14 Photos of a Procession Celebrating the 95th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

St. Benedict’s parish (Chesapeake, VA) celebrated the 95th anniversary of the Fatima apparition. With several parishes from the area we marched a Eucharistic procession from Star of the Sea Catholic Church to the 17th St. Park in Virginia Beach.

Listers, we received the follow gallery of photos back in October from a lister in Chesapeake, Virginia. She writes:

 

St. Benedict’s parish (Chesapeake, VA) celebrated the 95th anniversary of the Fatima apparition. With several parishes from the area we marched a Eucharistic procession from Star of the Sea Catholic Church to the 17th St. Park in Virginia Beach. We prayed the rosary and sang hymns both ways, and at the park heard a small message from each priest (Frs. Nichols and Byrne from our church, and Fr. Novokowsky from Star of the Sea). It’s the first of an annual tradition.

 

SPL has written on Our Lady of Fatima and her sayings to the Faithful in Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima: 4 Things You Must Know About Our Lady of Fatima.

 

5 Statues of Mother Mary that are Unique (and Some Unsettling)

Listers, the inculturation of the Mater Dei by people groups throughout the globe and throughout the centuries has led to a plethora of beautiful and unique expressions of her maternal attributes. She is our Mother and our Queen. While displaying her regal and maternal characteristics has taken on various forms for various cultures, the themes have always been universal in Sacred Art. However, modernity has brought with it brand new mediums and new ideas on how to display marian motifs. The following statues are unique for one reason or another, sometimes for materials used or due to the circumstances around the statue. Others are complete deviations from Sacred Art and others are ancient themes that American Catholicism has been hesitant to embrace.

Those interested in the theology and veneration of Mother Mary may reference SPL’s collection of marian lists. Here are a few:

 

1. Our Lady of Peace

The Shrine of Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara, California.

The statue, which some have called “the awesome Madonna,” was finished in the Summer of 1982. It stands higher than most three-story buildings. The 7200-pound statue rises to a height of thirty-two feet and rests on a twelve-foot landscaped mound. The head, hands, and feet are cast in stainless steel. The gown is constructed of welded strips of stainless steel.

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2. Our Lady of Breezy Point

Made famous by the devastating 2012 hurracaine “Sandy,” this statue of the Virgin Mary stands amongst the desolation of the community of Breezy Point, Queens, NY. The photo apparently first surfaced in a WSJ article and the “Virgin of Breezy Point” was mentioned on several main stream media news broadcasts. The statue is a classical representation of Our Lady made unique by tragic circumstances.

A statue of the Virgin Mary sits amid rubble in the Breezy Point neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., Tuesday. Fire destroyed at least 80 homes there as Sandy hit the beachfront community.

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In honor of Our Lady of Breezy Point, SPL had a graphic commissioned in her honor:

Virgin of Breezy Point VBP Final

 

3. Our Lady of Angels

Without question the bronze statue of the Virgin Mary above the doors to the LA Cathedral is one of the most controversial depictions of Our Lady in recent memory. The Cathedral has apparently described the statue as follows:

Mary does not wear the traditional veil. Her arms are bare, outstretched to welcome all. Her carriage is confident, and her hands are strong, the hands of a working woman. From the side can be seen a thick braid of hair down her back that summons thoughts of Native American or Latina women. Other characteristics, such as her eyes, lips and nose convey Asian, African and Caucasian features. Without the conventional regal trappings of jewels, crown or layers of clothing, she has a dignity that shines from within.

The statue has been mocked by conservatives as an ugly deviation from the long tradition of Sacred Art. It is common that various cultures will depict Our Blessed Mother as African, Asian, or Middle Eastern, but never before has a statue attempted to blend all these together. The statue’s lack of femininity and queenly garb has led many to comment that “it” looks gender neutral as well as ethnically neutral.

Not helping the statue is the Cathedral itself, which is a complete deviation from Sacred Architecture. The structure has been compared to bomb shelter and even a pagan temple.

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4. “Bombed Mary”

The “Bombed Mary” statue is actually the head and upper torso remnant that survived the US nuclear attack on Nagasaki. More reverently referred to as “Our Lady of Nagasaki,” the piece is often venerated on the memorial of the attack. Like the “Virgin of Breezy Point,” the “Bombed Mary” is a classical representation made unique by circumstances – in this case the horror of human warfare. His Eminence Cardinal Dolan has written about his experience with the piece:

Last week I welcomed the Archbishop of Nagasaki, the Most Reverend Joseph Mitsuaki. He pleaded at the United Nations for an end to all nuclear weapons. Lord knows he has immense credibility: he is now the pastor of the tiny Catholic flock of a Japanese city where 75,000 people were reduced to ash by a single atomic blast on August 9, 1945. On that day, Joseph was still a baby in his mother’s womb, and only survived because she was far enough away from ground-zero.

And something else survived: the head of the statue of Mary Immaculate in the parish church in Urakami, a village right aside Nagasaki. It was this skull of Mary that the archbishop brought with him to the U.N. and to St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

And it is this head that is haunting: she is scarred, singed badly, and her crystal eyes were melted by the hellish blast. So, all that remains are two empty, blackened sockets.

I’ve knelt before many images of the Mother of Jesus before: our Mother of Perpetual Help, the Pieta, the Virgin of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, just to name a few.

But I’ve never experienced the dread and revulsion I did when the archbishop showed us the head of Our Lady of Nagasaki …

Our Lady of Nagasaki, pray for us.

