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PRAYER WITH MARY

Hail Mary, most Beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father Hail Mary, most admirable Mother of God
Hail Mary, most Beloved
Daughter of the Eternal
Father
Hail Mary, most admirable
Mother of God the Son
Hail Mary, most faithful
Spouse of the Holy Spirit
Hail Mary, Mother most dear.
Hail Mary, my joy, my glory,
my heart and soul.
I give myself wholly to you,
reserving nothing for
myself or others
PRAYER WITH MARY Hail Mary, most Beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father Hail Mary, most admirable

PRAYER WITH MARY

May the Light of your Faith dispel the darkness in my mind. May your deep humility
May the Light of your Faith dispel
the darkness in my mind.
May your deep humility take the
place of my pride.
May your heavenly contemplation
put an end to the distractions
of my wondering imagination.
May your continuous vision of God
fill my memory with his
presence.
May the burning love of your heart
inflame the coldness of mine.
May your virtues take the place of
my sins.
PRAYER WITH MARY May the Light of your Faith dispel the darkness in my mind. May

PRAYER WITH MARY

May your merits be my adornment and take the place of my unworthiness before God Grant
May your merits be my adornment
and take the place of my
unworthiness before God
Grant most dearly beloved Mother,
that I may have no other spirit
but yours to know Jesus and
his divine will.
May I have no soul but yours to
praise and glorify the Lord
May I have no heart but yours to
love God purely and ardently
as you love Him. Amen.
- St. Louis Marie de Montfort Secret of Mary No. 68
- St. Louis Marie de Montfort
Secret of Mary No. 68

“SAINTS

ARE

MOLDED

IN MARY”

- St. Louis marie de Montfort

CONTEMPORARY MODELS OF FAITH AND HOLINESS

CONTEMPORARY MODELS OF FAITH AND HOLINESS Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
CONTEMPORARY MODELS OF FAITH AND HOLINESS Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Blessed John Paul II

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Written in the year 1712 by St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary is widely acknowledged as a classic of Spiritual writing. In this book,

Fr. de Montfort insists that the true spirit

of Christianity is a radically profound sharing in the life of Jesus himself -

which can be expressed in the words of St. Paul, "For me to live is Christ Jesus...."

- and demonstrates that the key to being

fully alive with the life of Jesus Christ is a genuine and personal relationship with the Mother of God. The spirituality of Total Consecration to Jesus through

Mary thoroughly developed and

explained in these pages by St. Louis de Montfort has proven to be a particularly powerful engine of spiritual growth and formation.

“ Saints are MOLDED in MARY”

- St. Louis-Marie de Montfort

Lost after the death of the saint and rediscovered in 1842, this book has exerted, since its rediscovery, a tremendous influence upon Catholic life and spirituality. Generations of clergy and religious have been formed according to its teaching including such notable figures of recent times as Blessed John Paul II and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Laity in all parts of the world have found within its pages the secret to a thoroughly renewed and vigorous Christian life. Fr. de Montfort's masterpiece has lost nothing of its power and beauty

with the passing of time and holds within its

pages a rich spiritual treasure for the contemporary believer who is willing to enter into the Mystery of Jesus living in Mary and there to be formed by the Spirit of God into full maturity in Jesus Christ.

Blessed John Paul II words:

  • As far as I am concerned, the reading of this book [True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin by de Montfort] was a great help to me in my youth: "I found the answer to my doubts," which were due to a fear that worship given to Mary "if developed too much, might end by compromising the primacy of the worship of Christ" (My Vocation, Gift and Mystery, pg. 42). Under the wise guidance of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, I understood that, if we live the mystery of Mary in Christ, there is no such risk. This

saint's Mariological thought, in fact, "is rooted in the

Mystery of the Trinity and in the truth of the Incarnation of the Word of God"

“The reading of this book was a decisive turning point in my life I say turning

“The reading of this book was a decisive turning point in my life I say turning point, but it was long inner

...

journey ...

This

"Perfect Devotion" is

indispensable to anyone who means to

give himself to Christ and to the work of redemption. It is from Montfort that I have taken my motto: "Totus Tuus", or "I am all thine" ...

