Various Practices of Devotion
in Honor of the Divine Mother;
of having Frequent Recourse to Mary


Madonna and Child - by CESARE da Sesto - from Pinacoteca di Brera, Milan

 

Of all Devotions, there is none so Pleasing to our Mother
as that of having Frequent Recourse to her Intercession

 

Various Practices of Devotion
in Honor of the Divine Mother;
of having Frequent Recourse to Mary

by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori

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Of all Devotions, there is none so-Pleasing to our Mother, as that of having Frequent 'Recourse' to her 'Intercession', 'Seeking' her Help in all our Wants; for example, when we have to 'Give' or 'Ask' Advice, in Dangers, Afflictions, and Temptations; and particularly in Temptations against Purity. The Divine Mother will then certainly 'Deliver' us, if we have 'Recourse' to her with the Antiphon, "We Fly to thy Patronage, etc."; or with the Hail Mary; or by only 'Invoking' the most Holy Name of Mary, which has Particular-Power against the Devils. Blessed Santi, of the Order-of-Saint-Francis, being once 'Tempted' with an Impure Thought, had 'Recourse' to Mary; she Immediately 'Appeared' to him, and 'Placing' her hand on his Breast, 'Delivered' him. It is also useful on these occasions to 'Kiss' or 'Press' to our Heart, our Rosary or Scapular, or to 'Look' at an Image of the Blessed Virgin. It is well also to know that Benedict XIII 'Granted' Fifty (50) Days Indulgence, to those who 'Pronounce' the Names of Jesus and Mary.