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EXCERPT FROM THE IMITATION OF MARY
THE FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE HEART:
THE HEART OF MARY: TAKEN
FROM THE SACRED HEART IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH
OUR LADY OF THE
THE KEY TO THE IMMACULATE HEART: OUR LADY
PROTECTRESS OF THE FAITH
SATURDAYS OF REPARATION
Chaplets and Crowns, Litanies
CHAPLET OF THE TWO HEARTS
OF THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
IN PRAISE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN IN
REPARATION FOR BLASPHEMY
OF OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART
OF THE IMMACULATE HEART
CROWN OF THE
BLESSED VIRGIN BY ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT
THE PURE HEART OF
OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART
CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF MARY
MOTHER MIRACULOUS IMAGE
MEMORARE TO OUR
OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD
OF TRUST AND
1 TO THE
IMMACULATA: FROM THE RACCOLTA
CONSECRATION 2 TO
MAXILMILIAN KOLBE FORMULA
WITH NOVENA TO THE SAINT
3 TO THE
IMMACULATA: ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY BY VEN. PIUS XII
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TO THE IMMACULATA TO SPEND THE DAY MERITOROUSLY
PRAYER FOR OUR LADY
AT OUR DEATH
IMMACULATE HEART PRAYER
THE FIFTEEN PROMISES OF MARY
TO CHRISTIANS WHO RECITE THE ROSARY
WITH PRAYER BEFORE
RECITATION OF THE ROSARY
TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
DISCOURSE 1 ON THE
St. Alphonsus Liguori
DISCOURSE 2 ON
CONCEPTION: Fr. Reginald Garrigou-LaGrange, O.P.
ACT OF CHARITY TO
HEART FOR THE HOLY SOULS
THREE OFFERINGS OF THE
BLOOD IN THANKSGIVING FOR THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
Mary: Words and Midi
GALLERY OF THE TWO HEARTS
the Imitation of Mary
No sooner had the incomparable Imitation
of Christ appeared
the faithful began
spontaneously to wish for an Imitation of Mary that might be set beside
Kempis' great work. Finally, a sixteenth-century Spanish Jesuit,
Arias, published a little book entitled The Imitation of Our Lady
1588], and it seemed that the prayers of many devout souls had been
But the work was not what they were waiting for. It was a short
of twelve chapters that dealt in a very general way with the virtues of
Mary and was in no way comparable to the great book that had already
the name of "Fifth Gospel."
The book here translated, on the contrary, was
indeed what devotees
of Mary had been looking for. It was published in French in 1768 and
not bear its author's name. Italian translations of a later date did,
have an author's name on the title page: the Abbé
d'Hérouville. Who was he and
how is the initial anonymity to be explained?
The author was in fact a French Jesuit, Alexandre
Joseph de Rouville
[born at Lyons in 1716.] After the Society of Jesus had been suppressed
by Pope Clement XIV in 1773, he took the name Abbé
thus assimilating himself, as far as title went, to the secular clergy.
But even before the suppression by the Pope, Louis XIV had expelled the
Society of Jesus from France in 1764; for this reason when the
of Mary was first published in 1768 it had to appear anonymously.
The book quickly won a wide readership in France
and Belgium and was
translated into many languages. The first Italian translation, for
was published at Padua in 1772, only four years after the book first
In the Imitation of Mary the author follows the
the different mysteries and circumstances of her life, from her
Conception to her Assumption into Heaven. At each point he reflects on
her conduct and her sentiments, thus providing instructive insights
will help every Christian in the varying situations of his or her own
In order to hold the reader's attention the author
varies the manner
in which he presents his reflections. Sometimes he speaks to God,
to Mary, sometimes to the reader; at times he reflects as though he
by himself in meditation, and very often he has the
Blessed Virgin speak to her child, the reader.
The reader will not judge this book as though its
to rival the perfection of his model, Kempis' Imitation of Christ; he
on the contrary, to be fully satisfied if only his book were not
unlike its model. In fact, however, if we judge by the devotion and
piety toward God and His Blessed Mother which fill these pages, we must
say that author has not been unworthy of his more famous forerunner.
The excerpt Catholic Tradition has selected is
taken from two
of the fourth book, on Recourse to Mary, and Confidence in Mary.
NIHIL OBSTAT: Richard T. Adams, M.A. Censor
IMPRIMATUR: James P. Mahoney, D.D. Vicar General, Archdiocese
of New York
From CHAPTER 9
RECOURSE TO MARY
MY CHILD, in whatever difficult situation you find
my aid and I will intercede for you. If there is anything you want that
is not contrary to God's glory and your own salvation, ask me and I
always be ready to hear you.
Do not ask for anything unless you also want God's
will to be done.
