The Order of the Magnificat of the Mother of God has a special purpose the preservation of the Deposit of Faith through religious education in all its forms. God has established him as “a bulwark against the almost general apostasy” which has invaded Christendom and in particular the Roman Church.
On February 13, 1856 the tocsin awakened the inhabitants of the village of Zams in the Tyrol in the middle of the night. Two of the larger houses were burning, and the inhabitants of one of them had only just enough time to escape down the burning stairs. In their fright they had forgotten two children who were sleeping in an attic. The two children – two girls, 8 and 12 years old – only woke up when a part of the floor sank. They jumped out of bed and tried to open the door, but thick smoke threatened to suffocate them. Seeing that they could not get out through the door, the eldest said to the youngest, “I’ll jump out the window; if I don’t get hurt, you’ll follow me.” Then she jumped down, crying out loud, “Good angel, help me.” She fell to the ground and got up safely, crying, “Come quickly, Jeannette, I haven’t hurt myself.” Jeannette risked the jump and was protected by the good angel like her sister. – The joy of the parents, seeing their children miraculously saved, was boundless, they fell to their knees and gave thanks to God.
A mother was praying the morning prayer with her child; when the mother wanted to finish, the child said to her, “Mother, I must pray to the good angel again.” After the prayer he went to the forest, where his father was working, and as he approached, a large oak tree was being cut down. Unfortunately, the oak fell on the side where the child was. The workers shouted, but it was too late: the tree had fallen on the child. The lumberjacks came running, thinking he was dead, but to their great surprise they found him intact among the branches.
How good it is to invoke the good angel before a race or any other undertaking!
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.