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.
A pious soldier told us of a sign of Mary’s protection. It was during the deadly assault on Sebastopol. His regiment was destined to be the first to march; for the majority, death was already certain. Our brave soldier wanted to go to confession and take communion. At his side, his comrades in tears thought they were seeing the sun for the last time; they regretted dying so far from the fatherland, and big tears flowed abundantly and bitterly, on the cheeks of these rough soldiers.
“It was the duty, it was necessary to go in front of death, said the soldier; I resigned myself. I entrusted myself to Mary, but I did not ask her for anything. At noon, the murderous fire began. I was in no way intimidated; all I could see were flaming bombs, cannonballs, and projectiles that darkened the sky. Death was mercilessly reaping its victims. For me, my thoughts were entirely in Heaven and in Mary.”
How great is the goodness of the Queen of Heaven! Carried away by his ardor, our brave soldier having crossed the entrenchments, found himself alone for a moment in front of a column of Russians. At the sudden sight of this danger, he stopped and, oh marvel! the enemy did not fire on him. At the end of that bloody day, only thirteen men of his company remained. The Blessed Virgin Mary had saved him.
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.