Refuge of the Human Race and 9th Discourse

Liturgia Latina’s post Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary presents the act composed by Pope Pius XII for the consecration of the entire world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1942. The prayer of our last pope is a moving and exemplary one. “And as the whole human race was consecrated to the heart of thy Jesus that through hope in Him He might become for all the sign and pledge of victory and salvation, so we in like manner consecrate ourselves forever to thee and to thy Immaculate Heart, O Mother and Queen of the world.”

The first day of a new creation from The Hebdomadal Chesterton is a quote on the burial of Christ after His death only two paragraphs in length, but it packs a substantial meditation.

It is fitting that the very final part of Saint Alphonsus Liguori’s Nine Discourses for Times of Calamities has Our Lady as its topic. Most Holy Mary is the Mediatrix of Sinners from Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals brings us to the end of the nine discourses by the Doctor of Prayer that we began on his feast, and it seems as though he saved the best for last. Greatest and most sure Beacon of Hope in times of trouble that shines over and is approachable in every part of the globe, from the little transgression of a child having just reached the age of reason through to the most evil, stone-hearted sinner, any human being who has the desire can reach out to Our Blessed Mother, Refuge of the Human Race, and be certain of her assistance in gaining God’s pardon and favour. Is it possible that the Mother of God who suffered with Him as she witnessed Our Lord’s Sacrifice on Calvary, the shedding of His Blood for the salvation of souls would let any sinner who calls upon her aid go unheard? "Next to my dignity of Mother of God, there is nothing which I so much value as my office of advocate of sinners."

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