Message in a bottle

Message in a bottle


Look at the Star

O, you who are cast about in the floods and storms of this world, do not turn your eyes from the splendor of this star, unless you would be overwhelmed. If the winds of temptation surge about and you are cast upon the rocks of trial and testing, look to the star, call upon Mary. If you are thrown down by the waves of pride, ambition, slander, jealousy; look to the star, call upon Mary.If anger, greed, or the lure of the flesh pound against the ship of your heart, look to Mary. If the vastness of your sin disheartens you, if your guilt confuses you and shames you, if you stand in terror of the judgement, if you tremble on the brink of a sadness that threatened to consume you, on the edge of despair, think of Mary.In danger, in suffering, in doubt, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let her not be absent from your speaking, let her not be absent from your heart. And that you might gain the help of her prayers, keep the example of her prayer ever in mind.Following her, you will not lose your way.Calling on her, you will not give up hope.Thinking of her, you will not go wrong.With her to uphold you, you will not fail.With her to protect you, you will not be afraid.With her to lead you, you will not grow weary.With her to plead your cause, you will arrive safe.And so you will experience for yourself how rightly it is said:"And the virgin's name was Mary."

(Bernard of Clairvaux)

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