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5. Our Lady of Milk

It is almost guaranteed that with an American culture  bookended by Puritanism and Pornography that these unique depictions of the Virgin Mary are sure to be found embarrassing, unsettling, or even disrespectful. However in other cultures that can still venerate femininity without declaring it evil or reducing it to sexuality alone, there stands Our Lady of Milk or La Virgen de la Leche y Buen Parto. There is even an entire Facebook group dedicated to the image. The following is a sampling of “Our Lady of Milk.”

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View an entire gallery of Our Lady of Milk statues and icons at Our Lady of Milk: 20 Images of Mother Mary Nursing.

Our Lady of the Rosary: 5 Lists about the Blessed Virgin Mary

1. Rejoice Ye Angels: 19 More Rosary Quotes

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”
Pope Pius XI

“The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.”
St. Josemaria Escriva

 

2. Grace and Glory: 11 Quotes on the Beatific Vision of Mother Mary

“To them Mary is an almost infinite treasury, an inexhaustible abyss of these gifts, to such an extent that she was never subject to the curse and was, together with her Son, the only partaker of perpetual benediction.”
Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX

“The Virgin received Salvation so that she may give it back to the centuries.”
Peter Chrysologus, Sermon 140

 

3. Regina Sanctissimi Rosarii: 6 Things All Catholics Should Know About the Rosary

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
Blessed Pope Pius IX.

The Most Holy Rosary is simply the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When our most August Queen Mum appeared to St. Dominic in the 13th century she gave him specific instructions on how to pray Her Psalter. Today when one says they “pray the Rosary” they often mean just a third of Her Psalter, for the Most Holy Rosary consists of all 15 Mysteries. The Rosary isn’t a “man made” prayer as most Protestants and even heretical Catholics claim. In fact, it is woman made, the Holy Theotokos Herself revealed this glorious and most perfect prayer.

 

4. Delighting the Trinity: 12 Quotes on the Rosary

“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many—on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”
Saint Bernardine of Siena

 

5. Change the World: 12 Quotes on the Rosary

“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche

“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”
Saint Dominic

“If you say the Rosary faithfully unto death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins, ‘you will receive a never-fading crown of glory’ (1 St. Peter 5:4).”
Saint Louis de Montfort

We Honor the Blessed Virgin: 10 Marian Quotes

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
Saint Maximilian Kolbe

Listers, we are children of the New Eve, the New Ark of the Covenant and the Queen of Heaven. St. Peter’s List was founded in October 2011 and as October is the month Holy Mother Church celebrates the Holy Rosary, we have and will always have lists honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Rosary.

 

We Honor the Blessed Virgin
The 15 Promises of the Rosary as Given by Our Lady
Virgo Potens: 8 Quotes by Roman Pontiffs on the Rosary
Regina Sanctissimi Rosarii: 6 Things All Catholics Should Know About the Rosary
Delighting the Trinity: 12 Quotes on the Rosary

 

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for your children.

“We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son.”
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, #94

“Mary has the authority over the angels and the blessed in heaven. As a reward for her great humility, God gave her the power and mission of assigning to saints the thrones made vacant by the apostate angels who fell away through pride. Such is the will of the almighty God who exalts the humble, that the powers of heaven, earth and hell, willingly or unwillingly, must obey the commands of the humble Virgin Mary. For God has made her queen of heaven and earth, leader of his armies, keeper of his treasure, dispenser of his graces, mediatrix on behalf of men, destroyer of his enemies, and faithful associate in his great works and triumphs.”
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, #28

“All true children of God have God for their father and Mary for their mother; anyone who does not have Mary for his mother, does not have God for his father. This is why the reprobate, such as heretics and schismatics, who hate, despise or ignore the Blessed Virgin, do not have God for their father though they arrogantly claim they have, because they do not have Mary for their mother. Indeed if they had her for their mother they would love and honour her as good and true children naturally love and honour the mother who gave them life.”
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, #30

“If anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his Mother, he will not have Christ for his Brother.”
Saint Maximilian Kolbe

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
Saint Maximilian Kolbe

St. Louis de Montfort, pray for us.

“Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the great praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son. There can be no doubt that whatever we say in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son.” (“Non est dubium, quicquid in laudibus matris profermius, ad
filium pertinere.”)
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Father and Doctor of the Church, Horn. 4, Sup. Miss.

“No matter how sinful one may have been, if he has devotion to Mary, it is impossible that he be lost.”
Saint Hilary of Poitiers – Bishop, Father, and Doctor of the Church

“Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge. We know that Moses set up three cities of refuge for anyone who inadvertently killed his neighbor. Now the Lord has established a refuge of mercy, Mary, even for those who deliberately commit evil. Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner.”
Saint Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church

“As soon as she [Mary] had the use of reason, that is, from the first moment of her immaculate conception in the womb of St. Ann, from that time she began with all her powers to love her God; and thus she continued to do, ever advancing more in perfection and love through her whole life. All her thoughts, her desires, her affections, were wholly given to God; not a word, not a motion, not a glance of the eye, not a breath of hers that was not for God and for his glory, never departing one step, nor separating herself for one moment from the divine love.”
Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Bishop of Saint Agatha of the Goths and Doctor of the Church

“If anyone does not believe that Holy Mary is the Mother of God, he is severed from the Godhead. If anyone should assert that He passed through the Virgin as through a channel, and was not at once divinely and humanly formed in her (divinely, because without the intervention of a man; humanly, because in accordance with the laws of gestation), he is in like manner godless.”
Saint Gregory Nazianzen – Archbishop of Constantinople, Father, and Doctor of the Church

Listers, pray the Rosary daily.

