The Holy Name of Mary
The Power of Her Name
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Richard-of-Saint-Laurence 'States' "There is not such Powerful Help in any Name, nor is there any other Name given-to Men,
after-that-of Jesus, from which so much Salvation is Poured-forth upon Men, as from the Name-of Mary". He continues, "that
the Devout Invocation-of this Sweet and Holy Name, leads to the Acquisition-of Superabundant Graces in this Life, and a very High Degree-of Glory, in the
The Abbot-Francone, Speaking-on this Subject, says, "there is no other Name after-that-of the Son, in Heaven or on Earth,
whence Pious Minds derive so-much Grace, Hope, and Sweetness". After the most Sacred-Name-of-Jesus, the
Name-of-Mary is so-Rich in every Good Thing,
that on-Earth and in-Heaven there is no other, from-which Devout Souls 'Receive'
so-much Grace, Hope, and Sweetness.
Hence Richard-of-Saint-Laurence "encourages Sinners to have Recourse-to this Great Name", because
it alone will Suffice-to Cure them of all their
Evils; and "there is no Disorder, however Malignant, that does not Immediately Yield to the Power-of the Name-of
Mary". The Blessed-Raymond-Jordano says, "that however Hardened and Diffident a Heart may be, the Name-of this most
Blessed Virgin has such Efficacy, that if it is only Pronounced, that Heart will be Wonderfully Softened". Moreover, it is well Known, and is
Daily Experienced-by the Clients-of Mary, that her Powerful Name gives the
Particular-strength Necessary-to 'Overcome' Temptations-against Purity.
In Finé, "thy Name, O Mother of God, is Filled with Divine Graces and Blessings",
as Saint Methodius says. So-much-so, that Saint Bonaventure 'Declares', "that thy Name, O Mary, cannot be Pronounced, without
Bringing some Grace to him who Does-so Devoutly" . . . 'Grant', O Lady, that we may often 'Remember' to Name
thee with Love and Confidence; for this Practice
either shows the Possession-of Divine Grace, or else is a Pledge that we shall soon 'Recover'
On the other-hand, Thomas-á-Kempis 'Affirms' "that the Devils fear the Queen-of-Heaven to
such a degree, that only on-Hearing her Great Name pronounced, they Fly-from him who does so, as from a Burning Fire". The
Blessed Virgin herself, 'Revealed'-to Saint Bridget "that there is not on Earth a Sinner,
however Devoid he may be of the Love-of God, from whom the Devil is not Obliged immediately to-fly, if he Invokes her Holy Name, with a Determination-to
Repent". On another occasion, she repeated the same thing to the Saint, saying, "that
all the Devils Venerate and Fear her Name to such a degree, that on Hearing it, they Immediately Loosen the Claws with-which they Hold the Soul
Captive". Our Blessed Lady also told Saint Bridget, "that in the same way as the
Rebel Angels fly-from Sinners, who Invoke the Name-of Mary, so also do the Good Angels approach Nearer-to Just Souls, who Pronounce her Name, with
Consoling indeed, are the Promises-of Help made-by Jesus
Christ, to those who have Devotion-to the Name-of-Mary; for One-day, in
the Hearing-of Saint Bridget, He 'Promised' His most Holy
Mother, that He would 'Grant' Three (3) Special
Graces to those who 'Invoke' that Holy Name with-Confidence: First
(1st), that He would Grant them Perfect
Sorrow for their Sins; Secondly (2nd), that their
Crimes should be Atoned-for; and, Thirdly (3rd), that
He would give them Strength-to 'Attain' Perfection, and at-Length, the Glory-of
Paradise. And then our Divine Savior added: "For thy Words, O My Mother, are so
Sweet and Agreeable to Me, that I cannot Deny what thou Askest".
Saint Ephrem goes so-far-as to say, "that the Name-of Mary is the Key-of the Gates-of-Heaven", in the Hands-of those
who Devoutly 'Invoke' it. And thus it is not without-Reason, that Saint Bonaventure
says "that Mary is the Salvation-of all who Call-upon her". "O most Sweet Name! O Mary, what
must thou thyself be, since thy Name alone, is thus Amiable and Gracious", exclaims Blessed-Henry-Suso.
Let us, therefore, always take Advantage-of the Beautiful Advice given us by Saint Bernard, in these words: "In Dangers, in
Perplexities, in Doubtful Cases, Think-of Mary, Call-on Mary; let her not-Leave thy Lips; let her not-Depart from thy Heart".
Names of Jesus and Mary
In every Danger-of Forfeiting Divine Grace,
we should Think-of Mary, and Invoke her Name, together with that of
Jesus; FOR THESE TWO (2) NAMES ALWAYS GO TOGETHER. O, then, never let us permit these Two
(2) most-Sweet Names, to-Leave our Hearts, or be 'Off' our Lips; for they will give us Strength, not-only
not to-'Yield', but to-'Conquer' all our Temptations.
"The Invocation of the Sacred Names of Jesus and Mary", says Thomas-á-Kempis,
"is a Short Prayer which is as Sweet-to the Mind, and as Powerful to Protect those who use it against the Enemies-of their
Salvation, as it is easy-to Remember".
Hour of Death
Thus we see that the most-Holy Name-of-Mary is Sweet
indeed, to her Clients during-Life, on-account-of the very Great Graces that
she Obtains-for them. But Sweeter still, will it be to them in
Death, on-account-of the Tranquil and Holy
End that it will 'Insure' them.
Let us then, O Devout Reader, beg God to 'Grant' us, that at-Death, the
Name-of-Mary may be the Last Word, on our Lips. This was the Prayer-of Saint
Germanus: "May the Last Movement of my Tongue, be to Pronounce the Name of the Mother of God"; O Sweet, O Safe is
that Death, which is 'Accompanied' and 'Protected' by so-'Saying' a Name; for
God only 'Grants' the Grace-of 'Invoking' it,
to those whom He is about-to Save.
Father-Sertorius-Caputo, of the Society-of-Jesus, 'Exhorted' all who 'Assist' the Dying, frequently-to 'Pronounce'
the Name-of-Mary; for this Name-of Life and
Hope, when Repeated-at the Hour-of-Death, Suffices-to put the
Devils to-Flight, and to-Comfort such Persons in their
"Blessed is the Man, who Loves thy Name, O Mary" exclaims Saint Bonaventure. "Yes, Truly
Blessed is he who Loves thy Sweet Name, O Mother of God! for", he continues, "thy Name is so Glorious and Admirable,
that no one who Remembers it, has any Fears-at the Hour of Death". Such is its Power, that none of those
who 'Invoke' it at the Hour-of-Death, Fear
the Assaults-of their Enemies.
Saint-Camillus-de-Lellis, 'Urged' the Members-of his Community to Remind the Dying often, to 'Utter' the
Holy Names-of Jesus and Mary. Such was his
Custom when 'Assisting' People, in their Last Hour. Oh, that we may End our Lives
as did the Capuchin Father, Fulgentius-of-Ascoli, who Expired 'Singing', "O Mary, O Mary,
the most Beautiful of Creatures! let us Depart together". Let us Conclude-with the Tender Prayer-of Saint
Bonaventure: "I ask thee, O Mary, for the Glory of thy Name, to Come and Meet my Soul when it is Departing-from this World, and
to take it in Thine Arms".