31 Days With Mary: Day 31

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Mary: The Visitation

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” –Luke 1:41-45

Offering: Praying the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary with devotion and love.

Thank you for praying this month-long devotion with me. I hope you have been blessed and graced during this time with Mary!

31 Days With Mary: Day 30

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Mary: Channel of Grace

“Since the fullness of the Divine Nature dwelt in Mary’s womb, the Blessed Virgin thereby, acquired a kind of jurisdiction over all graces, for the all the streams of Divine grace flow from her womb as from the ocean of Divinity which was within her.” –St. Bonaventure

Offering: A prayer, such as the Hail Mary, for someone in need of prayer.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 27

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Mary: Mother of Fair Love

“Mary, my dearest mother, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, so full of love and humility, that I may receive Jesus as you did–and go in haste to give him to others.” –Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Offering: Beginning the practice of saying three Hail Marys before going to sleep each night.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 26

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Mary: The Way to Jesus

“Many conversations, many decisions to give oneself to the service of God have been preceded by an encounter with Mary. Our Lady has encouraged us to look for God, to desire to change, to lead a new life.” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Encouraging someone to begin a relationship or grow in his or her relationship with Mary, and through her with Jesus.

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(P.S. The ninth -last- day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 24

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Mary: Our Mother

“Find out for yourself by personal experience the meaning of Mary’s maternal love. it is not enough just to know that she is our Mother, and to think and talk about her as such. She is your Mother and you are her child. She loves you as if you were her only child in this world. Treat her accordingly. tell her about everything that happens to you; honor her and love her. no one will do it for you or as well as you.'” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: Many affectionate prayers and thoughts to our heavenly mother throughout the day.

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(P.S. The seventh day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 23

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Mary: Queen of the Apostles

“In their booklet, Devotion to Mary, Queen of Apostles, the Daughters of St. Paul express, beautifully, the meaning of this title : ‘ Mary is Queen of Apostles because she was chosen to be the Mother of Jesus Christ and to give Him to the world; she was made the Apostles’ Mother and our own by Our Savior on the cross; she was with the Apostles while awaiting the descent of the Holy Spirit, obtaining for them the abundance of supernatural graces they received on Pentecost.'” — www.vocations-holyfamily.com/mary.html

Offering: A kind word to someone with whom we live or work.

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(P.S. The sixth day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 22

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Mary: Ever Virgin

“”We believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of all things, both visible and invisible; and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God . . . who for us men and for our salvation came down and took flesh, that is, was born perfectly of the holy ever-virgin Mary by the Holy Spirit.” –St. Epiphanius of Salamis

Offering: Reciting devoutly the “Blessed be Your Purity” prayer below:

“Blessed be your purity, May it be blessed for ever, For no less than God takes delight, In such exalted beauty. To you, heavenly Princess, Holy Virgin Mary, I offer on this day My whole heart, life and soul. Look upon me with compassion, do not leave me, my Mother.”

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(P.S. The fifth day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 21

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Mary: Prayer

“Let us ask the Blessed Virgin to make us contemplatives, to teach us to recognize the constant calls from God at the door of our heart.” –St. Jose Maria Escriva

Offering: A visit to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

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(P.S. The fourth day of the Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost is today. Don’t have a prayer? Follow the novena here.)

31 Days With Mary: Day 17

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Mary: Our Sorrowing Mother

“From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!” –Pope John Paul II

Offering: Mortification of the senses; for example, not complaining about an inconvenience or keeping quiet about a physical or mental pain and uniting the mortification, with Mary, to her son, Jesus.

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31 Days With Mary: Day 16

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Mary: at the Foot of the Cross

“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”–John 19:26-27

“When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’ And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.” John 19:30

Offering: A sincere Act of Contrition said with true sorrow and devotion.

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