Visit to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lady, St. Bernard calls thee "the ravisher of hearts." [Med. in Salve Reg
.] He says that
thou goest about stealing hearts by the charms of thy beauty and
goodness. Steal also my heart and will, I beseech thee: I give them
wholly to thee; offer them to God with thine own.
Mother most amiable, pray for me!
[From the Naples Edition.]
Prayer of St. Bernard.
We look up to thee, O Queen of the world, for
protection. After a life of so much sin and ingratitude, we have to
appear before our Judge, and who shall appease His wrath? No one is so
well qualified to do this as thyself, who didst love Him so tenderly,
and was so tenderly loved by Him. O Mother of mercy,
open then thy ears to our sighs and prayers. Thou dost not look with
disdain on the sinner, however enormous his crimes may have been; if
with sincere repentance he cries out to thee and entreats thy
intercession, thou despisest him not. Thou animatest and consolest him,
and dost not abandon him, until thou hast reconciled him with his
Judge. [Depr. ad glor. V.
We fly, therefore, to thy protection, entreating thee to appease the
indignation of thy Son, and to restore us to His grace.
. O Mary! show thyself a mother to us.
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