to our Blessed Lady
or Mercy! day by day
My love or thee grows more and more;
Thy girts are strewn upon my way,
Lite sands upon the great sea-shore.
poverty and wort and woe
The masters or my lire may he,
When times are worst, who does not know
Darkness is light, with love or thee?
scornful men nave coldly said
Thy love was leading me from God;
And yet in this I did but tread
The very path my Saviour trod.
know hut little of thy worth
Who speak these heartless words to me;
For what aid Jesus love on earth
One half so tenderly as thee?
me the grace to love thee more;
Jesus will give if thou wilt plead;
And, Mother! when life's cares are o'er,
On I snail love thee then indeed!
when His three hours were run,
Bequeath'd thee from the cross to me;
And oh! how can I love thy Son,
Sweet Mother; if I love not thee?
Fr. Fredrick William Faber.
hearts seek after good, so that we might love the good and
possess It. It Is the duty of our understanding to recognize
the highest, most perfect good. In the proper order, the
mind will then inform the heart what it must love.
senses bring us experience of the many good things in the
world, and especially at this season of Spring, our senses
are thrilled and, in a manner re-vivified, by the beauties
of the natural world. At this time many men are drawn to
an appreciation of noble natural goods; the marvel of fresh
growth from hard and dormant wood, and the delicate petals
of flowers remind men to seek a more perfect good. At best,
this is turned to the glory of God, as in Catholic poetry.
must use our understanding to see through the natural world.
Moved by the beauty of a flower, we should not praise evolution
or blind fate, but the Wise Creator whose Providence prepared
this growth and new life. Then our hearts will seek the
highest Good, and we will use every lesser good in His service.
For this reason offer flowers to our Lady, especially the
"roses" of the rosary.
to you in devotion to the Blessed Virgin, I am,
of the Month of May
is this called the Month of Mary; what is the end of this
devotion; and what advantages can we derive from it?
Month of Mary, as we all know, is the month of May which
pious custom has consecrated to honour the Holy Virgin in
a more special manner than during the rest of the year.
But why is the month of May chosen in preference to any
other month? We can give many reasons: May is the month
of flowers, the part of the year when earth promises us
its treasures; the Holy Virgin having been to the world
the announcement of the coming of its Saviour she is called
by the Church, Mystical Rose; it is a tribute due to her
to consecrate the flowers of our gardens to the adornment
of her altar. This month, which commences the most beautiful
season of the year, is also the time when very frequently
we find around and within us dangers against which the all-powerful
protection of the Mother of God is our safeguard.
end of the Month of Mary is to honour this most Holy Virgin,
and to increase our love for her. And who then is this Holy
Virgin whom at this time the whole Catholic world unites
to honour, and whose protection it invokes? Was she not
a poor young girl of Judea, whom no person, in the times
when she lived, thought worthy of attention? What has she
then done that she should be called the Queen of Heaven
was chosen by God, from all eternity, to be the Mother of
His Son, who was to become man to save us. For this cause
she was preserved from the stain of original sin, in which
we are all born. It was in her womb that the Son of God,
our Lord Jesus Christ, was to assume a body like ours, and
for that reason, she, in coming into this world, was preserved
pure and spotless. She nourished Him with her virginal milk,
she watched over His infancy, she took part in His labours,
she consented to His death, and thus it was that she participated
in the work of our salvation. It was because the death of
Jesus Christ was to save us, that Mary could behold His
sufferings, could witness the death of her only Son with
so much courage; she is then our Mother at the same time
that she is the Mother of God. Do we need other motives
than these to induce us to consecrate to her our hearts,
and to decide us to honour and serve her by every means
in our power? We know now what is the end of the Month of
Mary, it remains for us to examine in what consists this
devotion, and how it can be of advantage to us.
all Christians the devotion of the Month of Mary consists
in consecrating each day some little time to practices in
her honour. Those among us who can should assist at the
daily public devotions in church, - an advantage that should
be most gratefully seized, because the united prayers, made
by all assembled at the foot of her altar, are most pleasing
to our Mother, and most sure to profit our own souls by
their certainty of gaining her protection. Yet many may
be hindered by just reasons from taking part in these meetings
so fruitful in graces; important business engagements, the
care of children or the sick, or other calls of charity,
legitimately dispense from the public services; but surely
none of these reasons need hinder any person from making
at least some little prayer in her honour, in addition to
his usual morning devotion and petitions for help and protection;
and certainly every one can have a picture or statue of
our Lady in some place of honour, and by adorning it and
offering flowers though this month, prove his desire to
make himself agreeable to her, all, in short can, before
retiring to rest, cast themselves on their knees before
this image and recite some little prayer to Mary. These
simple practices are easy for all.
there is another way of honouring the Holy Virgin, more
especially in the power of every one, - it is to offer asacrifice.
What is undeniably the most pleasing to her is the correction
of our faults; it is not meant that we should undertake
the extirpation of all that is wrong in ourselves in one
month, - that would be far beyond our strength, - but that
we should take some one fault, and that the one our conscience
tells us gives her the most dissatisfaction to see in us.
Against this we must declare war, and so strive that not
a day of this blessed month shall pass without our having
made some progress in correcting it. This practice is one
that nothing need prevent any one from following, and, assuredly,
the most acceptable that it is in our power to offer to
the most Holy Virgin.
see, then, in what consists the devotion of the Month of
Mary, and we may imagine how greatly, and in how many ways,
its practice will conduce to our advantage. It obtains for
us the particular protection of the Blessed Virgin, it helps
us to make ourselves pleasing to God, and destroys in our
souls that which displeases Him.
should, therefore, commence the Month of Mary, by praying
with all our hearts to the Holy Virgin, that she will aid
us to pass it well, by determining in our minds what practices
we will offer this month, and by promising faithful perseverance
to the Holy Virgin has been the mark of all the souls most
especially chosen by God; all have honoured and loved her
as their Mother, and thus she is called the Queen of All
Saints. Saint Louis, King of France, had a deep and tender
devotion to Mary, which he tried to show by a variety of
pious practices. He collected in his palace, every Saturday,
a great number of poor persons; after the example of our
Saviour, he washed their feet himself, made them eat at
his table, and distributed afterwards an alms in honour
of the Blessed Virgin. He had always a great desire to die
on a Saturday, and it was granted to him; this day, consecrated
to Mary, was also that when her faithful servant received
the recompense of his virtues.
us not separate today without first asking the Holy Virgin
to bless us, and putting under her powerful protection our
resolution to labour courageously during this Month of Mary,
to correct those of our faults that are most displeasing
Ave Maria, May 2,1868.
caeli Laetare, alleluia,
Quia quem meruisti portare,
of Heaven, rejoice alleluia,
For He Whom thou didst merit to bear, alleluia,
sicutt dixit, alleluia.
Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
Gaude et Laetare, Virgo Maria,
risen, as He said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia,
surrexit Domius vere, alleluia.
the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray.
qui per resurrectionem Filii tui
Domini nostri Jesu Christi mundum
Laetificare dignatus es: praesta
Quaesumus, ut per eius Genitricem
Virginem Mariam perpetuae capia-
Mus gaudia bitae. Per eumdem
Chritum Dominum nostrum.
God, who by the Resurrection of
Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
Hast vouchsafed to make glad the
Whole world: grant, we beseech
Thee, that, through the intercession
Of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we
may lay hold of the joys of eternal
life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
prayer is recited during Eastertide, instead
of the Angelus.