The Holy Name of Mary - The Power of Her Name
by St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Richard of St. Laurence states "there is not such powerful help
in any name, nor is there any other name given to men, after that
of Jesus, from which so much salvation is poured forth upon men as
from the name of Mary." He continues, "that the devout
invocation of this sweet and holy name leads to the acquisition of
superabundant graces in this life, and a very high degree of glory
in the next."
After the most sacred name of Jesus, the name of Mary is so rich in
every good thing, that on earth and in heaven there is no other from
which devout souls receive so much grace, hope, and sweetness. Hence Richard
of St. Laurence encourages sinners to have recourse
to this great name, "because it alone will suffice to cure them of
all their evils;" and "there is no disorder, however malignant,
that does not immediately yield to the power of the name of Mary."
The Blessed Raymond Jordano says, "that however hardened and
diffident a heart may be, the name of this most Blessed Virgin has
such efficacy, that if it is only pronounced that heart will be
wonderfully softened." Moreover, it is well known, and is daily
experienced by the clients of Mary, that her powerful name gives the
particular strength necessary to overcome temptations against purity.
In fine, "thy name, O Mother of God, is filled with divine graces
and blessings," as St. Methodius says. So much so, that
St. Bonaventure declares, "that thy name, O Mary, cannot be
pronounced without bringing some grace to him who does so devoutly." . .
grant, O Lady, that we may often remember to name thee with love and
confidence; for this practice either shows the possession of divine
grace, or else is a pledge that we shall soon recover it.
On the other hand, Thomas a Kempis affirms "that the devils fear
the Queen of heaven to such a degree, that only on hearing her great
name pronounced, they fly from him who does so as from a burning fire."
The Blessed Virgin herself revealed to St. Bridget "that there is
not on earth a sinner, however devoid he may be of the love of God,
from whom the devil is not obliged immediately to fly, if he invokes
her holy name with a determination to repent."
On another occasion she repeated the same thing to the saint, saying,
"that all the devils venerate and fear her name to such a degree,
that on hearing it they immediately loosen the claws with which they
hold the soul captive." Our Blessed Lady also told St. Bridget,
"that in the same way as the rebel angels fly from sinners who
invoke the name of Mary, so also do the good angels approach nearer
to just souls who pronounce her name with devotion."
Consoling indeed are the promises of help made by Jesus Christ to
those who have devotion to the name of Mary; for one day in the
hearing of St. Bridget, He promised His Most Holy Mother that He
would grant three special graces to those who invoke that holy name
First, that He would grant them perfect sorrow for their sins;
Secondly, that their crimes should be atoned for; and,
Thirdly, that He would give them strength to attain perfection,
and at length the glory of paradise.
And then our Divine Savior added: "For thy words, O My Mother, are
so sweet and agreeable to Me, that I cannot deny what thou askest."
St. Ephrem goes so far as to say, "that the name of Mary is the
key of the gates of heaven," in the hands of those who devoutly
invoke it. And thus it is not without reason that St. Bonaventure
says "that Mary is the salvation of all who call upon her."
"O most sweet name! O Mary, what must thou thyself be, since thy
name alone is thus amiable and gracious," exclaims Blessed Henry
Let us, therefore, always take advantage of the beautiful advice given
us by St. Bernard, in these words: "In dangers, in perplexities, in
doubtful cases, think of Mary, call on Mary; let her not leave thy
lips; let her not depart from thy heart."
The Powerful Names of Jesus and Mary
In every danger of forfeiting divine grace, we should think of Mary,
and invoke her name, together with that of Jesus; for these two
names always go together. O, then, never let us permit these two
most sweet names to leave our hearts, or be off our lips; for they
will give us strength not only not to yield, but to conquer all our
"The invocation of the sacred names of Jesus and Mary," says
Thomas A. Kempis, "is a short prayer which is as sweet to the mind,
and as powerful to protect those who use it against the enemies of
their salvation, as it is easy to remember."
Hour of Death
Thus we see that the most holy name of Mary is sweet indeed to her
clients during life, on account of the very great graces that she
obtains for them. But sweeter still will it be to them in death, on
account of the tranquil and holy end that it will insure them.
Let us then, O devout reader, beg God to grant us, that at death the
name of Mary may be the last word on our lips. This was the prayer of
St. Germanus: "May the last movement of my tongue be to pronounce
the name of the Mother of God;" O sweet, O safe is that death which is
accompanied and protected by so saying a name; for God only grants the
grace of invoking it to those whom He is about to save.
Father Sertorius Caputo, of the Society of Jesus, exhorted all who
assist the dying frequently to pronounce the name of Mary; for this
name of life and hope, when repeated at the hour of death, suffices
to put the devils to flight, and to comfort such persons in their
"Blessed is the man who loves thy name, O Mary," exclaims
St. Bonaventure."Yes, truly blessed is he who loves thy sweet
name, O Mother of God! for," he continues, "thy name is so
glorious and admirable, that no one who remembers it has any fears
at the hour of death."
Such is its power, that none of those who invoke it at the hour of
death fear the assaults of their enemies. St. Camillus de Lellis
urged the members of his community to remind the dying often to
utter the holy names of Jesus and Mary. Such was his custom when
assisting people in their last hour.
Oh, that we may end our lives as did the Capuchin Father, Fulgentius
of Ascoli, who expired singing, "O Mary, O Mary, the most beautiful
of creatures! let us depart together."
Let us conclude with the tender prayer of St. Bonaventure:
"I ask thee, O Mary, for the glory of thy name, to come and meet
my soul when it is departing from this world, and to take it in
Daily Prayer to Obtain the Powerful
Patronage of the Most Holy Mary
by Saint Alphonsus Liguori
Most Holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, it is to you,
who are the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the world,
the advocate, the hope and the refuge of sinners, that I
have recourse today, I, who most of all am deserving of
pity. Most humbly do I offer you my homage, O great Queen,
and I thank you for all the graces you have obtained for me
until now, and particularly for having saved me from Hell,
which, by my sins, I have so often deserved.
I love you, O most lovable Lady, and because of my love for
you, I promise to serve you always and to do all in my power
to win others to love you also. In your hands I place all my
hopes; I entrust the salvation of my soul to your care. Accept
me as your servant, O Mother of Mercy; receive me under your
mantle. And since you have such power with God, deliver me from
all temptations, and obtain for me the strength to triumph over
them until death.
Of you I ask the grace of perfect love for Jesus Christ. Through
your help I hope to die a happy death. O my Mother I beg you, by
the love you bear from my God, to help me at all times, but especially
at the last moment of my earthly life. Do not leave me, I beseech you,
until you see me safe in Heaven, blessing you and singing your mercies
for all eternity, Amen. So I hope, so may it be.
Revlations of Saint Bridget of Sweden
, Italian Miniaturist; 1400; Illumination on parchment; The Morgan Library and Museum, New
Madonna and Christ Child Enthroned
by Antonio da Negroponte; 1455; San Francesco della Vigna, Venice, Italia;
Madonna of Humility
by Fra Angelico; 1418; The Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, Russia;
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