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The Glories Of Mary

by ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI

TUESDAY.
Prayer to Mary most holy to obtain a good death.



OH Mary, what will be my death? I tremble
and am confounded when I now consider my
sins, and think of that great, decisive moment
of my salvation or eternal damnation, when I
shall die and be judged. Oh my most sweet
mother, my hopes are in the blood of Jesus
Christ, and in thy intercession. Oh consoler of
the afflicted, do not abandon me then; do not
cease consoling me in that great affliction. If
now I am tormented with remorse on account
of past sins, the uncertainty of pardon, the
danger of relapse, and the rigor of divine justice,
what will become of me then? If thou
dost not aid me, I am lost. Ah, my Lady, before
my death arrives, obtain for me a great sorrow
for my sins, a true amendment, and fidelity
to God for the life that remains to me. And
when the last moment of my life comes, oh Mary
my hope, aid me then in my great distress, and
encourage me then that I may not despair at the
sight of my sins which the demon will present
to me. Obtain for me the grace to invoke thee
then more constantly, that I may expire with
thy sweet name, and that of thy most holy Son,
upon my lips. And now, oh Lady, pardon my
boldness: before I expire come thyself to coneole
me by thy presence. This grace thou hast
granted to so many of thy servants, I also wish
and hope for it. I am, indeed, a sinner, and I
do not merit it; but I am thy servant, who
loves thee, and has great confidence in thee.
Oh Mary, I wait for thee, do not leave me
disconsolate. At least, if I am not worthy of so
great a favor, assist me from heaven, that I may
die in the love of God and of thee, and come
to love God and thee eternally in paradise.

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