How to: Pray the Immaculate Conception Chaplet of the 10 Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary

In the honor of the Month of May or the Month of Mary, I wanted to share a Marian prayer that my Mom and I discovered during our preparation for Marian Consecration through Fr. Micheal Gaitley’s, MIC “33 Days to Morning Glory.” This meditation on the evangelical virtues of Our Lady provides a deeper insight into the inner & outward disposition of Mary, the Mother of God. Her virtuous example helps us to strive for holiness & sanctification.

Written during the 1500s by the co-founder of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary now called Annunciades, St. Joanne de Valois (1464-1505) wrote a chaplet based off Blessed Gilbert Nicolas, OFM, also known as Gabriel Maria’s (1460-1532) Rule of the Ten Virtues of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.

Here is a link to an article covering more in-depth the beautiful history of this Marian Chaplet & meditation on the evangelical virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary https://padrimariani.org/en/r_pray_virtues/

Photo Credit: Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception

Make the Sign of the Cross:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Pray 1 Our Father:

Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Pray a Decade: [1 decade Includes: 10 Hail Mary’s, 1 Glory Be, End of Decade Prayer, repeat.]

Pray 10 Hail Mary’s:

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God… [insert… ex: most pure]… pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

After the words “Holy Mary, Mother of God…”:, insert one virtue for each of the Hail Mary’s, in the following order:

Most pure, (Mt 1:18, 20, 23; Lk 1:27,34)
Most prudent, (Lk 2:19, 51)
Most humble, (Lk 1:48)
Most faithful, (Lk 1:45; Jn 2:5)
Most devout, (Lk 1:46-7; Acts 1:14)
Most obedient, (Lk 1:38; 2:21-2, 27)
Most poor, (Lk 2:7)
Most patient, (Jn 19:25)
Most merciful, (Lk 1:39, 56)
Most sorrowful, (Lk 2:35)

Pray 1 Glory Be:

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

End of Decade Prayer:

V. In Your Conception, O Virgin Mary, You were Immaculate.
R. Pray for us to the Father whose son, Jesus, you brought forth into the world.

Pray: 9 other decades.

Concluding Prayer (Let Us Pray):

Let us pray.
Father, You prepared the virgin Mary to be the worthy mother of Your Son. You let her share beforehand in the salvation Christ would bring by His death, and kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception. Help us by her prayers to live in Your Presence without sin. We ask this in the Name of Jesus the Lord. R. Amen.

V. The Virgin Mary’s Immaculate Conception
R. Be our Health and our Protection.

Sign of the Cross.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

NFP & Napro: Lent & Whole30

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:33
Divine Mercy Hike in the Inland NW

For Lent, Isaiah and I followed Whole30 program, which the idea came from my last naprotechnology appointment with my napro doctor, when the words “surgery” reappeared, and after a rather bleak ND (Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine) appointment. The idea of an elimination diet or anti-inflammatory diet became a priority. Thankfully, I also had the support of the man I’m courting in this endeavor.

After my exploratory surgery almost three years ago, my napro advised me to avoid dairy, gluten, and sugar which I already did- mostly. Between my chronic migraines and renal metabolic acidosis, I operate in a perpetual state of nausea. Specialized diets always pose risks. But as a woman who rarely does anything by halves, I chose Whole30 partly because of how strict it is, and also for the straightforward nature of the protocol.

I’m not advocating that Whole30 is the best protocol for you. Each person’s health, wellness, and nutritional needs are different. But here are some lessons I learned on Whole30:

  1. Didn’t help my migraines but did lessen the severity of my PMDD symptoms except the cyclic mastalgia.
  2. My abdominal bloating and pain decreased.
  3. By the end, I felt more satiated when eating less because of consuming whole foods with no or minimal additives.
  4. After no sugar or natural or artificial sweeteners, products taste super sweet in comparison to before.
  5. I have a greater appreciation for the food and drink I consume.
  6. The program challenged me to be more deliberate. Make choices. Be creative. And take Responsibility.
  7. I am looking forward to adding food back in phases and discovering a healthier way of eating for my health and wellness needs.