Nossa Senhora do Rosário de Fátima: 4 Things You Must Know About Our Lady of Fatima

“Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”
Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 1917

“Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”
~Our Lady of Fatima, May 13, 1917

Listers, as most Catholics know May 13th is the anniversary of the first apparition of  Our Lady in Fatima. Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Fatima is quite popular due to the various prophecies that Our Lady graced the shepherd children with but also what she commands the children to do. Many traditionalists around the globe continue to heed the commands of the Virgin Mary till this very day. Devotion to the Virgin by way of praying the Rosary daily and wearing the Brown Scapular increased due to the council and warnings of Our Lady in Fatima although the revelations of these devotions were around long before this latest apparition.

 

The three children of Fatima: Lúcia dos Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto.

1. Her Commands to All Catholics

The following are commands of Our Lady of Fatima for all Catholics:

  1.  “You must pray much for sinners and priests and religious.”
  2. “Priests must be pure, very pure. They should not busy themselves with anything except what concerns the Church and souls. The disobedience of priests and religious to their superiors and to the Holy Father gravely displeases Our Lord.”
  3. “More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”
  4. “Never speak ill of anyone. Never complain or murmur. Be very patient, for patience leads us to Heaven.”
  5. “Our Lady can no longer uphold the arm of her Divine Son which will strike the world. If people amend their lives, Our Lord will even now save the world, but if they do not, punishment will come.”
  6. “Continue to pray the Rosary every day.”
  7. “Will you offer yourselves to God, and bear all the sufferings He sends you? In atonement for all the sins that offend Him? And for the conversion of sinners?”
  8. “My Immaculate Heart will be your comfort and the way which will lead you to God.”
  9.  “Make sacrifices for sinners, and say often, especially while making a sacrifice: “O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
  10. “Pray, pray, a great deal, and make the sacrifices for sinners, for many souls go to hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and pray for them.”
  11. “I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not continue to offend Our Lord Who is already deeply offended.”
  12. “The Scapular and the Rosary are inseparable.”
  13. “I promise to help at the hour of death with graces needed for salvation, whoever: on the 1st Saturday of 5 consecutive months, shall confess and receive Holy Communion; recite 5 decades of the Rosary; and keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary with the intention of making reparation to my Immaculate Heart.”

 

“Photograph taken during the reputed “Dance of the Sun” at Fatima on 13 October 1917.” – via Wikipedia

2. Warnings if Disobeyed

Our Lady not only gave commands for all Catholics whilst in Fatima, She also gave several warnings if Her requests were to be ignored either by the faithful or the hierarchy:
  1. “If my requests are not granted, Russia will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed!”
  2. “If my requests are fulfilled, Russia will be converted and there will be peace…. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph…. a period of peace will be granted to the world.”

 

“Chapel of Apparitions, built at the place where the Fatima apparitions were reported.” – via Wikipedia

3. Checklist: Are We Doing Her Will?

Lastly, we want to ask ourselves as faithful Catholics if we are truly doing what Our Lady requests.

  • Praying the Rosary daily?
  • Offering up your daily tasks as a sacrifice in reparation?
  • Wearing the Brown Scapular as a sign of personal consecration–and making acts of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
  • Fulfilling Our Lady’s First Saturday’s Communion request?
  • Making frequent visits to church–adoring Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament? Mass–Communion?
  • Making a Holy Hour at least once a week in reparation for the sins of the world and for the conversion of sinners?

 

“Inside the Basilica of the Rosary” – via Wikipedia

4. The Prayers of Fatima

The following are prayers taught by Our Lady to the children of Fatima:

Pardon Prayer
O My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love you! And I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love you.

Prayer of Reparation
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore thee profoundly. I offer thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of thee the conversion of poor sinners.

Eucharistic Prayer
Most Holy Trinity, I adore you! My God, my god, I love you in the Most Blessed Sacrament!

Sacrifice Prayer
O my Jesus, it is for love of you, in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and for the conversion of poor sinners.

Rosary Decade Prayer
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

 

Regina Sanctissimi Rosarii, ora pro nobis!

The 15 Promises of the Rosary as Given by Our Lady

“Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour.” – St Padre Pio

Listers, SPL presents the “15 Promises of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

The list and subsequent explanatory paragraphs are taken from Our Lady’s Warriors. OLW is an exhaustive database of information about the Blessed Virgin and a trusted and recommended Marian source.

1. Whosoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary shall receive signal graces.

Signal Graces are those special and unique Graces to help sanctify us in our state in life. See the remaining promises for an explanation for which these will consist. St. Louis de Montfort states emphatically that the best and fastest way to union with Our Lord is via Our Lady [True Devotion to Mary, chapter four].

2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.

Our Lady is our Advocate and the channel of all God’s Grace to us. Our Lady is simply highlighting that She will watch especially over us who pray the Rosary.

3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin and defeat heresies.

This promise, along with the next, is simply the reminder on how fervent prayer will help us all grow in holiness by avoiding sin, especially a prayer with the excellence of the Rosary. An increase in holiness necessarily requires a reduction in sin, vice, and doctrinal errors (heresies). If only the Modernists could be convinced to pray the Rosary! St. Louis de Montfort states “Since Mary alone crushed all heresies, as we are told by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary)…” [True Devotion to Mary #167]

4. It will cause good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for Eternal Things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.

