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The Characters of Theophrastus


The Art of Worldly Wisdom

Baltasar Gracian

Esoteric Buddhism

A. P. Sinnett

Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu, James Legge (trans.)

An easy method of meditation; or, Practical explanation of the second manner of prayer of st. Ignatius [in his Exercitia spiritualia] tr. by L.M.K.

by Fran├žois Xavier Schouppe


The words of the two first parts are divine, since the persons who pronounced them were inspired by God Himself. Those of the petition are sanctioned by the Holy Ghost, since the Church, always assisted by the Holy Spirit, has dictated them.

The words of the Archangel are: Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women (Luke, i. 28).

The words of St. Elizabeth are: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb (Luke, i. 42).

The petition added by the Church is: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Words Of The Hail Mary Meditated, Hail, Mary, Full Of Grace.

Hail. Expression of good-will and felicitation.

The Archangel would most probably have employed the salutation in common use amongst the Hebrews: Peace! This salutation includes every expression of joy and happiness, and St. Luke has rendered it by the word xa'Pe> rejoice! The common expression hail, addressed by the faithful to the Queen of Heaven is, then, a sublime salutation: Thou art blessed, O Mary! and we rejoice to proclaim it: Ave Maria! Is it not the fulfilment of the prophetic words pronounced by Mary in the house of Elizabeth: Behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed! (Luke, i. 48).

Hail. A salutation addressed to a man expresses a wish, a desire, a prayer; addressed to Mary, it is a tribute of admiration, of respect, of joy, and of love. . . .

Hail. Who am I, O Queen of Heaven, to pay you my homage? But your goodness equals your greatness; the sentiments of your Divine Son are also yours, and you say to us, with Him, these touching words: Come to me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you (Matt. xi. 28).

Hail, Mary! O most sweet, most amiable, as well as most august of all creatures! What happiness, what joy, what consolation for our hearts, to be able to approach your throne, to speak to you, to converse with you simply, familiarly, like children with the best of mothers! . . .

Mary! O most amiable, most holy, most beautiful of all names, after that of Jesus! We may here make use of the words of St. Bernard, speaking of the holy name of Jesus, and say that the name of Mary is music to the ear, honeycomb to the mouth, and nectar to the heart, which it inundates with sweetness and oy. . . .

Mary. This name signifies Sovereign, Star of the Sea. . .

Ah! it is no empty title, but the true expression of your greatness, O Mary

Mary! O most tender, most amiable of mothers, how sweet it is to me to repeat your name! May I have it ever on my lips, ever in my heart, ever during life, and in the agony of death. . . .

Mary. This name rejoices heaven, consoles the earth, and makes hell tremble. . . .

Mary. This name is inscribed on all devout hearts. Love for Mary is a mark of true piety, a safeguard against sin, a pledge of salvation. . . .

Mary. This name, like that of Jesus, is a light, a strengthening food, a balm for all our wounds. . . .

Mary. In darkness and storms, in afflictions and temptations, think of Mary, invoke Mar}'. . .

Maty. Happy are those who have a true devotion to Mary! . . . This true and solid devotion is founded on a lively faith in the greatness of this august Virgin, and her maternal goodness towards us. . . . This faith will produce holy practises, the invocation of Mary and the imitation of her virtues. . . .

Mary. O name a thousand times blessed ! you will be my hope in this life and my joy during all eterpity. . . .

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