 Sources :  Sacred Scriptures  Church Documents  Church Traditions  Writings of Saints
  • Sources :

    • Sacred Scriptures

    • Church Documents

    • Church Traditions

    • Writings of Saints

    • Novenas & Litanies

    • Icons and Sacred Paintings

    • Poems

 Sources :  Sacred Scriptures  Church Documents  Church Traditions  Writings of Saints

Characteristics of a GENUINE

DEVOTION TO MARY

1)

PURE

2) INTERIOR

3) TENDER and TRUSTFUL

4) CONSTANT 5) HOLY

Characteristics of a GENUINE DEVOTION TO MARY 1 ) P URE 2) I NTERIOR 3) T

Characteristics of a GENUINE

DEVOTION TO MARY

  • 1. True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is disinterested or PUREthat is, it inspires the soul to seek, not itself, but God alone, in His Holy Mother. A true worshipper of Mary does not serve this august Queen in a spirit of gain and of self- interest ; nor with a view to obtaining temporal, physical or even spiritual benefits; but he serves her solely because she deserves to be served and God alone to be served in our serving her ...

Characteristics of a GENUINE DEVOTION TO MARY  1. True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is

Characteristics of a GENUINE

DEVOTION TO MARY

  • 2. True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is INTERIOR that is, it comes from the mind and from the heart. Its source in us is the esteem in which we hold the Blessed Virgin, the exalted idea we have formed of her greatness and the love we cherish for her.

Characteristics of a GENUINE DEVOTION TO MARY  2. True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is

Characteristics of a GENUINE

DEVOTION TO MARY

  • 3. True devotion is the TENDER and TRUSTFUL in the Blessed Virgin, like the confidence a child has in its mother. It leads us to have recourse to her in all our needs of body and of soul and to do so with great simplicity, confidence and tenderness. We look to this good Mother for help in all our needs, at all times, in all circumstances...

Characteristics of a GENUINE DEVOTION TO MARY  3. True devotion is the TENDER and TRUSTFUL

Characteristics of a GENUINE

DEVOTION TO MARY

  • 4. True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is CONSTANT. It strengthens us in doing good, and it prevents us from frivolously abandoning our devotional practices; it gives us courage to stand up to the world and to reject the ways and the wisdom of this world; it does not choose time but always.

Characteristics of a GENUINE DEVOTION TO MARY  4. True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is

Characteristics of a GENUINE

DEVOTION TO MARY

  • 5. True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is HOLY that is, it leads us to avoid sin and to imitate her, especially in her then principal virtues: her profound humility; her lively faith; her unquestioning obedience; her unceasing prayer; her all-embracing mortification; her incomparable purity; her ardent charity; her heroic patience; her angelic sweetness; and her divine wisdom.

Characteristics of a GENUINE DEVOTION TO MARY  5. True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is
THE SECRET of the ROSARY OF THE BLESSED
THE SECRET
of the
ROSARY
OF THE
BLESSED

VIRGIN MARY

THE SECRET of the ROSARY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
1) Vocal Prayer: 2) Meditative Prayer: 3) Affective Prayer: 4) Contemplative Prayer:
1) Vocal Prayer: 2) Meditative Prayer: 3) Affective Prayer: 4) Contemplative Prayer:
1) Vocal Prayer:
2) Meditative Prayer:
3) Affective Prayer:
4) Contemplative Prayer:
1) Vocal Prayer: Vocal/Discursive : A Prayer of the Lips. It is praying the Holy Rosary
1) Vocal Prayer:
1)
Vocal Prayer:
1) Vocal Prayer: Vocal/Discursive : A Prayer of the Lips. It is praying the Holy Rosary

Vocal/Discursive: A Prayer of the Lips. It is praying

the Holy Rosary by the use of words and simply done

by the lips. The mind is somewhere else when the

prayer is done. Generally, the intention of the prayer is to finish and to fulfill a certain promise once made. The tendency at this level is to be too meticulous that the promise is perfectly carried out and fulfilled.

2) Meditative Prayer: Meditative : A Prayer of the Mind. This is a level of praying
2) Meditative Prayer: Meditative : A Prayer of the Mind. This is a level of praying
2) Meditative Prayer: Meditative : A Prayer of the Mind. This is a level of praying

2) Meditative Prayer:

Meditative: A Prayer of the Mind. This is a level of praying the

Rosary with the mind accompanying the recitation. A good example

for this is when a person meditates on the mysteries of the life of

Jesus and Mary in the history of salvation being recalled. This

meditation is done with the purpose of knowing more Jesus and

Mary

...

of becoming aware of the virtues lived by them. This manner

of praying provides the person who prays (the pray-er) with

intellectual and reflective insights on the exemplary life of Jesus and

Mary.

