Sodality of Our Lady


A Sermon Outline by Rev. Fr. Joseph Mary Gill, S.J. Director of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Patrick

THIS Word was made Flesh!
This Word is the 2nd Person of the Holy Trinity!

This Word now lies as a puny Thing
as a little Thing
as a very small Thing
It lies under the heart of a mortal mother

not possessing even the free use of its senses
It lies there depending on each heart-beat of its mother
depending on every breath she draws.
This Word is reduced like every human infant,
to a state of extreme lowliness and utter helplessness.
"He emptied Himself" says Paul.


"He emptied Himself,
taking the form of a servant
being born in the likeness of men.

Though He was in the form of God
JESUS did not count equality with God
as a thing to be grasped
And being found in human form
He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death
even death on a cross." (Phil. ii 6-8)

No Exaggeration this, but sober truth
The Word was made flesh
The Creator became His own creature

The source of all being and life
becomes a weak image of Himself.

Infinite wisdom has become folly,
the folly of the cross
Infinite sanctity assumed the guise of sin
to save the many
Infinity has found a dwelling in the womb of a Virgin
and soon angels will be singing above His crib.

Streams of love, pitying forgiving love
descend from the bosom of the Father and
become flesh in the womb of the Virgin

The Saviour is searching for one thing alone:
Hearts that suffer themselves to be found,
To be redeemed.

In view of this incomprehensible mystery of incarnate Love,
our souls should first be filled and penetrated
by a longing for redemption
Such a disposition is the fruit of that return to oneself
in which all the abysses of our nothingness stand revealed
We see the depth of our guilt
for which we are of ourselves incapable of
offering any atonement;
We see our complete powerlessness in the matter of salvation
This is that precious consciousness of sin which is
the genuine root and beginning of every conversion to God.


Sodality Publications

Saint Joseph's Workshop, the Catholic Literature Guild of the the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Patrick, makes some of its publications available through, which you can access here.

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Sodality Exercises

The Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Patrick meets on the first Wednesday of each month after 11 a.m. Mass in the Church of St. Francis Xavier, Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1, Ireland.

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Night Adoration of the Sacred Heart

The Sodality promotes the devotion of Night Adoration of the Sacred Heart. The devotion is an accompaniment to the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in homes. 

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Contact Details

Mrs. Elizabeth Mahon,
E. de M.,
Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary & St. Patrick,
c/o Church of St. Francis Xavier,
Upper Gardiner Street,
Dublin 1.

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