Be Convinced: Conversion Only Comes Through the Immaculate Heart – Aug 20 – Homily – Fr Andre

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On the memorial of St. Bernard of Clairvaux (Cistercian Abbot, Doctor of the Church, Aug 20, 2019), Father Andre relates the conversion of Alphonse Ratisbonne, obtained when he prayed a novena of the Memorare prayer (actually misattributed to St. Bernard), to the insights of St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, another great Marian saint. Both understood and taught the wisdom that will save the souls of so many who are now far from God: it is through the Immaculate Heart of Mary that conversion will be obtained for them. Our task is to help win souls back to God, by commending them to Our Blessed Lady.

--  reference in homily to The Writings of St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe: from Volume II: Various Writings, pp. 1822-1823 (n. 1023: “Impending Danger”, originally published in Rycerz Niepokalanej, January 1923, pp 2-4). (

--  for the text and more information on the Memorare:

Ave Maria!

Mass: St. Bernard of Clairvaux - Mem

Readings: Tuesday 20th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: Jdg 6:11-24
Resp: Ps 85:9, 11-12, 13-14
Gsp: Mt 19:23-30

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