Oh, Dearest Mother, Sweetest Virgin of Altagracia, our Patroness. You are our Advocate and to you we recommend our needs. You are our Teacher and like disciples we come to learn from the example of your holy life. You are our Mother, and like children, we come to offer you all of the love of our hearts. Receive, dearest Mother, our offerings and listen attentively to our supplications. Amen.

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Posted: Jan 24 2007 at 11:18pm | IP Logged Quote Helen

What is expected of those participating in the Hidden Treasure Forum?

What does a friend expect?
What does a friend ask for?
Most friends look for companionship, loyalty, encouraging words, and support to live out their calling. The 4Real Board doesnít demand, it assists each of us in our paths. I would suggest that nothing additional is required, only what the Lord asks of you through Our Lady.

Weíre using St. Louis De Montfortís True Devotion to Mary as a starting point because it is a classic, readily available, and foundational element of Marian devotion. If you donít have any established practices, this book is a very good place to begin. See where it leads you.

Feel free to share your insights and ask questions about the book just as if we were together at the oasis discussing ways to find our Hidden Treasure together.

As another example, Our Lady at Fatima asked at every visit to pray the Rosary daily. Are these words speaking to your heart? Do you have a desire to pray the Rosary every day but find it difficult? Visit here at Hidden Treasure and let your friends help you, encourage you, pray with you. We want to help you listen to Our Lady. Do you have something else that you feel called to do? Share it with us.

Here in this oasis, because we are so far from other established centers of Marian devotion (a Carmelite monastery, a Dominican or Franciscan Friary, Legion of Mary, or a Montfort retreat center) we will have to develop our own tradition, our own practice among friends of True Devotion to Mary. I think we should bring the practices we have begun in our own lives and share them with each other. If you already belong to an organized group, do whatever you have to with them to the best of your ability and come here and we will cheer you on and learn from you.

As part of the nature of this place, people will come and go. They will arrive when their journey brings them here. They may be called away and canít stay any longer. Come when you can and sit with us under the shade of the palm tree, enjoy the cool waters when you can but go away different, refreshed and more committed to finding Hidden Treasure in your own life.

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