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 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 25

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Mary: Help of Christians

“Our Lady wishes us now to honor Her especially under the title of ‘Help of Christians’. In these evil days we need Her help.” –St. John Bosco

“We owe many great debts of gratitude to Mary, Help of Christians. What we are and what we have done, we owe to Her.” –St. John Bosco

Offering: Praying an extra decade or two besides our normal daily rosary.

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(P.S. The eighth 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 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 20

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Mary: Our Hope

“The King of Heaven, being infinite Goodness, desires in the highest degree to enrich us with His graces. But because confidence is a necessary condition for being heard, and because He wants to increase our confidence, He has given us His own Mother as our Mother and intercessor, and has granted her all power to help us. So it is that He wishes us to place our hope for salvation and every blessing in her.” –St. Alphonse Liguori

Offering: A smile for those we love, even when we don’t feel like it.

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(P.S. The third 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 19

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Mary: Her Faith

“If our faith is weak, we should turn to Mary. St. John tells us that it was because of the miracle that Christ performed, at his mother’s request, at the marriage feast at Cana, that ‘his disciples learned to believe in him’ Our Mother is always interceding with her Son, so that he may attend to our needs and show himself to us in such a way that we can cry out, ‘You are the Son of God!'” –Pope John Paul II

Offering: The Memorare prayed well and carefully for the person in our life who most needs the Blessed Virgin Mary’s assistance.

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(P.S. The second 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 18

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Mary: Co-Redemptrix

Having suffered for the Church, Mary deserved to become the Mother of all the disciples of her Son, the Mother of their unity…In fact Mary’s role as Co-Redemptrix did not cease with the glorification of her Son.” –Pope John Paul II

Offering: Hidden sacrifices in honor of the wounds of Christ and Mary’s participation in His suffering.

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(P.S. The Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost starts 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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