1st Day "I will celebrate your love
forever, Yahweh" (Ps. 89, 1)
Dear Mother Mary, I intend to be grateful to my Lord. "Sing
Yahweh a new song." May his praise reach to the ends of
I want to tell God once again how much I love Him. I owe Him
life; I owe Him forgiveness for my sins; I owe Him the promise
of eternal happiness. With Saint Alphonsus, founder of the Redemptorists,
I exclaim: "My Jesus, You are my Life, my Hope, my Treasure,
my souls only Love."
In the Bible, I read Gods friendly and encouraging words:
"I am holding you by the right hand." Still, I am scared.
I am afraid of suffering, afraid of death, even afraid of Him,
Mother Mary, help me renew my confidence in the good Lord,
whose name is Love. Help me pray to Him, not only when I am elated
by joy, but also when I feel sad and dejected. Ask Him to come
to my aid in all my troubles. Do not abandon me. Amen.
Mother Mary, protect my Family. Amen.
2nd Day: "Gods children, that
is what we are."
(I Jn 3, 1)
Mother Mary, remind me that God is our Father, that we are
His children. Saint John writes that we are "Called Gods
children, and that is what we are." I may truly call God:
"Abba, Father." Yet, I fear the trials of life and
I am concerned about the future. If I am Gods child, I
must renew my hope, I must trust Him and rely on His providence.
This is not easy when days are dull, when life becomes stormy,
when health fails me, when relatives and friends suffer, when
wars destroy nations.
I have recourse to you, Mother of mothers. The Lord wanted
you to stay with us and to intercede on our behalf. Beg Jesus,
your beloved Grandson, to have pity on us. I worry and I feel
nervous. Procure for me comfort and courage. Restore my health.
Protect those I love.
I should cuddle peacefully in the arms of my Heavenly Father.
There is nothing I should fear from such a loving Father. May
He bless me and help me forever. Amen.
Mother Mary, watch over the whole Church.
3rd Day: "Do not be afraid, for
I have redeemed you" (Is 43, 1)
How beautiful these words we find in the Holy Bible! Why should
I be afraid of a God coming down from Heaven to save me?
I have my share of sufferings; I have my lot of worries. I
am haunted with fear. Health, separation, financial troubles
mourning, blunders of young people, solitude
seems to me a heavy burden, everything scares me, makes me nervous,
deprives me of sleep.
But you are there, beloved Mother
I have so much confidence
in you! Help me trust the power and kindness of Jesus who suffered
and died for us. May I recover peace of mind. Did not Jesus say:
"Do not worry about tomorrow"? Submerged by the water
of suffering, consumed by the fire of pain, I should remember
that God is always there to rescue me. Mother Mary, from now
on I will live as a child of God who refuses to give up. Never
will my faith in God be too great, nor my hope in you too secure.
Never stop helping me. Amen.
Mother Mary, restore my health and my peace. Amen.
4th Day: " If anyone is thirsty,
let him come to me"(Jn 7, 37)
One day, Jesus was tired, very tired after a long walk on
the dusty roads of Palestine. He worried about a difficult and
barren ministry. He was truly tired and thirsty
Mother Mary, as a dad or as a mother who apparently does not
succeed as a parent, I too am tired, tired of my efforts, tired
of life. I may feel the same if I am young and face a cold and
brutal society. I may experience emptiness as I work for my parish
and the Church. Like Jesus, I am tired and thirsty, thirsty for
love and happiness.
Jesus tells me in the Gospel: "If anyone is thirsty,
let him come to Me. Let him come and drink
Mary, make me approach Jesus when everything goes astray, when
success evades me, when my zeal bears no fruit, when I feel desperate.
Mother Mary, help me remember that I am not alone and will never
be alone. Jesus is with me. May I drink of Jesus
Make of me a Good Samaritan for so many people is despair,
for those who suffer physically or morally. But never abandon
me in my distress. Amen.
Mother Mary, make a success of my pilgrimage to Heaven. Amen.
5th Day: "I will never forget you. " (Is 49,
God is telling us that even though parents could forget their
children, He could never forget us.
