Prayer to Mary by St. Catherine of Siena

Prayer Text

O Mary, temple of the Trinity. O Mary, bearer of fire. O Mary, dispenser of mercy. O Mary, restorer of human generation, because the world was repurchased by means of the sustenance that your flesh found in the Word, Christ repurchased the world with his Passion and you with your suffering. O Mary, peaceful ocean. O Mary, giver of peace. O Mary, fruitful land. You, O Mary, are that new plant from which we have the fragrant flower of the Word, only-begotten Son of God, because this Word was sown in you, O fruitful land. You are the land and the plant. O Mary, vehicle of fire, you bore the fire hidden and veiled beneath the ash of your humanity. O Mary, vase of humility, in which there burns the light of true knowledge with which you lifted yourself above yourself and yet were pleasing to the eternal Father; hence he took and brought you to himself, loving you with a singular love. With this light and fire of your charity and with the oil of your humility, you drew and inclined His divinity to come into you–although He was first drawn to us by the most ardent fire of his inestimable charity. Today, O Mary, you have become a book in which our rule is written. In you, today, is written the wisdom of the eternal Father. In you, today, is manifested the strength and freedom of all humankind. I say that the dignity of humankind is manifested because when I look at you, O Mary, I see that the hand of the Holy Spirit has written the Trinity in you, forming in you the Incarnate Word, the only begotten Son of God. He has written for us the wisdom of the Father, that is, the Word. He has written for us His power, because He was powerful in effecting this great mystery. And He has written for us the clemency of that Holy Spirit, because only through grace and the divine clemency was so great a mystery ordained and accomplished. But today I ardently make my request, because it is the day of graces, and I know that nothing is refused to you, O Mary. Today, O Mary, your land has generated the Savior for us. O Mary, blessed are you among women throughout the ages. Amen.


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