Mother of the Dying
"He who is devoted to the Virgin Mother will certainly never be lost" ~St. Ignatius, Third Bishop of Antioch (50-107)
The bedroom of death is Our Lady's special arena, for all those who are in the throes of death are her beloved children. The Blessed Mother's special gift to the dying is perfect contrition for sin. This grace is granted particularly to those devoted to her during thier lifetime. Our sweet Mother does often comfort and assist the dying from the final struggle with the powers of darkness. Blessed is the soul assisted by the Queen of Heaven. This assistance is a specific promise made for those devoted to Mary's Seven Sorrows: "I will visibly help them at the moment of their death - they will see the face of their Mother."
Mary has rescured uncountable numbers of souls from Hell, unto the very last moment. How you have lived your life greatly influences the state of mind and soul at the time of death, but it is the moment of death - the disposition of the soul at that time that determines your "state" for all eternity. The moment of death is the most important moment of our lives. Let us all decide here and now to think frequently and kindly on our dear Mother's sorrows, for we need all the help of heaven to keep us from the flames of Hell.
The Offering of the Merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Appease Divine Justice
In order to appease Thy Divine Justice, we offer Thee, O Lord, the merits acquired by Mary, Thy Mother and ours, when she stood at the foot of the Cross.
If Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities, Lord who can stand?
I love the line about the moment of death being the most important moment of our lives. We sure don't tend to think of that do we?
Thank you for a wonderful blog. I will be back to read more. My site just posts holy cards for inspiration....I'm wanting to do purgatorial cards after reading this. Thanks.
Where did you find that remarkable image? Is it available at a higher resolution?
Hmmm, I've had this image for a long time and this is the only resolution of it that I know of. It is rather beautiful isn't it? I always imagined that Mary is looking up at Jesus on the cross.
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