Any prayer made to me in that spirit will never be fruitless. Many
ask me to obtain what they know is contrary to God's will. Can they
themselves into thinking their prayers will be answered?
Others think of turning to me only when they want
earthly goods, but
they are completely indifferent when it comes to God's graces. If I
for such people, it is not in order to obtain the harmful thing they
for, but to obtain for them that which would be advantageous to them
which they do not think of requesting.
I ask for them the afflictions that will detach
them from this world
and urge them to think of Heaven.
What you ought to ask of me before all is graces of
graces whereby you may grow in virtue and win merit for Heaven. I
listen favorably to such prayers.
I do not ask temporal favors for those who invoke
me, unless these
bring them genuine profit. The successful outcome of a lawsuit or an
harvest may be the worst thing in the world for the person who asks it,
for people who are prosperous often fail to think of eternity.
Many sick people ask me for a cure, but I request
of God only the
they need in their illness. I am not the kind of mother who is blinded
by feeling and fails to look for the true happiness of her children. My
tender love for you, my child, will never lead me astray.
I intercede for you with Jesus only to obtain for
you what is most
useful in this life and the next.
Believe this and confidently ask my protection. Ask
it in all your
whatever their nature be. Such trials are frequent. Let my name,
after the name of Jesus, be ever on your lips and written indelibly on
Holy and lovable name of Mary! Name that no one
being the better for it! Happy the man who often recalls it with love,
utters it devoutly, venerates it from the heart, and calls upon it
After the name of Jesus, that name that is above
every other name
2, 9] , there is no other more worthy of respect, no other that is
and dearer to the faithful than the name of Mary.
When the sinner invokes it, he feels a surge of
hope in the Lord's
the just man conceives a more ardent love; he who is tempted overcomes
his own passions; he who is in tribulation feels consoled and inclined
to be long-suffering.
After the name of Jesus, your name, Mary, will be
my comfort in
my counsel in
doubt, my strength in the struggle, and my guide at every step I take.
From CHAPTER 10
CONFIDENCE IN MARY
MY CHILD, you do not have perfect confidence in me.
At times you are
slow to call
on me when you are in need, and at all times you seem unsure of my
good will toward you.
I want you to have all the confidence in me that
any son should have
in his mother, knowing as he does her tender love and her goodness.
to me always and everywhere, in all your .spiritual and temporal needs,
in difficulties of soul and body, in the difficulties of your relatives
Is it a sign of any great confidence in me if you
turn to me only
time to time, on my feast days, for example, as some Christians do? You
should imitate the Church which asks nothing of God without appealing
The Church has recourse to me as dispenser of the
Lord's graces; let
her conduct be the norm for yours, and, like her, have unfailing
in me, a confidence that is all-embracing, ardent, sweet, and
Turn to God through Jesus, but turn to Jesus
through His Mother. I
the surest way of reaching Jesus, of finding Him, and of receiving a
welcome from Him.
Queen of Heaven, I acknowledge your power and
goodness, but I fear
I am unworthy of you. Can a virgin so pure, so zealous for God's honor,
and so perfect, turn to me in compassion?
My child, am I not the refuge of sinners? I
intercede for all those
who want to turn back to God's service and who call upon me with
Moved by my concern for their reconciliation, God
has never said no
to my prayer. For many sinners I am the only means left them and the
means God gives them of regaining His friendship. I have won pardon for
sin, even enormous sins, for so many Christians. They asked my
against God's justice, and I protected them until I won their
with their Judge.
Some sinners live stubbornly on in their sins while
that I will win for them the grace of not dying in their sins.
That is presumptuous confidence and an insult to
groan beneath the weight of their sins and want to cast it off; they
aware of their weakness and put their trust and hope in me, praying
through my intercession I may win the grace of strength and forgiveness
for them. Come! Draw near! I will not reject you but welcome you with
Mother of my Lord, the moment your greeting sounded
in my ears [Lk
all my disquiet vanished, and my confidence in you returned, stronger
To me you are like the dove that returned after the
olive branch, the symbol of peace. Accept under your saving protection
this sinner who is ashamed, deeply moved, and sorry for the sins of his
lifetime, sins that he would like to expiate with his blood.
Obtain for me the grace to weep bitterly for the
sins I have
and to die rather than commit once again sins I so much detest. Through
the holy Child of your womb, you won peace between God and men. Win
for me as well, between me and my conscience, between me and my God.
Virgin, powerful and so full of
kindness, how grateful I should be for
all the blessings I receive from God through your intercession! Let all
hearts be forever dedicated to you! Let all mouths voice the praises
Heaven speaks to earth: "May Mary be loved and glorified!" and which
echoes back to Heaven: "May Mary be glorified and loved through all