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Monday, April 11, 2016

Mary TV April 11, 2016 Reflection - Mary, the Star of the Sea

Photograph of a 19th century painting of Our L...
Photograph of a 19th century painting of Our Lady Star of the Sea. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




    

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J.M.J.
April 11, 2016
St. Stanislaus
 
Dear Family of Mary!
 
June 25, 1994 "Dear children! Today I rejoice in my heart in seeing you all present here. I bless you and I call you all to decide to live my messages which I give you here. I desire, little children, to guide you all to Jesus because He is your salvation. Therefore, little children, the more you pray the more you will be mine and of my Son, Jesus. I bless you all with my motherly blessing and I thank you for having responded to my call."

Our Lady has told us several times that she is with us to guide us. She is a light for us in a dark time. She wants very much to lead us to her Son, and into the plan of the Father for the salvation of the world. She is like a star in the sky from which a traveler at sea can find direction. She is a fixed spot in the heavens from which we can determine the safest direction to our destination.
 
St. Bernard of Clairveaux wrote about Mary as the Star of the Sea. His words are very moving. I quote from an article by Fr. Edward Looney (http://catholicexchange.com/ten-marian-facts-about-st-bernard-of-clairvaux )
St. Bernard has a beautiful passage in his Missus Est homily, in which he conveys the efficacy of Mary's intercession.  Take a moment to read the beauty of his reflection on Mary as Star of the Sea:
She, I say, is that shining and brilliant star, so much needed, set in place above life's great and spacious sea, glittering with merits, all aglow with examples for our imitation. Oh, whosoever thou art that perceiveth thyself during this mortal existence to be rather drifting in treacherous waters, at the mercy of the winds and the waves, than walking on firm ground, turn not away thine eyes from the splendor of this guiding star, unless thou wish to be submerged by the storm!
When the storms to temptation burst upon thee, when thou seest thyself driven upon the rocks of tribulation, look at the star, call upon Mary. When buffeted by the billows of pride, or ambition, or hatred, or jealousy, look at the star, call upon Mary. Should anger, or avarice, or fleshly desire violently assail the frail vessel of thy soul, look at the star, call upon Mary.
If troubled on account of the heinousness of thy sins, distressed at the filthy state of thy conscience, and terrified at the thought of the awful judgment to come, thou art beginning to sink into the bottomless gulf of sadness and to be swallowed in the abyss of despair, then think of Mary.
In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name leave thy lips, never suffer it to leave thy heart. And that thou mayest more surely obtain the assistance of her prayer, see that thou dost walk in her footsteps. With her for guide, thou shalt never go astray; whilst invoking her, thou shalt never lose heart; so long as she is in thy mind, thou shalt not be deceived; whilst she holds thy hand, thou canst not fall; under her protection, thou hast nothing to fear; if she walks before thee, thou shalt not grow weary; if she shows thee favor, thou shalt reach the goal."
(Translation from Pius XII's encyclical, paragraph 31).
 
And here is a prayer to Mary, Star of the Sea:
 
Hail, O Star of the ocean, God's own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin, gate of heav'nly rest.
Taking that sweet Ave, which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us, changing Eve's name.
Break the sinners' fetters, make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us, for all blessings pray. 
Show thyself a Mother, may the Word divine
born for us thine Infant hear our prayers through thine.
Virgin all excelling, mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us meek and undefiled. 
Keep our life all spotless, make our way secure
till we find in Jesus, joy for evermore. 
Praise to God the Father, honor to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit, be the glory one.
Amen.
 
Call upon Mary! She will never fail us!!
 
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
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