This is the beautiful incident of a protestant drawing much strength from the prayer of Hail Mary, unknowingly.
A little six-year-old Protestant boy had often heard his Catholic companion reciting the prayer â€˜Hail Mary.â€™ He liked it so much that he copied it, memorized it and would recite it every day. â€˜Look, Mummy, what a beautiful prayer,â€™ he said to his mother one day.
â€˜Never again say it,â€™ answered the mother.â€™ it is a superstitious prayer of catholics who adore idols and think Mary a goddess. After all, she is a woman like any other. Come on, take this Bible and read it. It contains everything that we are bound to do and have to do.â€™ From that day on the little boy discontinued his daily â€˜Hail Maryâ€™ and gave himself more time to reading the Bible instead.
One day, while reading the Gospel, he came across the passage about the Annunciation of the Angel to Our Lady. Full of joy, the little boy ran to his mother and said: â€˜Mummy, I have found the â€˜Hail Maryâ€™ in the Bible which says: â€˜Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women. â€˜Why do you call it a superstitious prayer?â€™
On another occasion he found that beautiful Salutation of St. Elizabeth to The Virgin Mary and the wonderful canticle. MAGNIFICAT in which Mary foretold that â€˜the generations would call her blessed.â€™Â He said no more about it to his mother but started to recite the â€˜Hail Maryâ€™ every day as before. He felt pleasure in addressing those charming words to the Mother of Jesus, our Savior.
When he was fourteen, he one day heard a discussion on Our Lady among the members of his family. Every one said that Mary was a common woman like any other woman. The boy, after listening to their erroneous reasoning, could not bear it any longer, and full of indignation, he interrupted them, saying:
â€˜Mary is not like any other children of Adam, stained with sin. No! The Angel called her FULL OF GRACE AND BLESSED AMONGST WOMEN. Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ and consequently Mother of God. There is no higher dignity to which a creature can be raised. The Gospel says that the generations will proclaim her blessed and you are trying to despise her and look down on her. Your spirit is not the Spirit Of the Gospel or of the Bible which you proclaim to be the foundation of the Christian religion.â€™
So deep was the impression which the boyâ€™s talk had made that his mother many times cried out sorrowfully: â€˜Oh my God! I fear that this son of mine will one day join the Catholic religion, the religion of Popes!â€™ And indeed, not very long afterwards, having made a serious study of both Protestantism and Catholicism, the boy found the latter to be the only true religion and embraced it and became one of its most ardent apostles.
Some time after his conversion, he met his married sister who rebuked him and said indignantly: â€˜You little know how much I love my children. Should any one of them desire to become a Catholic, I would sooner pierce his heart with a dagger than allow him to embrace the religion of the Popes!â€™
Her anger and temper were as furious as those of St. Paul before his conversion. However, she would change her ways, just as St. Paul did on his way to Damascus. It so happened that one of her sons fell dangerously ill and the doctors gave up hope of recovery. Her brother then approached her affectionately, saying:
â€˜My dear sister, you naturally wish to have your child cured. Very well, then, do what I ask you to do. Follow me, let us pray one â€˜Hail Maryâ€™ and promise God that, if your son recovers his health, you would seriously study the Catholic doctrine, and should you come to the conclusion that Catholicism is the only true religion, you would embrace it no matter what the sacrifices may be.â€™
His sister was somewhat reluctant at the beginning but as she wished for her sonâ€™s recovery. She accepted her brotherâ€™s proposal and recited the â€˜Hail Maryâ€™ together with him. The next day her son was completely cured! The mother fulfilled her promise and she studied the Catholic doctrine. After long preparation she received Baptism together with her family, thanking her brother for being an apostle to her.
The story was related during a sermon given by the Rev. Father Tuckwell. â€˜Brethren, he went on and said, â€˜The boy who became a Catholic and converted his sister to Catholicism dedicated his whole life to the service of God. He is the priest who is speaking to you now! What I am I owe to Our Lady.
You, too, my dear brethren, be entirely dedicated also to Our Lady and never let a day pass without saying the beautiful prayer, â€˜Hail Maryâ€™, and your Rosary. Ask her to enlighten the minds of Protestants who are separated from the true Church of Christ founded on the Rock (Peter) and â€˜against whom the gates of hell shall never prevail.â€™
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God is great! I know that every child have a mother! There is no doubt that Mary isnt our havenly Mother! May our Lord be praised in name of Jesus in the power of Holy spirit and with the protecton of Mary!
The “STORY” was related during a sermon given by the Rev. Father Tuckwell….
“As [Jesus] said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!”
But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
This is the story that we should always be reminded and dedicated not only to our Protestant brothers but Catholics as well.Beautiful story indeed! Ave Maria !
Not Only for this….super explanation….But..I….WE….Know the TASTE….of ROSARY….Holy Trinity Bless You….all
Rosary is good weapan…
HAIL HOLY QUEEN,MOTHER OF OUR CREATOR.
Christianity is not a religion.It is your personal relationship with Jesus Christ be it be it from any denomination.
Christianity is not a religion.It is your personal relationship with Jesus Christ be it from any denomination.
Holy mary,mother of god,pray for us for ever.
To CM ZM:
â€œAs [Jesus] said this, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, â€œBlessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!â€
But he said, â€œBlessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!â€
Yes, this is said in the Bible, as if a renouncement of hailing Mary by Jesus. But if you read closely and know more about the Bible, as Jesus said â€œBlessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!â€ – Jesus does not recognize the physical place of which He came from, but He exalts and direct the attention to the attribute of Mary instead, who surrendered herself to God at the Annuciation, saying “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.â€ Luke 1:38.
Mary is the best reference of a person whom Jesus hopes each of us will take after. Thus, that verse in Luke should be taken out of context which to say that Jesus does not honor His Mother.
I’m sure you refer to Matthew 12:46-50, “While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him. But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother.”
The complete passage makes it clear that, as a doer of God’s will, Mary deserves recognition. But there are (or shall be) others who have done God’s who will be recognized as equal servants: That means He gives no additional exaltation to Mary because of her particular service.
The protestant objection to adoration of Mary is the claim she is conceived, born and lived without sin. If so, why was there any need for Jesus? Mary could have been crucified instead.
No, as it is written, “Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man. (Lu 2:52)” The Word became a man and was exactly like us. Jesus is born innocent, thus he needed to become wise, but he stayed sinless, because he was our atonement.
Our Lady of Sorrow, Pray For Us.
I just love Mother Mary, pray for me my mother
Pray for me Mother Mary as I sometimes fail because of my weakness as human
Why create division where there need not be any?