Sunday, March 30, 2008

More on Mary

St Alphonsus Liguori is probably the best spiritual writer there ever was. His books seem to be inspired by God, and one of the things I really like about them, is the way he concludes every chapter with a prayer and spiritual reflection. In one of his prayers in The Glories of Mary, he says that if we loved her as we should, then we would become like her.

I love thee then, O, my Mother, but at the same time I fear that I do not love thee as I ought; for I hear that love makes lovers like the person loved. If then, I see myself so unlike thee, it is a mark that I do not love thee. Thou art so pure, and I defiled with many sins; thou so humble, and I so proud; thou so holy, and I so wicked. This, then, is what thou hast to do, O Mary; since thou loves me, make me like thee. Thou hast all the power to change hearts; take, then, mine and change it. Show the world what thou can do for those who love thee. Make me a saint; make me thy worthy child. This is my hope.
Beautiful, isn't it? By the way, I'm still waiting to give away a new copy of The Glories of Mary.
Any takers?


Marilena said...

i have to agree, and also add saint louis de montefort also in great spiritual writing as well.

Shirley said...

I bought The Sermons of St. Alphonsus Ligouri.It contains a sermon for every Sunday, and I am going to start reading the sermon of the day each Sunday before Mass.I expect that it will be, as are all his books, a spiritual treasure house.

Vir Speluncae Orthodoxae said...

If I didn't understand the context though, it'd weird me out.