The Holy Name of Mary

The following quotes, reflecting the wisdom of the saints, were collected for a sermon by Fr. Michael Rodríguez.

St. John Eudes (1601-1680) explains:

“By an express order of the Most Holy Trinity, [the] glorious Archangel [Gabriel] was deputed to declare to St. Joachim and St. Anne, that the Divine Majesty willed to give them a daughter who should be called Mary, which name was subsequently given Her [by Her father], St. Joachim.  Therefore … this holy name of Mary has come from Heaven … and from the heart of the adorable Trinity.”

St. Methodius (815-885) exclaims, “Thy name, O Mother of God, is filled with divine graces and blessings.”

St. Richard of St. Lawrence († 1250) says, “After the Name of Jesus, there is no other in which men find so powerful assistance and salvation as in the great name of Mary.”

St. Bonaventure (1218-1274) declares, “Thy Name, O Mary, cannot be pronounced without bringing some grace to him who does so devoutly.”

Blessed Raymond Jordano (14th century) says: “Every good, every help, every grace which men have received and will receive from God until the end of time, came, and will come, to them by the intercession and through the hands of Mary…

“The Most Holy Trinity has given Thee a name, O Mary, which after that of Thy divine Son, is above all names; a name at the sound of which all creatures in Heaven, earth and hell, bow the knee; its grace, glory, and virtue all tongues confess and honor.  Thy Name, after that of Thy Son, is most powerful to assist us in obtaining eternal salvation.  Thy Name, above the names of all the Saints, has virtue to comfort the weak, to cure the sick, to give sight to the blind, to soften hearts, to encourage the weary, to fortify those who combat and to overthrow the tyranny of the demons.”

Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471) exhorts us, “Have recourse to Mary, invoke the name of Mary, honor Mary, recommend yourselves to Mary.”

St. Bernard of Clairvaux proclaims:

“Look to the star of the sea, call upon Mary … in danger, in distress, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary.  May Her name never be far from your lips, or far from your heart … If you follow Her, you will not stray; if you pray to Her, you will not despair; if you turn your thoughts to Her, you will not err. If She holds you, you will not fall; if She protects you, you need not fear; if She is your guide, you will not tire; if She is gracious to you, you will surely reach your destination.”

St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) teaches:

“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 temptations.”

Let us pray:

Mary, Virgin Mother, pray for us.
Mary, Our Lady, pray for us.
Mary, Our Queen, pray for us.
Mary, Our Life, pray for us.
Mary, Our Sweetness, pray for us.
Mary, Our Hope, pray for us.
Mary, Our Lady of Loreto, pray for us.
Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.
Mary, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us.
Mary, Our Lady of La Salette, pray for us.
Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
Mary, Our Lady of Dolors, pray for us.
Mary, Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us.
Mary, Our Lady of Victory, pray for us.