O Divine Father, the Blessed Mother Mary was conceived pure in body in order to carry Your Son in her womb, and when her life on earth ended, You gave her a glorified body and raised her directly into Heaven — the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I ask her to pray for my attitudes regarding my physical health; may I appreciate the body You gave me while overcoming the passions of the flesh. Stop me from destroying this temple of the Holy Spirit through laziness, harmful habits, addictions, and impurities, so that at my death my own body will be better prepared to receive its Heavenly reward. Holy Mary, pray for me now and at the hour of my death. Amen.
Quotes for Today
Saint Gregory of Tours (538-594)
Feast Day November 17
The Lord said to his Mother, ‘Let your heart rejoice and be glad. For every favor and every gift has been given to you from my Father in heaven and from me and from the Holy Spirit. Every soul that calls upon your name shall not be ashamed, but shall find mercy and comfort and support and confidence, both in the world that now is and in that which is to come, in the presence of my Father in the heavens.'”
Venerable Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)
Shall she, as the garden in which grew the lily of divine sinlessness and the red rose of the passion of redemption, be delivered over to the weeds and be forgotten by the Heavenly Gardener? … Neither would Omnipotence, Who tabernacled Himself within Mary, consent to see His fleshly home subjected to the dissolution of the tomb.”
The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.
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