Address to Women

St. Pope Paul VI- December 8, 1965

“And now it is to you that we address ourselves, women of all states—girls, wives, mothers and widows, to you also, consecrated virgins and women living alone—you constitute half of the immense human family. As you know, the Church is proud to have glorified and liberated woman, and in the course of the centuries, in diversity of characters, to have brought into relief her basic equality with man. But the hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is under-going so deep a transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid mankind in not falling.

You women have always had as your lot the protection of the home, the love of beginnings and an understanding of cradles. You are present in the mystery of a life beginning. You offer consolation in the departure of death. Our technology runs the risk of becoming inhuman. Reconcile men with life and above all, we beseech you, watch carefully over the future of our race. Hold back the hand of man who, in a moment of folly, might attempt to destroy human civilization.

Wives, mothers of families, the first educators of the human race in the intimacy of the family circle, pass on to your sons and your daughters the traditions of your fathers at the same time that you prepare them for an unsearchable future. Always remember that by her children a mother belongs to that future which perhaps she will not see.

And you, women living alone, realize what you can accomplish through your dedicated vocation. Society is appealing to you on all sides. Not even families can live without the help of those who have no families. Especially you, consecrated virgins, in a world where egoism and the search for pleasure would become law, be the guardians of purity, unselfishness and piety. Jesus who has given to conjugal love all its plenitudes, has also exalted the renouncement of human love when this is for the sake of divine love and for the service of all.

Lastly, women in trial, who stand upright at the foot the cross like Mary, you who so often in history have given to men the strength to battle unto the very end and to give witness to the point of martyrdom, aid them now still once more to retain courage in their great undertakings, while at the same time maintaining patience and an esteem for humble beginnings.

Women, you do know how to make truth sweet, tender and accessible; make it your task to bring the spirit of this council into institutions, schools, homes and daily life. Women of the entire universe, whether Christian or non-believing, you to whom life is entrusted at this grave moment in history, it is for you to save the peace of the world.”

***Found this too good not to share with my ladies & gentlemen readers after the International Women’s Day 2020. Belated, I know! 😉

Before I Formed You in the Womb I knew you . . .

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you.”

Jeremiah 1:5

January is Respect Life Month. This year I’m the Aunt of micro preemie TTTS identical twins born at 25 weeks. Isabella born to heaven. Sara fighting for her health & development in the NICU. Both unique, fully alive human beings. Both fully capable of being legally aborted.  

After weeks of anticipation (and weeks of cold virus and bacterial infections that aren’t compatible with NICU visitations and medically fragile children), I recently visited my amazing 30 week old niece in the NICU. She is full of personality and spunk. So herself. Not me. Not her mom. Not Dad. Not Grandma. Not her siblings. So Sara. Unrepeatable Sara.

As I saw her roommate fighting for his life or other medically fragile babies in incubators around the NICU, I wondered: What if instead of terminating babies’ lives, we put resources, energy, & creativity into advancing medical care, diagnoses, treatments, & uncovering more holistic care for babies and mothers? What if we developed fetoscopic surgery procedures instead of developing abortion procedures? What if we sowed hope & possibilities in difficult situations instead of fear & hopelessness? What if we empowered & assisted men & women as mothers and fathers? What would our nation be like then? 

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn, pray for Us!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn, pray for us!

Christmas Is Coming!

Keep Alive the Spirit of Christmas & the Light of Christ All Throughout the Christmas Season & New Year!

THE MAGNIFICAT

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.

(Lk 1:46-55)

Happy New Year from Hannah at Chronically Catholic!

Burying the Dead During Advent: Asking “How” & Not “Why”

“When I closed the eyes of my dear little children and buried them, I felt sorrow through and through… People said to me, ‘It would be better to never have had them.’ I couldn’t stand such language. My children were not lost forever; life is short and full of miseries, and we shall find our little ones up above again.”

