Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

Virgo Potens – Ora Pro Nobis

On this first Saturday of the month, let us meditate on the powerful love of our Blessed Mother:

…should there by chance be a sinner who, though not doubting [Mary’s] power, might doubt the compassion of Mary, fearing perhaps that she might be unwilling to help him on account of the greatness of his sins, let him take courage from the words of St. Bonaventure. ‘The great, the special privilege of Mary is, that She is all-powerful with Her Son. But, adds the saint, ‘to what purpose would Mary have so great power if She cared not for us?’  ‘No,’ he concludes, ‘let us not doubt, but be certain, and let us always thank our Lord and His divine Mother for it, that in proportion as Her power with God exceeds that of all the saints, so is she in the same proportion our most loving advocate, and the one who is the most solicitous for our welfare.’

‘And who, O Mother of mercy,’ exclaims St. Germanus, in the joy of his heart, ‘who, after thy Jesus, is as tenderly solicitous for our welfare as thou art? Who defends us in the temptations with which we are afflicted as you defend us? Who, like thee, undertakes to protect sinners, fighting, as it were, in their behalf? Therefore, …thy patronage, O Mary, is more powerful and loving than anything of which we can ever form an idea.’

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





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