for the second sword which pierced thee, when, soon after
His birth, thou didst behold thy innocent Son threatened
with death by those very men for whose salvation He had
come into the world; so that in the darkness of night thou
wast obliged to fly secretly with Him into Egypt. By
the many hardships then, which thou, a delicate young
woman, in company with thine exiled child, didst endure
in so long and fatiguing a journey through rough and
desert countries, and during thy residence in Egypt, where,
years,in poverty and contempt, I beseech thee, my beloved
Lady, to obtain me grace to suffer with patience until
death, in thy company, the trials of this miserable life, that
I may thus in the next, escape the eternal punishments of
hell which I have deserved.
“By the wordAve (which is the name Eve, Eva [Ave being Eva’s name reversing shows the opposite role; Eva caused damnation of the human race by her disobedience, Mary repaired that damnation by her obedience]), I learned that in His infinite power God had preserved me from all sin and its attendant misery which the first woman had been subject to. “The name Mary which means ‘lady of light’ shows that God has filled me with wisdom and light, like a shining star, to light up Heaven and earth.
“The words full of grace remind me that the Holy Spirit has showered so many graces upon me that I am able to give these graces in abundance to those who ask for them through me as Mediatrix.
“When people say The Lord is with thee they renew the indescribable joy that was mine when the Eternal Word became incarnate in my womb.
“When you say to me blessed art thou among women I praise Almighty God’s Divine mercy which lifted me to this exalted plane of happiness.
“And at the words blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus, the whole of Heaven rejoices with me to see my Son Jesus Christ adored and glorified for having saved mankind.” [The second part of the Ave Maria, “Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae,” was not part of the Ave Maria during St. Mechtilde’s time, which is why Our Lady did not expound it. (The prayer was incorporated into the Ave around the time of Council of Trent)]
‘…their perfume and beauty can only be appreciated by those who study them carefully–and who open them and drink in their scent by diligent and serious meditation. Saint Dominic has divided up the lives of Our Lord and Our Lady into fifteen mysteries which stand for their virtues and their most important actions. These are the fifteen tableaux ; or pictures whose every detail must rule and inspire our lives. [emphasis added]’
as it deserves, he can never celebrate it
with suitable devotion. –St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Unless a person esteem the Rosary as it deserves, he can never recite it with suitable devotion.