St. Zellie Martin

After a very risky and complicated identical twin pregnancy, my family and loved ones buried my niece Isabella born to heaven at 25 weeks. There are no pictures or videos of her funeral, but the memories and emotions are seared forever in my heart and mind. There are few words to adequately describe witnessing your eldest brother carry a tiny white casket out of the Chapel after his daughter’s funeral Mass or watch him place her int he ground. Or hold your niece and godchild for minutes while she cries into your wool coat. Or tell your teary eyed and recovering sister-in-law, “I’m so grateful you’re here, and I don’t take that for granted.” We could have experienced a double to triple funeral. And there is still the hopeful but unknown future for her sister Sara.

We did this together as a family and faith community. Withing the sacraments, we commended and entrusted this beautiful, precious girl to God. I’ve learned through the years not to ask “why” anymore but “how.” How has this child transformed our lives? How has this child reflected God? How have I responded to this gift? How can I act with compassion? Am I grateful for this life? Am I open to this life? Am I open to love- the love of a child? Yes.

Dear, Isabella, Aunt Hannah loves you and misses you. Your entire family loves and misses you. I hope to join you in Heaven someday. Requiem Aeternam, baby girl.

Advent Preparation, Anticipation, & Funerals

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist- Savannah, GA

“O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.”
– O, Antiphons

Advent a season of preparation- preparation for the gift of a child. While we prepare in joyful  anticipation for the Christ child’s birth, we also prepare to bury a child. During the 2nd week of Advent, my family & I will celebrate her life & mourn the loss of my 23 week old niece while her 26 week old sister fights to develop & grow in the NICU. Advent for us is a season of joy & sorrow & of loss & life. Mostly unwavering love.

This Advent heightens that the joyful birth of Christ is intertwined with the Cross of Christ & the Resurrection. One doesn’t exist separate from the other as with the Christian life. As a Catholic Christian, the crucifix & the manger bring me great comfort & perspective. The wood of the manger leads to the wood of the Cross, but neither is the final word. Because we look forward to the Resurrection of the Dead & the Life of the world to come.

Our family friend & priest that baptized me offered Mass for my family & for the repose of the soul of my niece Isabella at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. My best friend is travelling in the Philippines praying for our family. Two innocent little children deemed less than human by many have not only touched our hearts but people all over the world. In the Spirit of Advent, the season of preparation & anticipation of the birth of a child, we find the profound beauty & importance of the presence of a child- a child in utero.

Happy Advent!

Love, Babies, & Loss

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you…” -Jeremiah 1:5

I’ve kept mostly quiet about the TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome) pregnancy my brother & sister-in-law are navigating. After 2 emergency fetoscopic surgeries 4.5 hours away, dozens of local Maternal Fetal Medicine appointments, & hospital bed rest, my precious identical twin nieces were born via emergency extraction at 25 weeks Thursday, November 29th. Isabella was born to heaven, and Sara is in the NICU. Mom is struggling with complications, but she is beginning to show signs of improvement.

Both baby girls are so loved & cherished by their parents, siblings, & extended family. Our lives are forever transformed by their presence! They’re parents have fought hard for their girls health and wellness despite the many challenges and risks.

We’ve experienced extraordinary medical situations & miscarriages in our family, but our present situation is uncharted territory. The fragility of earthly life is inescapable, changing within a moment with minimal control or certainty. The prolonged reality unavoidable. Our holidays will be involved in the best and most challenging sense. The intensive, specialized NICU care of Sara will continue into the New Year and beyond. And eventually our family will gather to celebrate her life and mourn the loss of Isabella.

But the certainty of God’s merciful & unending love never changes. He has never abandoned us or the girls. Through the confusion, heartache, & stress, the gentle breath of the Holy Spirit sustains our weary spirits. The sacramental life of the Church brings purpose, perspective, meaning, & grace. The twins’ lives are a catalyst for entering into a deeper understanding of authentic love, trust, hope, & joy. The twins are bringing us closer to heaven if we chose to respond to them through the eyes of God. By love refined…

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Prayers are much appreciated! God bless. Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us!