This promise, along with the previous, is the positive part, that being to live invirtue. Becoming holy is not only avoiding sin, but also growing in virtue.

5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.

Since Our Lady is our Mother and Advocate, She always assists those who call on Her implicitly by praying the Rosary. The Church reminds us of this in the Memorareprayer, “… never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help or sought your intercession, was left unaided …”

6. Whosoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of Eternal Life.

This promise highlights the magnitude of Graces that the Rosary brings to whomever prays it. One will draw down God’s Mercy rather than His Justice and will have a final chance to repent (see promise #7). One will not be conquered by misfortune means that Our Lady will obtain for the person sufficient Graces to handle said misfortune (i.e. carry the Crosses allowed by God) without falling into despair. As Sacred Scripture tells us, “For my yoke is sweet and my burden light.” (Matthew 11:30)

7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

This promise highlights the benefits of obtaining the most possible Graces at the hour of death via the Sacraments of Confession, Eucharist, and Extreme Unction (Anointing of the Sick). Being properly disposed while receiving these Sacraments near death ensures one’s salvation (although perhaps with a detour through Purgatory) since a final repentance is possible.

8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the Light of God and the plenitude of His Graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the Merits of the Saints in Paradise.

Our Lady highlights the great quantity of Graces obtain through praying the Rosary, which assist us during life and at the moment of death. The merits of the Saints are the gift of God’s rewards to those persons who responded to His Grace that they obtained during life, and so Our Lady indicates that She will provide a share of that to us at death. With this promise and #7 above, Our Lady is providing the means for the person to have a very holy death.

9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.

Should one require Purgatorial cleansing after death, Our Lady will make a special effort to obtain our release from Purgatory through Her intercession as Advocate.

10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of Glory in Heaven.

This promise is a logical consequence of promises #3 and #4 since anyone who truly lives a holier life on earth will obtain a higher place in Heaven. The closer one is to God while living on earth, the close that person is to Him also in Heaven. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “Spiritual progress tends toward ever more union with Christ.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 2014)

11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by recitation of the Rosary.

This promise emphasizes Our Lady’s role as our Advocate and Mediatrix of all Graces. Of course, all requests are subject to God’s Most Perfect Will. God will always grant our request if it is beneficial for our soul, and Our Lady will only intercede for us when our request is good for our salvation.

12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.

If one promotes the praying of the Rosary, Our Lady emphasizes Her Maternal care for us by obtaining many Graces (i.e. spiritual necessities) and also material necessities (neither excess nor luxury), all subject to the Will of God of course.

13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire Celestial Court during their life and at the hour of death.

Since Our Lady is our Advocate, She brings us additional assistance during our life and at our death from all the saints in Heaven (the Communion of Saints). See paragraphs 954 through 959 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

14. All who recite the Rosary are my Sons, and brothers of my Only Son Jesus Christ.

Since the Rosary is a most excellent prayer focused on Jesus and His Life and activities in salvation history, it brings us closer to Our Lord and Our Lady. Doctrinally, Our Lady is our Mother and Jesus is our Eldest Brother, besides being our God.

15. Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

Predestination in this context means that, by the sign which is present to a person from the action of devoutly praying the Rosary, God has pre-ordained your salvation. Absolute certainty of salvation can only be truly known if God reveals it to a person because, although we are given sufficient Grace during life, our salvation depends upon our response to said Grace. (See Summa Theologica, Question 23 for a detailed theological explanation). Said another way, if God has guaranteed a person’s salvation but has not revealed it to Him, God would want that person to pray the Rosary because of all the benefits and Graces obtained.

Therefore the person gets a hint by devotion to the Rosary. This is not to say that praying the Rosary guarantees salvation – by no means. In looking at promises #3 and #4 above, praying the Rosary helps one to live a holy life, which is itself a great sign that a soul is on the road to salvation. (See also paragraphs 381, 488, 600, 2782 in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.) In fact, St. Louis de Montfort says even more strongly that “an infallible and unmistakable sign by which we can distinguish a heretic, a man of false doctrine, an enemy of God, from one of God’s true friends is that the hardened sinner and heretic show nothing but contempt and indifference to Our Lady…” [True Devotion to Mary, #30]

Listers, OLW shares the following prudent piece of advice in conclusion to the 15 promises:

Reminder: these promises mean that, by faithfully and devoutly praying the Rosary, Our Lady will obtain for us the necessary Graces to obtain said promises. It is still up to each individual soul to respond to those Graces in order to obtain salvation.

SPL Lists: Mother Mary & Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

Virgo Potens: 8 Quotes by Roman Pontiffs on the Rosary

8 quotes by various Popes explaining the power and necessity of the Rosary in the Catholic life.

Listers, the following list catalogues a sampling of papal statements about the importance of the Rosary. SPL was started in October – the Month of the Holy Rosary – and will continue to post lists honoring Our Lady and the Rosary.

“It has always been the habit of Catholic in danger and in troublous times to fly for refuge to Mary, and to seek for peace in Her maternal goodness; showing that the Catholic Church has always, and with justice, put all her hope and trust in the Mother of God. And truly the Immaculate Virgin, chosen to be the Mother of God and thereby associated with Him in the work of man’s salvation, has a favour and power with Her Son greater than any human or angelic creature has ever obtained, or ever can gain…” ~Pope Leo XIII

The Blessed Virgin Mary is the: Mother of God; a Perpetual Virgin,; Immaculate in all Her ways; Queen of Heaven and Earth; Mother of the true Church; the Mediatrix of all grace; and Co-Redemptrix. The Litany of Loreto gives us several titles of the Blessed Mother that better describe Her role in our salvation. One that has shown favor with both Saints and Supreme Pontiffs is that of “Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.” From this simple title stems various others such as: Virgin Most Powerful, Help of Christians, August Queen, Refuge of Sinners, Seat of Wisdom, and Cause of our joy.