3) Affective Prayer: Affective : A Prayer of the Heart. In the meditative level, the mind
3) Affective Prayer: Affective : A Prayer of the Heart. In the meditative level, the mind

3) Affective Prayer:

3) Affective Prayer: Affective : A Prayer of the Heart. In the meditative level, the mind

Affective: A Prayer of the Heart. In the meditative level, the mind of the person is fed with spiritual and intellectual insights of the persons of Jesus and Mary. This knowledge moves the person to love and to imitate the virtues lived by Jesus and Mary. Thus the Rosary prayer becomes an expression of love. The heart is so involved

at this affective level so much so that the mental insights are fused with sparks of

affection that touches the loving will of the person or the inner core of the individual. At this level, the person begins to step on the passive dimension of prayer. The active dimension in levels one and two (wherein the person takes most of the initiative with the grace of God) now meets with the passive dimension of prayer wherein God takes the initiative. This is a great leap in the spiritual journey. The loving will of the person to imitate Jesus and Mary, is complemented with His divine action and love working through the power of the Holy Spirit.

THE GOLDEN “HAIL MARY”

One fervent Hail Mary

with love and thought said

Is better than volumes

of prayers poorly read.

If time and one's duties

prevent a long prayer,

Just say one Hail Mary

with fervor and care;

The Golden Hail Mary which

from the heart springs,

The greatest of blessings

from Mary it brings.

And we never will know

'till before Mary's throne

How that daily Hail Mary

brought us to Her home

4) Contemplative Prayer: Contemplative: A Prayer of Being. As the person grows deeper and deeper in
4) Contemplative Prayer: Contemplative: A Prayer of Being. As the person grows deeper and deeper in
4) Contemplative Prayer: Contemplative: A Prayer of Being. As the person grows deeper and deeper in

4) Contemplative Prayer:

Contemplative: A Prayer of Being. As the person grows deeper and

deeper in the spiritual life, the contemplative way of praying the Rosary

starts to be experienced. This usually happens when while praying the

Holy Rosary, the person is drawn to a special kind of union and

presence with Him

...

and the person cannot resist. The person is

brought to a very deep silence deep within, deep peace and joy. At

this level, one prays the Rosary "all-day-long". In fact, his/her life

becomes a "living Rosary." The person starts to live up to the virtues of

Jesus and Mary at a higher degree, yet she/he remains the person

he/she is physically. The Spirit of Christ and Mary, now lives within.

4) Contemplative Prayer: Love becomes the essence of all of all his/her words and actions. It
4) Contemplative Prayer: Love becomes the essence of all of all his/her words and actions. It
4) Contemplative Prayer: Love becomes the essence of all of all his/her words and actions. It

4) Contemplative Prayer:

Love becomes the essence of all of all his/her words and actions. It is

the time when the soul, as Montfort describes it, breathes "Mary" as the

body breathes air. The never-ending "music of the Hail Mary" becomes

the continuous and endless background of his/her words and deeds ...

There is a habitual contemplation of God in the mind of the person

especially when he/she is alone without exerting much effort on his/her

part. To a certain degree, the "pray-er" slowly becomes the prayer!

Note: Experience alone can tell what all of these mean!

ROSARY: A PRAYER OF THE BLESSED TRINITY
ROSARY:
A PRAYER
OF THE
BLESSED
TRINITY
Elements of the Rosary 1)The “OUR FATHER”
Elements of the Rosary
1)The “OUR FATHER”
The “Our Father” is a prayer composed by Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed
The “Our Father” is a prayer composed
by Jesus Christ, the Second Person
of the Blessed Trinity

2) The “

2) The “ ” There are two parts of the “ ”: a) The Prayer of

There are two parts of

the “

2) The “ ” There are two parts of the “ ”: a) The Prayer of

”: a) The

2) The “ ” There are two parts of the “ ”: a) The Prayer of

Prayer of God the Father and of the Holy Spirit b) The Prayer of the Church.

a1) Prayer of “God the Father”:
a1) Prayer of “God the Father”:
a1) Prayer of “God the Father”: The first line of the “Hail Mary” are words of
a1) Prayer of “God the Father”: The first line of the “Hail Mary” are words of
a1) Prayer of “God the Father”: The first line of the “Hail Mary” are words of
a1) Prayer of “God the Father”: The first line of the “Hail Mary” are words of
The first line of the “Hail Mary” are words of God the Father. The angel Gabriel
The first line of the “Hail Mary” are
words of God the Father. The angel
Gabriel is just the messenger.
a2) Prayer of the “Holy Spirit”:
a2) Prayer of the “Holy Spirit”:
a2) Prayer of the “Holy Spirit”: The second line of the “ ” are words of
a2) Prayer of the “Holy Spirit”: The second line of the “ ” are words of
a2) Prayer of the “Holy Spirit”: The second line of the “ ” are words of
The second line of the “ ” are words of God the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth was
The second line of the “
are words of God the Holy Spirit.
Elizabeth was filled with
the HOLY SPIRIT.
b) Prayer of the “ ”: “The Second of the “Hail Mary” “Holy Mary, Mother of
b) Prayer of the “
”:
“The Second of the “Hail Mary”
“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for
us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.” was given by the
Church at the Council of Ephesus,
where Mary was defined as truly the
Mother of Christ (Theotokos). Thus
this is the profession of the Church’s
faith and a prayer of petition for
Mary’s intercession for us her
children.
2) The a) The “Joyful Mysteries” b) The “Sorrowful Mysteries” c) The “Mysteries of Light” d)

