Refuge of Sinners . . .
To whom can we, having refused God's love for us, turn to find the strengths which will help us overcome our weakness. We find in Mary a created person like ourselves, who said, "yes," to God and accepted the consequences, not understanding, but relying upon the word of the angel. Our offences against God stem from our desire to know and shape the results of the choices we make; whether in conformity with God's will or not.
Mary's love for each of her wayward children is beyond our understanding. Upon reflection of one's past life so many are the now obvious touches and directions given by her loving hand which, had they not been present, would have resulted in spiritual and even physical disaster. Oh Mary, open our hearts to accept without demanding to know why, without conditions, the circumstances of our lives. Show us what true purity really means, and lead us to submit our wills to always say, "yes" to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier of souls.
Most certainly God will not condemn those sinners who have recourse to Mary, and for whom she prays, since he himself gave them to her as her children. (1) St. Alphonsus Liguori
Oh sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all your necessities. Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine will that she should help in every kind of necessity. (2) St. Basil
Let us then cast ourselves at the feet of this good mother, and embracing them, let us not depart until she blesses us, and accepts us for her children. (3) St. Bernard-abbot of Clairvaux
There is no sinner in the world, however much he may be at odds with God, who does not return to him and recover his grace, if he has recourse to Mary and asks her assistance. (4) St. Bridget of Sweden
As by Mary heavenly peace was once for all given to the world, so by her are sinners still reconciled to God. (5) St. Epiphanius
great a sinner we may have been, if we show ourselves devout to Mary, we will
(6) St. Hilary
mother of my God, how can one as unworthy as I announce thy praises? Mary,
pray for me, a poor sinner.
(7) St. John Neumann
The son of God being ready to punish the sinner is petitioned by Mary who stops the sword, and begs pardon for the poor criminal. (8) St. John Vianney
are only three ways to conquer impurity: fasting, flight from occasions of sin,
and love for Mary.
(9) St. Robert Bellermine
are exceedingly dear to Mary on account of the suffering we cost her.
Mothers generally love those children most, the preservation of whose lives has
cost them the most suffering. We are those children for whom Mary, in
order to obtain for us the life of grace, was obliged to endure the bitter agony
of herself offering her beloved Jesus to die before her own eyes, of the most
(10) St. Alphonsus Liguori
If you invoke the Blessed Virgin when you are tempted, she will come at once to your help, and Satan will leave you. (11) St. John Vianney
sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all your necessities.
Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in
every kind of necessity.
(12) St. Basil the Great
No matter how sinful one may have been, if he has devotion to Mary, it is impossible that he be lost. (13) St. Hilary of Poitiers
Teach me with your motherly concern the way to heaven, according to the teaching of your Son. Do not allow me ever to be discouraged, for you are my mother, the Advocate and Refuge of all sinners. (14) St. Vincent Pillotti
Remember that Mary is always the refuge of sinners, no matter what your sins are. (15) St. Vincent Pillotti
How can it be otherwise than that the salvation of sinners should come from the remembrance of her praises, whose womb was made the way through which the Savior came to save sinners? (16) St. Anselm
Resolve to sin no more, and I promise that undoubtedly you will find Mary more ready to love you than any earthly mother. (17) St. Gregory VII, pope
He who does not the works of his mother, gives up his claim to her. (18) St. Peter Chrysologus
So long, then, as a sinner is obstinate, Mary cannot love him; but if he (finding himself chained by some passion which keeps him a slave of hell) recommends himself to the Blessed Virgin, and implores her, with confidence and perseverance, to withdraw him the state of sin in which he is, there can be no doubt but this good mother will extend her powerful hand to him, will deliver him from his chains and lead him to a state of salvation. (19) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Most certainly God will not condemn those sinners who have recourse to Mary, and for whom she prays since he himself commended them to her as her children. (20) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
