Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

Mater Amabilis – Ora Pro Nobis

“A friend is a friend at all times, and a brother is born for the time of adversity.” Prov. 17:17

We do not know our true friends and relatives in the time of prosperity but only in the time of adversity and misery.  Our friends can abandon us should any misfortune over takes us, especially in the hour of death.  However, this is not the case with Mary our Mother, who is our life, our sweetness and our hope.  From the day that our Blessed Mother had the privilege and sorrow of being present at the death of Jesus her Son, it became her privilege to assist her children at their deaths.  This is why the Church teaches us to beg the Virgin Mary: Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death!

The sufferings of the dying are very great.  They suffer from remorse for their sins, the fear of the approaching judgment, and the uncertainly of their eternal salvation. Then it is the time when the devil comes down upon the soul with great wrath and spares no efforts to gain the soul that is at the point of entering eternity; for he knows that he has only a short time to gain the soul…

It is related of St. Andrew Avellino, that ten thousand devils came to tempt him at his death.  The conflict that he had in his agony with the powers of hell was so terrible that it caused all the good religious who were present to tremble… They all wept with compassion, redoubled their prayers, and trembled with fear when they saw that a saint died thus. However, they were consoled when seeing that the saint often turned his eyes, towards a devout picture of Mary, as if seeking for help; for they remembered that during the saint’s life, he often said that in the hour of his death, Mary would be his refuge. At length God was pleased to put an end to his struggle and granted him a glorious victory…and the Saint, with his eyes fixed on the image, made a devout inclination to Mary (who it is believed appeared to him) as if to thank her, and with a smile, tranquilly breathed forth his blessed soul into the arms of Mary.

-Meditation from the Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus de Liguori

Let us thank God for giving us such loving and faithful Mother.  Join us in praying for the dying each day.


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