Okay this is not my post either. I found this at http://www.catholicspiritualmotherhood.com/ but since we could all use these benefits in these trying times, I thought I would post it.
Benefits of the Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary
graces to the souls who honor her daily
by saying seven Hail Mary’s and
meditating on her tears and dolors.
I will grant peace to their families.
They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.
I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.
I have obtained from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.
Our Lord promised the following four graces to St. John:
1.)Those who invoke the Heavenly Mother through her sorrows will obtain true sorrow for their sins before death.
2.) Our Savior will protect them in their tribulations, especially at the hour of death.
3.) He will impress upon them the memory of His Passion, and will reward them for it in Heaven.
4.) He will commit such devout servants to the hands of Mary, that she may dispose of them according to their pleasure, and obtain for them all the graces she desires.
Father Faber* names seven more graces:
1.) This devotion has a remarkable connection to great interior holiness.
2.) It reveals the emptiness of worldly joys. Worldliness finds no soul harder to attack than one entrenched in the sorrows of Our Blessed Mother.
3.) It gives us a permanent share in the sorrow for sin which Jesus and Mary felt.
4.) It keeps our thoughts close to Jesus Crucified.
5.) It communicates to our souls the spirit of the Cross and gives us strength to endure our own sufferings with resignation to the Holy Will of God.
6.) This devotion is wholly covered with the Precious Blood of Jesus and leads us directly into the depths of the Heart of Our Savior.
7.) Anyone who during their lifetime has felt compassion for our afflicted Mother may consider this a most assured sign of predestination.
Benefits of Devotion to the Seven Sorrows Spiritual Motherhood
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Dear Lord help us to educate our family for your glory.
"Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."--Gravissimum Educationis (one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council)
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