Pope Leo XIII

Pope Leo XIII has written several Apostolic Letters on the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one that comes highly recommended is “Supremi Apostolatus Officio.”

“This devotion, so great and so confident, to the august Queen of Heaven, has never forth with such brilliancy as when the militant Church of Go has seemed to be endangered by the violence of heresy spread abroad, or by an intolerable moral corruption, or by the attacks of powerful enemies. Ancient and modern history and the more sacred annals of the Church bears witness to public and private supplications addressed to the Mother of God, to help She has granted in return, and to the peace and tranquillity which She has obtained from God.”~Pope Leo XIII

The Virgo Potens - The Virgin Most Powerful

6 Quotes: Pope Leo’s Predecessors on the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

  1. Urban IV: testified that “every day the Rosary obtained fresh boon for Christianity.”
  2. Sixtus IV: declared that this method of prayer “redounded the honour of God and the Blessed Virgin, and was well suited to obviate impending dangers.”
  3. Leo X: that “it was instituted to oppose pernicious heresiarchs and heresies.”
  4. Julius II: call it: “the glory of the Church.”
  5. St. Pius V: that “with the spread of this devotion the meditations of the faithful have begun to be more inflamed, their prayers more fervent, and they have suddenly become different men; the darkness of heresy has been dissipated, and the light of the Catholic faith has been broken forth again.”
  6. Gregory XIII: in his turn pronounced that “the Rosary has been instituted by St. Dominic to appease the anger of God and to implore the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

I STAND WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: 10 Graphics In Defense of the Church

An unjust law is no law at all – we will not and cannot not comply.

Listers, the HHS mandate has jolted the soporific Catholic Church in America into action. We are at war. We are in a multi-front conflict that cannot be reduced to violations of religious liberty. The Church is calling the faithful to stand against the scourge of abortion, the unnatural and artificial recreation of marriage and family, and the inalienable right for Catholics to worship God in the mass and serve him in the poor according to the truth of the Gospels. As our world abandons God and natural law for the dictatorship of relativism, Holy Mother Church is calling us to defend the faith and to promote that which is natural and rational in man.

Spread the faith. Spread the truth. Let people know where you stand. Do not be afraid.

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1. I Stand with the Catholic Church

I Stand with the Catholic Church

2. Catholicam Sto cum Ecclesiam

Here is a Latin version of the same.

UPDATE 02/10/12: Mea culpa. Thanks to Josh McManaway in the comments and @JWY80 on Twitter for the reminder that “‘cum’ semper requirit casum ablativum.”

3. We Cannot – We Will Not – Comply

Echoing the words of our Bishops and the leaders of many Catholic institutions.

We Cannon - We Will Not - Comply

4. An Unjust Law is No Law

One of St. Augustine’s most famous quotes seems more applicable now than ever before in the history of the United States.

An Unjust Law is No Law

5. The Church Has Outlived Every Major Empire. Think Twice.

This isn’t the first time we have stood up and had to pay for it. We’re not going anywhere.

The Church has outlived every major Empire. Think Twice. HHS Mandate

6. The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail – Matthew 16:18

The Gates of Hell Shall Not Prevail - HHS logo

7. If “What Goes On” In The Bedroom Doesn’t Affect Me, Why Make Me Pay For It?

If what

8. Pregnancy Is Not A Disease

Pregnancy Is Not A Disease

9. “Give me an army praying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” – Blessed Pope Pius IX

10. BONUS: Keep Calm and Catholic On

Keep Calm and Catholic On

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Listers, we’ve recreated our popular Keep Calm and Catholic On graphic. The papal tiara is an original SPL design and red will be the new theme color.  We will soon begin production of this graphic on various SPL merchandise.

In the midst of all the troubles and anxieties we as Catholics now face in this modernist world, please remember to faithfully attend mass, pray the rosary and most of all – Keep Calm and Catholic On.

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Regina Sanctissimi Rosarii: 6 Things All Catholics Should Know About the Rosary

“To them Mary is an almost infinite treasury, an inexhaustible abyss of these gifts, to such an extent that she was never subject to the curse and was, together with her Son, the only partaker of perpetual benediction.” Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX

Through the study of books one seeks God; by meditation one finds him.“~St. Padre Pio

Aula Paolo VI hall in the Vatican, March 10th, 2007.

1. All Catholics Should Pray the Rosary

Why pray the Most Holy Rosary? The answer is actually quite simple: It is the request of the all Power Virgin Queen and Mother, Mary. However, one cannot truly call themselves a Roman Catholic if one does not write an entire volume explaining why.

2. The Woman-Made Psalter

The Most Holy Rosary is simply the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When our most August Queen Mum appeared to St. Dominic in the 13th century she gave him specific instructions on how to pray Her Psalter. Today when one says they “pray the Rosary” they often mean just a third of Her Psalter, for the Most Holy Rosary consists of all 15 Mysteries. The Rosary isn’t a “man made” prayer as most Protestants and even heretical Catholics claim. In fact, it is woman made, the Holy Theotokos Herself revealed this glorious and most perfect prayer.

