Thoughts of Mary – 8 May – “Mary’s Month”
Gate of Heaven
Moments with Saint Pope John XXIII (1881-1963)
“The Immaculate Virgin heralds the dawn of eternal day and guides and sustains us on the long road that still stretches before us.
The liturgical hymn “Hail, Star of the Sea,” contains the loving prayer:
“Still as on we journey
Help our weak endeavour,
Till with thee and Jesus,
We rejoice forever.”
We must look forward to this final goal, the coming of the life of grace, with eager hearts and more persevering Christian fidelity.
Let us take courage, beloved children – we shall not be lost forever.
O Immaculate Virgin, you are our strength.
Immaculate Virgin, radiant image of purity and grace, whose appearance scatters the shades of overhanging night and restores to us, the splendours of Heaven, look graciously down upon your children and all who love you and gather around you. Star of the dawn, prepare us to welcome the Sun of Justice, whom you brought into the world.
Gate of Heaven, teach our hearts to desire the things of Heaven.
Mirror of Justice, preserve in us, the love of divine grace, so that, living humbly and happily in obedience to our Christian calling, we may always enjoy the Lord’s friendship and your motherly consolations. Amen”