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Weekly Features: Sept. 21, 2015

September 24 is the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy.

Virgin full of goodness,
Mother of mercy,
I entrust to you my body and my soul,
my thoughts and my actions,
my life and my death.
My Queen,
come to my aid
and deliver me from the snares of the devil.
Obtain for me the grace of loving
my Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
with a true and perfect love,
and after Him,  O Mary,
of loving you with all my heart
and above all things.

– Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Dominican, Doctor of the Church, taught and preached at Paris, Orvieto, Rome, Viterbo, and Naples. Blessed Art Thou: A Treasury of Marian Prayers and Devotions by Richard J. Beyer. Notre Dame, IN : Ave Maria Press, c1996, BX2160.2 B46 1996, p. 105.

Content for this week:

Matthew's Sketch of Mary

In what ways can Mary be shown as Our Lady of Mercy? (Mercedarian)

How can Spirituality be Marian?

Knock National Irish Mary Garden

Marian Shrines in Ireland

Can you tell me about the Marian shrine at Walsingham, England?

September Commemorations

Image shown: unknown Lithuanian painter, Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn or Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of Mercy

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