Mater Admirabilis

Mater Admirabilis Prayer

The following prayer, written by Superior General Sabine de Valon in 1960 for use by Convents of the Sacred Heart, was submitted by Mary Lou Gavan, RSCJ.

Mother most Admirable, you make all things easy for us.

O Mother of Jesus, we come to you as to a living spring to quench our thirst,
or as to a fire to warm our hearts.
You are the light of dawn that dispels our darkness,
the Mother always attentive to the distress of her children.

O Mother most Admirable, life is often hard,
nor is it easy to tread the path of duty with unwavering step

It is not easy to love our neighbor, our brother, as Jesus would have us love him,
to keep our souls unchanged amid the changing chances of life,
to love creatures and yet keep our hearts for God alone,
to be little and humble when pride rises up within us.

It is difficult to walk steadily toward the God of light, through dark and misty ways.

There are days when everything is a burden;
but you, O Wonderful Mother, can make everything easy;
not by taking away the hard things, for God did not take away yours.
You make them easy by making our love stronger.
It was love that impelled you, on the threshold of your high destiny,
to utter your “Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.”
That word, once given, you never took back,
you never resisted suffering
but opened yourself to its action,
humbly and sweetly given  to God.

O Mother, may your example be my strength.
Make everything easy in my life, not by suppressing pain,
but by giving me a love stronger than the pain.

O most sweet Mother, give me a valiant heart,
and when my love grows weak, give me, your child, something of your own love, that I may learn again from you what true love means.

Mater Admirabilis

Original fresco is in Rome

Prayer to Mater Admirabilis

This prayer by Marie-Therese de Lescure rscj invites us to ask Mater to "give us the singleness of vision so that we, too, may see the Invisible and Essential in all."

 

Under the pressure of over activity which at times consumes us, disturbs us, or scatters our energies in doing what is visible and accidental, let us come to our "Mater." She is the Mother of the Invisible, and the Mother of the Essential. 

Let us ask her to detach us, to free us from all that is not important, to lead us on, and fix our gaze upon the Invisible which her own eyes look upon: the Invisible Presence, the Invisible Life; the Invisible Action: the Invisible Love, all those things which are eternal values in us and the great realities of faith. 

May she keep us throughout our busy and over-crowded days in the radiance of things that are not seen and firm as if we beheld them Invisible. In the midst of non-essentials which invite and often distract us, we run the risk of encumbering our beings and confusing our values. May She give us the right understanding of the Essential and a hunger for it. 

One thing alone is necessary -- the will of God and the work of His love. May Mater give us the singleness of vision so that we, too, may see the Invisible and Essential in all. 

 

Marie-Therese de Lescure rscj

Superior General,  1946-1958

Circular Letter, 16 July 1949

Litany to Mater Admirabilis:

Mother most Admirable, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, Lily of the Valley, and Flower of the Field, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, whose image shows forth the beauty of purity, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you make all things easy for us, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, to look upon you lifts us above the things of earth, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you teach us to love Jesus, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you break the bonds of the most hardened sinners, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you teach us to despise the pleasures and honors of the world; Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you reveal to your children the secrets of the Tabernacle, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, purer than the whitest Lily, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, balm for every wound, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you hold the secret of perfect serenity, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, Model of true Greatness, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, at whose feet we would remain forever, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, none can approach you without becoming holier, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, best of comforters, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, lowly as the hidden violet, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you fill our hearts with happiness, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you give us a foretaste of Heaven, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you give courage for the greatest sacrifices, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, delight of Heaven and earth, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, the very thought of you brings peace to the heart, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you speak to all the words of Life, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, to look upon you is to find peace, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, Mother of the interior life, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you revive our failing courage Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, your gentle modesty equals your high dignity, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, you have long ago revealed how dear this title is to you, Pray for us;

Mother most Admirable, none have never invoked you in vain, Pray for us;

Amen.

 

Article: Mater Admirabilis, A Goodness that Has No Limits

https://www.traditioninaction.org/religious/a006rp.htm

 

Article on the revelation that this title is her “especial favorite” title: https://margefenelon.com/6431/a-reader-asks-why-did-mary-want-to-be-called-mother-most-admirable/

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