In 1218 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in three visions to
Saint Peter Nolasco, Saint Raymond of Pennafort and King
James I of Aragon, requesting them to found the Order of
Our Lady of Ransom (Order of Our Lady of Mercy) for the
purpose of the redemption of the Christian slaves from the Moors.
Saint Luke 1:28
"Our dear Mother is full of tender solicitude for her children. When
she beholds them in the power of the cruel enemy of her Son, she lifts
up her pure and spotless hands before the throne of God, and continually
pleads with Him for them, that the ransom of the precious blood may be
applied to them, that their chains may be broken, and that they themselves
may be restored to liberty."
"Knowing, therefore, the great love of your
holy Mother Mary for poor sinners, you must
strive to the utmost of your ability to second
her desire for the redemption of souls from the
slavery of sin. In order that your zeal may be
according to knowledge, you must begin with yourself;
for otherwise you will present to the eyes both of
Angels and of men the ridiculous spectacle of one
who saves others, but destroys himself; who points
out to others the way to heaven, but will not himself
walk in it."
"Let not sin dwell in your soul; suffer it not to enslave your
heart. Be not of the number of those fools who fancy that they
can for a time walk with the devil, and then easily withdraw from
his fellowship; who imagine that they may float with the stream,
and then return in safety to the pleasant shore. Those who think
thus, little know the tenacious grasp with which sin holds a man
down in its iron fetters, nor the velocity with which the stream of
iniquity whirls him beyond the reach of help or the hope of return.
If you are wise, learn this in time. Withdraw your feet at once and
forever from the fetters of sin, and turn your back resolutely upon
the glitter of the tempting stream. After thus manifesting zeal for
your own soul, you may venture to be zealous for the souls of others;
for he who is in safety may strive to help others, and he who is not
sick may with propriety try to heal those who are."
All excerpts from Our Blessed Lady ‘De Mercede,’ or for the Redemption of Captives by Fr. Francis Cuthbert Doyle, 1896
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life,
our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry,
poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send
up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley
of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine
eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us,
O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the
promises of Christ.
Blessed Hermann von Reichenau (1013-1054)
September 24 - Commemoration of Our Lady of Ransom - Mother of Mercy
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