2) The

2) The a) The “Joyful Mysteries” b) The “Sorrowful Mysteries” c) The “Mysteries of Light” d)
2) The a) The “Joyful Mysteries” b) The “Sorrowful Mysteries” c) The “Mysteries of Light” d)
2) The a) The “Joyful Mysteries” b) The “Sorrowful Mysteries” c) The “Mysteries of Light” d)
a) The “Joyful Mysteries” b) The “Sorrowful Mysteries” c) The “Mysteries of Light” d) The “Glorious
a) The “Joyful Mysteries”
b) The “Sorrowful Mysteries”
c)
The “Mysteries of Light”
d)
The “Glorious Mysteries”
a) Twenty flaming torches to guide our steps through this earthly life. b) Twenty shining mirrors
a) Twenty flaming torches to guide our steps through this earthly life. b) Twenty shining mirrors
a)
Twenty flaming torches to guide our
steps through this earthly life.
b)
Twenty shining mirrors to help us
know Jesus and Mary, to know
ourselves and to light the fire of love
in our hearts.
c)
Twenty fiery furnaces to consume us
completely in their heavenly flames
of faith, hope and love.
a) Twenty flaming torches to guide our steps through this earthly life. If we take time

a)

Twenty flaming torches to guide our steps through this earthly life.
Twenty flaming torches to guide our
steps through this earthly life.

If we take time to contemplate the mysteries of the Rosary which is the very

life of Jesus and Mary, our insights will surely be like inflamed torches that

will provide us with light to guide us in our life, most especially when

everything seems dark confusing. The insights of the virtues of Jesus and

Mary which we get from the meditation of the sacred mysteries will help

us and guide us in our day to day life, in our words and actions, in our

decisions and in becoming faithful to our commitments and even to our

state of life.

b) Twenty shining mirrors to help us know Jesus and Mary, to know ourselves and to
b)
Twenty shining mirrors to help us know
Jesus and Mary, to know ourselves and to light the
fire of love in our hearts.

The meditation of the mysteries in the life of Jesus and Mary when we pray the Rosary provides us with knowledge of our true self in front of God. One of the marvelous effects of the Rosary is true and in-depth self-knowledge. The

Rosary makes us see who we really are. It makes us see our shadows in life.

Praying the Holy Rosary lights up the aspects in our lives that need to be changed for the better. And with the grace of God, we will be guided in our actions and decisions. The Rosary likewise makes us love at a higher degree the

people whom we already love. Moreover, it helps us to love in a special way the

people whom others disregard: the poor, the abandoned, the sick an outcasts

and the marginalized. Let's try it! Let's do it and we will know what this means! God's love can be enflamed in us as an effect of the Rosary. Very often, we will not notice that we are growing in our love for others. But others see it more than we do. Indeed, Mary with her virtues will be reflected in our lives.

c)

Twenty fiery furnaces to consume us completely in their heavenly flames of faith, hope and love.
Twenty fiery furnaces to consume us
completely in their heavenly flames
of faith, hope and love.

The fire of love that has been burning in our heart will become like furnaces of God's love when we pray the Holy Rosary and meditate on its mysteries. We become what we contemplate. The virtues we contemplate will become alive in us. Thus the virtues of Jesus and Mary are copied in our lives. For instance, when we pray the second joyful mystery and meditate on it, we become more concerned like Mary to the needs of others. The virtue of service which Mary displays in the mystery becomes our own. And just as Mary, who brought Jesus with her, caused the infant John (the Baptist) to leap for joy, so will those whom we will serve. They

will all feel the joy and love that only comes from God. All the virtues of

faith hope and love, which was before at the human level become divine.

ROSARY: A CONTEMPLATIVE THAT MAKES US BECOME CHRIST-LIKE
ROSARY:
A CONTEMPLATIVE
THAT MAKES US
BECOME
CHRIST-LIKE