are mine; mine are prudence and power. Proverbs 8:12-14

Reflection: When we dedicate ourselves to Mary, we become instruments in her hands just as she is an instrument in God's hands. Let us then be guided by her, for she will provide for the needs of body and soul and overcome all difficulties and anxieties.
St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941AD)
Mini-Bio: Polish; Franciscan priest, founder of Knights of Mary Immaculate, martyr

Prayer: O Mary, in all my trials and difficulties let me have recourse to Jesus through your intercession. And when I call upon you, please comfort me and lead me to your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: The angel Gabriel was sent from God … to a virgin … a descendant of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." Luke 1:26-28

Reflection: The salvation of the whole world began with the "Hail Mary." Hence, the salvation of each person is also attached to this prayer.
St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, let the great prayer to you be on my lips morning, noon, and night. Enable me to say it especially at the hour of my death -- for you will ensure my salvation.

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Scripture meditation: Horrible is the death [an evil tongue] inflicts; the netherworld is preferable to it. It has no power over the just; they will not be burned in its flames. Sirach 28:21-22

Reflection: Mary's words were discreet, and her voice was measured. She did not shout and she was careful not to say anything bad about another person -- nor even to listen willingly to wrong that was spoken.
St. Athanasius of Alexandria (297-373AD)
Mini-Bio: Egyptian; bishop, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Model of Right Speech. Help me to avoid idle gossip as well as intemperate words. Let me make use of right speech to communicate with and help others rather than confuse and hurt them.

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Scripture meditation: To you, O men, I call; my appeal is to all mankind. You simple ones, gain prudence; you fools, gain understanding. Proverbs 8:4-5

Reflection: Those who want to prevent their heart from being pervaded by the evils of earth should entrust it to the Blessed Virgin, our Lady and our Mother. They will then regain it in heaven, freed from all evils.
St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622AD)
Mini-Bio: French; bishop, missionary, cofounder of the Order of the Visitation (Visitandines), Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, move me to entrust my heart and affections to you. By your prayers keep me from all evil and firmly attached to your Divine Son forever.

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Scripture meditation: You shall separate three cities. … [where] a person who kills another may take refuge … to save his life when [he] unintentionally kills his neighbor. Deuteronomy 19:2-4

Reflection: Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge. We know that Moses set up three cities of refuge for anyone who inadvertently killed his neighbor. Now the Lord has established a refuge of mercy. Mary, even for those who deliberately commit evil. Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner.
St. Anthony of Padua (1195-1231AD)
Mini-Bio: Portuguese; Franciscan preacher and reformer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, if I am ever so unfortunate as to lose God's grace, move me to take refuge in you. Help me to flee to my city of refuge, for you will lead me to Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: For whoever finds me finds life and receives salvation from the Lord. But whoever does not find me hurts himself. They love death who hate me. Proverbs 8:35-36

Reflection: In the order of grace, God usually communicates Himself to human beings only through Mary. If we want to go to Him and be united with Him, we must use the very means he used to come down to us. That means is a true devotion to our Lady.
St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, you are our most powerful intermediary with Christ and thus with the Blessed Trinity. Teach me what God desires of me, and help me to go to Jesus through you.

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Scripture meditation: By me kings reign, and lawmakers decree justice. By me princes govern, and the mighty establish justice. Proverbs 8:151-16

Reflection: To serve Mary and to be her courtier is the greatest honor we can possibly possess. For to serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign on high, and to live under her commands is a greater thing than to govern!

St. John Damascene (of Damascus) (675-749AD)
Mini-Bio: Syrian; priest, monk, theologian, poet, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are the Queen of Heaven and Earth, Grant me the privilege of serving you with love and fidelity all my life. Let me realize that in serving you I am serving Christ the Lord.

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Scripture meditation: Keep my commands and you shall live; guard my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 7:2-3

Reflection: Entrust your cause to her who is the Mother of Mercy, and zealously offer her day by day most special marks of reverence. Endeavor to maintain within both body and soul the spotlessness of her purity, and walk in her footsteps, humbly and gently like her.

St. Bonaventure (1221-1274AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Franciscan minister general, philosopher, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, let me be devoted to you in heart and soul ever more and more. And help me to put that devotion into practice daily by more closely imitating your life and virtues.

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Scripture meditation: My sister, my spouse, is a garden enclosed, an enclosed garden, a fountain sealed up. Song of Solomon 4:12

Reflection: Happy are those to whom the Holy Spirit reveals the Secret of Mary in order that they may come to know her. Happy are those to whom He opens the "Enclosed Garden" that they may enter and to whom He gives access to the "Sealed Fountain" that they may drink of the living waters of grace.

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, missionary, spiritual writer founder of the Daughters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary

Prayer: O Mary, help me to know you and be devoted to you more each day, so that I may obtain the graces God wants to bestow on me.

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Scripture meditation: Adam called his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. Genesis 3:20

Reflection: We are all children of Eve according to the flesh and children of the Blessed Virgin according to the spirit. For all of us, Mary has the love of a mother and the courage of a defender. All find room in her. Sinners find pardon through her prayers, and the righteous are preserved in grace.

St. John of Avila (1499-1569AD)
Mini-Bio: Spanish; priest, preacher, missionary, spiritual director

Prayer: O Mary, you are always a mother to me. Let me be always your child. Help me to come to you in all my joys as well as sorrows.

