To be Like Mary

These prayers are from the SECOND DAY of the Novena of Holy Communions

by Fr. Lawrence Lovasik




 "Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land." (Matt. 5:4).


JESUS, Thy spirit is the spirit of meekness and complete devotion to God. "Learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart." (Matt. 11:29). "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work." (John 4:34). This is also the spirit of Thy Mother, for she was a living image of Thee; she was the hum­ble handmaid of the Lord. "Behold the hand­maid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word." (Luke 1:38).

Holy Communion makes me both Christlike and Marylike. Only when I become like Thee and Mary-complete­ly dependent on God's holy will and His love ­only then shall I possess the land of eternal bliss beyond the grave. 0 Jesus in the Sacrament of the Altar, Thou art the one Source of my holiness; therefore, my aim should be to reach Thee. I am holy only insofar as I become like Thee and belong to Thee through perfect love. Of myself I am poor and helpless. For this reason Thou hast given me, in Thy last moments on the Cross, Thine own dear Mother so that she might be my very own. "Woman, behold thy son …. Behold thy mother." (Jn 19:26-27).

No one ever belonged to Thee so completely, as did Thy Mother. Thou didst spend the greater part of Thy life on earth in her company, but Thou didst live in her by Thy love and by Thy grace more inti­mately than Thou dost in all the Angels and Saints. I wish to imitate Thine example; I wish to belong entirely to Thy dear Mother, for this is Thy will. I give everything I have to Mary, in order that I may, in as nearly perfect a manner as possible, give all to Thee for Thy greater glory through the hands of Thine own Mother.

Thou hast willed to make Thy Mother a per­fect image of Thyself. She is the masterpiece of God's creation. She is so much like Thee that Thou dost want me to love her and, by loving and honoring her, to become more like her­: Marylike. Only then shall I be truly Christlike!

O Jesus, I wish to imitate Thy dear Mother, especially in her devotion to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar.

It was the summary of her last years on earth. How fervently did she unite herself with Thee as St. John daily offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in his own home. She saw the Sacrifice of Calvary repeated before her very eyes, though now in an unbloody man­ner. With what ardent love did she daily receive Thee into her heart in Holy Communion! It was the same Body she had conceived of the Holy Ghost at the Annunciation, the infant Body she had carried in her arms at Bethlehem, the bleed­ing Body she had seen hanging in torments upon the Cross on Calvary, the glorified Body which had ascended into Heaven. What emotion she must have felt as she knelt in Thy Eucharistic presence and recalled all those happy and sor­rowful events of her life with Thee!

Her faith and love pierced the thin veil which separated her from Thee. Help me to love and imitate her as Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament because she gave Thee to me. From her, the most pure Virgin, Thou didst assume flesh and blood so that Thou might redeem me and become the Food of my soul in Holy Communion.

O Jesus, at Holy Communion I become Thy sanctuary, but what a poor dwelling I offer Thee, the King of Heaven and earth! May Thou ever find Mary, Thy Mother in my heart when I receive Thee. She will entertain Thee within me and offer her Immaculate Heart to be Thy dwelling place, because Thou dost find Thy delight wher­ever she is. Do not behold my poor soul, but rather look upon the virtues and merits of Thy dear Mother, to whom I belong.

O Jesus, I realize that I cannot be a true child of Mary, nor can I be like Mary, unless I have a very tender devotion to Thee in the Sacrament of the Altar. The Holy Eucharist must be my trea­sure, as it was hers. I can do nothing that would please Thee or her more than to be Marylike in my devotion to the Holy Eucharist. Mary is the shortest and surest and easiest way to Thy Eucharistic Heart. May frequent Holy Communion make me Marylike, in order that I may become more Christlike! O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I give myself to Thee through Mary.

Fr. Lawrence Lovasik (from a Novena of Holy Communions)

artist sketch used by permission of Tommy Canning

Subscribe to CE
(It's free)

Go to Catholic Exchange homepage