Sep. 12 Wednesday of the Twenty-Third Week of Ordinary Time; Optional Memorial of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Opt. Mem.

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On this day dedicated to the Holy Name of Mary let us repeat that wonderful prayer of Saint Bernard, responding to Pope Benedict XVI’s invitation to “invite everyone to become a trusting child before Mary, even as the Son of God did. Saint Bernard says, and we say with him: ‘Look to the star of the sea, call upon Mary � in danger, in distress, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. May her name never be far from your lips, or far from your heart � If you follow her, you will not stray; if you pray to her, you will not despair; if you turn your thoughts to her, you will not err. If she holds you, you will not fall; if she protects you, you need not fear; if she is your guide, you will not tire; if she is gracious to you, you will surely reach your destination”‘ (Benedict XVI, address at Heiligenkreuz Abbey, September 9, 2007). — Luciano Alimandi

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