Comforter of the Afflicted

Comforter of the Afflicted, pray for us.

St. Germanus says, “O Mary, who, after thy Son, is as solicitous for the whole human race as thou art? Who protects us in our trials as thou dost?” Who, O Mary, watches over our interests as thou dost? Who is solicitous as thou art for us in our afflictions? “No,” replies St. Antoninus; “no saint can be found who compassionates us in our miseries as does this most tender Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary.” And as the miseries which afflict us the most are disorders of the soul, Blessed Henry Suso calls Mary “the most faithful comfortress of sinners.” We need only show Mary the wounds of our souls, and she immediately helps us by her prayers, and consoles us. Nay, even as Richard of St. Victor writes, her compassion anticipates our wants, and she relieves us before we invoke her. Let us say, then with St. Bonaventure:

“O Mary, console us always, but especially at the hour of our death: come at that last hour and receive our souls, and present them thyself to thy Son, who will judge us.”

From The Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus de Liguori

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