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"Mother of my Lord," St. Luke 1:43.

     After Mary went to visit Elizabeth her cousin, at Mary's greeting scripture tells us that Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. She didn't just receive a portion of the Holy Ghost, she  was filled with the Holy Ghost.  "And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. "  verses 40 and 41. Note, there are two  very  important things happened here at the greeting of Mary. The child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.  Why did the child leap in her womb? Elizabeth said it leaped with joy, vs. 45. What was the cause of this joy? The Church says St. John was sanctified in the womb of his mother at that moment by the power of the Holy Ghost. Thus we see the angel prophesying this to Zachariah a few verses previously. "For he shall be great before the Lord; and shall drink no wine nor strong drink: and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother' s womb." verse 15. Not only is the mother filled with the Holy Ghost at the greeting of Mary but also the child. I pray holy Mary will greet me with such a greeting, that I also may be filled with the Holy Ghost  some day.

     Also, after Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Ghost, she blesses the mother first and Jesus second. Shouldn't it be  the other way around? Shouldn't we bless the Son of God first and then His holy mother? But Jesus wanted to honor His mother for all eternity so, St. Louis de Montfort says, "In order to bless  Jesus more perfectly, we begin by blessing his mother." Now let us reverently pray the Hail Mary:Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women,and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death.   Amen


The Hail Mary of a Protestant
(A true story)

A little six-year-old Protestant boy had often heard his Catholic companions reciting the prayer "Hail Mary." He liked it so much that he copied it, memorized it and would recite it every day. "Look, Mommy, what a beautiful prayer," he said to his mother one day.

"Never again say it," answered the mother. "It is a superstitious prayer of Catholics who adore idols and think Mary a goddess. After all, she is a woman like any other. Come on, take this Bible and read it. It contains everything that we are bound to do and have to do." From that day on the little boy discontinued his daily "Hail Mary" and gave himself more time to reading the Bible instead.

One day, while reading the Gospel, he came across the passage about the Annunciation of the Angel to Our Lady. Full of joy, the little boy ran to his mother and said: "Mommy, I have found the 'Hail Mary' in the Bible which says: 'Hail full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women.' Why do you call it a superstitious prayer?"

On another occasion he found that beautiful Salutation of St. Elizabeth to the Virgin Mary and the wonderful canticle MAGNIFICAT in which Mary foretold that "the generations would call her blessed."

He said no more about it to his mother but started to recite the "Hail Mary" every day as before. He felt pleasure in addressing those charming words to the Mother of Jesus, our Savior.

When he was fourteen, he one day heard a discussion on Our Lady among the members of his family. Every one said that Mary was a common woman like any other woman. The boy, after listening to their erroneous reasoning could not bear it any longer, and full of indignation, he interrupted them, saying:

"Mary is not like any other children of Adam, stained with sin. No! The Angel called her FULL OF GRACE AND BLESSED AMONGST WOMEN. Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ and consequently Mother of God. There is no higher dignity to which a creature can be raised. The Gospel says that the generations will proclaim her blessed and you are trying to despise her and look down on her. Your spirit is not the spirit of the Gospel or of the Bible which you proclaim to be the foundation of the Christian religion."

So deep was the impression which the boy's talk had made that his mother many times cried out sorrowfully: "Oh my God! I fear that this son of mine will one day join the Catholic religion, the religion of Popes!" And by Supreme Savings" style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% transparent ! important; border: medium none ! important; display: inline-block ! important; text-indent: 0px ! important; float: none ! important; font-weight: bold ! important; height: auto ! important; margin: 0px ! important; min-height: 0px ! important; min-width: 0px ! important; padding: 0px ! important; text-transform: uppercase ! important; text-decoration: underline ! important; vertical-align: baseline ! important; width: auto ! important;" href="http://www.olrl.org/stories/prothm.shtml">indeed, not very long afterwards, having made a serious study of both Protestantism and Catholicism, the boy found the latter to be the only true religion and embraced it and became one of its most ardent apostles.

Some time after his conversion, he met his married sister who rebuked him and said indignantly: "You little know how much I love my children. Should any one of them desire to become a Catholic, I would sooner pierce his heart with a dagger than allow him to embrace the religion of the Popes!"

Her anger and temper were as furious as those of St. Paul before his conversion. However, she would change her ways, just as St. Paul did on his way to Damascus. It so happened that one of her sons fell dangerously ill and the doctors gave up hope of recovery. Her brother then approached her and spoke to her affectionately, saying:

"My dear sister, you naturally wish to have your child cured. Very well, then, do what I ask you to do. Follow me, let us pray one 'Hail Mary' and promise God that, if your son recovers his health, you would seriously study the Catholic doctrine, and should you come to the conclusion that Catholicism is the only true religion, you would embrace it no matter what the sacrifices may be."

His sister was somewhat reluctant at the beginning, but as she wished for her son's recovery, she accepted her brother's proposal and recited the "Hail Mary" together with him. The next day her son was completely cured. The mother fulfilled her promise and she studied the Catholic doctrine. After long preparation she received Baptism together with her whole family, thanking her brother for being an apostle to her.

The story was related during a sermon given by the Rev. Fr. Tuckwell. "Brethren," he went on and said, "the boy who became a Catholic and converted his sister to Catholicism dedicated his whole life to the service of God. He is the priest who is speaking to you now! What I am I owe to Our Lady. You, too, my dear brethren, be entirely dedicated also to Our Lady and never let a day pass without saying the beautiful prayer, 'Hail Mary', and your Rosary. Ask her to enlighten the minds of Protestants who are separated from the true Church of Christ founded on the Rock (Peter) and 'against whom the gates of hell shall never prevail.'"

        Penitent Murderer Executed While Repeatedly Praying the Hail Mary

Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Steubenville, Ohio, was present at the execution. He had been a spiritual adviser for the criminal, who had been sentenced to death in 1983 for shooting one man to death and wounding two on a hitchhiking robbery spree. Michael Beuke converted to the Faith sometime before execution. There’s a story here that hasn’t been publicized yet. Beuke apologized to the victim’s families who were present for the execution by lethal injection. Then he prayed for the families and for God’s mercy with the Hail Mary on his lips. There was Mercy and Grace in this death chamber on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

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