“Mondays with Mary” – The Marian Prayer of St. Augustine of Hippo

Since today, August 28, is the memorial of one of the great Doctors and Early Church Fathers, St. Augustine of Hippo, I thought I would provide for you a Marian Prayer composed by the Doctor of Grace himself. Although St. Augustine lived over 1600 years ago, the Catholic Church still finds great amounts of orthodox theology from his many writings.

If you are not aware of his life and amazing conversion story, written by his own hand and titled, Confessions, I would suggest you research it this week. Because of his influence in the life of the Church and in my own daily work, I have personally written about him 6 times, which includes this blog post and the other one from today that gives you some more quotes from his different writings.

This is image is ‘Our Lady of Ostra Brama’ (Our Lady of Mercy). She is the patroness of the Marian Province in the United States.

Today’s Marian Prayer, written by the aforementioned saint, is a prayer dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy. If there were ever a saint that understands mercy and reconciliation with God, it would be the great saint of Hippo.

Blessed Virgin Mary,
who can worthily repay you with praise
and thanks for having rescued a fallen world
by your generous consent!
Receive our gratitude,
and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins.
Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven
and enable them to make our peace with God.

Holy Mary, help the miserable,
strengthen the discouraged,
comfort the sorrowful,
pray for your people,
plead for the clergy,
intercede for all women consecrated to God.
May all who venerate you
feel now your help and protection.
Be ready to help us when we pray,
and bring back to us the answers to our prayers.
Make it your continual concern
to pray for the people of God,
for you were blessed by God
and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world,
who lives and reigns forever. Amen.

Our Lady of Mercy…Pray for Us

St. Augustine of Hippo…Pray for Us

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Begins Today

Since we are officially now in the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, I would like to share with you four blog posts I have written in the past on mercy. If you would like to read the Papal Bull that Pope Francis wrote for the Year of Mercy, please do that here.

Also, below my four blog posts are videos from today’s Opening Mass of the Jubilee Year of Mercy when Pope Francis opened the Jubilee Door as well as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI walking through the door. When I was in Rome for World Youth Day with Pope St. John Paul II, I too walked through these same door. Watching Pope Francis open the door brought back a lot of memories for me the day I walked through the door in August of 2000.

“Mondays with Mary” – The Queen of Mercy – This was a very popular blog the day I published. Many people have a devotion to Our Lady under this title.

“Mondays with Mary” – 5 Quotes from Pope St. John Paul II on the Mother of Mercy – These five quotes come from the Polish Saint’s second encyclical, Dives in Misericordia, which particularly focuses on the topic. It was promulgated on November 30, 1980, a little more than two years after he was elected to the Chair of St. Peter. This is for the mainstream who today think that Pope Francis is the only Pope to speak about mercy. O how foolish they are!

Mercy, Compassion, Love, and the Poor: The Holy Father Speaks – This blog post stirred a lot of humorous (at least I thought they were) comments in the comment box. Make sure you read this blog post all the way to the end. This is a good one to share with your family and friends.

Psalm 51 – Have Mercy on Me, O God… – This blog post focuses on mercy from the perspective in the Sacred Scriptures. This is the Psalm that King David wrote after committing adultery with Bathsheba. Mercy, however, in the Sacred Scriptures is often translated differently than the way we use it today. Find it out what it means in this blog post.

Our Lady of Mercy…Pray for Us. 

This is image is 'Our Lady of Ostra Brama' (Our Lady of Mercy). She is the patroness of the Marian Province in the United States.

This is image is ‘Our Lady of Ostra Brama’ (Our Lady of Mercy). She is the patroness of the Marian Province in the United States.

“Mondays with Mary” – 5 Quotes from Pope St. John Paul II on the Mother of Mercy

Last night as my friends and I watched the Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, we were talking about if and when John Paul II would be made a Doctor of the Church. The discussion focused on what would he be the Doctor of – Mercy or the Human Person? For me, I have always believed that he would someday be the Doctor of the Human Person because of his tremendous work focusing on the beauty of man and woman, the importance of the family, and of course, The Theology of the Body.

Beatification Pic of JP IIHowever, after the brief discussion and my Pastor’s emphasis on mercy in his homily from yesterday (which also gave me the idea for today’s blog post), I am thinking that if and when Pope St. John Paul II is declared a Doctor of the Church, he could be the Doctor of Mercy. He knew the importance of God’s mercy we received in the Sacrament of Reconciliation – he knew it so much that he himself visited the confessional once a week.

Although the topic of mercy runs through his documents, it’s his second encyclical, Dives in Misericordia, which particularly focuses on the topic. It was promulgated on November 30, 1980, a little more than two years after he was elected to the Chair of St. Peter.

Today is not the blog post to discuss this encyclical as a whole but I do want to provide you with 5 quotes from the text that focuses on the Blessed Virgin Mary and her understanding of mercy in regards to the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ (chapter 5, paragraph 9).

Calling her the Mother of Mercy, Pope St. John Paul II provides three reasons why she carries this name: first, Mary obtained mercy abundantly; second, as the Mother of God she assisted in the revelation of divine mercy; and third, as the Advocating Queen Mother she continues to bring a mission of mercy to the Church.

It’s my hope that you will read these carefully and prayerfully so that you may come to know Mary’s fundamental role as the Mother of Mercy. It’s in her tenderness and care as our Mother that we can receive God’s abundant and divine mercy.

This is image is 'Our Lady of Ostra Brama' (Our Lady of Mercy). She is the patroness of the Marian Province in the United States.

This image is ‘Our Lady of Ostra Brama’ (Our Lady of Mercy).

1. “Mary is also the one who obtained mercy in a particular and exceptional way, as no other person has. At the same time, still in an exceptional way, she made possible with the sacrifice of her heart her own sharing in God’s mercy. This sacrifice is intimately linked with the cross of her Son, at the foot of which she was to stand on Calvary.”

2. “No one has received into his heart, as much as Mary did, that mystery, that truly divine dimension of the redemption effected on Calvary by means of the death of the Son, together with the sacrifice of her maternal heart, together with her definitive fiat.

3. “Mary, then, is the one who has the deepest knowledge of the mystery of God’s mercy. She knows its price; she knows how great it is. In this sense, we call her the Mother of Mercy: Our Lady of Mercy, or Mother of Divine Mercy…”

4. “…As the Mother of the crucified and risen One; as the One who, having obtained mercy in an exceptional way, in an equally exceptional ways “meritsthat mercy throughout her earthly life and, particularly, at the foot of the cross of her Son; and finally as the one who, through her hidden and at the same time incomparable sharing in the messianic mission of her Son…”

5. “It was precisely this “merciful” love, which is manifested above all in contact with moral and physical evil, that the heart of her who was the Mother of the crucified and risen One shared in singular and exceptionally – that Mary shared in.”

Mary, Mother of Mercy…Pray for Us!

Pope St. John Paul II…Pray for Us!