Visit to the Blessed Virgin Mary
is that tower of David, of which the Holy Ghost says in the sacred
Canticles: It is built with bulwarks;
a thousand bucklers hang upon
it, all the armor of valiant men
. [Cant. iv. 4] A tower built
with a thousand
fortresses, and containing a thousand shields and weapons, for the
benefit of those who have recourse to it. Thou art, then, according to
an expression of St. Ignatius, Martyr, O most holy Mary, a most
powerful defence for all those who are engaged in battle. Oh, how
constantly are my enemies attacking me, in order to deprive me of the
grace of God and of thy protection, my most dear Lady! But thou art my
strength. Thou, indeed, dost not disdain to battle for those who
trust in thee; for St. Ephrem calls thee "the bulwark of all who
confide in thee." Do thou, then, defend and fight for me, who have
such great hope and confidence in thee.
Mary, Mary, thy name is my defence!
[From the Naples
My queen! thou hast said to thy servant St. Bridget, that as often as a
man sins, if he returns to thee with sincere repentance, thou wilt
receive him and restore him to the friendship of God; that thou dost
not consider the greatness of his crimes. but the sincerity of his
repentance; and that thou art ever ready to apply
a cure to his wounds, because thou art in reality, as in name, the
Mother of mercy. [Rev
. 1. 2,
c. 23; 1. 6, c. 117] Since, therefore, thou rejectest no sinner who
approaches thee with a sincere detestation of his crimes, and since
thou hast both the power and the will to heal him, behold, I present
myself before thee, and beseech thee to apply thy celestial remedies to
the deep wounds of my soul. Thy Son can refuse thee nothing: entreat
Him, then, to pardon me and to grant me His love.
. O Mary! my hope, I expect all through thee.
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