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Prayer to Mater Admirabilis

The following prayer, written by Superior General Sabine de Valon in 1960 for use by Convents of the Sacred Heart, was submitted by Mary Lou Gavan, RSCJ.

Mother most Admirable, you make all things easy for us.

O Mother of Jesus, we come to you as to a living spring to quench our thirst,
or as to a fire to warm our hearts.
You are the light of dawn that dispels our darkness,
the Mother always attentive to the distress of her children.

O Mother most Admirable, life is often hard,
nor is it easy to tread the path of duty with unwavering step

It is not easy to love our neighbor, our brother, as Jesus would have us love him,
to keep our souls unchanged amid the changing chances of life,
to love creatures and yet keep our hearts for God alone,
to be little and humble when pride rises up within us.

It is difficult to walk steadily toward the God of light, through dark and misty ways.

There are days when everything is a burden;
but you, O Wonderful Mother, can make everything easy;
not by taking away the hard things, for God did not take away yours.
You make them easy by making our love stronger.
It was love that impelled you, on the threshold of your high destiny,
to utter your “Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.
That word, once given, you never took back,
you never resisted suffering
but opened yourself to its action,
humbly and sweetly given  to God.

O Mother, may your example be my strength.
Make everything easy in my life, not by suppressing pain,
but by giving me a love stronger than the pain.

O most sweet Mother, give me a valiant heart,
and when my love grows weak, give me, your child, something of your own love,
that I may learn again from you what true love means.