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Mary-Likeness Prayer
« on: April 27, 2018, 12:10:25 AM »
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  • I found the following prayer in an old prayer book...

    (Forgive me the text is different sizes I copy pasted from the only website I could find the prayer on)


    Mary-like in soul and body!
    Mary-like in mind and heart!
    Mary-like in every action –
    Child of God, how fair thou art!
    Fair to Christ and all His angels,
    Fair to earth since thou art seen
    To be like her – like MARY
    Earth’s and Heaven’s fairest Queen. 
    Mary-like in soul! What beauty
    When thy soul is full of grace!
    What a Mary-smile will greet thee
    When thou’lt meet her face to face!
    Mary-like in body! Keeping
    All the senses in control;
    Looks and bearing both revealing
    A Mary-temple for thy soul.

     Mary-like in mind and memory!
    Sinful thoughts and fancies flee;
    Idle dreams and selfish musings
    Find no place, fair child, in thee.
    For the Mary-mind is lifted
    From all sordid thoughts to live
    On the high and noble promptings
    That a Mary-soul would give.

     Mary-like in thy affections,
    Loving all, excluding none –
    Loving, as you think our Lady
    Ever faithful, would have done;
    Mary-like in every action
    In enjoyment, work or prayer,
    Watching Mary, copying Mary,
    Loving Mary, everywhere.

    Mayst thou catch her gentle manner,
    And her calm and queenly ways,
    Mayst thou learn her art of bearing
    Words of censure or of praise;
    Mayst thou learn the hidden secret
    Of her smile, so kind, so true,
    Which reflects the radiant beauty
    Of her pure soul gleaming through.

     In a word, may all the greatness,
    All the sweetness of her ways,
    All the inner grace and beauty,
    Heaven and earth delight to praise,
    Find their likeness in thine own soul
    Child of Mary, as thou art,
    Making these more like thy mother,
    Ever dearer to her heart.

     Night and day, in joy and sorrow,
    Night and day, ’neath crushing care,
    Ask of Christ true Mary-likeness,
    Through the year be this thy prayer,
    Christ will hear, and Christ will answer
    If thy pleading but ring true,
    “JESUS, make me just like MARY,
    MARY, make me just like YOU.”

    Nihil Obstat
    Joseph R. Casey
    Censor Deputatus
    April 11, 1941


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