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Mary Vitamin – Jan 17 – Star of the Sea

By January 17, 2008Mary Vitamin

Ave Maria!

Mary Vitamin for January 17th

Topic: Star of the Sea and Indulgenced Invocations

St. Bonaventure:
??O poor lost sinners, despair not; raise up your eyes and cast them on this beautiful star; breathe again with confidence, for it will save you from this tempest and will guide you into the port of salvation.??
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 96,97.

??In the revelations of St. Bridget,

Mary is called the “Star preceding the sun;?? giving us thereby to understand, that when devotion towards the Divine Mother begins to manifest itself in a soul that is in a state of sin, it is a certain mark that before long God will enrich it with His grace. The glorious Saint Bonaventure, in order to revive the confidence of sinners in the protection of Mary, places before them the picture of a tempestuous sea, into which sinners have already fallen from the ship of Divine grace; they are already dashed about on every side by remorse of conscience and by fear of the judgments of God; they are without light or guide, and are on the point of losing the last breath of hope and falling into despair; then it is that our Lord, [points] out Mary to them, who is commonly called the “Star of the Sea,????
St. Alphonsus di Liguori, The Glories of Mary, (Tan Books), 96,97.

Today I will remember:
??An invocation, as far as indulgences are concerned, is no longer considered a work, distinct and complete in itself, but as complementing an action, by which the faithful raise their heart and mind with humble confidence to God in performing their duties or bearing the trials of life. Hence, a pious invocation perfects the inward elevation; both together are as a precious jewel joined to one’s ordinary actions to adorn them, as salt added to them to season them properly.??
Enchiridion of Indulgences

During turbulent times in my day, I will use the invocation of Our Lady as the “Star of Sea” and remember that this invocation adds a “precious jewel?? to my ordinary actions.

Marian Vow:
??For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.??
II Cor 4:17,18.

I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Thanks be to God for graces received.


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