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Scripture meditation: God sent his Son born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, so that we might receive the full rights of adoption. Galatians 4:4-5

Reflection: God has decreed that the whole of the Redemption should be accomplished through Mary, with Mary and in Mary. Just as nothing was created without Christ, so nothing has been re-created without the Blessed Virgin.

St. Peter Damian (1001-1072AD)
Mini-Bio: Italian; cardinal-bishop, Benedictine prior, spiritual writer, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, through you the world has been re-created by Jesus. Help me to contribute to this re-creation by performing all activities in union with you and your Divine Son.

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Scripture meditation: The mother of Jesus said … "There is no more wine." And Jesus said, … "My hour has not yet come." His Mother said to the attendants, "Do whatever he tells you." John 2:3-5

Reflection: Let Mary never be far from your lips or heart. And to obtain the fruit of her prayers, do not forget the example of her life. With her support, you will never fall. Beneath her protection, you will never fear. Under her guidance, you will never tire. And with her help, you will reach your heavenly goal.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153AD)
Mini-Bio: French; abbot, mystical writer, theologian, reformer of the Cistercian Order, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, enable me to heed your words as the servers did. Let me always do whatever Jesus tells me, so that He may effect in me the miracle of eternal bliss in heaven.

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Scripture meditation: And entering the house [the Magi] found the child with Mary his mother. They bowed down and worshiped him. Matthew 2:11

Reflection: At the moment when Mary presents her Son to the Magi, she not only performs a personal action as Mother but also acts as the figure of the Church. As the mother of all peoples, the Church in the person of Mary initiates her work of evangelization.

Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005AD)
Mini-Bio: pope: (1978 - 2005) Polish; The most traveled pope in history. During his papacy he has issued many letters clarifying and safeguarding the Churches teachings in moral areas. Has consecrated his papacy to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prayer: O Mary, you initiated the work of evangelization by presenting Jesus to the Magi. Help me to radiate Jesus to others every day of my life by all that I say and do

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Scripture meditation: Behold, the virgin will be with child and will bring forth a son, and they will call his name Emmanuel, which means "God with us." Matthew 1:23

Reflection: The Virgin Mother gave birth from her fruitful womb and inviolate body to Him Who became visible for us, to Him by Whom she had been created. While conceiving, she was a virgin; a virgin in her pregnancy; a virgin while carrying her son; a virgin forever!

St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430AD)
Mini-Bio: North African; bishop, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, grant me the grace to prize the virtue of purity highly and practice it sedulously. Help me always to put my trust in you and find refuge in your motherly intercession.

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Scripture meditation: I will put enmities between you and the woman, and between your seed and hers. He shall crush your head. Genesis 3:15

Reflection: The Old Testament recounts the period of salvation history that slowly prepared for the coming of Christ into the world. It brings into gradually sharper focus the figure of the Woman, Mother of the Redeemer, already foreshadowed in the promise of victory over the serpent.

Vatican II: Lumen Gentium/The Church, 55 (1962-1965AD)
Mini-Bio: 21st Ecumenical council: Convened by John XXIII 1958-1963; Closed by Paul VI 1963-1978: Decisions: Issued pastoral documents on the renewal and reform of the Church, intending to make the Church more effective in dealing with the contemporary world.

Prayer: O Mary, you were chosen by God to be the Mother of the Redeemer. Protect me always from evil and obtain eternal salvation for me in heaven with you and your Son Jesus.

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Scripture meditation: Concerning mutual charity there is no need for us to write you, since you yourselves have learned from God to love each other. 1 Thessalonians 4:9

Reflection: The most powerful means we have for drawing down the benevolence of Mary toward us is a virtue. The virtue is love for our neighbor.

St. Gregory Nazianzen (329-389AD)
Mini-Bio: Cappadocian; archbishop, theologian, Doctor of the Church

Prayer: O Mary, you are partial toward those who imitate your Divine Son in love for their neighbor. Teach me to love my neighbor in the many circumstances of life, no matter what the cost.

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Scripture meditation: She is the breath of the might of God and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore, nothing that is defiled can enter into her. Wisdom 7:25
Reflection: The Eternal Father delights in regarding the Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the masterpiece of His hands. The Son delights in it as the Heart of His Mother, the source from which He received the Blood that redeemed us. The Holy Spirit dwells in Mary as in His temple. 

St. John Vianney (1786-1859AD)
Mini-Bio: French; priest, spiritual director, Patron saint of parish priests

Prayer: O Mary, you are the beloved Daughter of God the Father, the exalted Mother of God the Son, and the pure Bride of God the Holy Spirit. Teach me to know and love the Most Blessed Trinity.

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Scripture meditation: Adam was formed first, then Eve. And, Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and was in sin. 1 Timothy 2:13-14

Reflection: Eve was the cause of death for human beings. Through her, death came into the world. Mary on the other hand, was the cause of life. Through her, Life was born unto us.

St. Epiphanius of Salamis (315-403AD)
Mini-Bio: Palestinian; bishop, abbot, scholar

Prayer: O Mary, you are the true Eve, which means "Mother of all the living." You brought Jesus into the world and He obtained eternal life for all. Let me never lose it.

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