Various Practices of Devotion
in Honor of the Divine Mother;
of Alms given in Mary's Honor


Bargellini Madonna - by CARRACCI, Lodovico - from Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna

 

Saint Gerard never refused Anything, at any Time,
for which he was Asked in Mary's Name

 

Various Practices of Devotion
in Honor of the Divine Mother;
of Alms given in Mary's Honor

by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

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Clients of the Blessed Virgin are accustomed-to 'Give' Alms to the Poor in-Honor-of the Divine Mother, especially on Saturdays. That Holy Shoemaker, of whom Saint-Gregory speaks in his Dialogues (his name was Deusdedit), used on Saturdays to 'Distribute' all the Earnings of the Past Week, to the Poor. Hence, a Holy Soul in a Vision, saw a Sumptuous Palace, which God was preparing in Heaven, for this Servant-of Mary, but its Construction only went on, on Saturdays. Saint-Gerard never refused anything at any time, for which he was asked in Mary's Name. Father-Martin-Guttierez, of the Society-of-Jesus, did the same, and in-consequence 'Acknowledged' that he had never 'Asked' Mary for a Grace, which he had not 'Obtained'. This Servant-of hers, having been Put-to Death by the Huguenots, the Divine Mother 'Appeared' to his Companions, 'Accompanied' by Virgins, who by her Direction, 'Wrapped' the Body in-Linen, and 'Carried' it away. Saint-Eberhard, Bishop-of-Salzburg, 'Practiced' the same Devotion, and on-account-of it, a Holy Monk saw him as a Child, in the arms of Mary, who said: "This is my son Eberhard, who never denied me anything". Alexander-of-Hales, who had the same Devotion, being once asked, in the name-of Mary, by a Franciscan Lay Brother, to 'Join' the Order, Immediately 'Complied', Gave-up the World, and became a Friar. Let, therefore, no Client-of the Blessed Virgin think it too-much to 'Give' a Trifling Alms every Day, in her Honor, and to 'Increase' it on Saturdays. If they can do nothing else, they should at-least 'Perform' some other Act, for Love of Mary; such as 'Visiting' the Sick, Praying for Sinners, and for the Souls in Purgatory, etc. Works-of-Mercy are very Pleasing to the Heart of this Mother of Mercy.