Holy Jesus, Saint Cyril of Alexandria defended the Blessed Virgin Mary’s title as Mother of God, at a time when there was much persecution against her. He called her “Hail, Mary, Mother of God, venerable treasure of the whole universe.” I ask him to pray for my own relationship with the Blessed Mother. Reveal to me, Lord Jesus, how much of a treasure she really is to me. Make me more aware of her motherly concern and of the gifts she gives to me through her prayers. When I am being oppressed by the Evil One, remind me of the protection she offers as she fights on my behalf. Saint Cyril of Alexandria, pray for me. Amen.
Quotes for Today
Saint Cyril of Alexandria (376-444)
‘But God said, I require mercy, and not sacrifice; and the acknowledgement of God, and not whole burnt offerings’ (Hosea 6:6). What is meant by mercy? and what by sacrifice? By mercy then is signified Justification and grace in Christ; even that which is by faith. For we have been justified, not by the works of the law that we have done, but by His great mercy. And sacrifice means the law of Moses.”
By nature, each one of us is enclosed in his own personality, but supernaturally, we are all one. We are made one body in Christ, because we are nourished by one flesh. As Christ is indivisible, we are all one in Him. Therefore, He asked His Father — that they may all be One as We also are one.”
There was no other way for us who have borne the image of the man of dust to escape corruption, unless the beauty of the image of the man of heaven is imprinted upon us through our having been called to sonship.”
The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.
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