“The Immaculate alone has from God the promise of victory over satan. She seeks souls that will consecrate themselves entirely to her, that will become in her hands forceful instruments for the defeat of satan and the spread of God’s kingdom.”

St. Maximilian Kolbe

Mary is the Mediatrix (Lumen Gentium)

62. This maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, and lasts until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this salvific duty, but by her constant intercession continued to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation.(15*) By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and cultics, until they are led into the happiness of their true home. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked by the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix.(16*) This, however, is to be so understood that it neither takes away from nor adds anything to the dignity and efficaciousness of Christ the one Mediator.(17*)

Lumen Gentium, Chapter VIII, III #62

Preparing to Pray

Before praying, we must place ourselves in the presence of God. We must pray with dignity, attention and devotion. Our hearts must speak our prayers, not only our lips. (St. Francis de Sales)

Kneel down and say devoutly the Veni Creator and Ave Maris Stella, in order to receive the grace from the Holy Spirit that is necessary to understand and appreciate the Secret of Mary. Use this secret for your sanctification and salvation. It works its effect in a soul in direct proportion to the use made of it. (St. Louis de Montfort)

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