Visit to the Blessed Virgin Mary
My most sweet Queen, how pleasing to me is that beautiful name by which
thy devout clients address thee: "Most
amiable Mother!" Yes, my Lady, thou art truly and indeed amiable.
Thy beauty has captivated thy Lord Himself: And the king shall greatly
desire thy beauty
. [Ps. xliv. 12] St. Bernard says that thy very
name is so amiable to thy
lovers, that when they pronounce or hear it they are inflamed with a
fresh desire to love thee: "O sweet, O pious, O exceedingly amiable
Mary! Thou canst not be named without inflaming, neither can thy name
be heard without enkindling, the affections of those who love thee."
[Spec. B. V
c. 9] It is, then, reasonable, my most amiable Mother, that I should
love thee. But I am not satisfied with
only loving thee: I desire in the first place on earth, and then in
Heaven, to be, after God, thy greatest lover. If my desire is
presumptuous, it is thou thyself who art to blame, on account of thy
amiability, and the special love which thou hast shown me. If thou wert
less amiable, my desire to love thee would be less. Accept, then, O
Lady, this my desire; and in token that thou hast accepted it, do thou
obtain me from God this love for which I ask thee, since He is so well
pleased with the love which is borne thee.
My most amiable Mother, I love thee much.
[From the Naples Edition.]
Prayer of St. Peter Damian.
O Mother of God! cast upon us one look of
compassion. I know that thou art full of goodness. and that thou lovest
us in a measure that surpasses all other love. How often dost thou
appease the anger of our Judge, when the hand of His justice is raised
to strike us? All the treasures of mercy are in thy hands, and thou
seekest every opportunity to save miserable sinners and to make them
partakers of thy glory, Ah! never cease to interest thyself in our
regard, that we may one day arrive at the happiness of seeing Thee in
Heaven; as the greatest good that we can enjoy, next to that of seeing
God, is to see thee, to love thee, and to be under thy protection.
Since thy Son desires to honor thee by refusing nothing that thou
askest, hear our prayer and intercede on our behalf.
. O Mary! I love thee as the most amiable of
the works of God, and place my confidence in thee.
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