Grace to you and Happy Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
On this special day, may I share a poem I composed in 2016 on the Birthday of Mary (September 8).
The poem flowed from a deep love for Mary, the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To her intercession, I attribute my self-awareness of God's love and life in my poor soul. She is one of the pillars of my spiritual life and the spiritual life of many of those I know deeply in love with Christ in the Trinity of Love. The poem is entitled, The Lady I Love So Much.
As you read the poem, remember to present to the Blessed Lord Jesus, the petitions so dear to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, namely conversion of sinners. The three secrets of Fatima, indeed, the messages of Mother Mary during the six consecutive Apparitions to Lucia, Francesco, and Jacinta from May 13 to October 13, 1917; and the three preceding visions of the Angel, remind us of the urgency to pray and offer sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. We are also to do reparation for sins against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Pray this Angel Prayer which was revealed by the Angel of Portugal to the three children of Fatima:
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
A day like this would be apt to say the rosary before Our Lady of Fatima's statue or any statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I love the Our Lady of Grace statue too. Divine Graces abound on this Feast Day.
Pray for the Immaculate Heart of Mary's triumph in the world and the end to abortion and social structures of sin such as racism, discrimination, and injustice.
Pray also for the safety of healthcare practitioners as they are at the forefront of COVID-19 care. Ask the Lord for healing from COVID-19 and the pain and suffering many people are passing through during this period.
Pray for the pope, the bishops, the clergy, and religious for the grace of apostolic zeal and holiness of life. Pray for married people for the grace of holy, joyful, and sacrificial love for one another and fidelity in their marriage bonds. Pray for singles for the grace of pure love.
Pray for families, the domestic church to be a fruitful sanctuary of the Lord in their unique ways as "the church of the home."
Pray! Pray!! Pray!!!
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God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
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Father Maurice Emelu PhD., provides a daily blog of reflections based on the Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. The goal is to teach, inspire, encourage, and foster healing through the grace of God's word. They are written in a language that is appropriate for a general audience. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration, and developing your thoughts. They may also be useful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.