3. The Mediatrix of All Grace

The will of the Blessed Virgin is completely conformed to that of Her Son, in other word – God. She is the most humble and chaste spouse of the Holy Ghost and will never do anything contrary to the will of God. Thus, we ought to trust the Blessed Mother just as God has, because She ultimately brings us to God. Mary is our Salvation, and Christ is the source of our Salvation. Mary is the Gate and Christ is the Key. It is only through Her that we are saved. God has so graced Her from the moment of conception to do His most perfect will and because of this He has entrusted Her to be the Mediatrix of ALL grace. In other words; all earthly blessings pass through the very hands of the Virgin Queen.

“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” Saint Maximilian Kolbe

4. Origin of the Rosary

There are many arguments of how the Rosary came to be. There are various accounts, but what the Church has declared is simple: She appeared to St. Dominic with beads and the instructions… of course over time it has organically developed into what it is today. How do we know the Blessed Mother hasn’t an issue of how Her Psalter has developed? Well, Her most recent apparition in Fatima states that she wants the Rosary to be prayed as it has been prayed for several centuries but to add a prayer:

Oh mi Jesu, dimitte nobis debita nostra, libera nos ab igne inferni, conduc in caelum omnes animas, praesertim illas quae maxime indigent misericordia tua. Amen.

5. A Weapon Against Both Heresy & Danger

Many non-Catholics view the Rosary as a mindless babbling, that is due to ignorance. Little do the they know that it is a meditation on the lives of Mary and Jesus: ad Iuesm per Mariam. The Rosary since it’s beginning has been a weapon against both heresy and danger! Various Saints such as St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Padre Pio, and various Pontiffs would completely agree.

6. The Queen and Her Army

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”~Blessed Pope Pius IX.

Notice this beatified Pope said “army” with the “Rosary” and then mentioning that they shall “conquer”…odd statement to make, being that it takes weapons and skill to win war, however Our Heavenly Queen is far more powerful and witty than any of our lowly plots, etc. She alone experienced the Beatific Vision here on Earth imagine the power she now has as Queen of all things seen and unseen?1 The entire court of  Angels and Archangels as well as the Saints? And of course, God will never deny His Mother anything!

  1. Mary and the Beatific Vision: She as a creature was alone in this grace – “Therefore, far above all the angels and all the saints so wondrously did God endow her with the abundance of all heavenly gifts poured from the treasury of his divinity that this mother, ever absolutely free of all stain of sin, all fair and perfect, would possess that fullness of holy innocence and sanctity than which, under God, one cannot even imagine anything greater, and which, outside of God, no mind can succeed in comprehending fully.”

    “To them Mary is an almost infinite treasury, an inexhaustible abyss of these gifts, to such an extent that she was never subject to the curse and was, together with her Son, the only partaker of perpetual benediction.” Ineffabilis Deus, Pope Pius IX []

12 Photos of a Pontifical Solemn High Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

A Pontifical Solemn High Mass in celebration of Our Lady of the Rosary held at Holy Innocents, NY, NY.

Listers, Bishop Perry visited the Church of the Holy Innocents (NY, NY) and celebrated a Pontifical Solemn High Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.1

Read More: SPL Lists on “Our Lady of the Rosary”

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

  1. Special Thanks: St. Peter’s List thanks Carlos Urbina, a devoted Holy Innocents parishioner and friend of SPL, for sending us this gallery. Full Gallery Here []

Delighting the Trinity: 12 Quotes on the Rosary

“When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess.”

Listers, SPL launched in the month of October, the month of Our Lady of the Rosary. SPL has catalogued several lists of marian and rosary-based quotes and will continue to do so in order to promote devotions to Our Lady.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche

“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.”
Saint Francis de Sales

“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“If you say the Rosary faithfully unto death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins, ‘you will receive a never-fading crown of glory’ (1 St. Peter 5:4).”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many—on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”
Saint Bernardine of Siena

Our Lady presenting St. Dominic with the rosary.

“Recite your Rosary with faith, with humility, with confidence, and with perseverance.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”
Pope Saint Pius X

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practice black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if—and mark well what I say—if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
Sister Lucia dos Santos, Fatima seer

“When you say your Rosary, the angels rejoice, the Blessed Trinity delights in it, my Son finds joy in it too, and I myself am happier than you can possibly guess. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.”
Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

The Rosary on SPL:
Forged by War: The 3 Battles in the Rise of the Rosary
Rejoice Ye Angels: 19 More Quotes on the Rosary
We Honor the Blessed Virgin: 10 Marian Quotes

5 Things to Know about the Story of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe

St. Juan Diego is the patron of Mexico, and Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron of the Americas and the pro-life movement.

Listers, the 9th of December is the optional memorial of Juan Diego, and it paves the way for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12th. The following is the story of when Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, and it is more catechetical in nature than apologetic.1

1. Our Lady Appears

“Oral and written, Indian and Spanish, the account is unwavering. To a neophyte, fifty five years old, named Juan Diego, who was hurrying down Tepeyac hill to hear Mass in Mexico City, on Saturday, 9 December, 1531, the Blessed Virgin appeared and sent him to Bishop Zumárraga to have a temple built where she stood.”

