Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Memorare! Remember!

Znamenie Mother of God

Lest we forget its beauty, I'm posting this much-loved prayer: The Memorare. Perhaps it will be a first encounter for some. There's a benefit to knowing at least a few prayers by heart, serving as a jump-start when we're feeling empty. Pray this prayer everyday for a week and it will spring up spontaneously from deep inside when things seem impossible or all uphill.

But I'm putting the prayer out there alongside this flame-like icon of the Mother of God of the Sign. Mary's head is large as she perceives the fullness of God's presence while holding all our concerns in mind. Her prayer is like fire, standing with angels. Her open arms and hands form a chalice or cup waiting to be filled with our every concern. She is first disciple here - imaging a life which has Christ at the center.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to your protection,
  implored your help
  or sought your intercession
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto you,
  O virgin of virgins, my mother.
To you do I come,
before you I stand,
  sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your clemency hear and answer me.


  1. I appreciate that you always bring us back to the basics. The roots from which our faith grew. Thanks for knowing what we need.

  2. I'm aware of the treasures I was given as a boy. I'm happy to share it; happy to remind us, to point.

  3. Often I do get that empty feeling and wonder how and when it will go away. I envy people who get a fulfillment from prayer. I don't know how to pray properly. I do thank you for your pointing the way. It gives me some direction and a place to start. I really want it to work for me.

  4. We each have to find our own way to prayer. There's no "one size fits all." It is said of Blessed (now saint) Kateri Tekawitha, that she prayed more with her eyes than with her lips. And Therese of Liseaux said that often her prayer was just "a sigh." If you look on the right side of this page and scroll down to "topics" you'll find PRAYER in big letters. Poke around in some of those posts. Maybe the images will grab hold of you. Let the silent LOOKING be your prayer. We put too much emphasis on prayer as words. The Dutch bishops wrote decades ago that even to HOLD the rosary is a prayer. I get it. More than words, prayer is about the opening of our hearts to God. I might say too that fundamentally prayer is best expressed through gratitude. You might well be praying much more than you think you are, you just don't know what to call it. Bless you!

    1. Thank you for reminding us to pray in all different way. God just wants us to remember to have a conversation with him however that may be. Even a thought or a gesture can be a prayer. I learned this long ago and it helped me to to feel more faith filled and less empty. I encourage Joe from the comment above to think of God in any way and as often as he can and not only will God be pleased to hear from him, it will make him feel better about his inner self and the emptiness will slowly fill in. I've been in his shoes.

  5. As a child and as an adult, the Memorare always is a serious prayer to say when you are in need of Mary's help. She will answer my plea or she will certainly give me the graces to continue. St. Bernard of Clairvaux, for sure was inspired to write this prayer. Bless YOU!

  6. Saint Bernard of Clairvaux is called, "The Harp of Mary" - neat heh?

  7. Do you think that Mary will answer all of our prayers if we pray fervently? If I pray for something not to come to be, maybe she will hear me and intercede. I can only pray with all my heart and all my soul. I know my heart will ache if she doesn't.

  8. All I can say is sometimes we simply have to suffer something. That seems to be the way it is. I visited a friend in the hospital who had been told she had cancer. I asked her what she had learned or discovered "the past week in the hospital." She answered immediately, "I've learned in a new way that somehow suffering is un-avoidable." Sometimes surrendering to that is crushing. I understand.

  9. Then I will have to be ready to suffer the loss of a near and dear friend. Some things cannot be changed when the time has come to move on. I will pray that I can accept it. Mary, Mother of God, help me be understanding of it all.

  10. At this moment I feel such despair as I have never known before. The feeling of being alone, helplessness, resentment and just plain tired of it all. I don't think I can pray myself out of this Father. Hopeless.

  11. I've said that myself, "I can't pray myself out of this." I know what that feels like. So I got myself to my doctor when I realized how deep it was. You might do that for yourself today. Let me encourage you to speak with your doctor.

  12. I understand why people follow you here and listen to your guiding words. And I have done the same. I also know that you can be a great friend, attentive and ready to lend an ear, light a candle, say a prayer. But your actions speak louder than your words as they do with all of us.

  13. You're too kind. I've got shadow in me too. We grow with God's help. Let's pray this wonder-working prayer tonight.