"I will never forget you. See, I have carved you on the
palms of my hands."
Strange enough, we fear God!
We can hardly understand
the infinite and personal love of God for us, a love that is
gratuitous and faithful.
Venerable Marie-Celeste, foundress of the Redemptoristine
Sisters, wrote: "O my God, your love is greater that the
love of a mother fondling her child in her arms." God is
for me a loving Father. Never will He fail me. Forever will He
be my Father, even though I may become a prodigal child, even
though I wander away from Him.
I may be guilty of sins, but I remain confident. God says:
"Do not be afraid, I will help you." Dear Mother Mary,
thanks to your prayers, God will come to me in my distress, He
will grant me spiritual and corporal blessings, He will protect
those dear to me.
Mother Mary, obtain for me Gods forgiveness. Amen.
6th Day: "Come to Me all you who
Jesus invites us to get closer to Him as we suffer physically
or morally, even when we feel sinful.
"Come to Me"
Come to Me, al of you who are
sick and infirm, all of you who suffer anxiety, who experience
distress, who carry a heavy load in your heart. God says: "I
will turn darkness into light."
Mother Mary, increase in me the desire to be close to Jesus,
especially when everything goes wrong, when tempests rage in
my life. He alone is my Saviour. He will console me. He says:
"Happy those who mourn, they shall be comforted."
I look at the crucifix, I meditate on His suffering and death.
I can trust Him. Beloved Mother of Jesus, lead me to Jesus. With
the help of your prayers, He will cure me, He will pacify me,
He will fortify me. Amen.
Mother Mary, come to the rescue of all those who suffer. Amen.
7th Day: " You are precious and
I love you" (Is 43, 4)
Dear Mother Mary, help me understand Gods love for me.
May I never forget these words of Holy Scripture: "You are
precious and I love you." I should listen to God speaking
"Do not fear, I will help you."
"I have called you by your name, you are mine."
"Like a child comforted by his mother will I comfort
When gloomy hours darken my life, when suffering and even
death strike at the door of my house my I always remember that
God loves me and helps me.
Venerable Alfred Pampalon wrote in the midst of his sufferings
:My divine Saviour, my hope is in your merits."
May I never forget your own tenderness for me, O Virgin Mother.
To you, I have recourse, for my own needs and the needs of mine.
Quickly come to my rescue and bless those dear to me. Amen.
Mother Mary, obtain for me the special favor I need. Amen.
8th Day: "I am standing at the door,
knocking" (Rev. 3, 20)
The Lord loves us but respects our liberty. We read in the
Bible: "I am standing at the door, knocking. If one of your
hears me calling and opens the door, I will come in to share
his meal, side by side with him."
God is kind enough to enter our home! Mother Mary, may I have
the door of my heart wide open to Him.
Mother Mary, each day I recommend to you my health and the
physical needs of people I love. Still, I do not want to neglect
what is more important, the necessities of my soul; also the
spiritual necessities of members of my family.
One day, with your help, dear Virgin Mother, I will live eternally
as a child of God in eternal happiness. Obtain the same grace
for my children and grandchildren, for all my relatives and friends.
Mother Mary, obtain for us a happy death. Amen.
9th Day: "God will wipe away all
tears from their eyes."(Rev. 7,17)
On this earth, we will never experience perfect and lasting
happiness. Clouds will eclipse the sun, winter will freeze away
the summer. In our own life, we constantly relive the Pascal
mystery, a mixture of death and resurrection. But the Lord Jesus
renews our strength if we hope in Him.
One day, in Heaven, joy will be complete without sadness.
There will be an everlasting feast, the eternal banquet, as prophesied
by Jesus Himself. Beloved Mother, we will be close to your Son
Jesus, and to you. We will enjoy the company of all our relatives
The Lord will wipe all tears from our eyes. "There will
be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness."
Dearest Mother, I turn to you with utmost trust and hope.
Renew for my family and renew for me the marvels your performed
for our ancestors. I thank you.
Always remind me of Gods message: "You are precious
in my eyes, and I love you." Amen.
Good Mother Mary, bless me and those I love. Amen.