Novena of Mary's Titles;
by Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
Meditate and Pray on the Following Discourses
- First Meditation -
"Mother-of-Divine-Grace" - Saint-Anselm 'Calls' Mary, "the
Mother-of-all-Graces"; and Blessed-Raymond-Jordano, "the Treasurer-of-Divine-Grace". Hence,
Saint-Bernardine-of-Siena 'Writes', that, "all the Gifts and Graces which we Receive from God, are Dispensed by the Hands-of-Mary, to Whom, When, and As she
Pleases". This, she herself 'Says': "With me are Riches . . . that I may Enrich them that Love me". Our
Lord has 'Deposited' all the Riches of His Graces, in my Hands, that
I may 'Enrich' those who Love me.
Then my Queen, if I Love thee, I no longer shall be Poor, as I now am.
After God, I Love thee above all things; do thou Obtain me Greater Tenderness and Love,
for thy Goodness. Saint Bonaventure tells me, that all whom thou Willest, are Saved;
therefore will I Address thee with the same Saint, 'O Salvation of All who Call upon thee,
Save me from Hell'; but First of all, Save me from Sin, which alone can Take me to Hell".
- Second Meditation -
"Mother-most-Pure" - This Virgin Mother, All Fair and Pure,
'Renders' All her Servants, Pure and Chaste. Saint-Ambrose 'Writes', that when
Mary was on-Earth, her Presence alone, 'Inspired' All those who 'Looked' at her with the
Love-of-Purity. She was 'Called' a Lily amongst Thorns:
"As the Lily among Thorns, so is My Love among the Daughters" - Canticles 2:2. "All other Virgins", 'Says'
Denis-the-Carthusian, "were Thorns either to Themselves, or to Others; but the Blessed Virgin was so, neither to herself, nor to Others, for she Inspired all those
upon whom she Looked, with Pure and Holy Affections". Frigenius, who 'Wrote' the Life-of Saint-Thomas-Aquinas, 'Relates' that it was an Ordinary
Saying of the Saint, that "even the Images of this Chaste Turtle-dove, 'Extinguish' Sensual Desires in those who Look-at them, with Devotion". The
Venerable John-D'Avila 'Says', "that many who were Tempted against Purity, had Preserved themselves Chaste, by Devotion-to our Blessed Lady". O, how
Especially Powerful is the Name-of Mary, in 'Conquering' all Temptations to this Vice!
O Most Pure Mary, Deliver me from it.
Grant, that in my Temptations, I may always have 'Recourse' to thee,
and 'Invoke' thee as-long-as the Temptation lasts.
- Third Meditation -
"Mother-Undefiled" - Mary was that Spotless Woman, who
always 'Appeared' Beautiful, and without Stain, in the Eyes-of God: "Thou art All Fair, O My Love, and there is not a Spot,
in thee" - Canticles 4:7. Hence she was 'Made' the Sinner's Peacemaker, as
she is 'Called'-by Saint-Ephrem, "Hail, Peacemaker of the Whole World". This, she also 'Says'
herself, in the Sacred Canticles, "I am Become in His Presence, as One Finding Peace" - Canticles 8:10. Saint-Gregory
'Says', "that if a Rebel appeared-before his Offended King to 'Appease' Him, instead of doing so, he would Provoke Him to Greater Anger". Hence
Mary, being 'Destined' to Treat-of-Peace between God and Men, it was not 'Becoming' that
she should 'Appear' as a Sinner, and as an Accomplice-in Adam's Sin; and therefore
Our Lord 'Preserved' her from every Stain.
Ah, my Immaculate Queen, Fair Dove, and the Beloved-of-God,
Disdain not to 'Cast' Thine Eyes on the many Stains and Wounds of my Soul; 'See' me, and 'Pity' me.
God, Who Loves thee so-much, Denies thee Nothing; and thou Knowest not how to 'Refuse' those,
who have Recourse to thee. O Mary, to thee I have Recourse; Pity me. 'Mother-Inviolate, Pray for us'.