 

2. The Chary Catholic Bishop

“She was at the same place that evening and Sunday evening to get the bishop’s answer. He had not immediately believed the messenger; having cross-questioned him and had him watched, he finally bade him ask a sign of the lady who said she was the mother of the true God. The neophyte agreed so readily to ask any sign desired, that the bishop was impressed and left the sign to the apparition. Juan was occupied all Monday with Bernardino, an uncle, who seemed dying of fever.”

 

3. The Healing of Juan Diego’s Uncle

“Indian specifics [dated medicine] failed; so at daybreak on Tuesday, 12 December, the grieved nephew was running to the St. James’s convent for a priest. To avoid the apparition and untimely message to the bishop, he slipped round where the well chapel now stands. But the Blessed Virgin crossed down to meet him and said: “What road is this thou takest son?” A tender dialogue ensued. Reassuring Juan about his uncle whom at that instant she cured, appearing to him also and calling herself Holy Mary of Guadalupe she bade him go again to the bishop.”

 

4. The Request for a Sign

“Without hesitating he joyously asked the sign. She told him to go up to the rocks and gather roses. He knew it was neither the time nor the place for roses, but he went and found them. Gathering many into the lap of his tilma a long cloak or wrapper used by Mexican Indians he came back. The Holy Mother, rearranging the roses, bade him keep them untouched and unseen till he reached the bishop.”

 

5. The Miracle of Our Lady of Guadalupe

“Having got to the presence of Zumárraga, Juan offered the sign. As he unfolded his cloak the roses fell out, and he was startled to see the bishop and his attendants kneeling before him: the life size figure of the Virgin Mother, just as he had described her, was glowing on the poor tilma. A great mural decoration in the renovated basilica commemorates the scene. The picture was venerated, guarded in the bishop’s chapel, and soon after carried processionally to the preliminary shrine.”

Patronage: St. Juan Diego is the patron of Mexico, and Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron of the Americas and the pro-life movement.

  1. Catholic Encyclopedia: the story of Juan Diego is taken verbatim as it is reiterated in the encyclopedic article. []

Mother of Mercy: 13 Quotes About Our Lady

“Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour.”
Saint Padre Pio

Listers, this post contains one of my favorite quotes. For all my fellow Listers who love the Lord of the Rings as I do, there is a Tolkien quote for you. The beauty captured in the LOTR was inspired and formed by his foundation of beauty – the Blessed Virgin.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Sorrowful Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

“May the Mother of Jesus and our Mother, always smile on your spirit, obtaining for it, from her Most Holy Son, every heavenly blessing.”
Saint Padre Pio

“Always stay close to this Heavenly Mother, because she is the sea to be crossed to reach the shores of Eternal Splendour.”
Saint Padre Pio

“Let us bind ourselves tightly to the Sorrowful Heart of our Heavenly Mother and reflect on it’s boundless grief and how precious is our soul.”
Saint Padre Pio

“Let the storm rage and the sky darken – not for that shall we be dismayed. If we trust as we should in Mary, we shall recognize in her, the Virgin Most Powerful ‘who with virginal foot did crush the head of the serpent’.”
Pope Saint Pius X

“The reason why Christ is unknown today is because His Mother is unknown.”
Blessed John Henry Newman, Cardinal deacon of San Giorgio in Velabro

”Let those who think that the Church pays too much attention to Mary give heed to the fact that Our Blessed Lord Himself gave ten times as much of His life to her as He gave to His Apostles.”
Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, The World’s First Love: Mary Mother of God

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

“All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

“I am not only the Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy.”
Our Lady to Saint Faustina

“Whosoever shall die wearing my Scapular shall not suffer the flames of Hell.”
Our Lady of Mount Carmel

“We confess, then, our Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, perfect God and perfect man, of a rational soul and a body, begotten before all ages from the Father in his Godhead, the same in the last days, for us and for our salvation, born of Mary the Virgin according to his humanity, one and the same consubstantial with the Father in Godhead and consubstantial with us in humanity, for a union of two natures took place. Therefore we confess one Christ, one Son, one Lord. According to this understanding of the unconfused union, we confess the holy Virgin to be the Mother of God because God the Word took flesh and became man and from his very conception united to himself the temple he took from her”
The Council of Ephesus, Formula of Union, 431 AD

“If anyone does not in accord with the Holy Fathers acknowledge the holy and ever virgin and immaculate Mary was really and truly the Mother of God, inasmuch as she, in the fullness of time,and without seed, conceived by the Holy Spirit, God in the Word Himself, who before all time was born of God the Father, and without loss of integrity brought Him forth, and after His birth preserved her virginity inviolate, let him be condemned.”
Pope Saint Martin I, Lateran Synod, 649 AD

Sorrowful Heart of Mary, pray for us.

“We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful. Hence, if anyone shall dare — which God forbid! — to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should dare to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he thinks in his heart.”
Blessed Pope Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 8 Dec. 1854

“For which reason, after we have poured forth prayers of supplication again and again to God, and have invoked the light of the Spirit of Truth, for the glory of Almighty God who has lavished his special affection upon the Virgin Mary, for the honor of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages and the Victor over sin and death, for the increase of the glory of that same august Mother, and for the joy and exultation of the entire Church; by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory. Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which we have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith.”
Venerable Pope Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus, 1 Nov. 1950

Our Lady, Star of the Sea: 10 Quotes About the Blessed Virgin

“As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary”
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church

Listers, Our Lady, Star of the Sea, the Maris Stella, calls all of us to love Our Lord. Like a good mother, she always points to her Son. Here are 10 more Marian quotes as we celebrate October as the month of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Ave Maris Stella
Hail, star of the sea,
Nurturing Mother of God,
And ever Virgin
Happy gate of Heaven.

