"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "

St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "

Thomas á Kempis

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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."

Thomas á Kempis

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FROM THE "PENNY CATECHISM"

     

Commentary on the 'Hail Mary'

160.

What is the chief prayer to the Blessed Virgin which the Church uses?

 

The chief prayer to the Blessed Virgin which the church uses is the Hail Mary.

 
161. Say the Hail Mary.

 

Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 
  162. Who made the first part of the Hail Mary?
 
 

The Angel Gabriel and St. Elizabeth, inspired by the Holy Spirit, made the first part of the Hail Mary.

 
  163. Who made the second part of the Hail Mary?
 
 

'The Church of God, guided by the Holy Spirit, made the second part of the Hail Mary.

 
164. Why should we frequently say the Hail Mary?
 

We should frequently say the Hail Mary to put us in mind of the Incarnation of the Son of God; and to honor our Blessed Lady, the Mother of God.

 
165. Have we another reason for often saying the Hail Mary?
 

We have another reason for often saying the Hail Mary - to ask our Blessed Lady to pray for us sinners at all times, but especially at the hour of our death.

 
166. Why does the Catholic Church show great devotion to the Blessed Virgin?
 

The Catholic Church shows great devotion to the Blessed Virgin because she is the Immaculate Mother of God.

 
167. How is the Blessed Virgin Mother of God?
 

The Blessed Virgin is Mother of God because Jesus Christ, her son, who was born of her as man, is not only man, but is also truly God.

 
168. Is the Blessed Virgin our Mother also?
 

The Blessed Virgin is our Mother also because, being the brethren of Jesus, we are the children of Mary.

 
168a. What do we mean by the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin?
 

By the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin we mean that by the power of God, Mary, at the completion of her life, was taken body and soul into everlasting glory to reign as Queen of heaven and earth.

 
168b. Is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin an article of faith?
 
 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is an article of Faith because it has been solemnly defined by the infallible authority of the Church.