It’s a great blessing for me to have been invited to participate in the Our Lady of Charity Blog Novena! It’s such a beautiful idea to gather people online to pray a virtual novena to our Blessed Mother – especially under such an intriguing title – and I’m grateful for the opportunity to highlight the marvelous work of fellow author, Maria Morera Johnson. In her book, “Our Lady of Charity: How a Cuban Devotion to Mary Helped me Grow in Faith and Love”(Ave Maria Press), Cuban-born Johnson contemplates and explores the impact devotion to Our Lady of Charity, patroness of Cuba, has had on the Cuban people and herself and she does a great job of telling both the miraculous story of the devotion and her own story. You can read my review of the book for National Catholic Register here.
For now, please what miracles our Blessed Mother has in store for you and join us in Day 3 of the Novena to Our Lady of Charity. If you’re new to the novena, there’s still time to catch up on Day 1 and Day 2!
Hail Mary! What joy in my soul, oh loving Virgin Mary, what sweet thoughts arise in this greeting. May my heart be filled with jubilation at reciting the Hail Mary and recalling your fiat at hearing the Angel’s message that you would bear a Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.
O beloved Virgin Mary, my Mother, I consecrate myself to you today: my eyes, my ears, my tongue, my heart, in other words, my whole being. I am yours, Oh Mother of Mercy, guard me and defend me as your son/daughter. Amen.
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REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
You can join us for the rest of the novena at the sites below. Thank you for praying with us! May God bless you and all that you do, and may Our Lady of Charity protect and guide you!