Prayer to the Immaculate Virgin
My most pure Mother,
my soul so poor, all stained with wretchedness and
cries out to your maternal heart.
In your goodness deign,
you to pour out on me at least a little of the grace
that flowed into
you with such infinite profusion
from the Heart of God.
Have pity on me!
May one compassionate look of yours
revive me, purify
and lift me up to God;
raising me from the filth of this world
may go to Him who created me,
who regenerated me in holy Baptism,
me back my white stole of innocence
that original sin had so defiled.
Dear mother, make me love Him!
Pour into my heart that love that burned
in yours for him.
Even though I be clothed in misery,
I revere the
mystery of your Immaculate Conception,
and I ardently wish that through
it you may purify my heart
so that I may love your God and my God.
Cleanse my mind
that it may reach up to Him and contemplate Him
adore Him in spirit and in truth.
Purify my body that I, too,
may be a
tabernacle for Him
and be less unworthy of possessing Him
when He deigns
to come to me in Holy Communion.
Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap.
From the book: Meditation on the Immaculate Conception