 

“As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary”
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church

“In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; so long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.”
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Father and Doctor of the Church

“Let us then cast ourselves at the feet of this good Mother, and embracing them let us not depart until she blesses us, and accepts us for her children.”
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Father and Doctor of the Church

Ave Maris Stella – Malta

“Let those, therefore, who deny that the Son is by nature from the Father and proper to his essence deny also that he took true human flesh from the ever-virgin Mary”
Saint Athanasius – Patriarch of Alexandria, Father, and Doctor of the Church

“That one woman is both mother and virgin, not in spirit only but even in body. In spirit she is mother, not of our head, who is our Savior himself—of whom all, even she herself, are rightly called children of the bridegroom—but plainly she is the mother of us who are his members, because by love she has cooperated so that the faithful, who are the members of that head, might be born in the Church. In body, indeed, she is the Mother of that very head”
Saint Augustine – Bishop of Hippo, Father, and Doctor of the Church

“The Virgin Mary, being obedient to his word, received from an angel the glad tidings that she would bear God”
Saint Irenaeus, Father of the Church

“Let us run to her, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.”
Saint Francis de Sales, Bishop of Geneva and Doctor of the Church

Mother Mary, pray for us.

“The day of the Nativity of the Mother of God is a day of universal joy, because through the Mother of God, the entire human race was renewed, and the sorrow of the first mother, Eve, was transformed into joy.”
Saint John Damascene, Father and Doctor of the Church

“There is no danger of exaggerating. We an never hope to fathom this inexpressible mystery nor will we ever be able to give sufficient thanks to our Mother for bringing us into such intimacy with the Blessed Trinity.”
Saint Josemaria Escriva

“The heart of her husband, that is, the heart of Christ, trusts in her and he will have no need of spoils, because she, as it were, enriches him with spoils taken from the devil.”
Richard of Saint Lawrence (this is and explanation of Prov 31:11)

PRAY FOR US: 10 Other Marian Quotes

“She is more Mother than Queen.”
Saint Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church

Listers, below is the wisdom of saints, martyrs, doctors of the Church, and Church Fathers, which exhorts you to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and to pray the Rosary. October is the month of the Rosary, and SPL will continue to honor Our Lady.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.
St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.
St. Augustine, pray for us.
St. Bonaventure, pray for us.
St. Alphonsus Ligouri, pray for us.

“Prayer is powerful beyond limits when we turn to the Immaculata who is queen even of God’s heart.”
Saint Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.

“She is more Mother than Queen.”
Saint Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church

“In that first ‘fusion’ with Jesus (holy communion), it was my Heavenly Mother again who accompanied me to the altar for it was she herself who placed her Jesus into my soul.”
Saint Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church

“In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear.”
Saint Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church

“What a joy to remember that she is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?”
Saint Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church

St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

“Mary seeks for those who approach her devoutly and with reverence, for such she loves, nourishes, and adopts as her children.”
Saint Bonaventure

“Think of what the Saints have done for their neighbor because they loved God. But what Saint’s love for God can match Mary’s? She loved Him more in the first moment of her existence than all the Saints and angels ever loved Him or will love Him. Our Lady herself revealed to Sister Mary Crucified that the fire of her love was most extreme. If Heaven and earth were placed in it, they would be instantly consumed. And the ardors of the seraphim, compared with it, are like cool breezes. Just as there is not one among all the Blessed who loves God as Mary does, so there is no one, after God, who loves us as much as this most loving Mother does. Furthermore, if we heaped together all the love that mothers have for their children, all the love of husbands and wives, all the love of all the angels and Saints for their clients, it could never equal Mary’s love for even a single soul.”
Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, Bishop of Saint Agatha of the Goths and Doctor of the Church

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

“Do not marvel at the novelty of the thing, if a Virgin gives birth to God”
Saint Jerome, Father and Doctor of the Church

“Even while living in the world, the heart of Mary was so filled with motherly tenderness and compassion for men that no-one ever suffered so much for their own pains, as Mary suffered for the pains of her children.”
Saint Jerome, Father and Doctor of the Church

“The world being unworthy to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, he gave his Son to Mary for the world to receive him from her.”
Saint Augustine – Bishop of Hippo, Father, and Doctor of the Church

She loves you.

Change the World: 12 Quotes on the Rosary

“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”
Saint Dominic

Listers, October is the month of the Rosary. Let us remember our Blessed Mother.
Pray the Rosary Listers, the world can change.

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day be led astray. This is a statement that I would gladly sign with my blood.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.”
Pope Blessed Pius IX

“If you persevere in reciting the Rosary, this will be a most probable sign of your eternal salvation.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche

“The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.”
Saint Francis de Sales

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.

“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Holy Rosary is the storehouse of countless blessing.”
Blessed Alan de la Roche

“One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”
Saint Dominic

“If you say the Rosary faithfully unto death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins, ‘you will receive a never-fading crown of glory’ (1 St. Peter 5:4).”
Saint Louis de Montfort

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

“You must know that when you ‘hail’ Mary, she immediately greets you! Don’t think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many—on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!”
Saint Bernardine of Siena

“Recite your Rosary with faith, with humility, with confidence, and with perseverance.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”
Pope Saint Pius X

“Never will anyone who says his Rosary every day become a formal heretic or be led astray by the devil.”
Saint Louis de Montfort

Hail Mary, full of Grace.