Here’s part of the prayer of St. Louis de Montfort to Jesus. I think it’s so beautiful, because it is all about being thankful for having been given such a good mother. I really love the part highlighted in blue. It chokes me up when I get to that part.
O most loving Jesus, deign to let me pour forth my gratitude before Thee, for the grace Thou hast bestowed upon me in giving me to Thy holy Mother through the devotion of Holy Bondage, that she may be my advocate in the presence of Thy majesty and my support in my extreme misery. Alas, O Lord! I am so wretched that without this dear Mother I should be certainly lost. Yes, Mary is necessary for me at Thy side and everywhere that she may appease Thy just wrath, because I have so often offended Thee; that she may save me from the eternal punishment of Thy justice, which I deserve; that she may contemplate Thee, speak to Thee, pray to Thee, approach Thee and please Thee; that she may help me to save my soul and the souls of others; in short, Mary is necessary for me that I may always do Thy holy will and seek Thy greater glory in all things. Ah, would that I could proclaim throughout the whole world the mercy that Thou hast shown to me ! Would that everyone might know I should be already damned, were it not for Mary! Would that I might offer worthy thanksgiving for so great a blessing! Mary is in me. Oh, what a treasure! Oh, what a consolation! And shall I not be entirely hers? Oh, what ingratitude! My dear Saviour, send me death rather than such a calamity, for I would rather die than live without belonging entirely to Mary. With St. John the Evangelist at the foot of the Cross, I have taken her a thousand times for my own and as many times have given myself to her; but if I have not yet done it as Thou, dear Jesus, dost wish, I now renew this offering as Thou dost desire me to renew it. And if Thou seest in my soul or my body anything that does not belong to this august princess, I pray Thee to take it and cast it far from me, for whatever in me does not belong to Mary is unworthy of Thee.
The Blessed Virgin Mary. You just have to love when you say that name. I love that she is so kind and gentle to us.
We have a framed print, kind of like this one, up in our living room. The one we have is a little different in that Mary has a gold aura around her head and not the twelve stars and it only has Jesus and Mary in it, no angels. But I think she is so beautiful in the picture we have. Even a little more than in this one. It’s been a great icon to pray with and to draw closer to Our Lady.
Isn’t it sometimes frustrating to try and tell others how much you love Our Lady. I mean, you could go on and on, and still feel like you haven’t even begun to make it known properly. Maybe that’s why we love her so much. She’s beyond all words, really. She’s just that beautiful. She’s everything beautiful about creation. Hail Mary, full of grace!
Oh, and the songs we sing to her. My favourite just might be “When Creation was Begun”. I sang that to my youngest daughter when she was a baby. From the first night in the hospital. She’s seven now and she loves that song. When she was younger, she used to tell us at bedtime, “sing ‘when crayshion’.” And of course, “Ave Maria”. A pure classic.
Well, okay, like I said, could go on and on, eh!
In Jesus and Mary,