By the prayers of Mary almost innumerable sinners are converted. (21) St. Methodius
I am the city of refuge to all who fly to me. (22) St. John Damascene
You are the only advocate of sinners, and of all who are unprotected. (23) St. Ephrem
O Mary, we poor sinners know no other refuge than you, for you are our only hope, and on you we rely for our salvation. (24) St. Ephrem
Mary is a tabernacle made by God, in which he alone entered to accomplish the great work of the redemption of man. (25) St. Germanus
It is true, O Lord, that at the time there was none to raise up sinners and withhold your wrath, for Mary was not yet born and so, no one can be found more fit for this office than Mary, who seizes the sword of divine justice with her own hands to prevent it from falling upon and punishing the sinner. (26) St. Bonaventure
Thou, O Lady, do not reject any sinner who approaches you, however loathsome and repugnant he may be. If he asks your assistance, you do not hesitate to extend your compassionate hand to him, to extricate him from the gulf of despair. (27) St. Bernard
You are the Mother of God, and all-powerful to save sinners, and with God you need no other recommendation; for you are the Mother of true life. (28) St. Germanus
No creature can obtain so many and so great favors as you obtain for poor sinners; and so without doubt God honors you not only as a handmaid, but as his most true Mother. (29) William of Paris
Far be it from this divine Mother, who brought the source itself of tender compassion into the world, to think that she should ever deny her mercy to any sinner who has recourse to her. (30) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
They imagine him rigorous, who is all compassion; terrible, who is all love. What do you fear, O ye of little faith? With his own hands he has fastened your sins to the cross. But if by chance, you fear to have recourse to Jesus Christ because the majesty of God in him overawes you - for though he became man, he did not cease to be God - and you desire another advocate with this divine mediator, go to Mary, for she will intercede for you with the son, who will most certainly hear her; and then he will intercede with the Father, who can deny nothing to such a son. (31) St. Bernard
then Mary, was made Mother of God on account of sinners, how can I, however
great my sins may be, despair of pardon?
(32) St. Anselm
Mary can despise no sinner, but receives all, and welcomes all, the moment they have recourse to her. (33) Abbot of Celles
Mary is not only the refuge of the innocent, but also of the wicked, who implore her protection: "I am a city of refuge to all who fly to me." (34) St. John Damascene
You embrace with maternal affection a sinner who is even despised by the whole world, nor do you cease your embrace until you have reconciled him with his judge. (35) St. Bonaventure.
Since, O my Lady, you are the refuge of all sinners, you are also my refuge. As you despise no one who has recourse to you, despise me not, who gives myself to you. (36) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
know that you are so dear to God that he denies you nothing. I know also
that your pleasure is to use your greatness for the relief of miserable sinners.
Then, show how great is the favor that you enjoy with God, by obtaining for me a
divine light and flame so powerful that I may be changed from a sinner into a
saint; and detaching myself from every earthly affection, divine love may be
enkindled in me. Do this, O Lady, for you can do it. Do it for the
love of God, who has made you so great, so powerful, and so compassionate.
(37) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Although the experience of sin is a sad one since it disfigures the dignity of God's children, anyone who turns to Mary discovers the beauty of truth and love and finds the path that leads to the Father's house. (38) Benedict XVI, pope
Mother of Sorrows, Queen of martyrs and of sufferings, you have wept for your
Son who died for my salvation; but of what use will your tears be to me if I am
lost eternally? By the merits of your sorrows obtain for me true
repentance for my sins and a real change of life.
(39) St. Alphonsus Liguori
All the sins of your life seem to be rising up against you. Don't lose heart. Rather, call on your Mother, Holy Mary, with the faith and abandonment of a child. She will bring peace to your soul. (40) St. Josemaria Escrivá
Have confidence. Return. Invoke Our Lady and you will be faithful. (41) St. Josemaria Escrivá
No matter how sinful one may have been, if he has devotion to Mary, it is impossible that he be lost. (42) St. Hilary of Poitiers